Friday, 7 January 2011
Little Crochet Balls Pattern
Start with a magic loop (or a little chain of 4).
Each round is joined with a slip stitch to the start of the round.
Round 1: 6 double crochet (I'm using UK terms here - if you are in the US it is single crochet)
Round 2: 2 DC in each stitch, repeat all the way round till you have 12 stitches
Round 3: 2 DC in first stitch, 1 DC in next, repeat till end, when you have 18 stitches
Rounds 4,5,6: DC in each of the 18 stitches
Then you should have a little mini beanie hat. We are going to start to decrease next. It is inside out at the moment, so you need to turn it and put some stuffing in soon. You decide when. I usually wait another round or 2. I stuffed mine with cotton wool, but I think that you should really stuff with some toy stuffing, but I'm making do with what I have.
Round 7: DC 2 together, DC, repeat until end, when you will have 12 stitches. Don't forget to turn and put in stuffing. This is probably your last chance.
Round 8: DC 2 together all the way round, you will have 6 stitches.
Round 9: DC 2 together, leaving 3 stitches, which you can finish off, and poke the end through the ball and finish off.
This picture shows the scale. They are made with double knitting wool, the little ones with a 5.5 hook (I) and the big one with a 6.5mm hook (K) and two strands held together. Tension and size are not important though. This is ideal to use up any old bits of wool.
Three made so far, a lot more to go.
Enjoy your weekend. It has started to snow again here in Edinburgh, so with any luck I might get snowed in and have to spend the weekend crocheting.