With fond memories of a crocheted ball a neighbor made my children when we lived in NE Portland in the '70s, I went looking for a pattern to knit a ball for my youngest grandson. My search took me to Judy O'Brien's free pattern. Her pattern is for sock yarn but with a couple of modifications, I thought it might work in this lovely self striping worsted that is virtually fuzz free. After making the first ball, my own pattern emerged so I am offering it for you all to try.
Finished Size: About 18 inches in circumference
Supplies and Notions:
Self striping worsted weight and fuzz free anti-pilling yarn*
US 6 needles (double points or 2-24 inch circulars)
One or two stitch markers
Using Emily Ocker’s cast on: CO 4 stitches and divide evenly onto 2 circular needles, leaving an 8 inch tail.
All even rounds are knit. Use a stitch marker to designate beginning of round.
Rnd 1: K1fb around (8 sts)
Rnd 3: K1, M1 around (16 sts)
Rnd 5: K2, M1 around (24 sts)
Rnd 7: K3, M1 around (32 sts)
Rnd 9: K4, M1 around (40 sts)
Rnd 11: K5, M1 around (48 sts)
Rnd 15: K6, M1 around (56 sts)
Rnd 17: K7, M1 around (64 sts)
Rnd 19: K8, M1 around (72 sts)
Rnd 21: K9, M1 around (80 sts)
Rnd 22: Place a stationary marker at the beginning of round and knit even for about 26 rounds.
Decrease to close ball. All even rounds are knit until round 18.
Rnd 1: K8, K2tog around (72 sts)
Rnd 3: K7, K2tog around (64 sts)
Rnd 5: K6, K2tog around (56 sts)
Rnd 7: K5, K2tog around (48 sts)
Rnd 9: K4, K2tog around (40 sts)
Rnd 11: K3, K2tog around (32 sts)
Rnd 13: K2, K2tog around (24 sts) Start stuffing ball with fiberfill.
Rnd 15: K1, K2tog around (16 sts) Continue stuffing ball.
Rnd 17: K2tog around (8 sts) Make sure ball is firmly filled with fiberfill.
Rnd 18: K2tog around (4 sts)
Cut yarn, leaving an 8 inch tail. Run yarn through the loops with a tapestry needle and remove knitting needles. Pull yarn tight and run through loops again to fasten off. Hide end inside ball.