If you're ready to kick your pom-poms up a notch, keep reading to learn how to make speckled, spotted and striped poms!

(This tutorial assumes you know the basics of making pom-poms, using a pom-pom maker. If you don't know how to use one or need a refresher, there are lots of great how-tos on the web, including this one from Knit Picks.)

Multi-colored Poms

Can't decide which color to make your pom? Pick 2--or 3! This style pom gives you a fairly even distribution of all colors, and it's the easiest "fancy" pom to make: just hold 2 or 3 different colored strands of yarn together and wind them onto your pom-pom maker as you would do with a single color.

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More than 3 colors can start to look muddy, so beware!

Voila! 

Striped Poms:

I love this one for a very distinct look. It's a big, chunky pom with obvious stripes. 

On one side of your pom-pom maker, wind a layer of color #1, followed by color #2, then a 3rd layer with color #1. (Make your layers relatively thin so you don't overload the pom-pom maker!)

One the other side of your pom-pom maker, layer the colors again, in the opposite order: color 2, color 1, color 2. 

Tie it off and--ta da!--a striped pom. (This would be especially fun to try with a gradient set!)

Spotted Poms:

This one is the most time-consuming but also, I think, the most fun--it gives you blips of color scattered randomly throughout. 

Start with your main color and wind a bit onto one side of the pom-pom maker, then add a few wraps of color #2. Repeat to the end, alternating colors. (Make your main color sections bigger than your contrast color to give it a real main color/contrast color effect; alternately, make your sections more even for a pom that looks more marbled.) Wind back in the other direction to create a second layer; try to cover each section of the 1st layer with the opposite color. 

Do the same thing on the opposite side of the pom-pom maker, and here we are, a spotty-dotty pom-pom!

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