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How to Knit the Baby Pom Scarf



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hello i'm davina of sheepandstitch.com

and today we're going to knit the baby

palm scarf yeah now this is one of my

favorite scarves because it's really

easy to do it's really cushy it's a cute

little pom-pom on both ends of it it's

just adorable for kids and adults alike

in fact I got a lot of adults asking can

I make this for myself even though I

know there's a kid on the cover of the

pattern can I it is it okay for adults

yes yes it is absolutely okay and

recommended for adults as well you might

just want to knit it a little bit longer

than what the pattern recommends anyway

I'm getting ahead of myself let's talk

about this pattern okay in order to knit

up this pattern you will need to know

how to knit and how to purl now if you

don't know how to do that that's okay

you can head over to the how to knit

page and I've got a link for that below

and watch the videos for the knit and

purl once you feel like you've mastered

the knit and purl then come back here

and we can knit this scarf together

alright so let's get into materials okay

so what are you looking at you are

looking at the kit for the baby pom

scarf if you don't have the kit if you

didn't purchase the kit that's totally

fine you can get your own bulky weight

yarn and your own materials but if you

did get the kit then you've got

everything you need either way let's go

through the materials together now in

order to knit the baby pom scarf you

will need a pair of 10 millimeter

knitting needles now the needles I've

got here are bamboo knitting needles and

they're great for beginners because

they're a little bit grippier than

plastic needles so they kind of hold on

to your yarn better they're not a

slippery alright so the next thing that

you will need is some yummy bulky weight

yarn now the yarn that I've got here is

from a finished company called jocked

and jok literally means fat and finish

because the yarns that they produce are

very fat as you can see really yummy

delicious extra fine merino fat yarn

yummy yummy yummy okay so you will need

about 112 yards or 102 meters of some

bulky weight yarn yum yum

alright so the next thing that you're

need is a tapestry needle now a tapestry

needle basically looks like a huge

sewing needle it's like a sewing needle

for Giants it's a big eye that we can

use to thread up our bulky weight yarn

and we'll need this when we are weaving

in the loose ends of our scarf and also

when we're attaching our pom pom alright

so the next thing that we're going to

need is a pom pom tracer now this comes

with the kit if you don't have the kit

that's cool you can make your own pom

pom tracer with some scrap cardboard and

a pair of scissors alright so the next

thing that you're going to need is a

pair of scissors and the sharper they

are the better we're going to use these

to make our pom pom so a pair of jell

scissors just will not do so the sharper

the better alright so the next thing

that you will need is a tape measure and

we'll use this to measure our scarf so

you can figure out whether it's time to

cast off or not now if you've got all

these things handy then we are ready to

make the baby pom scarf alright so I've

got my knitting needles right here and

the first thing we're going to do is

we're going to cast on which means we're

going to get our yarn on to our needles

alright so we're going to use the

longtail cast on for this our pattern

says that we need to leave about a 10

inch long tail on our cast on edge and

the reason for that is we're going to

use that extra tail to pull in our scarf

so that it bunches in at the end to a

nice blunt point okay so we're going to

take our measuring tape and we're going

to measure out 10 inches so here's the

end of my yarn and I'm going to measure

it out just loosely so we don't have to

be that exact about 10 inches so here we

go okay so let's get our measuring tape

out of the way and at this point I'm

going to wrap this yarn around my needle

so let's get this out of the way here so

what I'm going to do is I'm going to

place it at the ten inch point and then

I'm going to start wrapping 13 times I'm

going to wrap 13 times because we need

to cast on 13 stitches so here we go

here's my first rap one two three four

five six seven eight nine ten eleven

twelve thirteen okay so this is the

place where I make my Slipknot to cast

on all right so let's unravel this yarn

right here and I'm going to make my

slipknot to cast on right here let me

get myself organized first here we go

all right so here's a tail end of my

yarn and I'm going to make a slipknot

so I'm going to make a little loop like

this okay and then I'm going to take the

tail end of my yarn and bring it to the

back of my loop so that it intersects my

loop and then I'm going to pick that

strand of yarn right through here we go

so here is my Slipknot alright so I'm

going to take my needle and go through

my Slipknot like that and then I'm going

to tighten it up tighten up these two

strands of yarn alright so at this point

I've got one strand of yarn which is my

tail my long tail and this strand of

yarn which is attached to my ball so you

can see that one yarn strand is in the

front and one yarn strand is in the back

so when we're doing the long tail cast

on we want our long tail to be in the

front so right now it's in the back so

we got to move this over so I'm going to

take my first stitch right here I'm

going to take it off and turn it around

and put it right back onto my needle so

now you can see that my long tail is on

the front and the Strand that's attached

to my ball of yarn is in the back and

that's exactly how I want it okay so now

I'm going to tighten this guy up these

two strands and I'm going to cast on

thirteen stitches with the long tail

cast on now when we do the long tail

cast on we're going to take our left

hand and these two fingers and we're

going to clamp down on these two yarn

strands then I'm going to take my thumb

and my forefinger and I'm going to push

into these two strands of yarn

so let's try that again I'm going to use

my left hand these two fingers and I'm

going to clamp down on these two yarn

strands then I'm going to take my thumb

my forefinger and I'm going to push into

these two yarn strands just like this

and I'm going to take my finger on my

right hand and just put it down on this

stitch so it doesn't kind of fly around

like this just to keep it secure alright

so let's try it again left hand two

fingers clamp down on these two yarn

strands thumb and forefinger pushes into

these two strands now once you've done

that you can try to move your hand back

and forth like this making a little bit

of a diamond shape okay so once you're

comfortable with this using your two

fingers clamping down thumb and

forefinger pushing into these yarn

strands and moving your hand back and

forth then we're ready to start putting

some stitches on this needle alright so

again we would use our left hand these

two fingers clamp down on these two

strands thumb and forefinger pushes into

these two yarn strands then you want to

move your hand to the front so that you

can see all of your fingers okay so like

this not like this like this then you

want to take your needle and touch it to

your thumb and then go through the loop

on your thumb move your hand and then

bring your needle through the loop on

your forefinger and then bring your

needle through the loop on your thumb

pull down cool so here is your second

stitch that you've cast on with the long

tail cast on pretty cool right

alright so let's keep going left hand

two fingers clamp down push open the two

yarn strands turn your hand to the front

so that you can see all of your fingers

then you're going to take your needle

touch it to your thumb go through the

loop on your thumb turn your hand go

through the loop on your forefinger and

then bring it through the loop on your

thumb pull down and there's your third

stitch on your needle so you would keep

doing this until you have thirteen

stitches on your needle so we're going

to take our two fingers clamp them down

on our two yarns

and thumb forefinger pushes through move

your hand so that you can see all of

your fingers bring your needle down

touch it to your thumb push it through

the loop on your thumb turn your hand

again bring it through the loop on your

forefinger and then back home through

the loop on your thumb and then pull

down all right so repeat this until you

have 13 stitches on your needle and

you'll see that the more comfortable

that you get with this the faster you

can go all right you can actually go

really really fast but for now you just

want to practice this cast on so that

you feel comfortable doing it okay

and once you've cast on 13 stitches you

can meet me back here and we will start

Row one of our pattern together all

right so once we have 13 stitches cast

on to our needle then we're ready to

work Row 1 so Row 1 we're going to slip

1 purlwise now what this means is we're

going to take our right hand needle and

we're going to go into the first stitch

on our left hand needle as if we were

going to purl so from the top to the

bottom but instead of actually purling

we're just going to slip that stitch

right off okay so normally when you purl

you would go from the top to the bottom

then you would bring your yarn around

right but we're not actually going to do

a purl stitch we're just going to bring

our needle in to our stitch as if we

were going to purl and then we're going

to slip it right off just like that

alright so next we're going to work a

knit one purl one all the way to the end

so if I'm going to work a knit one I

need to bring my yarn to the back of my

needle and then I'm going to do mine it

one so here we go just a regular old

knit one knit one and then we're going

to purl one so we'll bring our yarn up

front and we're going to purl that next

stitch alright and then we're going to

repeat that we'll repeat the

instructions between the asterisks in

our pattern so we'll go right back to

the beginning which is a knit one there

we go

and a purl one and that's all we're

going to do that's what we're going to

do until we reach the end of our row and

that is all there is to Row 1 pretty

easy right essentially just a knit one

and a purl one except you've got to

remember to slip the first stitch of

your row and the reason why we do that

is that when we slip the first stitch of

our row we get a really nice clean edge

across our scarf and that just makes

everything look neater that's why we

slip the first stitch of our pattern

alright so we are almost near the end of

our first row pretty quick right that

was that just sped by all right so here

we go we're going to do a knit one and

then we're going to end with a purl one

there we go and here cool so there we

have just completed Row one of the baby

pom scarf pattern cool so now let's move

on to row two alright so now we are

ready to work Row two now on row two

we're going to slip one knit wise now

that means we're going to go into the

first stitch on our needle as if we were

going to knit so we're going to go from

the bottom to the top we normally do a

knit stitch you go in from the bottom to

the top you wrap your yarn around right

but we're not actually going to knit

this first stitch we're going to slip it

off so that we get that nice Salvage

edge so we're going to go from the

bottom to the top and just slip that

stitch off our needle we're not going to

knit it at all alright then we're going

to do a purl one and a knit one so we're

going to take our yarn bring it to the

front of our needle because we're going

to purl right and then we're going to

purl into that first stitch okay there

we go and then we're going to knit into

the next stitch and then we would repeat

the instructions between our two

asterisks so we're going to go right

back to a purl one and then a knit one

we're going to do this across all of row

to just a purl one knit one purl one

knit one until we reach the end and

that's all there is to Row 2 is not

incredible

pretty easy right and once we've

completed Row 2 then that is pretty much

the end of our patterns after we finish

Row 2 we would go right back to Row 1 so

you're basically working rows 1 and rows

2 back and forth so once you finish Row

1 you go back to Row 2

once you finish Row 2 you go back to Row

1 so you're just repeating these two

rows alright so here we go this is the

end of Row 2 so then we would just turn

our needle around we would bring it over

to our left hand and work Row 1 and Row

1 is slip 1 purlwise knit 1 purl 1 now I

wanted to mention a little trick for you

so that you don't have to look at your

pattern constantly to remember what row

am I on is it Row 1 or Row 2 you can

actually read your knitting so what I

mean by that is you can look at the

stitches that are currently on your

needle so right now you can see you got

a purl stitch here right and you can

tell by this little bump all these

little bumps this one this one this one

this one this one this one these are all

purl stitches a purl stitch will give

you a little bump and a knit stitch will

give you a little V so let's look at

this guy here right you can see that

this is a little v-shape okay and this

is also a little v-shape although it's

kind of buried in there here's a little

v-shape right and this little guy here

is also a V shape so these are all knit

stitches a knit knit knit knit knit knit

these are all knit stitches these little

bumps bump bump bump bump bump bump

these are all purl stitches so with this

pattern

you're basically knitting the knit

stitches and purling the purl stitches

so if I see a purl stitch here I know

I'm going to purl that guy I'm going to

purl this this this this this if I see a

knit stitch I know I'm going to knit

that okay so let's do this together

alright so I see a purl stitch on my

first stitch on my needle and I know

that the first stitch of my needle I

need to slip that stitch

so because this is a purl stitch I know

I'm going to slip it purl wise which

means I'm going to go from the top to

the bottom okay and then I'm going to

slip that right off I'm slipping it off

like this because it's a purl stitch so

I'm slipping it off purl wise all right

so my next stitch you can see right here

on my left hand needle this is a knit

stitch you can tell by the little V

right so we're going to knit this stitch

so let's bring our yarn to the back of

our needle and then we're going to knit

this stitch alright just going to knit

this guide and the next stitch on our

needle is a purl stitch you can tell by

this little bump right there's no V

there's a bump so if there's a bump that

means we're going to purl it so we're

going to bring our yarn to the front and

we're going to purl this guy just like

that okay alright so our next stitch is

a knit stitch so we're going to knit

that and you would just continue in this

manner knitting your knit stitches and

purling into your purl stitches your

knitting will tell you what to do once

you get the hang of it you won't even

really need the pattern alright so

continue in this manner until your scarf

reaches 56 inches that is the finished

measurement of scarf or if you want a

shorter scarf you can cast off earlier

if you want a longer scarf you can

continue knitting until your scarf

reaches the length that you like so when

your scarf measures 56 inches or your

desired length then we're ready to cast

off

now I haven't knit 56 inches I've knit

12 inches of my scarf but for the sake

of this tutorial let's just pretend I've

knit 56 inches and that my scarf is

really super long and we're ready to

cast off okay alright so let's start

casting off we're not going to slip the

first stitch of our row we're actually

just going to knit it we're going to

break our pattern okay so we're going to

knit the first stitch

like this and then we're going to knit

the second stitch all right now we're

going to take our left needle and go

underneath this first stitch that we

knit and we're going to bring it over

our second stitch just like that there

we go so we've just cast off one stitch

now we're going to continue across this

row we're going to knit the next stitch

and then we're going to take our left

needle go underneath the first stitch

and then bring that over the second

stitch there we go alright and we're

going to continue across this row

casting off in this way until we get one

stitch left on our needle so now I've

got one stitch left on my needle and I'm

going to knit that and bring that stitch

over it great so now we really just have

one stitch left on our needle and at

this point I'm going to take out my

scissors and I'm going to leave a really

long tail about a ten inch tail just

like the tail we left when we first cast

on so I'm going to go maybe like this is

pretty good and we will just snip it

right off alright so what we're going to

do is we will take this yarn that we

just cut off and we'll wrap it over our

needle like this okay and then I'm going

to take my stitch on my needle and just

bring it over that yarn end and then

just pull it through so I basically just

made a knot so now my cast off edge is

secure pretty cool right and my scarf is

off the needle tiny as it is it's off

the needle whoo

so now that we've cast off we are going

to squish in our cast on and our cast

off edge so you can see here that our

edge is very square and rectangular and

I want my edge to be kind of squished in

to be kind of ruched so that it reaches

kind of a blunt point and when we attach

our pom-pom it'll look like it's kind of

sprouting out of this little blunt end

right so what we're going to do is we

are going to take our tapestry needle

out and we're going to take this long

tail end and we're going to thread it up

with our tapestry needle so here we go

I'm going to try and push this in here

alright this big eye perfect and what

I'm going to do is I'm just going to

weave in my needle into these cast on

stitches so I'm going to go just do a

really simple kind of in and out so I'm

going to go in here and I'm going to

leave almost a whole one inch space and

I'm going to go in there and then

another kind of big one-inch space and

then go in like this and I'm not pulling

tightly I'm just going to leave leave it

kind of loose sort of loosely sitting on

the edge of my fabric okay we're going

to pull it tight at the very end for now

we'll just leave it loose on our cast on

edge and here we go let's do one more at

the very end great so you can see I've

got some very loose stitches on the end

of my scarf and I'm just going to pull

it tightly now we're going to pull it

tight alright so you can see when we

pull it tight the cast on edge is all

ruched in right it's all pulled tightly

in a little blunt end and that's exactly

what I want so at this point you can

kind of play around with it a little bit

so that it lays flat play around with

how tight you want it to be pulled I

kind of like this both ends look really

nice and look kind of organic it's

nothing sort of puffing out this looks

good to me so when the end of your scarf

looks good to you

then you can secure the end of your yarn

so I'm just pinching it like this to

keep it ruched in at the level that I

like and then I'm just going to push my

needle through one of the stitches here

and then I'm going to make a knot here

we go I'm going to make a knot with this

tail end of my yarn just to secure it

all right there we go

perfect so now I have secured this

ruched in end of my cast on and it looks

pretty cute see very nice so if we

compare this end with our other end you

can see there's quite a big difference

right this is very angular and big and

this is kind of elegantly moving inwards

and ruched up so I like that okay so now

what we're going to do is we're going to

weave in this long tail end into our

stitches and it doesn't have to be that

neat because our pom-pom will hide all

of this you know all of the ends here so

I'm just going to bring my needle in a

couple times into some of these stitches

here into the cast on edge and we just

want to secure this end so that it's not

flopping around so here we go I've gone

in maybe about three times and then the

process I'm also tightening up that end

a little bit here we go and now let's

just go in one more time

we really just want to secure this guy

okay perfect alright so I think this

looks pretty good and I'm going to get

my scissors out and I'm going to cut it

right off here we go

perfect so now my end looks nice and

blunt I like that very much

and now you would just repeat this exact

same process on the other end of your

scarf using the long tail that you left

and then we are going to make our

pom-pom together

all right so now it's time to make the

pom-pom now if you purchase the kit then

you will get this pom-pom tracer and

what you're going to do is you're going

to cut along the dotted lines all right

so that means the outside circle the

inside circle and this little slit here

okay and you're going to cut out both of

these guys now if you didn't get the kit

or you don't have this for whatever

reason you can just use some scrap

cardboard and maybe a cup or something

round and trace out a circle on your

cardboard cut out a little circle that's

maybe about an inch an inch in

circumference and then cut a slit into

that so basically a little donut okay so

you can do this - now this pom-pom

measures 2.5 inches from this end to

this end so you can make your pom-pom

tracer that same circumference and if

you want a larger pom-pom you can make a

larger pom-pom tracer you can make it

three inches if you want a really huge

explosive vibrant pom-pom these guys are

2.5 inches in circumference all right so

when you cut out your pom-pom tracers

they're going to look something like

this okay so I've got two of them here

and they've got a little slit in them

and we're going to use these to make our

pom-pom alright so we're going to layer

these two on top of each other and we're

going to make the slit correspond so

that they both are in the same area okay

then we're going to take out our yarn

and all we're going to do you won't

believe how easy this is if you've never

made a pom-pom but what we're going to

do is we're going to wrap our yarn

around this donut many many times until

we've covered up this whole pom-pom

tracer so here we go I'm going to start

wrapping my yarn around and you can do a

couple layers so I'm going to wrap it

around a couple times here and I'm just

going to start moving across my whole

pom-pom tracer just covering it up

covering it up in yarn okay so the more

time you wrap around your pom-pom tracer

the fluffier your pom

is going to be and the size of your

pom-pom is going to be roughly the size

of this pom-pom tracer so again if you

want a larger pump on then you might

want to make your own tracer that's

larger in size all right so you want to

cover up the entire pump on tracer with

yarn so I'm almost at the end of my

tracer you can see that there's just a

tiny little bit left and what you can do

is you don't have to go right up to the

edge what you can do is you can just

wrap your yarn around a couple more

times kind of compensate for not getting

to the end of your tracer because you

don't want your yarn to spill off right

so what I'm going to do is I'm just

going to wrap this around a couple more

times here we go just a couple more

times when we reach the end and that

looks pretty good to me okay

so once your pom-pom tracer is filled up

with yarn then we're ready to get out

our scissors now you want your pom-pom

tracer to be kind of evenly filled with

yarn so you don't want this end to be

really thin and this end to be really

thick because your pom-pom will reflect

that one side of your pom-pom will be

really fluffy and the other side will be

kind of sparse do you want your yarn to

be pretty evenly distributed if it's not

you can push your yarn over you know you

can kind of redistribute your yarn if

your pom-pom is not that even or if you

just want to add more yarn onto it you

can push it down a little bit and

continue to add yarn onto your pom pom

tracer so you can do that right now and

this looks pretty good to me so this

point I'm going to get out my scissors

and again the sharper they are the

better and what I'm going to do is I'm

just going to cut off my yarn great so

now what I'm going to do is I'm going to

cut out a length of yarn that's maybe

about 10 inches okay so about 10 inches

and then I'm going to lay this aside

we're going to use that in just a second

and now I'm going to get my scissors out

and what I'm going to do is I'm in a go

tween these two pom-pom tracers so I had

two of them and I'm just going to slip

my scissor in between them and I'm going

to start cutting okay so it's important

to have a pair of sharp scissors for

this because you have dull ones they're

just not going to cut very well and it's

just going to be a bit of a mess so try

and get really really sharp scissors for

this and we're just going to cut you can

do this slowly so that your yarn doesn't

spill off and let's try and get in

between these two tracers here we go

and we're just going to cut and it's

okay if the cut is a little bit messy

because you can always kind of trim your

pom-pom so that it looks even and pretty

later on so we need to get back in

between these two tracers here and can I

do it with one hand yes I can

okay here we go so just at the end and

this is our last cut great so now I'm

going to take out my lengths of yarn

that I cut out earlier and I'm going to

slip it between these two tracers so I'm

going to lay it kind of in between them

and we're going to use this to secure

our pom-pom so here we go I'm going to

get it between my two tracers when I

reach this cut area I'm just going to

continue to lay it over and once it's

secure once it's between my tracers

completely and they're meeting at the

same point then I can just pull it

tightly make sure that they're roughly

the same length on both ends and then

I'm going to make a knot to secure this

so this is really starting to look like

a pom-pom now right now you can really

see how a pom-pom is made so I'm just

going to make a knot here and I'm going

to pull down pull really tight and

secure my pom-pom and yes it does look a

little bit wonky but that's okay we're

going to trim up this guy so it looks

nice and round

alright so I made one knot and I'm going

to make another knot to make it really

secure so I'm going to make another knot

like this and I'm going to bring my yarn

through that not a second time to make

it really secure okay and then I'm going

to hold out perfect okay so now I feel

pretty confident that my pom-pom is

secure and now I can take off these

pom-pom tracers and get them off there

we go woohoo yay now our pom-pom is free

it's out in the wild watch out okay so

this is our pom-pom right now and it's

looking a little bit wonky so we're

going to trim this guy let's get our

scissors out again and we're just going

to cut you know kind of a round shape

you can kind of give your pom-pom a bit

of a haircut so it looks neat and this

is the fun part and it can definitely

get kind of addictive I have spent more

time than I care to admit cutting up a

pom-pom making sure it's nice and

perfectly round and if you're not

careful your pom-pom will get smaller

and smaller because you've been cutting

it so much but basically you just want

to get a round shape and you can kind of

fluff it up a little bit to get some of

the leftover yarn or cut yarn out spend

some time giving your pom-pom a nice

little haircut so that it's nice and

round in the shape that you want so once

your pom-pom is satisfactorily

satisfactorily round that's a hard word

to say once you're happy with the shape

of your pom-pom then meet me back here

and we are going to attach the pom-pom

onto our scarf and then we're going to

be done can you believe it yeah so go on

and give your pom-pom a bit of a haircut

alright so now I finish giving my

pom-pom a little haircut and I'm pretty

happy with the shape of it

so now let's attach it to our scarf okay

so here we're going to take out our

tapestry needle again and we're just

going to thread these two strands of

yarn attached to our pom-pom onto our

tapestry needle so here we go see if I

can't do two at a time

I can I think I can and I can yes okay

so now we've got our two strands of yarn

attached to our tapestry needle and

we're going to take out the edge of our

scarf and we're just going to thread it

through the middle of our scarf this is

pretty thick here we go and pull it

through woohoo there we go so now we

have just attached our pom-pom onto our

scarf whoa

pretty cool right alright so now we're

just going to continue to attach and

secure our pom-pom onto our scarf with

these two strands so you can kind of go

in a couple times just to make sure your

pom-pom is really secure here we go and

we're going to go in let's go into our

pom-pom again so I'm going into the

center of our pom-pom and maybe a little

bit tough to get in because you have so

many bits of yarn here we go so it's

come out on the other side so I'll pull

it through and there we are continue to

fluff up our pom-pom love this little

guy okay so I'm out on the other end of

our scarf and I'm just going to secure

it again onto the other end of our scarf

and go into a couple of these stitches

again as we did when we were securing

our cast on edge to make it taper in so

here I'll go in a couple more times into

some more stitches just to secure this

end of our scarf we don't really want

this to be visible so you can squeeze it

into some of the stitches as

imperceptibly as you can that would be

great okay here we go so maybe we'll do

one more stitch just to make sure our

pom-pom is secure there we go

now let's just do one more I'm a

stickler for these things I like to make

sure things are really secure okay so

that looks pretty good to me so now I'm

going to snip that off cool alright so

now our pom-pom feels pretty secure yeah

when I'm shaking it around

you know if you're going to mosh around

with this it's pretty secure it looks

pretty good alright so there you are you

would repeat the same process on the

other end of your scarf make a pompom

and secure it to your end and then

you're pretty much done can you believe

that that is how you knit the baby pom

scarf

thanks for knitting the baby pom scarf

now hopefully you have a cute little bee

pong scarf that you've made all by

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