Saturday, April 27, 2013

Personalized Stress Ball
Juggle Stress Hacky Sack Balls
These are just simple balls.
But they can be personalized with names or short slogans.
It takes about 1 or 2 hours to make one ball.
They are great hand exercisers, and are good for stress relief.
They could also be used as Hacky Sacks.
And if you make 3, they could be used for juggling.
Go ahead and have a ball.

Main Color and a light Contrasting Color of
#10 Crochet Threads two strands held together
Or Double Strand  Two-Toned Crochet Thread 
Or size 3 Crochet Thread

2.25 mm / B Hook
Tapestry needle
Small amount of black crochet thread #10 for stitching a name on a ball
                (I used ~18” per name)

Filler: ~1/3 cup poly pellets or Rice or Dried Beans

Optional: Nylon Ped socks or a pantyhose foot cut off.
Sewing thread
sewing needle

~ = Approximately
Ch = Chain
FO = Fasten Off
Dec = Decrease by crocheting 2 single crochets as one
Inc = 2 Single Crochets in same stitch
MR = Magic Ring
Rnd(s) = Round(s)
Sc = Single Crochet
Ss = Slip Stitch
St(s) = Stitch(es)
MR = Magic Ring

US Terminology

Gauge = not critical
Size= 2½" diameter and 7 or 8” circumference

Note:   You can add the poly-pellets to a ped or the toe-end of a panty hose and then sew it closed.
This makes it easier to insert in the hacky-sack and may give it a bit more fortification.
Put the filled Ped into the Hacky Sack after finishing round 21 

Rnd 1:  MR, Ch 1, 6 Sc in the ring.  Join to first sc with a ss.  (6)
Rnd 2:  Ch 1, Inc around.  Join.  (12)
Rnd 3:  Ch 1, (Sc, Inc) around.  Join.  (18)
Rnd 4:  Ch 1, (Sc in 2, Inc) around. Join. (24)
Rnd 5:  Ch 1, (Sc in 3, Inc) around. Join.  (30)
Rnd 6:  Ch 1, (Sc in 4, Inc) around. Join.  (36)
Rnd 7:  Ch 1, (Sc in 5, Inc) around. Join.  (42)

Rnds 8 - 10: Ch1, Sc in each st around. Change to a Light Color in last st of Rnd 10.  Join.   (42)

Rnds 11 - 14: Ch1, Sc in each st around, Change back to Main Color in last st of Rnd 14.  Join.   (42)

Stitch Name:
With black crochet thread, stitch name in block letters, in the center front between rows 11 and 14.

Rnds 15 - 18: Ch 1, Sc in each st around.  Join.   (42)

Rnd 19: Ch 1, (Sc in 5, Dec) around. Join.  (36) 
Rnd 20: Ch 1, (Sc in 4, Dec) around. Join.   (30)
Rnd 21: Ch 1, (Sc in 3, Dec) around. Join.   (24)
Insert filled-ped now.  You can start adding loose filler now or after next round.

Rnd 22: Ch 1, (Sc in 2, Dec) around. Join.  (18)
Rnd 23: Ch 1, (Sc, Dec) around. Join.  (12)
Rnd 24: Ch1, SC Dec around. Join. FO with 8” to sew closed.  (6) 
Sew and weave ends into work.

P Perkins 2008