I’ve heard that necessity is the mother of invention. This couldn’t be more true than with my Mega Pom Beanie. My very first dance with designing came about from the desire to make the ultimate slouchy beanie.
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When TL Yarn Crafts started in 2013, my entire business model was making and shipping finished items. My shop had a range of products from beanies and scarves to washcloths and baby blankets. I was all over the place! I got a little burned out on making all the things and decided to focus more on winter accessories. All of the patterns I used came from magazines, books, and online shops. But I hit a wall when I I tried to find my “signature beanie”.
When I say I tried everything, I tried EVERYTHING! I rented books from the library, flipped through magazines at Barnes & Noble, and bought dozens of beanie patterns looking for just the right one. I was having no luck at all. So, I took the crochet experience I had and decided to make one! I started by writing down everything I wanted my signature beanie to have:
- A wide brim that I could roll up
- Intense hipster slouch
- A giant pom pom
- Textured stitches that make you want to reach out and touch it
- A design that was perfect for girls and guys
- Something that uses only one ball of yarn
After months (not even kidding) of trial and error, the Mega Pom Beanie was born! It was everything that I wanted and more. I tried it in every type of yarn I could find: solid colors, stripes, variegated, cotton, wool, acrylic. It came out perfect every time. I can’t say exactly say how many I’ve made since releasing the pattern in 2015, but I know that every single one of them has been a joy.
The variations on this pattern are endless! I was contacted by an old college friend who was looking to gift handmade for a baby shower. We talked and I suggested a Mommy & Me set using the Mega Pom Beanie pattern. Didn’t it come out so cute?! I found these pom poms from Lion Brand and added a one of my hand-punched Girl Power buttons as a small gift.
Of all the great things that happened for me and TL Yarn Crafts after releasing the Mega Pom Beanie pattern, I was most humbled by the community support of the pattern. Within days I was tagged in gorgeous photos from fellow makers who’d given the pattern a try. Here are a few of my recent favorites from Instagram. Click the photos to meet the makers!
Grab your copy of the Mega Pom Beanie and let the fun begin. All purchases from my pattern shop include lifetime pattern support. Post your pictures on Instagram using the tags #MegaPomBeanie and #CrochetIsBAE for a chance to be featured!