Crochet balls are simple and fun to make. They can be used for many different types of things. Once you know how to crochet a ball you will not be able to stop.
Knowing how to crochet a ball is probably a skill you did not realise you needed. But after you make one, you will wonder why you did not learn sooner.
There are many uses for crochet balls. You can make tiny balls and use them as beads. Or make stress balls, Christmas ornaments or Amigurumi. There are so many ways to use these balls, you will never run out of things to make.
What are Crochet Balls?
Crochet balls or sphere are just what they sound like. They are balls created using crochet techniques. They are really easy to make, especially if you already know the basics of crocheting.
To make a crochet sphere you will need:
- Yarn Needle
- Stuffing or another type filling
Different Ways to Use Crochet Balls
Once you learn how to crochet a ball you will find countless projects to use them in. Crochet spheres can be used in many types of projects, including:
- Stress Balls
Stress balls are also known as hand exercise balls. They are used for relieving stress and improving the muscles in your hands.
- Sensory Toys
Sensory toys are important for early childhood development. They have been proven to help stimulate the brain and improve sensory processing. Sensory toys are great for babies, toddlers, and those with autism.
- Hacky Sacks
Playing hacky sack is not only fun, but it also has health benefits. It improves the heart while building strength and endurance.
- Dog and Cat Toys
Pet toys are pricey. Crochet balls are inexpensive. You can create several for the price you will pay for one store bought toy.
Crochet spheres can be used for the basis of creating cute squishable amigurumi characters and animals.
- Christmas Ornaments
You can create classic round Christmas ornaments/baubles with a crochet sphere.
- Home Décor
These can be used all around the house. Place several of them in a bowl or a vase to make a visual impact. Create these in different colours and sizes.
Make small balls and fill them with stuffing or beads. Use these balls to create a bracelet or necklace.
Are you ready to learn how to make a crochet ball for beginners? Bring out your yarn, hook, and stuffing and crochet along as we go through the instructions!
How to make a Crochet Ball Written Instructions
To learn how to crochet a ball you will need to know the basic crochet techniques. There are three steps involved. First, you will create a circle. Next, make straight rows. Then make a circle in reverse.
Steps for creating a crochet sphere:
- Make a Magic Ring
Create a magic ring and work 6 single crochet stitches into its centre. Slip stitch the 6 stitches at the end of the round.
Check out this magic ring tutorial to find out how to make one.
- Increase Each Round
Increase each round by 6 stitches. To accomplish this, make 2 single crochet stitches 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 will 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 will 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 will end up with 24 stitches.
- Straight Rounds
For a straight round, you will single crochet in every stitch.
Straight Round: Chain 1, sc in every stitch. Slip stitch to join.
Create the same number of straight rounds as you did increase rounds. If you created 5 rounds of increase you will need to make 5 straight rounds.
- Decrease Rounds
To decrease the rounds, decrease each round by 6 stitches. You will be doing the opposite of what you did when you increased each round. You will be using the same stitches, but instead of making two single crochet in one stitch, you will have to single crochet two stitches 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.
When you decrease the rounds, the opening will get smaller. Add the stuffing before it gets too small.
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)
- Secure the Yarn
Create a knot and weave in the tail.
How To Crochet Sphere Video Tutorial
That is all there is to it. Now you know how to crochet a ball.
11 Crochet Ball Patterns
We have included 11 fun ball patterns that we are sure you will enjoy once you know how to crochet a ball.
1. Yarn Ball Stress Reliever Crochet Sphere Pattern by BlackstoneDesigns
Use this crochet sphere pattern to create a stress relief ball. Stress balls are great for exercising and stretching your hands. They can also relieve stress and muscle tension.
2. Amigurumi Crochet Ball Pattern by HBirdCreations
This crochet sphere is super simple to create. The pattern is easy to understand. Make several of these for the kids to play with. Or use them as home décor items.
3. Pokemon Crochet Ball Pattern by LHCpatterns
This simple pattern has instructions for 9 amigurumi Pokemon balls. Each ball measures approximately 3 inches in diameter. These balls would make the perfect gift for any Pokemon collector.
4. 6 in 1 Christmas Ornaments Crochet Ball Pattern by FrantsToys
Create these Christmas ball ornaments using this easy-to-follow pattern. The pattern includes instructions for 6 different designs. These include a reindeer, snowflake, Christmas tree, snowman, rocking horse and piece of candy.
5. Easter bunny Crochet Ball Pattern by YanaToysPattern
This Amigurumi crochet pattern bunny ball is adorable. It would make the perfect plush toy for a child’s Easter basket. The pattern is easy to understand and includes 12 pages and 33 photos.
There is no sewing involved with this Easter Bunny ball pattern. All the parts are crocheted in.
6. Earth Amigurumi Crochet Ball Pattern by KaperCrochet
This crochet sphere pattern allows you to hold the whole world in your hands. A crocheted world would be a unique gift for a scientist, geographer or travel enthusiast.
7. Disney bauble Mickey & Minnie Mouse Christmas Crochet Ball Pattern by CrochetGiftByMary
This simple crochet pattern creates both a Minnie Mouse and Mickey Mouse Christmas ornament. Kids and Disney fans alike will absolutely love these. These colourful decorative items will add whimsy to your Christmas tree.
8. “Buzz Off” Stress Bee Crochet Ball Pattern by SoulsticeCrochet
These bee crochet stress balls are the perfect way to help relieve stress and exercise your hands. If you sit in an office all day or are stuck at home on constant Zoom calls, the stress can be overwhelming.
These “Buzz Off” bee patterns are great for gardeners and outdoor enthusiasts who love nature. More of these cute crochet bees here.
9. Simple crochet balls by Stitches n Scraps
Here is a free ball crochet pattern. This pattern makes a great starting point for ornaments, Amigurumi toys, doll heads and buttons. This pattern can be used to make balls up to 8 inches in diameter.
10. Basketball Crochet Sphere Pattern by VliegendeHollander
Make your own little basketball with this ball pattern. If you are a basketball enthusiast, fight your office boredom with this mini crochet basketball ball. Make a hoop or use your trashcan. Children will love this sports ball too.
See our list of sports crochet patterns for more options for your sporty kids.
11. Wibbly Wobbly Juggling Balls Free Crochet Pattern by NyanPon
These crochet ball patterns play off the natural swirl design that is created when crocheting in a circle. Choose four of your favourite colours to create a unique ball. The pattern creates small balls that are perfect for kids and for juggling.
Once you learn how to crochet a ball, you will be able to create them in any size.
If you are looking for a new way to crochet, we think you will love making crochet balls. With this easy and fun crafting technique, you will be able to create all types of projects.
As always, we love it when you share your works with us! Post your finished work 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.
It is now time for you to get out your yarn and hook and make some crochet balls. We hope our tutorial has helped you learn how to crochet a ball.