Game On! Make a better Pom Pom

Pom poms are adorable on a hat or ends of a scarf, so here’s an improvement on a classic. The Game Changer Crocheted Pom Pom!

Why is this pom better?

• It is washable and dryable Because it has no loose ends, as long as your yarn can be laundered, so can this pom pom be laundered.

• It can be made with any yarn Most pom poms are made with wool yarn because the wool fibers cling to each other and keep it from falling apart. This one is made with a crochet chain, so it’s structurally sound. That means you can use any yarn, even a novelty yarn, and it won’t fall apart.

• It’s child proof Do you have a kid that picks at everything? Then you know, if you pick at a pom pom, the pieces fall out! This pom pom cannot be pulled apart.

Now you know you need one! How do you make it? Look no further.

Game Changer Crochet Pom Pom

This pattern makes an approximately 3 inch pom pom. To make a larger pom pom, use longer chain loops in round 2. To make it smaller, use shorter loops.

To make a full pom pom, the sts have to be squeezed in. It can be difficult at the end, but the more chain loops you squeeze in, the fuller the pom pom will be.

Rnd 1: In a magic ring and leaving a long tail, ch 1, 20 sc, join with a sl st to first sc. Pull your magic ring closed very firmly.

Rnd 2: (Ch 10, sl in same st) 4 times. 5 ch lps made. Rpt for each st around.
80 ch lps

Finish off leaving a long tail. Being careful not to tie over any chain loops, tie the tails together very firmly. Use these tails to sew pom pom in place.


Here’s a hint for attaching your pom pom to a hat. This is a very firm attachment and there is no knot on the inside to rub against a sensitive head!

Draw both tails through the top of the hat a couple of time. Then draw them back to the outside. Wind the tails in opposite directions a couple of times around the base of the pom pom and tie very firmly. Trim ends to just a little shorter than the the loops of the pom pom.

Need a pattern to attach your pom pom to? Here is my Basic Crochet Beanie Pattern for free!

A Merry Star Wars Christmas

Thanksgiving is over, and the Christmas season has started. Disney has blessed us this season by introducing us to an adorable Baby Yoda. Of course, I had to have one, so I made my own Baby Yoda!

And you can have one, too! Here’s the crochet pattern to bring home your own Baby Yoda. Merry Christmas!

Baby Yoda

• Small amounts of worsted weight yarn in green and tan
• Stuffing
• 12mm safety eyes (I used the brown colored eyes)
• Tapestry needle

ch(s) – chain(s)
dec – decrease
flo – front loop only
lp(s) – loop(s)
ml – magic loop
rev sc – reverse single crochet
rnd(s) – round(s)
rpt – repeat
sc – single crochet
sc2tog – single crochet two together
st(s) – stitch(es)
yo – yarn over

Notes on Amigurumi

• When working in rounds, do not join. Just continue crocheting in the next stitch creating a spiral. Use an open stitch marker to keep up with beginning of round.

• Decrease: (Insert hook in flo of next stitch, yo, pull up a lp) twice, yo, pull through all 3 lps on hook.

• Invisible Finish Off: Pull the last lp up until tail comes through st. Using tapestry needle, sew tail under next st and then through the center of the previous st. Draw yarn to back and secure. Weave in end.

Instructions for Baby Yoda with attached coat

Head (green)

Rnd 1: Starting with a ml, ch 1, sc 6 times.
6 sc

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around.
12 sc

Rnd 3: (2 sc in next st, sc in next st) around
18 sc

Rnd 4: (2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts) around
24 sc

Rnd 5: (2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts) around
30 sc

Rnds 6-8: Work 3 rnds even.

Rnd 9: (Dec over next 2 sts, sc in next 3 sts) around
24 sc

Rnd 10: (Dec over next 2 sts, sc in next 2 sts) around
18 sc

Rnd 11: (Dec over next 2 sts, sc in next st) around
12 sc

Add eyes in center of ball about 6 sts apart. Stuff firmly.

Rnd 12: Dec over next 2 sts around. Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing.
6 sc

Sew 1 long st each for top eye lid and bottom eyelid.

Ears (green)

Right Ear

Row 1: Ch 4, sc in 2nd st from hook. Turn.
1 sc, 2 chs

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in sc. Turn.
1 sc

Row 3: Ch 1, 2 sc in sc. Turn.
2 sc

Row 4: Ch 1, sc in each sc. Turn.

Row 5: Ch 1, 2 sc in first sc, sc in next sc. Turn.
3 sc

Row 6: Ch 1, sc in each sc. Turn.

Rpt last row twice more.

Ch 1. Rev sc in end of each row along long edge of ear. Reverse sc in first ch, 3 rev sc in second ch, rotate ear and rev sc in remaining loop of first ch. Continue rev sc in end of each row along edge of ear. Finish off leaving long tail for sewing.

Left Ear

Work rows 1-4 same as first ear.

Row 5: Ch 1, sc in first st, 2 sc in next sc. Turn.
3 sc

Row 6: Ch 1, sc in each sc. Turn.

Rpt last row twice more. Turn.

Sl st across 3 sts on end of ear. Finish the same as the other ear. Turn.

Sew on ears onto head in a slight curve.

Body (tan)

Rnd 1: Starting with a ml, ch 1, sc 6 times.
6 sc

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around.
12 sc

Rnd 3: (2 sc in next st, sc in next st) around
18 sc

Rnd 4: (2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts) around
24 sc

Rnd 5: (2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts) around
30 sc

Rnd 6: (2 sc in next st, sc in next 4 sts) around
36 sc

Rnds 7-12: Work 6 rnds even.

Rnd 13: (Dec over next 2 sts, sc in next 4 sts) around
30 sc

Rnd 14: (Dec over next 2 sts, sc in next 3 sts) around
24 sc

Rnd 15: (Dec over next 2 sts, sc in next 2 sts) around
18 sc

Rnd 16: (Dec over next 2 sts, sc in next st) around
12 sc


Rnd 17: Dec over next 2 sts around.
6 sc

Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing. Whip st in each st around and cinch hole closed. Sew yarn through opposite end, pull tight and secure end.

Sew body to head.

Collar (tan)

Leaving a long tail for sewing, ch 5.

Row 1: Sc in second st and next 3 sts. Turn.
4 sc

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in each st. Turn.

Rpt row 2 until you have 37 rows or collar is long enough to wrap around the widest part of body with 3 extra rows overlapping.

Last row: Ch 1, sc 2 together twice. Invisible finish off.

Sew ends together with rounded end overlapping square end by a few rows. Slip collar around coat and sew in place.

Hide all ends inside body and head.

Katie Clark Crochet on Tour!

Well, it’s not a rock ‘n’ roll tour, but it’s a class tour and I may be coming to a city near you!

Come by and see me at 2019 Fiber Fun in the ‘Sip in Vicksburg, MS September 26-28. I will be joined by other big names in fiber for a slate of classes unprecedented in Mississippi! Click here for a list of classes. Besides the classes, come visit the marketplace heaven for fiber enthusiasts. Click here for info on the vendor hall.

In October, you will find me in Ashville, NC for Southeastern Fiber Fair! I’m so excited to be joining this renowned and respected fiber festival October 24-27! Here are links for classes and event info. Or click the logos for more information on each festival.

Check out Katie Clark Crochet on Instagram and Facebook for updates on my classes and workshops.

It’s time to Let the Good Times Roll!

Let the Good Times Roll Shawl Mystery Crochet Along is live! We are gearing up for 2019 Fiber Fun in the ‘Sip with this fun MCAL. Our vendors have put together yarn kits especially for this pattern. Visit the Let the Good Times Roll page under the Patterns menu or click here for full details!

Ready to jump in? Preregister now!

Already registered? Bought your yarn? Tell us what colors you chose in the comments below!

I’m Published!

I’m excited to tell you about my latest pattern, Triton’s Trumpet Shawl! It is appearing in Interweave Crochet Spring 2019.

The Spring issue hits newsstands March 12th. I hope you enjoy this pattern! If you’d like to see more of my patterns, check out my patterns page and my Ravelry page

Triton’s Trumpet Shaw
Interweave/Harper Point Photography

Inside Interweave Crochet Spring 2019, you will find 18 beautiful projects to greet spring. Make projects inspired by world travels or create garments and accessories from under the sea. Learn to felt your crochet or try a simplified version of Romanian point lace. Then, read about fiber artists that are using crochet to bring awareness to coral reef preservation and environmental issues. You’ll find so much to love in Interweave Crochet this spring!

Zombies are Crap at Knitting

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But I love stitching them! I made a double knit Zombie Scarf that is sure to keep my brother-in-law warm in the zombie apocolypse!

And, so everyone will be prepared for the impending doom, here are charts you can use for knitting, cross stitching, needlepoint, or any reason you might have for needing to stitch zombies. Included are a zombie head, Crossed Winchester rifles, and a biohazard. If you would like to duplicate my scarf above download the full pattern here. If you have never tried double knitting, you will want to start with a simpler pattern like my Double Knit Scarf pattern. Enjoy!

Art & Craft: What’s the difference?

crochet knit iconI’m so excited to have my work shown in the Mississippi Museum of Art this Thursday, September 20th. The museum is featuring work from the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi in their Third Thursday event this month.

I consider myself lucky that even as a kid, I knew I wanted to be an artist. When I would visit the museum, I dreamed of having my work displayed here. In high school, I had my first opportunity when my drawings and paintings hung as part of the Scholastic Art Awards competition. Now, almost 30 years later, here I am again as a Craftsman!

I find that often in public displays, “art” and “craft” are often separated pretty sharply. I have wondered why that is. In my experience, they are the same, just different media. In any medium, you learn the basic technique first, then you increase your skill by replicating various techniques of the masters. Finally, you rework and extend your technique to create unique pieces. In both cases, when your proficiency and originality reach a high standard as judged by peers in your medium, you become a master.

So, what is the difference? Is it the difference between utilitarian and decorative? Innovation versus tradition? Beauty versus expression? The quality of the work versus the fame of the artist? If you would like to know more about the history of the divergence between art and craft, here is an interesting TedEd.

Top left: Traditional Granny Square afghan made for me by my MIL. <3<3<3
Top right: Granny square hexagon motif used to make Christmas stocking by Katie Clark
Bottom: Detail of table decoration using traditional filet crochet technique by Katie Clark
All images copyright Katie Clark.

Hoarding and the Creative Spirit

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I enjoy being in homes that are neat and orderly and pretty. Then I go home and I am in a mess. So I start looking around for things to get rid of. But I don’t want to get rid of my stuff!

Lately, I’m having to pare down some things cause of some changes in our house. I’ve spent time going through my pattern books (No!) and my yarn (NO!) wondering why this process is so hard.

Psych students pay attention… Why do I have all this stuff?

My stuff is raw material for creativity. I have a cabinet full–and then some–of craft supplies and random odd items and I see potential in all of it. For example, I have been saving wine corks for years. Years. I’ve had ideas floating around my head about what to do with them, but haven’t had the time to implement anything. Now, I’ve found a super cute pattern that I will make time for in the next few weeks.

My stuff is reminders of people and times I love. Talking to friends whose homes I admire, they get rid of things with no second thought. But I keep things cause I have personal attachments. Looking around, my shelves are overflowing, but as I look at items individually, I am happy thinking about whatever attachment I have to it. I’m happy to keep anything I feel that way about, and I’m happy to get rid of anything that has no personal significance.

My stuff includes a lot of toys. Curiosity feeds creativity, so I have a lot of toys, especially STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) toys. My designs sometimes stem from ideas developed from technology and engineering and the “What If” questions I ask.

So I have a choice to make. I can clean up my house and make it more pleasant to be in. Or I can keep my stuff that makes me happy and drives creativity.

Please excuse my mess. I think I’ll keep my stuff.

20180822_213938.jpgAbove: My craft room in the midst of an overhaul
Below: 33 gallon bag of yarn to donate

The Question Most Asked

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I teach both knitting and crochet. And I teach a lot of beginners who don’t know the difference. The question they ask me most is:

What’s better? Knit or crochet?

That’s a totally subjective question. Ask a knitter and they will probably say knitting. Ask a crocheter and they will probably say crochet. Even those who do both may waffle and say, “They are just different.”

I have my opinions of what’s better and easier, but here’s some hopefully unbiased information with a side-by-side comparison so you can make up your own mind.

After you look over the info, keep reading for my answer!

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Crochet vs knitting (pdf download)

So, when a student asks me, I say I prefer crochet. Why? Because it works up faster and mistakes are easier to fix. It’s just a personal preference, and these days I knit as much or more than crochet. There are things I like better about knitting, but my heart is in crochet!

Did I miss anything? What’s your opinion? Comment your preference and why!

Welcome to Katie Clark!

19488959_848083428676607_5682621870268544020_oHere, you can find classes and events for crocheters and knitters, Katie Clark Crochet patterns, and tips and tricks from a life-long crocheter (and knitter). Come again soon for details on

Fiber Fun in the Sip coming to Vicksburg, MS in September
Oxford Fiber Festival coming to Oxford, MS in January 2019
Fiber Fun on the River Retreat coming to Vicksburg, MS in February 2019

…and other events coming soon!