Pokéball (and other round objects) tutorial/pattern

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It is time to start some serious business!

With this tutorial you should be able to make a pokeball from scratch.

I will explain everything step by step with a lot of pictures.

For starters: what will you need?

–       a good hook. I prefer steel hooks myself and make most of my pokemons with a 4 mm hook. I think there are a lot of colours available for this hook size and it is not too small.

The size of your amigurumi depends on the hook and yarn size, so you are free to change this.

–       Yarn in the colours: red, white and black. These are normally easy to find in any yarn shop (for example in ‘Veritas’) the size of the yarn is normally mentioned on the label and should match your hook size.

–       A bit of stuffing. You could by polyfibril stuffing online or in specialized shops. Or, like me, you could buy a cheap cushion and cut it open (I always like that part) and use the stuffing inside it.

– a tapestry needle to finish off your work and sew the white button on. Just any needle is fine actually. i prefer a really big needle with a blunt end so i can’t hurt myself with it :p

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Now you are ready to start!

You are working in continuous rounds, like a spiral, so you should have something to keep tracking where your start point is. You could use a stitch marker, but I simply put a piece of yarn in the beginning and use this :p

The principle of a round object is that you first increase each round with a number of stitches, making a flat round. Than you just work 1 stitch in each previous one, causing the circle to become a little round basket. To finish you decrease each round with the same number of stitches.

It is important that your increasing or decreasing happens in a row. This means that when you increase/decrease, it should be just above the previous round’s increased/decreased stitches. This makes the ball more even on all sides.

Oké, let’s start!

First you make 2 chains.

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Now insert your hook in the second chain stitch from your hook and make 6 simple crochets (which I will shorten from now on with SC) in this first chain. You just insert your hook 6 times into the same stitch and make a SC. You should come up with a little round like this:

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This is your first round. You have now 6 stitches. Normally the total number of stitches in that row is given in brackets on the end of the row like this: (6)

For the second round you need to increase in each stitch of the previous row. Just like in the first row, you just make 2 stitches in the same stitch. Now you have (12) sc.

For the following rounds, the principle is always the same: you make just 1 sc in a number of stitches and than increase, always in the same pattern, making an even enlargement.

Round 3: 1 sc followed by 1 increase in the next sc. repeat this 6 times. You should now have 18 sc.

Round 4: 2 times 1 sc in each sc, increase in next sc. Repeat around (24)

Round 5: 3 sc, increase (30)

Round 6: 4 sc, inc. (36)

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The way round 6 is written is what you will normally find in patterns on the Internet. I shortened it each round, but it all means the same :p

Round 7-10 are all the same: just sc around (this means 1 sc in each previous sc). Each round has (36) sc.

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in round 11 you need to change to the black yarn. When you change color, yarn over with the new colour in the last step of the last stitch that is in the old color. This makes the change neater.

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Round 11-12: (in black) sc around (36)

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Round 13-16: change to red and sc around

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All right, lets start decreasing. The easy way is just to skip a sc, but this gives little holes. The common way is to sc 2 stitches together. To do this you need to ‘take up’ the first loop from the first sc, and before you finish the sc off, you insert the hook into the next sc, and also take this loop up. Now you have 3 loops on your hook, and you just yarn over and pull it through all of them.

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so on with the pattern:

round 17: sc 4, decrease (so this is over 2 sc). Repeat. (30)

round 18: sc 3, decrease (24)

round 19: sc 2, decrease (18)

you now need to start stuffing (it gets harder when the hole is smaller) just put as much stuffing in as you can, until you get a nice round shape.

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Round 20: sc 1, decrease (12)

Round 21: decrease each sc (6)

Now you can fasten off and pull the thread through the final loop. Leave a piece of thread to shut the last round

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Now you need the tapestry needle. Pull the thread through all the loops of the last round and pull it, so the hole closes. Now you can make a little knot, and conceal the last end by weaving it somewhere into the previous rows.

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To make the little white button you do the same as the first round: chain 2, and sc 6 in the second chain from the hook. This makes a little round.

With the tapestry needle you can than sew the round in the right place.

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Et voila: your pokéball is finished!

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I made this pattern myself, and you are free to use and distribute it. I would appreciate it if you refer to my blog and not claim it as your own.

If you made something from this pattern, I’m very curious to see your work! I would love to see a picture of your creation!

Love, Winnie

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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. thecakeisnotalietome
    Mar 20, 2013 @ 06:08:00

    Oh, wow these are so cool! 😀 too bad I suck at anything creative…

    Reply

  2. Robin
    Dec 06, 2013 @ 07:17:24

    I would love to get the patterns of all of pokemon. Do you know where I get them?

    Reply

  3. Someone
    Apr 25, 2014 @ 07:38:19

    COOL! I wish I can successfully make this! My sister’s and I will make this and thank you very much!!! I love this tutorial! Thank you!

    Reply

  4. Doreen Cadman
    Sep 05, 2016 @ 19:03:38

    Am I missing something? It tells me to in sc in red round 13 -16. Then the next instruction is for round 14. Should that be 17?

    Reply

  5. Kym pndered
    Dec 24, 2016 @ 19:50:01

    Great pattern for beginner

    Reply

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