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Home : Patterns : Crochet Hackysack-Style Juggling Balls

Free Crochet Pattern: Crochet Hackysack-Style Juggling Balls

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Pattern #: BK4K-70541
Rating: *****4.7 (based on 6 reviews)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Easy (Level 2)

SIZE: One Size
Approximately 3 inches (7.5 cm) in diameter

PUBLISHED IN:  By Kids, For Kids

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Additional Materials
Knee high stocking
Approximately 1 cup beans, sand or plastic pellets for filling
Embroidery needle (optional: for face)
Embroidery thread (optional: for face)

Crochet Hackysack-Style Juggling Balls

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Exact gauge not vital.
When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

Making a Gauge Swatch


sc2tog (sc dec) Insert hook into st and draw up a loop. Insert hook into next st and draw up a loop. Yarn over, draw through all 3 loops on hook.

With A, ch 3. Join with sl st in first ch to form a ring. Place marker for beginning of rnd, move marker up each rnd.
Rnd 1: Work 4 sc in ring, join with sl st in first sc.
Rnd 2: Work 2 sc in each sc arond - 8 sc.
Rnd 3: Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc 4 times - 12 sc.
Rnd 4: Sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc 4 times - 16 sc.
Rnd 5: Sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc 4 times - 20 sc.
Rnd 6: Sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc 4 times - 24 sc.
Rnd 7: Sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc 4 times - 28 sc.
Rnd 8: Sc in next 6 sc, 2 sc in next sc 4 times - 32 sc.
Rnds 9 - 12: Sc in each sc around
Rnd 13: Sc in 7 sc, skip 1 sc 4 times - 28 sc
Rnd 14: Sc in 6 sc, skip 1 sc 4 times - 24 sc
Rnd 15: Sc in 5 sc, skip 1 sc 4 times - 20 sc
Rnd 16: Sc in 4 sc, skip 1 sc 4 times - 16 sc
Rnd 17: Sc in 3 sc, skip 1 sc 4 times - 12 sc

Place toe end of stocking inside the ball. Fill with filling so you can determine how much is needed. Knot off the stocking so that a ball of the correct size is formed. Remove stocking from inside the ball. Turn the stocking back over the ball so that it is double. Tie again. Repeat until there is no stocking left (typically 4-5 times). This process results in many layers of stocking holding the filling. Put the stocking with the filling inside the ball.

Rnd 18: Sc in 2 sc, skip 1 sc 4 times - 8 sc
Rnd 19: Sc in 1 sc, skip 1 sc 4 times - 4 sc
Rnd 20: Sc in 1 sc, skip 1 sc 2 times - 2 sc
Sc 2 together, fasten off, weave in ends.


If desired, with B, thread three pieces through the last stitch. Braid approximatey ˝ inch (1 cm) and tie off.

If desired, with embroidery thread and embroidery needle, embroider

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ch(s) = chain(s) rnd(s) = round(s)
sc = single crochet sl = slip

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Pattern Average Rating: *****4.7 (based on 6 reviews)
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Crochet Hackysack-Style Juggling Balls Reviewed by Anna Hopson on 2011-08-19 *****
this is a great pattern. instead of using the G-6 crochet hook, i used D-3 and it came out perfect. im making two black with red striped and one red with a black stripe for my older brother. i put the stripe in for rows 10 and 11. my brother loves it. the best part of all is that it uses so little yarn, i can use my scrap yarn and dry beans from my kitchen for the filling, it made it the perfect weight to juggle. thx

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