Pom pom yarn or wool is totally different to the standard yarns used in knitting. It is made up of lengths of plain yarn with tufts of fluffy pom poms located every two to three inches apart. When knitting a blanket with this yarn you end up with an extra thick and comfortable blanket that is ideal for cold winter nights. A basic knowledge of knitting is essential when using this yarn as you need to ensure you don’t over-tension your throw which is easily done with the pom pom yarn.
Cast on using the loop cast on method for 15 to 20 stitches on your knitting needle. When using pom pom yarn (depending on the size of knitting needles you are using) you should get two to three stitches in between each pom pom. Ensure you don’t cast on too tightly by trying to get too many stitches between each pom pom as this will make knitting the next row more difficult.
Continue to knit 15 to 20 rows, allowing the pom pom to fall either side of the section you are knitting. It is advisable to knit slowly and carefully as you will only be using the yarn between the pom poms. It is also advisable to keep your knitting close to the tips as the pom poms can get in the way. Once you have completed your last row cast off using your preferred method.
Knit as many squares as you will need for the desired size of throw. Be careful to ensure the squares are the same size and that you don’t pick up an extra stitch at the end of any rows as this could lead to an out-of-shape throw.
Using the plain yarn, sew your squares together to form the shape of your throw. Start by sewing together as many squares as required to create the length of the throw so you have one long row. Then start on the next row, continuing until you have enough rows for the width and all squares have been used.
Only knit using the lengths of yarn between the pom poms.