loading
Picture of How to crochet a ball or a hackey sack
Learn how to crochet a ball or a hackey sack.

I do the tutorial with fat yarn and a size N crochet hook for better visability. It is also a very good idea for beginners to start out with thicker yarn and a larger hook so they can practice before going down to the skinnier threads and crochet hooks.

The hackey sack can be made using the pattern I will provide here, 1 or more balls of #3 crochet thread, and a size 2 crochet hook.
 
Remove these adsRemove these ads by Signing Up

Step 1: Make the slip knot.

Picture of Make the slip knot.
ball2.jpg
ball3.jpg
ball4.jpg
ball5.jpg
Begin by making a slip knot (pics 1 - 4). Slide hook into loop formed by making slip knot.

Gently tighten the noose around the hook (pic 5).

Step 2: Chain 4.

Picture of Chain 4.
Chain 4.

If necessary, refer to this video:


Step 3: Join with a slip stitch to form a ring.

Pinch the 4th chain from the hook between your Left thumb and forefinger (pic 1).

Insert hook (pics 2 & 3).

Draw up a loop and pull through the chain and the loop on the hook (pics 4 & 5).

Pic 6 is after the hook is through the chain and the loop.

Step 4: Begin crocheting into the ring.

Picture of Begin crocheting into the ring.
ball14.jpg
ball15.jpg
ball16.jpg
ball17.jpg
Round 1: Chain 1 (pic 2) and tuck tail to left of work. You will be working the tail into the crocheting as you go.

Keeping the tail to the left and on the outer area of ring, insert hook into center of the ring (as pictured in view 1). Draw up a loop and pull it through the ring(pic 3). There are now 2 loops on the hook (pic 4).

Draw up a loop and pull it through both loops on hook (pic 5); one single crochet in the ring complete. Make 5 more single crochet in the ring.

Here is Crocheting a Ball - Part 1 (movie)


Step 5: Begin round 2 and 3.

Picture of Begin round 2 and 3.
Join with a slip stitch to the 1st single crochet (6 single crochet or 6sc).

Round 2: Chain 1. (Tip: Place a different colored piece of yarn before you do the next stitch.) Make 1 single crochet (sc) in the same stitch as the join. 2 sc in the next stitch (5 times). You will have 12 sc at the end of the round. Join with a slip stitch (sl) to the chain one spot.

Round 3: Chain 1. (Tip: Place a different colored piece of yarn before you do the next stitch.) 1 sc in same stitch as join. *1 sc in next stitch, 2 sc in next stitch. Repeat from * around to chain 1. Join with a sl to the chain one spot.

Crocheting a Ball - Part 2 (movie)


Step 6: Rounds 4, 5, 6, and 7.

Picture of Rounds 4, 5, 6, and 7.
Round 4: Chain 1. Place marker. 1 sc in same stitch as join. *1 sc in each of next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st. Repeat from * around to marker. Join with a sl to chain 1 spot.

round 5: Chain 1. Place marker. 1 sc in same st as join. *1 sc in each of next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st. Repeat from * around to marker. Join with a sl to chain 1 spot.

round 6: Chain 1 and place marker. 1 sc in each st all the way around to marker.

round 7: Remove marker from previous round and place in front of hook. 1 sc in each st all the way around to marker.

Step 7: Begin decreasing and finish ball.

Picture of Begin decreasing and finish ball.
Round 8: remove marker from previous round and place in front of hook. *1 sc in each of next 3 sts, draw up loop in each of next 2 sts; draw up a loop and pull through 3 loops on hook. Repeat from * around to marker.

Round 9: remove marker from previous round and place in front of hook. *1 sc in each of next 2 sts, draw up loop in each of next 2 sts; draw up a loop and pull through 3 loops on hook. Repeat from * around to marker.

Stuff your ball with whatever your heart's desire, just so long as it's not going to fall out.

Round 10: remove marker and place in front of hook. *Draw up a loop in each of next 2 sts; draw up a loop and pull through 3 loops on hook. Repeat from * around to marker.

Final round: remove marker. Draw up a loop in each of next 2 sts; draw up a loop and pull through 3 loops on hook (twice). Weave in ends using crochet hook.

Crocheting a Ball - Part 3 (movie)



Enjoy your ball.

Step 8: Hackey sack instructions

Chain 4 and join with sl to form a ring.

Round 1: Chain 1 (pic 2) and tuck tail to left of work. You will be working the tail into the crocheting as you go.

Keeping the tail to the left and on the outer area of ring, insert hook into center of the ring (as pictured in view 1). Draw up a loop and pull it through the ring(pic 3). There are now 2 loops on the hook (pic 4).

Draw up a loop and pull it through both loops on hook (pic 5); one single crochet in the ring complete. Make 5 more single crochet in the ring.

Join with a slip stitch to the 1st single crochet (6 single crochet or 6sc).

Round 2: Chain 1. (Tip: Place a different colored piece of yarn before you do the next stitch.) Make 1 single crochet (sc) in the same stitch as the join. 2 sc in the next stitch (5 times). You will have 12 sc at the end of the round. Join with a slip stitch (sl) to the chain one spot.

Round 3: Chain 1. (Tip: Place a different colored piece of yarn before you do the next stitch.) 1 sc in same stitch as join. *1 sc in next stitch, 2 sc in next stitch. Repeat from * around to chain 1. Join with a sl to the chain one spot.

Round 4: Chain 1. Place marker. 1 sc in same stitch as join. *1 sc in each of next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st. Repeat from * around to marker. Join with a sl to chain 1 spot.

Round 5: Chain 1. Place marker. 1 sc in same st as join. *1 sc in each of next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st. Repeat from * around to marker. Join with a sl to chain 1 spot.

Round 6: Chain 1. Place marker. 1 sc in same st as join. *1 sc in each of next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st. Repeat from * around to marker. Join with a sl to chain 1 spot.

Round 7: Chain 1. Place marker. 1 sc in same st as join. *1 sc in each of next 5 sts, 2 sc in next st. Repeat from * around to marker. Join with a sl to chain 1 spot.

Round 8: Chain 1. Place marker. 1 sc in same st as join. *1 sc in each of next 6 sts, 2 sc in next st. Repeat from * around to marker. Join with a sl to chain 1 spot.

Round 9 and middle of hackey sack: Chain 1 and place marker (you don't need it now, but if it makes you comfortable, use it). 1 sc in each st all the way around to marker. Keep making 1 sc in each st around until the ball is about 1-1/2 inches high when placed on a flat surface like a hat.

Round 10: Place marker in front of hook. *1 sc in each of next 6 sts; pull up a loop in next 2 sts; pull up loop and draw through 3 loops on hook. Repeat from * around to marker.

Round 11: Place marker in front of hook. *1 sc in each of next 5 sts; pull up a loop in next 2 sts; pull up loop and draw through 3 loops on hook. Repeat from * around to marker.

Round 12: Place marker in front of hook. *1 sc in each of next 4 sts; pull up a loop in next 2 sts; pull up loop and draw through 3 loops on hook. Repeat from * around to marker.

Stuff toe of thin sock with resin beads. Make sure they have enough freedom to move (sorta like a beanbag) and sew sock shut. Push into hackey sack.

Round 13: Place marker in front of hook. *1 sc in each of next 3 sts; pull up a loop in next 2 sts; pull up loop and draw through 3 loops on hook. Repeat from * around to marker.

Round 14: Place marker in front of hook. *1 sc in each of next 2 sts; pull up a loop in next 2 sts; pull up loop and draw through 3 loops on hook. Repeat from * around to marker.

Round 15: Place marker in front of hook. *Pull up a loop in next 2 sts; pull up loop and draw through 3 loops on hook. Repeat from * around to marker.

Final Round: Cut thread leaving a 12 inch tail. Draw thread through loop on hook and pull thread all the way through. Thread needle with tail and draw through final sts. Pull tight and weave in ends.

I will post the rest of the pics when I've finished the hackey sack.

TLMacD

Cool beans! I love it. I'm going to make myself a set for juggling...

6 ball fountain, here I come!
ummmm not trying to be rude but the first chrochet class I went to the teacher said "have you ever chrocheted" I said "no...." she said" well then start with a very thin yarn and a size 4.00 hook"

Not trying to be rude but it's C-R-O-C-H-E-T. Not chrochet...

tldudenhoeffer (author)  1HorseGirl787 months ago

Every teacher differs in their teaching style. I've learned that teaching fat yarn and big hooks usually works much, much better than starting out small and thin.

What material are you using for the Hacky Sack? It doesn't look like yarn.
tldudenhoeffer (author)  YellowZealot7 months ago

I used very fat wool yarn.

but i also just stuck my chrochet hook in backwards (lol) I still love it though 4 stars
yoshi13 years ago
would wool work as well?
aguest13 years ago
Hey, thanks for the tut! Im hoping to crochet a cover around a tennis ball -- do you have any thoughts on the best way to do this?
Thanks!
Thank so much!My dad loves to hakey sack and i am going to make him one!!
IT IS HARD I DON'T GET IT HOW HOw how do i do it??? TT-TT
I have been looking to learn crochet for ages...ever since I found the creepy cute crouchet book on Amazon. I have been practising the steps and re-watching the video until I got it perfect. Only problem is my "circle" isn't looking...well...very circular! Going to try with thicker wool. Thank you very much for your tutorial. Hope to be making super cute zombies in no time! x
martin85106 years ago
im lost could someone please help. step 3 confused me.
tldudenhoeffer (author)  martin85106 years ago
Insert your hook into the very last chain (where it's being pinched by the thumb & forefinger). Yarn over the hook, draw through the chain and the loop on the hook. You will see a nice little ring formed. Let me know if you need more help. Leigh MacD
excuse me what size needle is the number two u used is it 2.25mm or 275mm?
tldudenhoeffer (author)  nightninja876 years ago
a US size 2 crochet hook is 2.75mm. I am including my favorite link for crochet hook converting. It is: http://www.yarnfwd.com/crochetconv.html

Happy crocheting, Leigh MacD
ok kool thx and what is and where did you get the filling?
tldudenhoeffer (author)  nightninja876 years ago
I use just about anything I can get my hands on for stuffing the soft ball (read: fiberfil). For the hackey sack, you'll have to get pretty creative. I've used lentils, pea gravel, composite plastics, recycled old bean bags (they're usually filled with plastic junk). Basically, anything that will make it feel right. Check around at a hobby & craft store also. Leigh MacD
Bridel5686 years ago
hey is the ball steps and the hacky steps the same???
tldudenhoeffer (author)  Bridel5686 years ago
Yes, they are the same. I did the ball videos because they're easier to see the actual crocheting being completed. TLD
YES! Thank you so much. I love you hackysack (footbag everywhere else in the world) and have wanted to know how to make them for so long.
very nice 5 star from me
tldudenhoeffer (author)  nightninja877 years ago
Thank you!!! TLD