Thursday, October 28, 2010

Braided Yarn Ponytails

G has been asking and asking for a new ponytail and I FINALLY got to finishing it! And JUST in time for her to now have long hair so she can sing "Whip My Hair" and "whip it real hard!" See the end of the video for a sample ;-)

The video walks you through how to install the ponytail once you have all the yarn braids done. To create the ponytail, basically, all you do is get your favorite yarn (it's most fun when you just let your child choose the color scheme. If you don't want it to be too insanely colored, choose black or very dark brown and then let your child choose what the accent color will be), decide how long you want the ponytail to be, then cut your strands TWICE as long (you'll be doubling it over). I try to vary the lengths of the braids a bit so that it hangs like a real ponytail (which would not have all strands the exact same length), Then braid away! Six strand braids work best, I think, otherwise you'll be braiding till you fall over. Nine would be ok too, they'll be a little thicker. I put some beads on the ends for weight, then just knot the yarn below the last bead. I leave some loose yarn hanging down like real hair would be. Once the ends of the ponytail start to get a little raggy at the ends of the strands of yarn, then you have some excess to trim off.

So, just make enough braids to suit your liking, till the ponytail is as full as you want it. If you are doing a ponytail on each side, like this:
make sure you do some extra.

Remember, though, all the braids will be folded over when you install them...

I will now let the video do the rest of the talking!


  1. I have been following your blog for a while now and love what you do with/to your daughters hair. I have a you have any tips on how to grow hair out? My daughter is 10 years old and we cant seem to get her hair to grow very well. Do you have some tips on helping it grow faster or at least grow a little bit better?

  2. So creative and just plain NEATO! I'm glad I stayed tuned till the very end 'cause the best part was the hair whipping finale. :D My girl is only 1 year old but I am already planning Halloween costumes that could go with a colorful yarn fall for years from now. :))))

  3. @Debbie

    What I find is that keeping my daughter's hair in styles that gently pull on the scalp, i swear i don't know if it's true, but her hair seems to grow fast! like when i pull her locs back or if i make cornrows or something...I swear she has new growth SO Fast. Try keeping her hair in cornrows and see what happens.


  4. Cute idea! We might do something like this for the next style.


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