Great Ball Amigurumi Pattern [Free]

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The original Pokeball I posted last week was a big hit with my youngest (he’s 6). My oldest (9) is wanting a Fast Ball, so that’s coming soon. Today though, I’m going to show you how to make the Great Ball, from the Pokemon series’. This Great Ball amigurumi pattern is completely free! What’s even better is that I’m going to give you a few tips on how to make your ball look even more perfectly round.

Great Ball Amigurumi Pattern

Without further Adieu, the Great ball amigurumi pattern!

Materials

Here are the materials and tools you will need to complete this pattern (yardage for yarn is estimated):

Amiigurumi Crochet Tools

  • 20 yards of Worsted Weight Blue Yarn – I used Cascade Superwash 220 in Blue Velvet #7818
  • 25 yards of Worsted Weight White Yarn – I used Ella Rae Cozy Soft in Off-White #02 (trust me, it’s white enough)
  • 6 yards of Worsted Weight Black Yarn – I used Ella Rae Cozy Soft in Black #01
  • Size E (3.5mm) Crochet Hook
  • Polyfill
  • Scissors
  • Yarn Needles – I prefer the bent tip darning needles, but use whatever you have on hand.
  • Stitch Markers – The stitch markers are for marking the end, or beginning, of each round.
  • Yarn Threader – This is OPTIONAL, but helpful.

Size & Gauge

Gauge: Gauge isn’t too important. If you’d like a reference, the first 4 rounds of the pokeball measure 1.25-1.5 inches in diameter.

Size: Finished project is approximately 3.25-3.5 inches in any direction.

Difficulty Level

This is a beginner amigurumi pattern. You must know how to do a single crochet stitch. Increasing and decreasing are explained below.

Abbreviations

These are the abbreviations you will see in the Great Ball amigurumi pattern below:

  • MR – Magic Ring (ex. MR6 means make 6 single crochet in the magic ring)
  • st – stitch
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • SC – Single Crochet Stitch
  • Inc – Increase (see below)
  • Dec – Decrease (see below)
  • BLO – Back Loops Only (see below)
  • F/O – Fasten Off

Stitch Guide

For those of you that are new to creating amigurumi, here are the definitions you may need.

  • Magic Ring (MR) -This is how most amigurumi patterns start. Here is a video (left-handed / right-handed) showing how to create a magic ring. If you can’t quite get the hang of it, don’t worry, you can always chain 2 then stitch the number of stitches inside the slip stitch you used to start.
  • Increase (Inc) – Crochet 2 SC in the next stitch.
  • Decrease (Dec) – Crochet the next 2 stitches together.
  • Back Loops Only (BLO) – Make your stitch only in the back loop of the stitch in the previous row.

BONUS! Prefect Circle Increases and Decreases

So, if you notice in the picture above, there’s not that normal spiral on the top and bottom of the Great Ball like you normally see when you create an amigurumi using the standard, even increasing and decreasing (which is what I use in my patterns for simplicity’s sake). I’m fixing to let you in on a trick that will allow you to hide those increases better, and make a more rounded circle as you go.

Let’s take the start of the Great Ball amigurumi pattern (full pattern below) as an example:

Round (R)1 Using the white yarn, MR6. (6)
R2 Inc each st around. (12)
R3 [sc in next st, Inc in next st] around. (18)
R4 [sc in next 2sts, Inc in next st] around. (24)
R5 [sc in next 3sts, Inc in next st] around. (30)
R6 [sc in next 4sts, Inc in next st] around. (36)
R7 [sc in next 5sts, Inc in next st] around. (42)

You will start our as you normally do in the first 2 rows, crocheting 6 sc in the magic circle, then 2 in each st after that. The next row is where I start counting. Because there is one sc, then an increase, this is a total of 3 sts, right? So I count ‘1, 2, 3’ for each set of sts. within that, I know I need to have one inc, so I’ll put it in either the first, or second st.

Let me explain a bit more: I will count ‘1’ for the first sc, then I’ll make the second sc in same st and count ‘2’, then I will count ‘3’ as I make the next sc in the next st. In the next set, I will count ‘1’ for the first st, ‘2’ for the second st in the next st, then I will count ‘3’ and put the last st in the same st as 2. I’ll continue around in the same manner, alternating until I get to the next row.

The next row will have a set of 4, where I will need to sc in 2 sts, and Inc in a st. You can put that Inc in any of the 3 sts from the previous row that you want. Make it a different st in each set.

In the next row, you will have a set of 5, so you’ll continue to count to 5, putting one Inc in each set. Here comes the part where you have to pay attention! Where you decide to increase will need to depend on where the inc in the last row was. try not to put them next to each other. For example, if your row before had 2 sc, an increase, then another 2 sc, you wouldn’t want to do your current row with 2 sc, then an inc, and then 3 sc. Sc in a st or two more before increasing, or put the inc at the very beginning of the set.

When you start to decrease, you can do the same thing, just remember that a Dec will count as 1 st, not 2 like the Inc.

Great Ball Amigurumi Pattern

This pattern is in 4 parts. The first part is the Great Ball itself. The second part is the button that goes on the front of the Great Ball, and the third and fourth pieces are the red panels that go on the top of the great ball.

Great Ball Amigurumi Pattern - front view

Great Ball Base

Note: This is very similar to the Pokeball amigurumi pattern from last week, I’ve added a couple rows of single crochet below and above the black section to make the pokeball a little more round. The Pokeball pattern has been changed to reflect this.

Round (R)1 Using the white yarn, MR6. (6)
R2 Inc each st around. (I usually start marking the row at the end of this row) (12)
R3 [sc in next st, Inc in next st] around. (18)
R4 [sc in next 2sts, Inc in next st] around. (24)
R5 [sc in next 3sts, Inc in next st] around. (30)
R6 [sc in next 4sts, Inc in next st] around. (36)
R7 [sc in next 5sts, Inc in next st] around. (42)
R8 [sc in next 6sts, Inc in next st] around. (48)
R9 [sc in next 7sts, Inc in next st] around. (54)
R10 [8sc in next st, Inc in next st] around. (60)
R11-12 sc in each st around. In the last st of round 12, pull through using the black yarn. (60)
R13 sl st BLO in each st around. (60)
R14 sc BLO in each st around. (60)
R15 sc in each st around. In the last st, pull through using the blue yarn. (60)
R16 sl st BLO in each st around. (60)
R18-19 sc in each st around.
R20 [sc in next 8sts, Dec in next st] around. (54)
R21 [sc in next 7sts, Dec in next st] around. (48)
R22 [sc in next 6sts, Dec in next st] around. (42)
R23 [sc in next 5sts, Dec in next st] around. (36)
R24 [sc in next 4sts, Dec in next st] around. (30)
R25 [sc in next 3sts, Dec in next st] around. (24)
R26 [sc in next 2sts, Dec in next st] around. Start stuffing.(18)
R27 [sc in next st, Dec in next st] around. Finish Stuffing(12)
R28 Dec around. F/O and weave in ends. (6)

Great Ball Amigurumi Pattern - ball

Great Ball Button

R1 Using the white yarn, MR6 (6)
R2 Inc each st around (12)
R3 [sc in next st, Inc in next st] around. In the last st, pull through using the black yarn. (18)
R4 sl st BLO in each st around. (18)
R5 [2sc in next st, Inc in next st] around. Finish off and leave long tail (1-2 feet long). (24)

To finish the button: Use a spare piece of black yarn and, using a back stitch, create a circle between rounds 2 and 3 as shown.

Great Ball Amigurumi Pattern - Button

Red panels

Make two of these!

Row (R)1 Using the red yarn, ch14. (14)
R2 In the second ch from the hook, sc, then sc in each st across. ch1, turn. (13)
R3 sc in the next 3 sts, hdc in the next 3 sts, dc in the next st, hdc in the next 3 sts, and sc in the final 3 sts. ch1, turn.(13)
R4 sc in each st across. (13)
R5 without turning, sl st in the same st, then sl st on the side of the sts, going around. sl st 2 in the corner st, then continue around, sl st in each ch of Row 1. sl st 2 in the last ch of the row, then sl st in the side until you sl st in the first st of Row 3. FO, leave long tail for sewing.

Great Ball Amigurumi Pattern - red panel

Finish the Great Ball

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How, center the button piece over the slightly obvious ‘seam’ where the red and white meet the black. Then, using the tail, stitch the button down. It should not be flat and you should be able to press it in slightly.

Next, lay the red strips on the blue section of the Great Ball as shown below. Use the long tail to sew them down, curving around the ball. I used a stitch marker to hold one side in place while I started on the other side. Once you’ve sewn down one side, line the other side up to be a mirror image of the first. I still got mine a little crooked, but that’s okay.

Great Ball Amigurumi Pattern front view     Great Ball Amigurumi Pattern side view     Great Ball Amigurumi Pattern

And that’s all there is to the Great Ball!

Feel free to share the results of your work! Let me know in the comments below or through my Contact page if you have any questions for me so I can make my patterns better for you!

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