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Crochet Ball

Source: Martha Stewart Baby, Winter 2001

Introduction

Crochet can be worked in two ways: in rows or in rings. A flat item, such as a blanket, is created with rows of stitches worked in one direction, then turned and worked back. Spherical and round pieces, such as the ball, are made by crocheting rounds of stitches in a continuous circle; the work is never turned. Typically, beginners find it easier to use a pattern worked in rows.


Once you've made a ball, you can fill it with fiberfill to make a squishy baby toy, or try filling one with catnip for your favorite feline. Our stuffed ball is made from two half-spheres sewn together. The main pattern here is for a solid-colored ball, but we've included instructions for the striped and color-band balls, plus different sizes. The finished full-size ball measures 13 inches in circumference.

Gauge: 21 stitches by 24 rows equals 3 square inches

 

Different sizes: To make a smaller ball, skip rounds 10 to 13, and omit rounds 19 to 21. For a larger ball, use full pattern with a larger hook and heavier yarn.

Crochet Abbreviations st(s)= stitch(es)

sl st(s)= slip stitch(es)

ch(s)= chain stitch(es)

t-ch= turning chain

sc(s)= single crochet(s)

dc= double crochet

Repeat from * to *= Asterisks indicate that you must repeat the instructions between them.

materials

  • 50 grams of red fingering-weight wool yarn for solid-colored ball (for striped, add natural-colored or white yarn)

  • One crochet hook U.S. size D3 (3.25 mm)

  • Polyester fiberfill

  • One yarn needle

steps

  1. Ch 2, then join stitches with a sl st. This is the foundation ring.

  2. Round 1: 6 sc into second ch from hook.

  3. Round 2: 2 sc in each of 6 sts of previous round. Mark end of round with scrap piece of yarn in contrasting color; move yarn to the end of each subsequent round as you finish it.

  4. Round 3: *1 sc in next st, 2 sc in next st*. Repeat from * to * to end of round.

  5. Round 4: *1 sc in each of next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st*. Repeat from * to * to end of round.

  6. Round 5: *1 sc in each of next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st*. Repeat from * to * to end of round.

  7. Round 6: *1 sc in each of next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st*. Repeat from * to * to end of round.

  8. Round 7: *1 sc in each of next 5 sts, 2 sc in next st*. Repeat from * to * to end of round. *1 sc in each of next 5 sts, 2 sc in next st*. Repeat from * to * to end of round.

  9. Round 8: *1 sc in each of next 6 sts, 2 sc in next st*. Repeat from * to * to end of round.

  10. Round 9: *1 sc in each of next 7 sts, 2 sc in next st*. Repeat from * to * to end of round.

  11. Round 10: *1 sc in each of next 8 sts, 2 sc in next st*. Repeat from * to * to end of round.

  12. Round 11: *1 sc in each of next 9 sts, 2 sc in next st*. Repeat from * to * to end of round.

  13. Round 12: *1 sc in each of next 10 sts, 2 sc in next st*. Repeat from * to * to end of round.

  14. Round 13: *1 sc in each of next 11 sts, 2 sc in next st*. Repeat from * to * to end of round.

  15. Round 14 to 21:1 sc in each st to end of round. Finish off.

  16. To make the other half: Repeat.

  17. To join halves: Thread yarn needle with generous length of yarn. With right sides facing, sew halves together; leave 1-inch opening. Turn ball right side out. Stuff ball through opening until firm but not too hard. Thread needle with yarn; sew closed with whipstitch. Secure with a knot; weave in ends.

  18. Striped ball: Work rounds 1 to 3 in natural or white, then rounds 4 to 6 in red. Alternate colors every 3 rows. Repeat for other half. Use same color sequence for both halves.

  19. Work rounds 1 to 18 in natural or white. At the beginning of round 19, join red or contrasting yarn. Work rounds 19 to 21. Finish off. Repeat for other half.

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