DIY Colourful Crochet Balls | June 22, 2009

Amigurumi Crochet Balls

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!

Amigurumi Crochet Balls

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.

Amigurumi Crochet Balls


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.

Have fun!

(all photos by amy moss)

posted under: Do It Yourself


  1. Ashleigh | Jul 8, 2009
    I use these for pet toys for smaller dogs and for cats. They love 'em!
  2. That's a very cute idea! :)
  3. Becky | Oct 1, 2009
    If you thread some wire/wool/ribbon/whatever through these they can be used as Christmas decorations. I am going to make some of these this year for my tree.
  4. fabulous thanks for the research and sharing been meaning to make lots of these for a while now
  5. Hi again..tried a few of the crochet balls using your help...brill tip about not turning inside out made the finish off sooo much easier loved them and your photo of them so much l did my own version and l'm using it as the header on my blog
    Thanks for sharing....going to use them for sooo many projects cats, decorations, jewellery, accessories and the photo for Christmas cards
    Thanks again Suz x
  6. Joanie | Jan 16, 2010
    Congratulations on learning how to crochet! Thanks for posting this tutorial. I made some of these (following your great instructions) and am using these balls as the centers of some crochet flowers. :)
  7. Betty | Mar 2, 2010
    Thanks! Great instructions, I'd instant success and am only a novice. So much easier than knitting balls, and they can be made really cute and tiny. Crochet's the biz, doubt I'll ever knit again.
  8. Ha I love these. They do look so pretty sitting there.

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  12. Jessie T | Aug 1, 2011
    HI! I was just wondering what size needle you used to make these?
  13. Amelia | Dec 17, 2011
    Wait, these balls do have a purpose! I'm making an amigurumi version of my little brother, and he wants it to have a basketball under his arm. So its purpose Nevermind.


    Thanks for the pattern and tips.
  14. Perfect Cat toys!!! These would be awesome with jingle balls inside. Here's a link to some:
  15. Brooke | May 10, 2012
    I'm putting 3-5 of these in a little child's bowl with a fun spoon. Throw in a gift card for a real ice cream cone, a few tiny crichet cherries, and you've got a great cheap original birthday gift for a toddler. Sharpies add nice sprinkles too.
  16. Tania | May 16, 2012
    Hi, I have noticed that the stuffing is showing through the stitches of the ball starting from Round 8. What advice can you give me in this regard? thank you!!
  17. Nancy | Aug 4, 2012
    Add Jump rings that will fit over the knitting needle or crochet hook and use the small balls as stitch markers.
  18. Julie | Jan 27, 2013
    These are very purpose-ful! My kids, from the time they were babies, LOVED playing with these little cuties. They make a perfect baby gift, easy for babe to handle and later on, make several in primary colours for little ones to sort and count inside of an emty egg carton. These little guys have SO MANY useful purposes!!!
  19. TOTALLY practical: Cat toys!
  20. String for a super necklace
  21. Melissa D. | Mar 30, 2013
    These are a bit addicting(: I just finished an Amigurumi class...on the last row instead of sc2tog, you can sc the 2nd stitch and 4th or fifth, just like a sc2tog and then tie off, not sure if that makes sense...or if you even wanted to know(: Thanks for sharing this, really enjoying your tutorials.
  22. Sam | Apr 18, 2013
    Just finished using a combination of this tut and the video, the video is really helpful about decreasing! Many Thanks!
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  25. I can see myself having fun with this!

    I love your reader's suggestions of making a necklace out of them and as a baby/small child's toy. Does anyone know if all types of yarn are safe for a baby? I'm wondering if it is better to use baby yarn for this?

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  26. Patty | Aug 12, 2013
    oh you have wonderful things! imbig fan also from mini eco, i love all this printable things and this crochet balls i will try to do it! i love to make crochet, i see a reaally cute piggy in a magazine, i try to make but cant make round. greetings from switzerland!!!
  27. Georgie | Aug 25, 2013
    Hi, just would like to ask about the crochet balls. After you have done 2 single crochets to start off with, do I have to join before starting 6 sc around? and if not where do I 6 sc in? Thanks
  28. Love the ball and square, got to try them,

    You have great patterns
  29. IRISH | Jan 25, 2014
    I just found our today that these types of crocheted balls are used in children's hospitals for physical therapy! The smaller ones are used like stress balls to exercise the hands, and the larger ones can be used as a "scratching" tool to stimulate the surface of legs and arms, sensitizing them.
    So... I guess these cute, colorful orbs DO have practical (and important!) uses after all!
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  31. Marcelle Yonkin | Nov 12, 2014
    Was looking for a pattern to make buttons as I know it will be the perfect finish for a sweater that I just finished knitting. I can definitely match the color then. Thanks for your instructions.
  32. Margo | Feb 5, 2015
    With thicker yarns, I found using a size or two smaller hook for rounds 5 or 6 to the end helped.
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  43. emma | Sep 24, 2019
    Thanks for sharing....going to use them for sooo many projects cats, decorations, jewellery, accessories and the photo for Christmas cards
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