Tools: Jumbo Pom-Pon Maker

in the bag
Susan Bates

While the smallest mold in the Clover pom-pon kit is practically minuscule, the Susan Bates Jumbo could require a wide-load permit on the roads. Most clothing patterns won't call for such sizeable pom-pons, but anything fun -- especially knitted toys or animals -- will.

Is Jumbo all brawn and no brain? Let's see.

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join both sides together
cut around the perimeter of the form
Meet Mrs. Pom-Pon!

Getting Started
I had a few false starts simply because I don't like to read directions -- and these were in English, so I had no excuse.

The bag contains what looks like one giant red and white donut.

But when you take it out, you realize that the two outside faces of the donut snap apart, then each half snaps apart, and then the white and red rings snap apart, giving you eight pieces total.

What Goes Where
If you snap the red and white pieces together, you'll be able to create the largest pom-pon. Using just the white pieces will create a smaller one.

Using just the red pieces creates nothing but frustration, as I kept doggedly discovering.

Easy Assembly
When you're ready to create a pom-pon, pick the size you want to make. For the sake of this demonstration, we'll make the largest size.

Assemble the circle pieces by snapping the white pieces into the red pieces (holes are easy to spot), creating larger overall discs. Then place two discs back to back so that there's a nice gap along the edge of the circle.

Secure your yarn in the handy notch located at either end of the semicircular piece, and then start wrapping your yarn around and around. If you're not sure if you've wrapped enough yarn, this means you haven't.

Repeat these steps with the other remaining components.

Snip, Snip, Snip
Now you'll want to assemble these pieces into a full circle. The holes and pegs for attaching the pieces together are clearly visible.

Using very sharp scissors, start cutting the yarn in a straight line along the outer edge of the mold, where there's a convenient gap between the two plastic faces.

Now it's time to secure the pieces. Take a long strand of yarn, wrap it through the same slot along which you cut, tie a knot, and pull it very tight. Keeping the original knot tight, form another one to make things absolutely secure.

Now it's time for the mold to come off. Carefully pull the upper and lower portions of the form apart, and then shake the pom-pon to fluff it up. Finally, take your scissors and trim any loose strands.

To Buy or Not To Buy
Because of its extra-large size, I'd give the Susan Bates Jumbo a B in terms of flexibility (compared to the four-sized Clover kit).

But for $5.95, you can know that you're fully prepared for whatever the pom-pon gods throw your way. And if you enjoy any kind of whimsical knitting projects, then this is a must.

Available Sizes
Pieces mix and match to make either a 3 1/2" or 4 1/2" pom-pon
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