If you can crochet a circle, you’ll find it easy to crochet a sphere!
This tutorial will walk you through the process step by step.
Before we begin
As always, I’m using American crochet terminology (that’s what I learned, so naturally it’s what I teach!). An American single crochet is the equivalent of a British double crochet. Just so we’re clear, a single crochet (sc) is made in the following way:
Insert hook, yarn over, pull yarn through stitch (two loops on hook). Yarn over and pull through both loops.
I’m working amigurumi style – that is, working in spirals, rather than rounds or rows.I’m also using with a relatively small hook and relatively thick yarn. This yields a firm fabric with few holes. However, you can use any size hook and yarn you like that gives you a fabric you find pleasing.
Are you ready?
How to Crochet a Sphere
First, crochet a circle. If you’ve never crocheted a circle before, check out this post. It breaks down the formula in more detail.
Round 1: Sc 6 stitches into a magic ring. Pull tight, and sl to first stitch to join. Mark the first stitch with a locking stitch marker. 6 stitches.
Round 2: Sc twice into every stitch. 12 stitches.
Round 3:*Sc, sc twice into next stitch.* Repeat from * around. 18 stitches.
Round 4:*Sc x 2, sc twice into next stitch.* Repeat from * around. 24 stitches.
Round 5: *Sc x 3, sc twice into next stitch.* Repeat from * around. 30 stitches.
You can continue in the circle pattern until the you have the desired circumference of your sphere. The Circle Formula is broken down in this post, but simply:
Increase ONCE every X stitches, where X is the round number. So, in round one, you increase in every stitch. In round five, you increase every fifth stitch.
We’ll pretend you’ve crocheted five rounds and have a 30-stitch circle.
Round 6: SC in every stitch. 30 stitches.
Now we start decreasing…
Round 7: *SC x 3, decrease.* Repeat from * around. 24 stitches.
Round 8: *SC x 2, decrease.* Repeat from * around. 18 stitches.
Round 9: *SC x 1, decrease.* Repeat from * around. 12 stitches.
Now’s the time to stuff your sphere.
Round 10: Decrease in every stitch around. 6 stitches.
Break yarn, and thread a yarn needle with the tail. Weave it through the remaining stitches, and pull closed.
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