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The Secret Formula for Crochet Balls of Any Size [Free Pattern]

The wonderful thing about crocheting balls is that there's a simple formula for making crochet balls in any size.

Crochet Balls

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The secret to this method is really simple:  the half-double crochet stitch. Using this stitch allows you to apply a basic ratio of 1:1 to the increase and decrease rounds (which shape the curves at the top and the bottom of the ball), and the 'straight' rounds (which form the center of the ball).

You'll find patterns for balls of four different sizes, plus instructions for making larger spheres.

Crochet Balls

How to crochet a ball

What you'll need

  • Crochet hook – Use one hook size smaller than the size suggested on the yarn label. Using a smaller hook will create smaller holes in your work, ensuring that your stuffing won’t poke out.
  • Yarn – The weight you choose will affect the size of your balls.
  • Yarn needle

Size

Using worsted weight yarn and a 4.5 mm hook (U.S./U.K. 7), the four sizes below came out at, from smallest to largest: 3½" (9 cm), 5½" (14 cm), 8" (20 cm) and 9½" (24 cm) in circumference.

Abbreviations

  • Ch - Chain
  • Hdc – Half-double crochet
  • Hdc2tog – Half-double crochet two together (half-double crochet decrease) — have a look at this tutorial to create better decreases.
  • Sc – Single crochet
  • St – Stitch
  • () – The total number of stitches you should have in the finished round
  • * – Repeat instructions between parentheses the number of times specified

Instructions

Below you'll find the patterns for all four sizes. Because you finish all of the balls the same way, we've put the finishing instructions below all the patterns.

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6-round ball

1.  Create a magic ring, then ch 1, 7 sc into the ring. (7)
2.  Make 2 hdc in each st around. (14)
3.  Hdc in each stitch. (14)
4.  Hdc in each stitch. This is a good time to start stuffing your ball.  (14) 
5.  Hdc2tog 7 times. Continue stuffing as you work.  (7) 
6.  Hdc2tog 3 times. Leave the remaining stitch unworked and skip ahead to the Finishing section below.  (4)

9-round ball

1.  Into a magic ring, ch 1, make 7 sc.  (7)
2.  Make 2 hdc in each st around. (14)
3.  *Make 2 hdc in the next st, hdc in the next st* 7 times. (21)
4.  Hdc in each stitch. (21)
5.  Hdc in each stitch. (21)
6.  Hdc in each stitch. (21)
7.  *Hdc2tog, hdc in the next st* 7 times. This is a good time to start stuffing your ball.  (14)
8.  Hdc2tog 7 times. Continue stuffing as you work.  (7)
9.  Hdc2tog 3 times. Leave the remaining stitch unworked and skip ahead to the Finishing section below.  (4)

12-round ball

1.  Into a magic ring, ch 1, make 7 sc.  (7)
2.  Make 2 hdc in each st around. (14)
3.  *Make 2 hdc in the next st, hdc in the next st* 7 times. (21)
4.  *Make 2 hdc in the next st, hdc in the next 2 sts* 7 times. (28)
5.  Hdc in each stitch. (28)
6.  Hdc in each stitch. (28)
7.  Hdc in each stitch. (28)
8.  Hdc in each stitch. (28)
9.  *Hdc2tog, hdc in the next 2 sts* 7 times. (21)
10.  *Hdc2tog, hdc in the next st* 7 times. This is a good time to start stuffing your ball.  (14)
11.  Hdc2tog 7 times. Continue stuffing as you work.  (7)
12.  Hdc2tog 3 times. Leave the remaining stitch unworked and skip ahead to the Finishing section below.  (4)

15-round ball

1.  Into a magic ring, ch 1, make 7 sc.  (7)
2.  Make 2 hdc in each st around. (14)
3.  *Make 2 hdc in the next st, hdc in the next st* 7 times. (21)
4.  *Make 2 hdc in the next st, hdc in the next 2 sts* 7 times. (28)
5.  *Make 2 hdc in the next st, hdc in the next 3 sts* 7 times. (35)
6.  Hdc in each stitch. (35)
7.  Hdc in each stitch. (35)
8.  Hdc in each stitch. (35)
9.  Hdc in each stitch. (35)
10.  Hdc in each stitch. (35)
11.  *Hdc2tog, hdc in the next 3 sts* 7 times. (28)
12.  *Hdc2tog, hdc in the next 2 sts* 7 times. (21)
13.  *Hdc2tog, hdc in the next st* 7 times. This is a good time to start stuffing your ball.  (14)
14.  Hdc2tog 7 times. Continue stuffing as you work.  (7)
15.  Hdc2tog 3 times. Leave the remaining stitch unworked and skip ahead to the Finishing section below.  (4)

Finishing

Fasten off, leaving a 4" (10 cm) tail of yarn.  Use a yarn needle and the end tail of yarn to close the hole formed by the last 4 stitches.  Make sure that your ball is well stuffed before closing it completely.  Work away your tails of yarn.

Crochet Balls

Making larger balls

Each ball above starts with 7 sc made into a magic ring.  The rest of the curve is then made in half-double crochet, with 7 increases in each round.

To make a larger ball, keep increasing by 7 hdc in each round until you reach the circumference you require. Count your rounds!  You will now need to work straight up for the same amount of rounds.  This means that you will hdc in each stitch without any increases.  If you have made 10 "increase" rounds, you will need to make 10 rounds without any increases.

Then, to form the top curve to close the ball, decrease by 7 stitches in each round until you have 7 stitches left, stuffing as you go.  Hdc2tog 3 times, leaving the remaining stitch unworked.  Finish as explained above.

When you have mastered this method for making balls, you can make tiny Christmas baubles, large poufs and anything in between, simply by varying the thickness of your yarn, the size of your hook and the amount of rounds used to create your sphere.

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Easy Amigurumi

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11 Comments

Ann Duckworth

Love this inspirational site.

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Valta Sexton

Thank you.

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Lynnette Wilkie

Such clear instructions from Dedri Uys – perfect CRAFTSY tutor! Thanks so much for making a sometimes tricky skill easy – Dedri’s Magic!! 🌟🌟

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Cynthia Brown

Thanks so much! Worked like a charm!

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Aleisha

Perfect! I’ve always wondered the workings of a perfect amigurumi ball! Thankyou thankyou thankyou!!!

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Claire

I have a question! I increased 7 more rounds onto the 15 round ball. Do I just do 7 straight rounds or am I doing the 5 straight rounds that are in the original pattern as well??

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Dedri

Hi Claire.

If you have ever 7 increase rounds, you sill do 7 ‘straight’ rounds before you start decreasing again.

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Dot

I make these as dog toys since my boys like soft toys. They absolutely love them and nothing gets broken if they get thrown in the house.

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Stacy

Is there a reason you work sc in the magic ring, instead of hdc?

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Barb Black

Thank you so much for this formula and examples. I am making a mini zombie with it’s eye hanging out. What better than a ball and some add ons for this project. Have a Happy New Year!

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Kayla

When making the magic ring, you already have 1 chain on it, do you add 1 more chain before adding back the 7 sc or does that first chain when making the magic ring count as the one you need? Sorry if this is a dumb question, I’m just learning how to crochet.

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