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Make Crochet Ball Swatches

… and practice little crochet therapy.

If you are crocheter or knitter you know all about swatches, if you are amigurumist you don’t make swatches very often or ever, but you are no stranger to spheres, ovals, tubes, cones and other roundish shapes.

Why make a ball swatch?

  1. To see how the yarn behaves and looks like when crocheted in the round - it is useful especially for colourful or fluffy, textured yarns.
  2. To test how different crochet stitches will look.
  3. To practice crocheting in the round for beginners.
  4. To do something with leftover yarns.
  5. To relax and practice little crochet therapy.
  6. To make cute decorations.
  7. For fun!

Crochet ball pattern:

Abbreviations US:
sc - single crochet
inc - 2 sc in the same stitch
dec - 1 sc in next 2 stitches in front loops only
*...* - repeat in between

Make a magic ring
Round 1: 6 sc in the ring {6}
Round 2: inc in every sc around {12}
Round 3: *1 inc, 1 sc* around {18}
Round 4: *1 inc, 2 sc* around {24}
Round 5: *1 inc, 3 sc* around {30}
Rounds 6-10: sc around {30}
Round 11: *1 dec, 3 sc* around {24}
Round 12: *1 dec, 2 sc* around {18}
Round 13: *1 dec, 1 sc* around {12}
Round 14: dec around {6}

Cut a long piece of yarn and with the tapestry needle weave the yarn through the 6 sts - in flo. Pull the yarn to tighten the circle. Hide the yarn inside the work and cut the end.

"We are all creative beings."

Maya Fiennes
crochet ball swatches
crochet ball swatches
crochet ball swatches

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