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.
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
Written in US terminology.
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!
- R = Row/ Round
- CH = Chain
- ST = Stitch
- SS = Slip stitch
- SC = Single crochet
- HDC = Half Double Crochet
- DC = Double Crochet
- *…* = Section to be repeated
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.
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.
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)
Make 12 lids. If you’re using 3 contrasting colours like me, make 4 lids in each colour.
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)
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)
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.
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.
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.
Four wedges are now joined and your first ring is complete! Make 2 more rings the same.
All done – you can now assemble your awesome puzzle ball!
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