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.