How to Knit a Ball
Knitted balls can be used for all sorts of projects. The obvious is a Christmas ornament, but knitted balls can also be the basis for knitting toys or snowmen. And of course, they can be used simply as balls which make a lovely gift for a baby. They can be all one color, striped or patterned. To get started, follow the directions below for a one-color knitted ball. You will need to know how to knit on double-pointed needles, so if you need help with that, check out my other article.
Before beginning, here are the abbreviations I will be using:
- st(s) = stitch(es)
- dpn(s) = double-pointed needle(s)
- k = knit
- k2tog = knit two together
- kfb = knit one stitch in the front, then in the back
- ** = repeat instructions between asterisks, as directed
- You will increase 6 sts every other round.
- Watch the videos below for a walkthrough.
Cast on 6 stitches and knit one row. Divide stitches equally among 3 double-pointed needles. Place stitch marker and begin to knit in the round.
Round 1: kfb all sts (12 sts)
Round 2: k
Round 3: * k1, kfb * (18 sts)
Round 4: k
Round 5: * k2, kfb * (24 sts)
Round 6: k
Round 7: * k3, kfb * (30 sts)
Round 8: k
Round 9: * k4, kfb * (36 sts)
Round 10: k
Round 11: * k8, kfb * (40 sts)
Round 12: k
Round 13: k
Round 14: k
Round 15: * k8, k2tog * (36 sts)
Round 16: k
Round 17: * k4, k2tog * (30 sts)
Round 18: k
Round 19: * k3, k2tog * (24 sts)
Round 20: k
Round 21: * k2, k2tog * (18 sts)
Round 22: k
Start stuffing the ball with yarn scraps, fiber fill, etc.
Round 23: * k1, k2tog * (12 sts)
Round 24: k
Round 25: * k2tog * (6 sts)
Cut yarn leaving a 6-inch tail. Thread large-holed needle with yarn tail, pull through remaining stitches. Run needle down the center of ball and through to other side. Snip excess tail close to ball's surface. Makes about a 2.5-inch diameter ball.