Momo means peach in Japan­ese. Per­haps this tawashi looks more like a pump­kin than a peach, but momo is a cuter name :)

I’m going to show you how to make one with tulle, using the pat­tern from Pier­rot (link via Rav­el­ry, with slight mod­i­fi­ca­tions explained below). Tulle makes for a scrub­bier tawashi than acrylic or cot­ton yarn, I think.

A roll of this dec­o­ra­tive tulle from Michaels makes 2 tawashi’s! It’s 6 inch­es wide by 20 yards. Here’s how we trans­form the roll of tulle into balls of yarn :D


  1. Roll of Tulle.
  2. Pop off the plas­tic caps on both ends of the roll, then remove the inner paper tube.
  3. Using fab­ric scis­sors, cut roll in half through all lay­ers (it would be a bit tough to cut through but just keep nudg­ing forward)
  4. Roll half of the roll into a ball. Repeat with the oth­er half. 

Now we have 2 balls of tulle yarn!

For the tawashi, I also used 5mm and 3.5mm cro­chet hooks, tapes­try nee­dle, and a small amount of green yarn.

I fol­lowed the pdf pat­tern from Pier­rot (it’s chart­ed, but very easy to under­stand), but with the fol­low­ing stitch counts: 

  1. Using 5mm hook, ch 16.
  2. Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch across (15 sc).
  3. Start­ing at row 2, work in pat­tern for 18 rows, it’ll be close to the end of the ball of yarn. Fas­ten off, don’t cut off the yarn, and there should be a long tail enough to do all the sewing described below.

To fin­ish:

  1. Sew the two short edges togeth­er with the long tail, don’t fas­ten off.
  2. Thread the tail through the stitch­es at one edge around, cinch.
  3. Then thread the yarn tail to the oth­er edge, and thread the tail through the stitch­es around. Cinch, and tie off to secure.
  4. Using green yarn and 3.5mm hook, tie yarn to the mid­dle of the tawashi through all lay­ers, ch 15, sl st to where the yarn was attached in the mid­dle of the tawashi, fas­ten off, weave in ends (I hid the ends inside the tawashi).

And there we have it, quick home­made gifts one can make a hand­ful in a cou­ple of evenings!

Hap­py autumn!