PROJECT #030: HARLEQUIN PUZZLE BALL | FREE CROCHET PATTERN

Welcome to Projectarian’s 30th Project! Today we’re doing a variation of the Amish Puzzle Ball crochet pattern, made popular by Look At What I Made.

Free Pattern: Crochet Amish Puzzle Ball - New Harlequin design by Projectarian

Full credit goes to Look At What I Made for the original pattern – I’ve just designed different tops for the little wedges, to make them more interesting.

 


SUPPLIES YOU’LL NEED


 

Yarn in multiple colours – use at least 2 for contrast. I used white as my main colour, plus 3 pastel colours for contrast, and grey for joining.

Crochet hook: 2.5mm

Yarn sewing needle

Stuffing

Scissors

 


PATTERN INFORMATION


 

Written in US terminology.

Difficulty: Easy

Necessary Skills: The crochet stitches listed below in abbreviations.

Yarn Weight: Double Knit (Light Worsted / 8ply/ 11wpi)

Gauge: Gauge is not critical, but in this case, the tighter the better!

 


ABBREVIATIONS


 

  • R = Row/ Round
  • CH = Chain
  • ST = Stitch
  • SS = Slip stitch
  • SC = Single crochet
  • HDC = Half Double Crochet
  • DC = Double Crochet
  • *…* = Section to be repeated

 


CROCHET INSTRUCTIONS


WEDGES


 

R1-8: Follow the instructions at Look At What I Made, under the section titled Wedges.

Tie off at the end of R8 (24 sts), and then close your wedge with a seam as indicated in the original pattern. Pull the loose end through to the inside of the wedge.

 


LIDS


 

R1: Ch3. Join with a SS into 1st ch, making a small ring. Ch2 (counts as 1st st). Working into ring: HDC, *ch2, 2HDC* 3 times. Ch2. Join with a SS into 1st HDC. Tie off.

Free Pattern: Crochet Amish Puzzle Ball - New Harlequin design by Projectarian

R2: Join new colour at any ch2  space with a SS, ch1 (does not count as a st). Working the tail in as you,  5SC into ch space. In next ch space: 2HDC, 2DC, 2HDC. 6SC in next ch space. In next ch space: 2HDC, 2DC, 2HDC. Join with a SS into 1st SC. This SS counts as a stitch. Tie off. (24)

Free Pattern: Crochet Amish Puzzle Ball - New Harlequin design by Projectarian

Make 12 lids. If you’re using 3 contrasting colours like me, make 4 lids in each colour.

 


JOINING


 

Insert your hook at the 2nd DC in a lid, and also into the 1st st on a wedge. Join new yarn with a knot on your hook. Ch1, SC in same space. Tuck the loose end inside the wedge. Continue working through both layers. SC in next 11 sts. (12)

Free Pattern: Crochet Amish Puzzle Ball - New Harlequin design by Projectarian

Join another lid of the same colour. To do this, insert your hook at the 2nd DC in a lid, and also into the 1st st on another wedge. Working through both layers, SC in next 12 sts. (12)

Free Pattern: Crochet Amish Puzzle Ball - New Harlequin design by Projectarian

Join 2 more lids in this manner.

You’ll now have a string of 4 lids, all joined on one side, and open on the other side.

Free Pattern: Crochet Amish Puzzle Ball - New Harlequin design by Projectarian

Stuff the wedge you’re currently working on, and tuck all the loose ends inside.  SC in the remaining 12 sts, stuffing the wedge firmly before closing it all the way. Working through both layers, SS into the 1st st on the current wedge, then SS into the 12th st on the previous wedge, to close the gap where the wedges join.

Free Pattern: Crochet Amish Puzzle Ball - New Harlequin design by Projectarian

Continue working through both layers, and stuff the wedges as you go. SC in next 12 sts. SS into the 1st st on the current wedge, then SS into the 12th st on the previous wedge.

Close up the last 2 wedges in the same way.

When you reach the end of the 1st wedge. SS into the 1st st on the current wedge then SS into the 12th st, and the 13th st on the 4th wedge. Tie off and weave in the loose end.

Free Pattern: Crochet Amish Puzzle Ball - New Harlequin design by Projectarian

Four wedges are now joined and your first ring is complete! Make 2 more rings the same.

Free Pattern: Crochet Amish Puzzle Ball - New Harlequin design by Projectarian

All done – you can now assemble your awesome puzzle ball!

 


 

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xoxo,

Jessie

 

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COPYRIGHT & SHARING


 

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Cayleigh Burt
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Hi there, I’ve been making these for a while and love your improved lid pattern but my pockets have a finished stitch count of 30 like on the original site and now my lids don’t fit (finished count of 24) 😔 Any ideas where I have gone wrong?
Many thanks, Cayleigh x

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Jeanette
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Beautiful! I just love the colours

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