Knitting Tutorial: Pom Pom Faux Mink Scarf

Pom-pom Faux Mink Scarf Tutorial

Pom-pom Faux Mink Scarf Tutorial

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Only one of you will be lucky enough to win this Pom-Pom Faux Mink Scraf in my giveaway draw which is closing on 18 Oct ’09 at 9pm (Malaysian time), so…. just in case you didn’t win, I made this tutorial for those who wish to knit one for yourself or as a Christmas gift for friends this coming winter :)

If you know how to knit, completing this scarf is pretty easy. Most of you experienced knitters out there, I am sure once you look at the picture of the giveaway draw, you already knew how to knit it, right? Even a beginner can try to do this as you won’t see the tension of your knit work since the stitches are hidden by the pom-poms. All you need to know is “knit” to make Garter stitches for the scarf. Garter stitch means you knit on both side, no purl is required.

Dimension: 7.5″ (190mm) W x 42″ (1070mm) L
Stitch: 16
Row: 176

1. 5 x 50 gram of Rapunzel yarn from Steinbach Wolle. Other yarn brand will call it Pom-pom yarn, or Marshmallow yarn
2. A pair of 4mm needles
3. Pom pom + elastic fastener (Optional)

PomPom-Scarf-1Start by cast-on with the straight yarn before a big pom-pom. The cast-on I used is “loop cast-on” or “wrap cast-on”. The Grey small pom-pom (on the left) is the tail end and the Brown big pom-pom (on the right) is at the start.
PomPom-Scarf-2Make a loop and insert the knitting needle into the loop. Make sure that the tail end is behind the start of the yarn as shown in the picture.
PomPom-Scarf-3Make 2 “loop cast-on” on the straight yarn between the pom-poms. The second loop is a little harder to insert as the straight yarn is short and being restricted by the pom-pom. Keep the loops closer to the tip so that it is easier for you to cast-on the second loop into the needle.
PomPom-Scarf-4Skip the big pom-pom and cast-on 2 loops again with the straight yarn, do it again and again until you have 16 loops to begin on the first row. You will have 4 big pom-poms and 3 small pom-poms in between the 16 loops as shown.
PomPom-Scarf-5Skip the next small pom-pom and begin to knit the straight yarn onto the first loop.
Hold your casted needle with your left hand and an empty needle on your right hand.
Insert your right needle into the first loop of your left needle as shown, so that your right needle is at the bottom of the left needle.

PomPom-Scarf-6Cross-over the yarn (black color) counter-clockwise with the tail resting between the “X” of the 2 needles.
PomPom-Scarf-7Gently pull back the right needle out from the loop, bringing together the yarn and bring it in front of the left needle.
PomPom-Scarf-8Draw the first stitch out from the left needle and you have completed the first knit.
Note: You will have a small pom-pom at the side of your scarf.

PomPom-Scarf-9Continue knitting for the rest of the 15 loops while transferring all the loops from left to right needle to complete the second row. Remember, there are only 2 stitches in between the pom-poms and only knit the straight yarn and not the pom-pom.
Now you can see much clearer, at each side of a row, there will be an additional small pom-pom.

PomPom-Scarf-10Switch side to your needles and you should be holding the knitted pom-pom on your left and an empty needle on your right and start to knit the third row.
Knit…. knit…. knit…. clock ticking…. tick tock tick tock… after 2 hours, the scarf was half-way finished, with my speed and skill.

PomPom-Scarf-11Almost finish, just cast off by knitting 2 stitches together (K2tog). Hide both yarn ends among the pom-poms. DONE!
PomPom-Scarf-12You can add a big pom-pom or a big brooch as a fastener for the scarf and wear it just like the photos shown above.
Tutorial for making pom-pom – coming up next! (Click the link.)

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  1. This is going to be such a lovely and quick – and surprisingly impressive -Christmas gift. I’m going to yarn shop THIS lunchtime.

  2. The yarn looks amazing and the steps looks quite understandable

  3. Your step-by-step tutorial looks very detailed for those experienced knitters. Btw, your first photo is very impressive! I didn’t know that the scarf can be used in this manner. Really creative!

  4. love the yarn. where did you get it from? very keen to get some for myself. btw stunning shots as always.

  5. I just came across your blog and absolutely love it! The scarf is super cute!

  6. Thanks for putting out such comprehensive, step-by-step instructions, exactly how it should be!! :) – I might be an experienced knitting but this booble/pom-pom yarn is new to me and I was struggling with it until I came across your blog. Have you considered also doing a short Youtube video, showing the cast on, knitting and cast off techniques using this yarn?

    • Thanks for the message. It’s quite simple to make a video, even a decent knitting video can be made on a cameraphone (obviously depending on the quality) and edited on Windows movie maker. Just a get a friend to video you perhaps from behind or to the side, ensuring that the movement of the yarn and needles can been seen clearly. Some people use large large needles and yarn, but I think clarity is the important thing. Good luck!!

  7. Hi…I was searching online for pom pom yarn patterns and found your site..Really lovely scarf, I think I will try this and make it into a cushion cover..Should look gorgeous!! :)

  8. Wowwww, this is totally gorgeous. I have to find this yarn now! Thanks for getting me obsessed with a new project –hahah!

  9. This is nice …. i saw this type of yarn for sale at Spotlight the other day and it was pretty cheap. I think I may just buy some to try. :D But I’m not a knitter though. haha

    • Oh great!!! The one I bought is not cheap :p around USD10.00 each.
      It is quite simple, as long as you know how to read instructions, know how to do the basic stitch like knit, purl and decrement.
      Let me know if you have any problem yay :)

  10. I love this yarn. Do you have an easy method of attaching the next ball of yarn though? I’ve been tying the new yarn to the previous at the spot where the next pom starts. Also, how to finsh the binding off since you can’t weave in the tail as usual.


  11. Thanks for the instructions on how to knit with this yarn. I’ve finished my scarf but can’t for the life of me figure out how to bind off. I have three sets of two stitches on my needle. If I knit two together, I end up with 3 stitches on my needle. If I knit those stitches together, two at a time, the end of my scharf will come to a point and not look like the cast-on end. Can someone please describe the bind off a little more clearly for me. I must be missing something here. Thank you in advance for your help.

  12. I need to add another ball of pom pom yarn… how is that done. I was going to tie together.

  13. Just saw above instruction for tying ends together when adding another skein.sorry for that!

  14. Love this pom pom faux mink scarf knitting tutorial! I bought this great pom pom yarn and was looking for a unique way to knit and show it off – this tutorial had it all: innovative and informative.

  15. I am very new to knitting (I learned last week). I’m on holiday, am determined and for years said I couldn’t do this knitting thing. Well now I can!… almost. Kitting is very addictive!

    My problem. My Ma had this pretty wool, she never used it so I snatched it up (so I have it with no wrapper with handy instructions on it). After watching a few you tube vids, inventing my own way of casting on and knitting for a day, I have this gorgeous scarf that is impossible to bind off!

    My wool is a non standard size, I think, (I can only do one stitch between each pom pom). To describe the poms are seemingly half the size of the Rico brand poms. The string between wraps around (the 3.75 mm needles I am using) only one full circle.

    Using the usually cast off method of slipping the last stitch over the new stitch I am left with a pleasing crotchet effect – but the end is all bunched up. It doesn’t have the stretch of the start side.

    As I am working with 9 stitches facing up k2tog leaves one behind and (as I understand it) tapers the rows down to a point. I want it to look the same as the flat start.

    I’ve tried casting off (over half a day and multiple different ways). I am writing a note to every vid and help site is search of help as my last resort is to strip the poms off the string and cast off that way (it just doesn’t seem to be the elegant solution to me – and I’ve only been doing this a week!) There just has to be a cleaver solution to this prob, I’m too novice to figure it out on my own.

    I would be grateful for any advice given.

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