Size D or E crochet hook
Something for stuffing (literally anything – I used scraps of an old washcloth)
Start with a magic circle
row 1: ch 1, 4 sc in circle, join with sl (5sc)
row 2: turn, ch 1, 2 sc in each st, join with sl (10 sc)
row 3: turn, ch 1, alternate 1 sc and 2 sc in each stitch, join with sl (15 sc)
row 4: turn, ch 1, sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in third st* continue around, join with sl (20 sc)
row 5-7: turn, ch 1, sc in each st, join with sl (20 sc)
row 8: turn, ch 1, *sc in first 3 st, skip 4th st* continue around, join with sl (15 sc)
[This is a good time to stuff the ball. Add additional stuffing as you continue if needed. I suggest making sure the yarn end at the start of the project is inside the ball so you have one less end to weave in at the end.]
row 9: turn, ch 1, *sc in first 2 st, skip 3rd st* continue around, join with sl (10 sc)
row 10: turn, ch 1, sc in every other st, join with sl (5 sc)
Cut yarn, leaving 6 inch tail. Thread needle with yarn tail and weave top loops of each sc. Pull yarn tight to close hole. Weave in ends.
Note: This general pattern can be used to create any size ball. Things to remember:
- You can use any yarn, just use a crochet hook that is “too small” for the gauge yarn so it will result in a tight crochet.
- Cotton yarn results in a tighter ball than stretchier yarn.
- To make a larger ball, just keep the pattern going after row 4 (i.e. – 2sc in every 4th st, 2sc in every 5th st, etc.). To do the second half you just reverse the pattern (i.e. – skip every 5th st, then 4th, etc.)
- Every time you add a row to the pattern, you’ll have to add about 2 rows to the middle section (in which you’re just putting 1 sc in every st).
- If you’re making a ball for use by a baby, use the cut-off end of a stocking to hold the stuffing inside the ball. (Insert the stocking with the open end coming out of the partly-made ball; stuff the stocking until it fills the ball; tie off or stitch closed the stocking and cut off excess.) This prevents the stuffing (especially poly-fil) escaping from between the stitches and being eaten by the baby.
[Please let me know if you see any mistakes!! Thank you.]