The gray hat with the orange stripe clearly clearly needs a pompom. It’s meant for a pompom. So let’s do this.
As always, pompom happiness (at least for me…I suppose opinions could vary) comes from making sure your pompom is very very very densely wrapped. I also like to use a scale to be sure I’m getting the same amount of yarn on each side of the pompom. And really…I mean it when I say I like them full. This is about 100 yards of yarn (it’s Clara by Manos in Meil), and it’s totally worth it. That and sharp, tiny scissors are key.
And I’ve become a big fan of using jeans thread to tie off my pompoms. It’s super strong, so you’re not going to break it by tying off tightly. It’s a little thicker so you are not going to slice your yarn when you pull it tight. And don’t worry…you can trim it down short once you’re done so you can’t tell it’s a different color than your yarn.
Plus it comes in handy for the next bit, which is getting the pompom on the hat in a clever way! Which I will regale you with in nauseating detail just as soon as the pattern is ready!