How to crochet a ball: Amigurumi Ball For Beginners. In my latest amigurumi tutorial for beginners I share the formula for how to crochet the perfect amigurumi ball, as well as how to finish or how to close an amigurumi piece neatly.
Why crochet a ball?
- Balls are great projects for beginners who want to practice working in the round, especially for people who want to make amigurumi. You practice magic ring, increases, crocheting even rounds, decreases and closing an open amigurumi piece.
- It's especially a terrific beginner project for kids who want to learn to crochet
- Use the basic formula outlined in the video to make your own emojis, baby toys, dryer balls, decorative spheres, a solar system, or even connect them together to make a caterpillar!
Supplies needed to crochet a ball
- Small amount of yarn. For the examples shown in the video I used Cascade 220 Superwash.
- A crochet hook that's the correct size for the yarn weight you're using. In the video I used a 5mm hook, which is the size I recommend for beginners, but normally I would use a 3.75mm hook when making amigurumi with worsted weight yarn.
- Locking stitch markers
- Yarn needle
- Stuffing (I forgot to show this in the summary picture in the video!)
Pattern for sample ball made in video
U.S. terminology used throughout.
Round 1: single crochet (sc) 6 times in magic ring (6)
Round 2: increase in each stitch (12)
Round 3: *sc in next stitch then increase in next st** Repeat from * to ** 5 times (18)
Round 4: *sc in next 2 stitches then inc in next stitch** Repeat from * to ** 5 times (24)
Round 5: *sc in next 3 stitches then inc in next stitch** Repeat from * to ** 5 times (30)
Rounds 6-9: sc in each stitch (30)
Round 10: *sc in next 3 stitches then sc2tog (if BLO) or invisible decrease (if working under both loops)** Repeat from * to ** 5 times (24)
Round 11: *sc in next 2 stitches then sc2tog or invisible decrease** Repeat from * to ** 5 times (18)
Round 12: *sc in next stitch then sc2tog or invisible decrease** Repeat from * to ** 5 times (12)
Round 13: sc2tog or invisible decrease 6 times (6)
Break yarn and use long tail thread to close opening as shown in the video above.
Thanks so much for watching and let me know in the comments what you're most excited for - the pumpkin crochet along or the walk-through demonstration of how to make Beardsley the Woodland Gnome.