Free patterns

Monday, April 6, 2009

POKEBALL



I made a bunch of these pokeballs for the kids starting way back in the mid 90's ... when they were little. They'd lose one (or the dogs would chew them up) so I'd make more. Even at their ages they still love to play with these things :)

As always, if something isn't right please let me know so that I can fix it as soon as possible.


POKEBALL

Materials:

WW yarn in red, white and black
F and G hook
Fiberfill
Yarn needle
Sewing needle and thread in white and black

NOTES:

I recommend using the 'invisible decrease' when making 3D pieces like this, it's done by simply making the decrease in the Front Loops Only. While it's not completely invisible, it does help prevent the gaps that regular decrease stitches can leave.



Using red and G hook:

Rnd 1: 6 sc in magic ring. (6)

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12)

Rnd 3: sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc around (18)

Rnd 4: sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc around (24)

Rnd 5: sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc around (30)

Rnd 6: sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc around (36)

Rnd 7: sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc around (42)

Rnd 8-9: sc in each sc around. Change to black yarn in last stitch (or the join sl st if joining rounds) (42)

Rnd 10-11: sc in each sc around. Change to white yarn in last stitch (or the join sl st if joining rounds) (42)

Rnd 12-13: sc in each sc around (42)

Rnd 14: sc in next 5 sc, dec over next 2 sc around (36)

Rnd 15: sc in next 4 sc, dec over next 2 sc around (30)

Rnd 16: sc in next 3 sc, dec over next 2 sc around (24)

Being stuffing firmly at this point, if you haven't already, and continue to stuff as you go along.

Rnd 17: sc in next 2 sc, dec over next 2 sc around (18)

Rnd 18: sc in next sc, dec over next 2 sc around (12)

Rnd 19: dec over next 2 sc around (6)

F/O leaving a tail. Add any more stuffing if needed to finish the shape out. Thread the tail through the last round and pull tightly to close.


BUTTON:

Base:

Using Black and G hook:

Rnd 1: 7 sc in magic ring (7)

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around (14)

F/O

Top:

Using White and F hook:

7 sc in magic ring (7)

F/O

Using white sewing thread and sewing needle, sew the white top portion to the base piece centered evenly. Using black sewing thread and needle, sew the button centered over the black stripe of the pokeball.



Pokeball and Pokemon are copyright Nintendo.

This pattern is an original pattern by Linda Potts (March 2009). Please do not claim this pattern as your own. If you wish to share this pattern, you may link to this pattern but please do not reprint it on your site. You may keep a copy for your own personal use but you may not sell or distribute it, or sell items made from this pattern.

98 comments:

  1. I love your little pokeball pattern. I was wondering if you use slip stich in you pattern or is it just continous rounds

    ReplyDelete
  2. I use a slip stitch and join my rounds. It's perfectly fine though, to use continuous rounds, I'm just more comfortable joining them :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. What is a “magic ring and how would one go about making it?

      Delete
  3. Have you thought about making raichu from pokemon.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Yes I have, in fact Raichu is on my (very long) list of pokemon to eventually make :)

    At the moment I need to take a bit of a break from dolls and work on some other projects that have been neglected (IE: not even started!) LOL... I have so much fun making the dolls and forget that I have so many other things to make as well :D

    ReplyDelete
  5. Hi there,
    I think that there's a small problem in this pattern. I did crochet 1 pokemon ball yesterday and found that it would be a perfect pokemon if you added 1 more round in the pattern (Round 14 with 42 stitches) then continue crocheting with the rest in your pattern.
    Am I right? Hihi, I love your hard work... and thanks so much for sharing the pattern.

    ReplyDelete
  6. For some people it might help, but I tend to stuff my pokeball very firmly, and I found that if I had that extra row, the ball tended to come out more like an oval. Most of the overall shape of crocheted dolls is in the stuffing part :)

    I stuff firmly and shape it as I go along, but by all means, if adding the extra is better for you, do it! The best thing about crochet is that you can alter it to fit your style or needs :D

    ReplyDelete
  7. Thanks Linda for the nice reply. Just wanna say that I admire you a lot.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Just made your Pokeball. What a great pattern. Thanks !!!

    ReplyDelete
  9. This would make a great hacky-sack!!!!!!

    I wish I knew what the hook-pattern numbers meant . . .

    ReplyDelete
  10. I love all your patterns since I was (and still kinda am) a HUGE Nintendo fan! Thanks for sharing them!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Approximately how big is the finished pokeball? (love your patterns btw :D)

    ReplyDelete
  12. The pokeballs are about five inches across, give or take a little bit .. depending on your tension and choice of hook/yarn. :D

    ReplyDelete
  13. I made my first pokeball (my first amigurumi, actually) a couple of weeks ago doing it in continuous rounds and inevitably, the black segment didn't line up. I tried remedying this today (as well as attempted to make a smaller ball) by crocheting in rows and found that when I did, I ended up with a flat circle... Any advice?

    ReplyDelete
  14. I made this for my daughter (she's 19) and she loves it. I also used it as the basis for making her a pokeball wristband. Now all of her friends want one. :-)

    ReplyDelete
  15. Thank you for this pattern! I've been wanting to try amigurumi, and when I saw this, I knew it was a great one to try for my first! I made it for my husband, and it took hardly any time at all! He loves it and is having fun throwing it at things!

    ReplyDelete
  16. Yup, pokeball *great* first project to learn some of the most basic skills for the dolls.

    And yeah, I made about a dozen of those for my kids, and at one point I threatened my husband with castration if I heard one more time, 'I choose you!' and got hit in the back of the head with one of those things... LOL.

    Thank goodness I didn't stuff 'em with rocks! *grins*

    ReplyDelete
  17. Thank you for helping me so much TTwTT

    It's easier though to write sc 2i1 instead of 2 sc in the next! Two in One ^^
    The same with decreasing: 2-->1 ^^
    But maybe it's difficult to understand if it's just local ><

    ReplyDelete
  18. hi i made this as my first pattern ever and i got it rong but i made it again i made it again and it came out perfect and since that day ive made 200 hundred of them so i just want to say thanx so much for the pattren and i plan on making pichu next

    ps i love your wooper

    ReplyDelete
  19. My friends and I love Pokemon. Since we are all going to college, I decide to make them the Pokeball so we could always remember the good times we had. The first couple came out uneven but I think I figured out my problem. Thanks again for the pattern it is wonderful!

    ReplyDelete
  20. Thank you so much for this pattern! I have one very happy little boy at my house today!

    ReplyDelete
  21. I'm actually trying to learn how to crochet just because of this pattern. My boyfriend and I are huuuge pokemon fans and when I saw this I thought it'd be the perfect gift for him. Great pattern thanks for inspiration

    ReplyDelete
  22. I think you should make Hypno! He is awesome :D:D

    ReplyDelete
  23. Hi, I think your patterns are great and can't wait to try them! I have a son and nephew who love these and want me to make them. BTW, I personally love dragons, but can't find any descent dragon patterns...they all look lame. Do you have one? Thanks, Tammy

    ReplyDelete
  24. What is F/O in your pattern mean? Is that an abbreviation for front loop or flip over? Could you elaborate please?

    ReplyDelete
  25. OH.....I think I get it....is it Finish Off? Sorry.

    ReplyDelete
  26. Yes, F/O is the standard abbreviation for 'fasten off' or 'finish off'... meaning to break your thread and weave in your ends. :D

    ReplyDelete
  27. Thank you so much for creating so many wonderful patterns and making them available for free here. Your creations are truly some of the best I've seen. Just want to let you know how much I appreciate it.

    One question though. How make amigurumi with joining rounds? I've always done the continuous rounds without trouble until I started making this pokeball, which requires color change. The jog in the different yarn color bothers me so can you show me how to join? Thanks in advance!

    ReplyDelete
  28. Hello! I'm a new crocheter, and I'm having a bit of issues.

    I have the same problem as Bitmonster in which my black line isn't connected together.
    Also, when I got to the part with the invisible decrease, my round started going far beyond my marker. I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong.

    However, thank you so much for the pattern.

    ReplyDelete
  29. The reason the rounds don't line up, is because you're using the continuous round method. I generally recommend using the 'joining' method of working in rounds when using multiple colors, this prevents the 'overlap' and uneven rounds. Youtube has tons of excellent videos that teach how to join your rounds in crochet. :D

    When you're on the decrease rounds, repeat the sequence around to the end of the round. For instance, sc in next 2 sc, dec over next 2 sc around means to put 1 sc in each of the next 2 sc, then decrease over the next 2 sc. repeat this (2 sc, dec) all the way around to the end of your round.

    Hope that all helps!

    ReplyDelete
  30. All of your patterns are so beautiful I wish I could crochet but everytime I try the chain stitch it gets messed up, it stays on the needle instead of going down below the slipknot =l

    ReplyDelete
  31. When I followed this pattern, I realized how useful joining the rounds was. However, is there a way to preserve the beautiful sphere shape that results from the continuous spirals while also lining up the changing colors correctly, like suddenly switching from the spiral to joining rounds and then returning to spiraling again?

    ReplyDelete
  32. I am curios if you know the person listing this and if you authorized her to distribute the pattern through Listia.com??

    http://www.listia.com/auction/1712058

    I've been finding other copyrighted patterns on that site being auctioned off.

    ReplyDelete
  33. This is definitely the best Pokeball pattern I've seen online. It's the prettiest and the most proportional. Thank you so much for sharing! :)

    ReplyDelete
  34. This pokeball turned out spectacularly. Considering that I just learned how to crochet shapes today, I am SUPER impressed with how easy to follow your pattern was, and how my pokeball turned out perfectly. You are AWESOME! :)

    Additionally, I think it would be even more helpful if you could post a difficulty level/time estimate for each project, just so beginners can filter out projects that may be impossible/may take forever. Thanks again!!

    ReplyDelete
  35. I have a problem/question?
    I tried to make the ball with a G/4.00 crochet hook and Red acrylic yarn to start and also tried doing it in rounds like you said in one of your comments.. But by the 6th round it still wasn't that ball shape it's supposed to be. It was almost flat, like it looks to be the same shape of your ball by round 3-4. I tried tight I tried lose and I didn't miss any rounds. Any idea what's going wrong? What I do to fix it? Any help would be great thanks!

    Plus I tried to look it up after you join your rounds do you slip stick one before crocheting the next round? Again any help would be great thanks.

    ReplyDelete
  36. It's supposed to be flat on that round still. It won't begin to 'bowl' until you've worked several of the even rounds (no increases or decreases) Oh... about round 12 or so you should really see the shape coming on.

    ReplyDelete
  37. My partner wanted to find something we could do together and is a big crochet fanatic. She said I should give it a shot and showed me your pokeball pattern...... And......

    I DID IT!

    It came out so well that our 4 year old son demanded a green one as soon as he saw it. Just wanted to say thank you for the pattern and the beginning of a new hobby. Next stop, bulbasaur!

    David, Nottingham

    ReplyDelete
  38. My partner wanted to find something we could do together and is a big crochet fanatic. She said I should give it a shot and showed me your pokeball pattern...... And......

    I DID IT!

    It came out so well that our 4 year old son demanded a green one as soon as he saw it. Just wanted to say thank you for the pattern and the beginning of a new hobby. Next stop, bulbasaur!

    David, Nottingham

    ReplyDelete
  39. Thank you so much for this pattern! My 9 year old son is soo pleased with his new Pokeball :)

    ReplyDelete
  40. hi! im wonderin if there is any way to make it smaller by using the same yarn size (im trying to half its size)
    Thank you so much in advance and thankyou so much for this pattern

    ReplyDelete
  41. hola mi nombre es judith ....y estoy recien empezando con esto del amigurumis y me encanta ....me gustaria intentar hacer estos lindos pokemones ya k fueron mis animados favoritos de xica.....bueno mi consulta es k no enctiendo las abreviaciones...por ejemplo f/s ????? me podrias explicar las abreviaciones de tus patrones......gracias por tu tiempo y te felicito por tus trabajos...sere una fiel seguidora tuya....soy de chile y encuentro k en estos trabajos hay dedicacion, amor y pasion saludos

    ReplyDelete
  42. soy judith nuevamente.....se me olvido preguntar k significa la palabra "diciembre" k hay k hacer???? gracias....y saludos

    ReplyDelete
  43. gracias....voy aprendiendo de a poco...y tu ayuda es muy importante para mi..........saludos

    ReplyDelete
  44. Thank you very muuuccccchhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  45. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  46. Thank you for this pattern, perfect. My sister is dressing up as Pikachu and I made this as a nice addition to the costume that I could whip up quickly.

    ReplyDelete
  47. have you tried enlarging this and making it openable to stick one of the plushies inside? i would love to gift my nephew with a pokeball filled with a pokemon plushie. I am just not that good at adapting patterns. though i might try it and make the plushie out of size 10 thread so it fits inside this size ball. What do you think?

    ReplyDelete
  48. you can make the plushies from size 10 thread, but use a #7 steel hook if you do (so the stitch proportions remain the same and the doll will have the right dimensions)

    The primary problem with making a pokeball from yarn, and using it in the way you want, is that crochet doesn't provide a firm enough 'shell' to work correctly.

    It will always collapse on you, and buckle and look... well... odd.

    You need a firmer shell to make a 'working' pokeball... which is why I don't do that.

    Some things simply do not translate well into fiber art. It's not the fault of the creator, but the nature of the material. One of the primary focal points of making anything from yarn (or any other fiber material for that matter) is that you must concede to the limitations of the material. :D

    ReplyDelete
  49. I didn't realize til after the fact that I wasn't supposed to use the continuous rounds. However, what I did to remedy this was simply to put the button piece over the disjointed part. It looks pretty good and I plan on throwing this at people. Thanks so much for the pattern. It was my second crochet project ever and this was an awesome choice for it.

    ReplyDelete
  50. For the 2nd row of the white, is there suppose to be a hole or did I do something wrong?

    ReplyDelete
  51. I'm pretty sure you did something wrong, as there isn't supposed to be a hole. Make sure you're place a sc in each sc of the round. :D

    ReplyDelete
  52. Hi I'm new to crocheting so I am having trouble reading your pattern. I would love to try them all out, do you have a tutorial on this one?

    ReplyDelete
  53. Pokeball is a basic ball with color changes. For the ball instructions you can try this youtube video:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBmqBHNLb9E

    For color change help, search on youtube for 'crochet changing color' it should give you some videos to help you.

    :D

    ReplyDelete
  54. I made one (and it's so cute!) but I tried the invisible decrease and I still have gaps.

    ReplyDelete
  55. Heyy, um.. does "dec" mean "decreasing"? Sorry, I'm a beginner.... LOL!! Please reply!!(: By the way, this is an AWESOME pattern! I LOVE POKEMON♥

    ReplyDelete
  56. Yes, dec is the standard abbreviation for 'decrease' :D

    ReplyDelete
  57. I have made 8 of your patterns already for my grandbabies and they just love them - as a matter of fact they have gone through the site and made a list for me to make. Of course they pick different ones so I have to make sure to have a supply of colors available. I've put them under the christmas tree, in their easter baskets and wrapped them as birthday presents - they can't wait to see which ones Grandma has made next. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful easy patterns to these most popular characters. I've tried other sites and none of them come out as perfect as yours. You are truly a GEM in the crochet world.
    Granny

    ReplyDelete
  58. I just made this for my little brother who is pokemon crazy and he loved it! :D
    Thank You so much for the pattern! :D

    ReplyDelete
  59. Can you use several chains at the beginning other than a magic ring?

    ReplyDelete
  60. Damn, just realised this was in american so SC is our DC? Anyway i have a pokeball made, although its about half the size! So cute :)

    ReplyDelete
  61. Stunning. I think I'll double the size and then felt the results for a smoother surface. Thank you.

    ReplyDelete
  62. I've only ever made a crochet granny squares before as crochet patterns all seem really complicated to follow but I made this last night for my pokemon mad son with no problems. It is waiting by his pillow for when he wakes up and I am wondering who to make next :D

    ReplyDelete
  63. Just a question- does the button on the pokeball in the picture have a second round of 14 for the white part? The first one I made I accidently made the second round called for on the black part on the white part too, and it looked just like it did in your picture, but the second one I only did one round as in the instructions, and it was much smaller, and looked different from your picture. Thanks so much for this great design, have been having lots of fun!!



    http://www.flickr.com/photos/91469604@N06/8693807875

    ReplyDelete
  64. Should I crochet in the back loops only? I tried both loops and it comes out in a flat hexagon shape. I don't know what I'm doing wrong.

    ReplyDelete
  65. I can't thank you enough for posting this pattern, I'm making a set of six of these for a Valentine's Day gift and some as decorations for my car. Many many thanks! :D

    ReplyDelete
  66. Please help me,I don't understand round 3-7. I really want to make a pokeball but I don't understand what you mean I'm new to crocheting so please help

    ReplyDelete
  67. Well since my phone made a mess of my reply, I'm at the computer now.

    These rounds are graduated increase rounds that are common to all 'ball' type crochet patterns

    Sc in the next 3 sc, 2 sc in the next sc around - means that you put a single crochet in each of the next 3 sc, and then put 2 sc (an increase) in the next sc. Repeat that sequence to the end of the round. Each round will have one more sc between the increases.

    After you finish with the needed increase rounds, you will work a few 'even rounds' (no increases or decreases), then you will work a number of decrease rounds (basically your increase rounds in reverse)

    There are also many videos on YouTube (search for crochet ball or crochet in the round). Sometimes its easier to learn when watching it, then just reading it.

    Hope this helps!

    ReplyDelete
  68. How do I make a smaller one? Say I wanted one half the size, but with the same size yarn, would I just start with 3 sc in a magic circle and then follow the same pattern? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    ReplyDelete
  69. Start off the same way but only work say three rounds of increases, then three or four rounds of even (no increase or decrease) then decrease rounds in reverse of your increase rounds. Make tge appropriate color changes as needed.

    You may need to experiment with the number of even rounds you need to make it round (different yarns and tensions can make it slightly off) but that should about do it :-)

    ReplyDelete
  70. I've made several of your Poke Balls for my sons, playing a bit with the colors depending on what I have on hand. Tonight I created a "great ball" (using blue and white and adding red wedges to the sides.) Of course, my boys looked over my shoulder and saw ALL the Pokemon characters you have listed and they are starting to make requests! I love being able to combine one of my favorite hobbies (crochet) with one of theirs (Pokemon!!) Thank you for these!!

    ReplyDelete
  71. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  72. Thank you so much for these Pokeman patterns, my 6 year old has just started getting into them & he'll be so excited to have some!

    ReplyDelete
  73. Could the button be done by doing the 7 sc in white, and the 14 sc in black? Do you really need to make it two layers?

    ReplyDelete
  74. You should make patterns for the rest of the poke balls! Great, Ultra, Master, and maybe my personal favorites, the love ball and moon ball! I don't do the craft myself, but my mom does! I would love both you and her forever if I had all these cuties on display somewhere. :]

    P.S. 24 isn't too old to still love theses right???

    ReplyDelete
  75. You are brilliant and going to help me make my one friend VEEEERY happy. She's still a pokemon nut and I hadn't found a single pattern that looked like the pokemon until I found you. Thank you thank you thank you!

    ReplyDelete
  76. Have you considered making a Teddiursa or Minccino Pokémon Doll? My nieces love those.

    ReplyDelete
  77. I made this, and was very excited because my daughter loves Pokemon. Well, my AWESOME husband told me the minute he seen it "it is upside down. Red is supposed to be on top"

    I may have been upset with him for telling me this so fast and myself for not knowing.

    ReplyDelete
  78. Laughing so hard at the previous comment, not in a bad way, but because it's a ball, just turn it around and it'll be the right way up 😂😂 thanks so much for the pattern, it's great :)

    ReplyDelete
  79. I just want to say Thank you for your pattern of pokeballs!☺ I've looked everywhere these are perfect!!❤

    ReplyDelete
  80. Could u please explain what the magic circle is you mention at the beginning plz. I'm very new to crochet but would love to try and make this xx

    ReplyDelete
  81. Hi.. I tried searching up for joining in a round as I had the same alignment issues with the black portion of the pokeball.. But I couldn't seem to find any solution to it. Is it possible for u to just list out how joining in a round should be? Thank you so much!

    ReplyDelete
  82. Love ur pattern i have a question when do you start the invisible decrease?

    ReplyDelete
  83. I prefer invisible decreases when working in the round. Its not necessary - you can use any decrease you're most comfortable with.

    ReplyDelete
  84. This is a great pattern! My nephew saw me making it and asked is it for me? And so has almost all of my pokemon go friends!

    Any idea on how you could make it bigger? I am thinking about putting my portable charger in it and "hiding" the ports under the button :-)

    ReplyDelete
  85. My grandkids saw me making this and they said "ah grandma can I have that?"...needless to say I am making more....lol

    ReplyDelete
  86. Lilmiss: just add on to your increase rows n then follow the repeat rows with your new count.

    ReplyDelete
  87. Thank you for sharing these patterns. My 4 yr old grandson, Jacob, asked me to make him pokemon out of yarn. He wants charmander first! I enjoyed making the pokeball and learned the invisible decrease! Thank you.Now on to charmander!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That's awesome! I'm so glad the patterns are helpful.:)

      Delete
  88. On r14 sc5 sc2tog around is there supposed to be 2sts left

    ReplyDelete
  89. On r14 sc5 sc2tog around is there supposed to be 2sts left

    ReplyDelete
  90. No. The numbers work out to be a reverse of the top.

    ReplyDelete
  91. I've been using your lovely pattern to make little pokeballs and leave them at the random pokestops I visit while playing Pokemon GO! =) love it.

    ReplyDelete
  92. Thank you for this cute little pattern! I made one for a 10-year-old girl!

    ReplyDelete
  93. Thank you so much for this pattern, it looks great and was really easy to follow!

    ReplyDelete
  94. excellent, easy pattern! Thank you :)

    ReplyDelete