How To Crochet A Ball

Crochet is one of those hobbies that seems to have endless potential. It can make items of clothing, whole toys, and even plenty of home furnishing items.

However, when it comes to a simple decoration or project that can help learn the ropes (or yarn, perhaps), there might not be a better simple pattern than the good old-fashioned crochet ball.

How To Crochet A Ball

They’re a great little decorative piece, and they make a very simple, yet still engaging toy for both children and even pets!

Plus, this little item and be made easily and with very few tools needed to do so.

If this sounds like a crochet project that you want to get started on, then make sure to check out our little guide down below, so that you can start making little crochet balls of your own!

What You’ll Need

So, if you’re going to make a crochet ball of your own, you’re going to need the right tools for the job, even if there aren’t many that you need.

  • A crochet hook. While there are many different sizes that you can find out there, any old crochet hook should be able to do the trick for this particular pattern.
  • Yarn, perhaps obviously. After all, how can you crochet without yarn?
  • You’ll also need some kind of filler for the ball once you get to a point when it can start to be stuffed. Cotton can work quite well, but there are a plethora of items that you can use for filling (more on that later).

And that’s it. Outside of a pair of hands, there’s nothing else you need to make this pattern!

Step 1: Magic Circle

So, to start your circle shape, you’re going to need a good base from which you can start adding more stitches. This is why we are going to start this pattern with a magic circle or loop.

Don’t worry, we aren’t performing witchcraft here! Magic circles are simply a crochet(see also: How To Start Crochet With A Magic Circle) pattern that often makes the center point for a round crochet pattern, such as a ball or granny square.

How To Make A Magic Circle

To start making a magic circle, simply create an ‘e’ shaped loop with your yarn, insert the hook through the circle, wrap the hook around the other side of the yarn starting from the back and moving to the front, then draw that yarn that you have hooked through the circle.

(This might feel a little awkward when first making it, as there will be a lot of loose space in the circle that won’t feel secure. Don’t worry, it’s supposed to feel like this. Just hold on to the crossed point of the circle, and you should be fine)

From there, you can continue drawing up the loop, and keep looping the yarn from back to front on your crochet needle. Now you should be able to draw the hook through the loop that is on the hook. This will complete your first chain stitch.

After that, you can insert the center of the ring that has been made, wrap the yarn over, and draw over the loop, then draw the hook through both loops.

Congratulations, you should now have finished your first crochet single stitch!

From here, it’s simply a case of adding more single stitches together until you get the size you are looking for, then pull on the end of the yarn with the hook to start tightening the circle and bringing the ends together.

From her, just pull the end to tighten the stitches into the tightness you want.

Now, you’ll have your magic circle!

Step 2: Increasing Your Stitches

So, you have your base for your crochet ball. Now it’s time to start adding rows!

The important thinking that you’ll want to remember for this section is that you’ll need to increase the number of stitches each round to make the round shape of the ball.

Increase your overall stitch count with each round by 6, which can be done by adding two single stitches, and adding a plain single crochet stitch at the beginning of each round before moving on with the rest of the pattern.

In the second round, add two single crochets to the chain stitch, and repeat until you’ve gone around the magic circle, finishing with a slip stitch to finish the round. This should be around 12 stitches overall.

For the third round, add a single crochet, and two single crochet in the next stitch, then repeat until you make a full rotation, finishing with a slip stitch. (This is should be roughly 18 stitches)

The fourth round goes single crochet, single crochet, and two single crochets in the stitch, then repeating until you make the next layer with s4 stitches. Finish again with a slip stitch.

You’ll notice that each stitch pattern is even to the round number you are at. Continue this until you are at your maximum circumference.

Step 3: Single Crochet Even Rounds

This step is simple, as all you need to do is single crochet every stitch for a round, then finish with a slip stitch.

Make sure that you have an equal amount of round here as you did for the increasing number, to get an even shape.

Step 4: Second Half Of The Ball

How To Crochet A Ball

For this step, work on the same principle as in step two, but in reverse, decreasing the number of rounds and patterns as you go, while making sure to do the same number of rounds to keep the ball nice and round.

Step 5: Filling The Ball

Before finishing things off, make sure that the ball is stuffed to keep its shape.

Cotton wool works, but you could also fill it with bells for an extra sensory experience, or even beanbags for that little extra weight.

Step 6: Finishing The Ball

Once you have 6 stitches left, make sure that you have a yarn tail of about 8 inches, then use the tail to finish off the stitches, and secure the yarn tail once you are done.

Final Thoughts

So, there you have it!

Now that you have your instructions, it’s time to get started!

Nancy Adriane
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