Pomp-a-Doodle – yarn without pomp and circumstance

Pomp and Circumstance is the march heard around the world at graduation, commencement, and convocation ceremonies. It’s a stuffy old, traditional tune.

Pomp-a-Doodle, on the other hand, is fluffy, new and fun! This novelty yarn by Red Heart comes in 22 colors and colorways, with 21 patterns/ instructions for knitting and craft projects.

Pomp-a-Doodle yarn was designed for children’s craft projects, but it is also a knitting and crochet yarn. This is the Pink Sand colorway.

One of my favorite ideas for this yarn are the wreath patterns. The Christmas colorway was made for this! Even though none of the wreaths are knitted (they’re all attached with pins to a styrofoam wreath form), I would knit a strip from Pomp-a-Doodle and do my own thing.

The pattern included on the ball band is a knitted bath mat that takes 4 balls of yarn and is a modest 18″ x 22″ [45 x 56cm]. If you’ve priced a bath mat recently, you’ll know that, cost-wise, Pomp-a-Doodle stacks up quite well for a mat of this size.

Pomp-a-Doodle is made up of pom-poms (about 1½” [4cm] in diameter) joined by approximately 2-3″ [5-7cm] of strong, flexible cord.

I chose the Pink Sand colorway and the Ice Cream colorway of Loop-it, because I wanted to see what would happen when I combined these two yarns to create a bath mat for my bathroom.

My experiment was a success – the thickness of Loop-it and the spaces between the pompoms of Pomp-a-Doodle go together nicely, as this swatch attests.

Loop-it makes a great base for Pomp-a-Doodle. The scale of both yarns fit together very nicely!

Check out my next post for the pattern and three ways to hem this bathmat.

Check out my next post for the pattern for this bath mat, and a neat idea for a little girl’s bedroom.

This is part 4 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 3: Giggle knitting with Loop-it leads to an adorable baby blanket

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Raine Wallace July 17, 2019 - 11:52 am
I thought I would be able to do this, but I think I am in way over my head. I think I may have knitted the first two rows correctly, but I have no idea how to incorporate the pomp-a-doodle into the knitted piece. If I can’t figure out a solution, I will cut the pom poms out and tie them to a non-slip rug gripper. I would really like to be able to make the bath mat. I think it is adorable. BTW, I don’ t know how to knit, but I thought this was for beginners. Can you help me?
Carla A. Canonico July 17, 2019 - 2:39 pm
Hi Raine! Thank you for your question, it's important to us that you can follow along. Use Pomp-a-doodle just like you would a strand of yarn. Allow the skinny parts to make a stitch or two, and then make sure the pom poms always go to the side of the work you wish. Sometimes, the stitch before the Pom Pom placement will be a little slack, and sometimes a little snug. This is fine. Use the Loop-it for the first few rows - you can finger knit this if you want. When you are introducing the Pomp-a-doodle, leave 4 or 5 pom poms loose. Snug a Pom Pom right up to the first stitch, and work in the extra Pom poms with the yarn coming from the ball - one from the “tail” then one from the ball, repeat. You’ll be twisting the skinny parts of the strands. This way, you don’t have to try and weave them in. I think you can do this, and I hope my additional information helps. There are also videos on the Red Heart website that might help you work with these yarns. I believe there are links to them in my blog posts.
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