Knitting Tutorial: Pom Pom Faux Mink Scarf
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
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)
Start 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.
Make 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.
Make 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.
Skip 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.
Skip 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.
Cross-over the yarn (black color) counter-clockwise with the tail resting between the “X” of the 2 needles.
Gently pull back the right needle out from the loop, bringing together the yarn and bring it in front of the left needle.
Draw 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.
Continue 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.
Switch 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.
Almost finish, just cast off by knitting 2 stitches together (K2tog). Hide both yarn ends among the pom-poms. DONE!
You 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.)