Do you want to make toys or other ornaments using your yarn and hooks? Are ready to level up from your usual flat crochet pieces? Start with something simple, like learning how to crochet a ball!
Making a crochet ball is pretty basic, but it can be used in a lot of projects. Moreover, making a crochet ball is one of the basic skills you have to learn in amigurumi – using crochet to make stuffed yarn creations.
Are you ready to crochet something 3 dimensional? Learn how to crochet a ball with us by reading through this article!
What are Crochet Balls?
Do not be intimidated by how a crochet ball looks, it’s really easy to learn especially if you’ve been crocheting for a while. To make a crochet ball you’ll need the same basic materials – yarn and hook. In addition to that, you’ll also need some stuffing material to hold the ball’s shape.
Now, let’s talk about the stitches you can use to make the crochet ball. In spite of how complicated the crochet ball looks, you will only be using the basic stitches to create one. One of the stitches you can use when making the ball is the half double crochet stitch, we have a written and video tutorial for you if you need a refresher. However if you want your fabric to be denser, you can also use the single crochet stitch.
How tight your fabric will be does not depend solely on the stitches you use. You can also use different hook sizes to achieve the denseness you want. Just like how you normally crochet, you can use the recommended hook size for yarn in crocheting a ball. Although if you want a denser fabric, use a smaller hook than the suggested size to create smaller holes. Smaller holes also help in keeping the stuffing inside your work.
Making a crochet ball usually has three steps: creating a circle, making the straight rows, and making a circle in reverse. Are you ready to learn how to make a crochet ball? Bring out your yarn, hook, and stuffing and crochet along as we go through the instructions!
How to Crochet a Ball
Since we’ll be making a crochet ball, we need to work in rounds. To start we need to make a magic ring. No, you don’t need any magical things or spells to make a magic ring. Check out this magic ring tutorial to find out how to make one.
Starting the Ball and Making a Magic Ring
Create a magic ring and make six single crochet stitches (sc) into its center. Slip stitch to join. You’ll have 6 stitches at the end of this round.
The idea is to increase 6 stitches in each round, to do this you need to make 2 single crochet stitches (sc) in one stitch. The number of stitches to repeat in each round is the same as the round count.
Increase Round 2: Chain 1. * 2 sc in each stitch. * Repeat this pattern until the end of the round. Slip Stitch to join. You’ll end up with 12 stitches after this round.
Increase Round 3: Chain 1. * 1 sc, 2 sc in next stitch * Repeat this pattern until the end of the round. Slip Stitch to join. You’ll end up with 18 stitches after this round.
Increase Round 4: Chain 1. * 1 sc, 1 sc, 2 sc in the next stitch * Repeat this pattern until the end of the round. Slip Stitch to join. You’ll end up with 24 stitches.
Did you notice the pattern? In round 2, the number of stitches in the repeat (2 sc) is 2. Same as in round 3 where the number of stitches in the repeat (sc, 2 sc) is 3. Round 4 has 4 stitches in the repeat(sc, sc, 2 sc). You’ll just have to add more sc before the increase if you need more rounds. For round 5 for example, you’ll end up with this pattern: sc, sc, sc, 2 sc.
For this round, you’ll simply single crochet in every stitch.
Straight Round: Chain 1, sc in every stitch. Slip stitch to join.
The number of straight rounds you need to make depends on how many increase rounds you did. For instance, if you did 5 rounds of increase you also need to make 5 straight rounds.
Just like the increase round, you’ll need to decrease 6 stitches in each round. Making a decrease is simple, you just have to single crochet two stitches together.
Since it’s the opposite of increase round, you’ll be using the same stitches, but instead of making two sc in one stitch, you’ll have to single crochet two stitches together (sc 2 together).
Work the increase round backwards. So if you have 4 increase rounds, the repeat stitches of your first round is the following: sc, sc, sc 2 together.
Decrease Round 1: Chain 1. * sc, sc, sc 2 together.* Repeat this pattern until the end of the round. Slip stitch to join. (18 stitches)
Decrease Round 2: Chain 1. * sc, sc 2 together.* Repeat this pattern until the end of the round. Slip stitch to join. (12 stitches)
Decrease Round 3: Chain 1. * sc, sc 2 together.* Repeat this pattern until the end of the round. Slip stitch to join. (6 stitches)
You can also add the stuffing material while you’re working on the decrease rounds. It’s easier to add the stuffing when the hole is still a little big.
Closing the Ball
Now that you only have six stitches left, it’s time to close the ball. Cut your yarn but be sure to leave a few inches allowance for closing the ball. Using a yarn needle, go through all the stitches to gather the opening and close the ball.
Make a knot and weave in the tail. And now you have a crochet ball!
Different uses of Crochet Ball
Now that you know how to make a crochet ball, let’s talk about how you can use them! Just like it’s name, you can use the crochet ball as a toy ball.
Make one using soft yarns that are safe for babies so they can use it during their playtime. You can also make a big heavily stuffed one and make your own beach ball!
Want to be more creative? You can also make your very own pokemon balls! Use two yarn colors and accessorize it to achieve the pokemon ball look.
Aside from making toys out of the crochet balls, you can also use them to decorate your house. Starting with something simple, make a few balls in different colors then use them as fillers for a glass vase. You can also add some fairy lights to brighten them up when it’s dark.
Thinking of buying new decorations for next Christmas? Why not make your own! There are lots of patterns available online, and they’re really pretty easy to make. Make a few balls that will complement this year’s Christmas theme!
However, if you want something you can use all year you can opt to make a giant pouf. You just need to work on it like a normal crochet ball, but you need to use bigger and thicker yarns. Fill it up with a stuffing material you prefer and poof you now have your own crochet pouf!
If you want to start with something smaller, you can also work on this crochet necklace. You just have to make a few crochet balls with your preferred stuffing material, or you can also use beads as the base of the crochet balls. After making the balls, you’ll have to assemble them to create the necklace. It’s a quick project that you can use to complete your outfit.
Share Your Works with Us!
We hope you’re able to follow along and create your own crochet ball. As always, we love it when you share your works with us! Post your finished crochet balls on our Facebook Page and let us, along with the whole community, cheer you for your hard work.
If you’re looking for other easy to make projects, we suggest you try making some felted wool dryer balls.
We hope you had fun learning how to crochet a ball. Time to bring out more yarns and hooks and work on more crochet balls!