This simple crochet tutorial will help you to learn how to crochet a ball.
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What do you need to crochet this project?
- Crochet hook size 2.5 mm
Tips for beginners:
- Yarndage: 1.76 Oz (50g) / 185 Yrds (169m)
- Yarn weight: Fingering (14 wpi) / Super Fine
- Fiber type: 100% mercerized cotton
- Yarn Brand: Yarn Art Begonia
Tips for beginners:
- Stitch/place markers
These tips might answer your questions:
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How to crochet a ball
Writing instructions to crochet
Start with a magic circle. Round 1. Work 6 sc into the center of the circle.
Round 2. [2 sc inc] 6 times. In this row we have 12 stitches.
Round 3. *2 sc inc, 1 sc, rep from * to the end. In this row we have 18 stitches.
Round 4. *2 sc, 2 sc inc, rep from * to the end. In this row we have 24 stitches.
Round 5. *2 sc inc, 3 sc, rep from * to the end. In this row we have 30 stitches.
Round 6. 2 sc, 2 sc inc, *4 sc, 2 sc inc, rep from * to the end, 2 sc. In this row we have 36 stitches.
When you finish adding increase rows, it’s time to make the middle of the ball. For this part, work in even single crochet rounds.
Middle Rounds 7-12. Single crochet every stitch.
Work the same number of rounds as you did for the increase rounds. If you worked 6 increase rounds, work 6 even rounds, and so on.
You can also change colors in crochet.
To work the last third of the crocheted ball, decrease six stitches in each round. This is the opposite of the increase rounds and you need to work as many rounds as you did for each of the other sections.
Work as many single crochet stitches as needed to match the number in your last increase round, then single crochet two stitches together.
Round 13. 2 sc, 2 sc dec, *4 sc, 2 sc dec, rep from * to the end. In this row we have 30 stitches.
Round 14. *2 sc dec, 3 sc, rep from * to the end. In this row we have 24 stitches.
Round 15. *2 sc, 2 sc dec, rep from * to the end. In this row we have 18 stitches.
Round 16. *2 sc dec, 1 sc, rep from * to the end. In this row we have 12 stitches.
Fill the Ball With Stuffing or Other Filler
As you continue the decrease rounds, the opening gets smaller. Before it gets too small, fill the ball with stuffing or another filler. For baby toys, you can add child-safe rattle or bell inserts inside the stuffing. For beanbags, partially fill a small fabric beanbag and then stuff it inside the ball.
Round 17. [2 sc dec] 6 times. In this row we have 6 stitches.
Continue decreasing the stitches until you have six stitches left. Cut your yarn, leaving an 8-inch tail. End off the last stitch, then use a yarn needle to run the tail through the stitches and gather the opening closed.
Secure the yarn and weave in the tails. Roll the ball between your hands to shape it as needed.
Stitch abbreviations used in this crochet
- ch – chain
- sc – single crochet
- 2sc inc – 2 single crochet increase
- 2sc dec – 2 single crochet decrease
If you still have questions regarding what those symbols mean or how to read them, please take a look at our epic guide of Crochet symbols and abbreviations.
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