These mini crochet balls (a.k.a amigurumi balls), in all the colours of the rainbow, offer absolutely no practical application whatsoever, their only purpose in life being to sit and look pretty!
You will need:
- Yarn or twine in different colours of your choice
- A crochet needle (size dependent on size of yarn)
- Hobby Fill (stuffing)
I found the following tutorials to be a great help, even for a first-timer in the world of crochet, such as myself.
The start of this tutorial shows how to start off your ball with a slip knot and shows you the basic stitch.
This tutorial demonstrates the pattern I eventually followed:
- Start with slip knot and 2 single crochet.
- Rnd 1: 6 sc around
- Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around for 12 stitches
- Rnd 3: 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc, repeat for 18 stitches
- Rnd 4-6: sc around 3 rounds of 18 stitches
- (According to the video, she turns the ball inside out, I prefer to keep it the way it is)
- Rnd 7: sc2tog, 1 sc, repeat for 12 stitches. (she stuffs the ball in the next round but I prefer to stuff it at this point as it's a lot trickier later on)
- Rnd 8: sc2tog around for 6 stitches.
- Rnd 9: sc2tog around for 3 stitches.
- Bind off, weave in loose end.
As it was my first crochet experience, it took me awhile to get the feel of it. You will need to be able to make consistently tight stitches for a successful ball, which will take some practice. I found that using a thinner yarn, even using twine, and a small crochet needle was preferable as this resulted in a tighter, neater ball.
(all photos by amy moss)