Attack of the Killer Pom-Pom Hat

Copyright Marnie MacLean 2006

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Sometimes, you just want a hat that is warm, comfortable and fun. I bought three skeins of GGH Aspen, a lovely merino blend, for a steal, and a hat seemed like the best use for it. I walk my dog early every morning, and I can pop this hat on and barely feel the chill. I like this hat knit a little loose, to avoid hat head and ensure comfort. If the yarn were a finer gauge, I'd make it more snug, but with something this chunky, loose seems to be best.

Three sizes are provided. The smallest is probably best for children, medium for the average woman's head and large for men. Do measure the wearer ahead of time, though, as some people don't fall perfectly in line with expectation.


16 stitches and 22 rows = 4”


  • US #10.5
  • 1.5 Skeins of GGH Aspen in main color
  • 1 Skein of GGH Aspen contrast color
  • Tapestry needle
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors


  • S: 18” circumference 7” tall (not counting pom-pom)
  • M: 21” circumference, 8” tall (not counting pom-pom)
  • L: 24” circumference, 9” tall (not counting pom-pom)

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Chart Legend


Pattern Chart. Click for larger viewThis pattern is worked in three sections. You can click the chart to the right to see a larger view. The entire pattern is shown in the chart, or you can follow the verbose instructions below.

Section A

CO 73 [85, 97] stitches in contrast color
Row 1: (Public side) K
Row 2: *P3, K3* to last stitch. P1
Repeat rows 1 and 2, 2 more times or until brim is as long as you’d like.

Work 2 rows in stockinette stitch.

Begin working stranded band.

NOTE: Some people prefer to go up a needle size when working a stranded pattern. If your band pulls in to much, you should try a larger needle size for this portion only.
Row 1: *K1 in contrasting color, K1 in main color* repeat to last stitch, K1 in contrasting color
Row 2: *P1 in main color, P1 in contrasting color* repeat to last stitch, P1 in main color
Repeat rows 1 and 2 one more time

Section B

Work 1 [5, 11] rows in stockinette in main color

Section C

Work another 11 rows in stockinette stitch in main color. You should have just finished a wrong side row.

Row 12: (Public side) *K4, K2tog* repeat from * to * to last stitch. K1

All odd numbered rows: Purl

Row 14: *K3, K2tog* repeat from * to * to last stitch. K1

Row 16: *K2, K2tog* repeat from * to * to last stitch. K1

Row 18: *K1, K2tog* repeat from * to * to last stitch. K1

Row 20: K2tog across row to last stitch. K1


Cut a long tail and thread end onto tapestry needle. Pull needle through all stitches remaining on needle and remove from needle to close. Use this same tail to sew up the back seam of hat. Weave in remaining ends.


pom-pom template. Click to open a larger viewGrab some cardboard and cut out two 5.5" wide circles. The circle you cut out will be about 0.5" larger than your final pom-pom so if you wish to change the size of your pom-pom, adjust your template accordingly.

Cut the center out of each circle, referring to the template to the left. The larger the circle you cut out of the center, the more yarn you can wrap around the template and the denser your pom-pom will be.

Cut a notch out of the donut (again, refer to template) to make it easier to wrap the yarn around the template.

Now holding both circles together, notches aligned, begin wrapping yarn around template. Refer to diagram on the right. I like to wrap a very long strand of both colors at the same time, to give a nice mottled effect. Use as much yarn as you have left or enough to get several layers of yarn wrapped around template. Don't wrap too much yarn very close to the notch as it will be hard to control those bits.

Leave one long strand of the main color to tie off the pom-pom.

When you are done wrapping, grab a pair of scissors and slip the tip of them between the layers of the template. Cut along the outside of the donut, carefully, working hard not to lose too many bits as you cut.

Slide the spare length of the main color, between the layers of the template and tie it very very tightly to secure the pieces.

Give it a few knots to make sure it's secure.

Now you can give your pom-pom a haircut to even out the ends and affix it to the hat using the tails of the tie you used to close the pom-pom.

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