Crochet balls

Another toy to protect the floor boards (you must all think I’m obsessed by these boards – well, I am, just a little bit). This one in the shape of a ball – very easy to make. Basically it’s to cover a cat toy, which you can buy at junk shops in packs of 4 for about $2. Some of the balls need a little bit of wadding added, others fit perfectly.

Balls in 15 rows

  • 4mm hook
  • 8ply yarn

R1: Cast on 6 chains using the magic ring – 6 stitches
R2: 2 double chains (british stitches) in each stitch  (12)
R3: 1 dc in the first stitch, then 2 dc in the next stitch, repeat all the way around (18)
R4: 1 dc in the next 2 stitches, then 2 dc in the 3rd stitch, repeat all the way around (24)
R5: 1 dc in the next 3 stitches, then 2 dc in the 4th stitch, repeat all the way around (38)
R6: 1 dc in the next 4 stitches, then 2 dc in the 5th stitch, repeat all the way around (42)

R7-10: Then dc in each chain for about 4 rows. The number of rows will depend on how big your balls are. I find you can generally divide the ball into thirds as a guide.

You now need to decrease:

R11: 1 dc in the next 4 stitches, then c2tog, repeat all the way around
R12: 1 dc in the next 3 stitches, then c2tog, repeat all the way around

At this stage you will need to put the cat toy in. You may want to add some wadding around the toy if it’s not quite snug.

R13: 1 dc in the next 2 stitches, then c2tog, repeat all the way around
R14: 1 dc in the next stitch, then c2tog, repeat all the way around
R15: c2tog all the way around, tie off

Pattern: Balls in 15 rows by Erin Douglas
Hook: 4.00mm
Yarn: Various 8 ply yarns
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2 responses to “Crochet balls

  1. Wow, I never thought of covering those little hollow golf balls – both my cat & little dog loves them. It’s just like the patterns for covering the ball type of Christmas ornaments though & I used to do plenty of lacy covers those when I used to crochet. I will get right to work – knitting covers for the animals now though. Thank you!
    P.S. If your cat likes, these, she might like to chase a piece of aluminum foil crumpled into a ball – nice for wood floors also.

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