Pattern Grade: A- because there’s no tips on how to make it larger, and I’m a follower, not a leader (yet) so I just follow patterns, so far. Otherwise, it was nice, clear and easy, and I love all that.
Yes, I meant balls. Crocheted, non-male anatomy related balls. You thought it, too!
So, here’s the pattern: http://www.eatdrinkchic.com/post.cfm/diy-colourful-crochet-balls
Cute little crochet balls, perfect for Christmas ornaments, right?
Well. They ARE pretty cute. I did these in probably an hour, with distractions.
The pattern is delightfully simple, which is nice. It’s also TINY, if you use the size F (5/3.75 millimeter) hook that I used. I have a lot of yarn that is not labelled lying around. Some of it is actually yarn I got from my grandmother, who hadn’t knit or crocheted since the 80’s.
This isn’t that yarn, so I’m digressing.
As you can see, they’re small. Very, very small. I put them next to my son’s Matchbox car to give you an idea of exactly how tiny they were. I didn’t have a quarter. I seriously don’t have a quarter.
Anyway, so the smaller one turned out nearly perfectly, except that when I stuffed it, you can see the stuffing through the sides, probably due to the stretchy yarn. I tried to expand the size by adding a row of expand and a row of crochet every two stitches together, but I ended up with more of a tomato then a ball. I should have added a row of repeated stitches in the “repeat single crochet same number of stitches around” rounds of the ball. I didn’t, so now I have a Christmas tomato.
ETA: I tried it again with a size G hook, too (4.5 MM) and it’s roughly the size of the Christmas tomato with no added rows. It’s still smaller than the palm of my hand, though.