This pom-pom project is reprinted with permission from "Pom Pom Animals: 45 Easy and Adorable Projects Made From Wool" by crafter Tsubasa Kuroda. See more of her adorable handmade crafts in our exclusive interview.
How to Read the Diagram
Open diagram (pictured here) under the Materials list. The △ mark indicates where you will first tie the pom-pom in the center. Encircled numbers "1" through "10" show in which order to wrap the yarn and the number after it indicates the number of times to wrap the yarn. Use the angle markings in the center to gauge where each yarn should be wrapped. When you wrap the yarn around the bottom set of arms, turn the diagram upside down to check the positioning of the yarn. The ▲ mark indicates where you will nally tie the pom pom in the center, and where the kitchen twine (or embroidery thread) will come out.
Various colors and thicknesses of yarn are used to create a pom-pom animal's subtle tones and patterns. If you can't find the same yarn shown here, it is fine to use yarn that is a close match in color and thickness. In the case that you use the same size pom-pom maker with a different thickness of yarn to that indicated, the thinner your yarn, the more times you will need to wrap it, while with thicker yarn, you wrap it less times. If you're worried about whether the yarn you have is the wrong size, try changing the number of times you wrap it.