A classic hat topped with a super spunky pom pom is a wonderful last-minute knit that will definitely add a little boost to any day!

Speckled Pom Pom Hat | Purl Soho

Our Speckled Pom Pom Hat is sized for babies to adults and is as quick and simple as can be. Knit in the round from the bottom up, we used our chunky Super Soft Merino in Heirloom White. We like its new fallen snow purity as a ground for punchy pom poms in a fruit basket of colors!

Speckled Pom Pom Hat | Purl Soho

To make our pom poms nice and dense and fluffy, we used our Pom Pom Maker Set, which includes two U-shaped makers and six trim guides. For all the basics of making solid color pom poms, check out our Pom Pom Tutorial. Or to discover a world of fancy pom poms, like all-over sprinkles, patches of color blocks, and scattered polka dots, pick up our Pom Pom Pattern, too!

Speckled Pom Pom Hat | Purl Soho

Designed for Purl Soho by Jake Canton.

Materials

  • Main Color (MC): 1 (1, 1, 1, 2) skeins of Purl Soho’s Super Soft Merino, 100% merino wool. We used Heirloom White.

NOTE: The Adult Large size uses exactly 1 skein of MC, not including the pom pom. If making a Speckled Pom Pom, you will need a second skein of MC.

Gauge

12 stitches and 18 rows = 4 inch in stockinette stitch

Size

Baby (Toddler, Kid, Adult Small, Adult Large)

  • Finished Circumference: 12 (14, 16, 18, 20) inches
  • Finished Height (from rolled edge, not including pom pom): 6 (6¾, 7½, 8¼, 9) inches

Pattern

Begin

With Main Color (MC), cast 36 (42, 48, 54, 60) stitches onto circular needles.

Place a marker and join for working in the round, being careful to not twist the stitches.

Knit every round until piece measures 5½ (6, 6½, 7, 7½) inches from cast-on edge, unrolled.

Crown

  • Baby: Start with Round 9
  • Toddler: Start with Round 7
  • Kid: Start with Round 5
  • Adult Small: Start with Round 3
  • Adult Large: Start with Round 1

Round 1: *K8, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. [54 stitches]

Round 2: Knit.

Round 3: *K7, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. [48 stitches]

Round 4: Knit.

Round 5: *K6, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. [42 stitches]

Round 6: Knit.

Round 7: *K5, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. [36 stitches]

Round 8: Knit.

Changing to double pointed needles…

Round 9: *K4, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. [30 stitches]

Round 10: *K3, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. [24 stitches]

Round 11: *K2, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. [18 stitches]

Round 12: *K1, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. [12 stitches]

Round 13: *K2tog, repeat from * to end of round. [6 stitches]

Cut yarn and thread it onto a tapestry needle, then thread tail through remaining stitches. Bring tail to inside of hat and weave it in.

Pom Pom

If you’re using Purl Soho’s Pom Pom Maker Set, use the Large Pom Pom Maker and the 2½ inch Trim Guide to make a pom pom. Follow the basic instructions found in our Pom Pom Tutorial, with these modifications…

Solid Pom Pom

Holding two strands of CC together, pulling from the inside and outside of the ball, wrap the two strands of yarn around the Large Pom Pom Maker 60 times (120 total revolutions) and tie with a piece of CC.

Variation Of A Sprinkled Pom Pom

Holding three strands of MC and one strand of CC together, wrap all four strands of yarn around the Large Pom Pom Maker 30 times (120 total revolutions) and tie with a piece of MC.

NOTE: To hold three strands of MC together, split the ball of yarn so one is about twice as large as the other. Pull from the inside and outside of the larger ball (2 strands of yarn) and pull one strand from the smaller ball.

Trim

With the 2½ inch Trim Guide, trim the pom pom a bit outside the edge of the Trim Guide to create a 3-inch pom pom.

Finish

Thread each pom pom tail separately through the top of the hat to the inside. Tie the tails into a knot, then thread the tails up through the pom pom itself and trim them so they’re even with the pom pom.

Weave in the ends and steam if desired!

Speckled Pom Pom Hat | Purl Soho