The Bottom Line
A pom-pom maker is by no means an essential piece of knitting equipment, but if you make a lot of projects that involve pom-poms, they are not bad tools to have around.
You might even find that once you have invested in these devices that you will come up with more reasons than you ever would have before to use pom-poms, and expanding your creativity can only be a good thing.
- Makes it easy to make uniform sized pom-poms.
- Getting two sizes in one pack allows for more variety.
- Easy to use once you understand the concept.
- Hard plastic makes them durable.
- Instructions are initially a little confusing.
- Pom-pom makers are rather large and bulky for storage.
- Pieces may be difficult to pull apart
- Large plastic discs with arms help you make pom-poms.
- Multiple sizes allow you to make small and larger pom-poms.
- Hard plastic makes pom-pom makers durable.
Guide Review - Clover Pom-Pom Maker
I have always just made pom-poms basically by hand, and they turn out pretty well. But there are so many pom-pom makers out there, I thought maybe I was missing something doing it without one of these devices.
I picked up a two-pack of Clover Pom-Pom makers to take for a test drive. They make pom-poms about two and a half and three and three eighths inches in diameter.
The pom-pom makers themselves are two round pieces of hard plastic. Each side of the circle has two arms that hinge away from the center; this is where you actually build the pom-pom.
To make a pom-pom you first pull the arms away from the center circle, making sure the arms on one side are lined up with each other as you work.
Wrap your yarn around the two arms on one side of the piece. The more wraps you make, the fuller your pom-pom will look. Cut the yarn when you're done on that side and repeat the same technique on the other side.
Then you close the arms back down onto the circle and use sharp scissors to cut the yarn between the two arms all the way around. Then insert another piece of yarn into that same place and tie a knot to hold the pom-pom together.
Finally you lift the arms away one at a time and pull the center pieces apart from each other to release the pom-pom, which you can then fluff and trim.
I mention all the steps because I found the instructions that came with the pom-pom maker a little confusing the first time around. It was also a little difficult for me to get the circles to separate the first time, but once you get the hang of it, it's no big deal.
If you like pom-poms and make them more than occasionally and have somewhere in your house to store these somewhat bulky devices, you're sure to have fun making pom-poms to your heart's content.