Crochet Zośka: how to do ideal yarn ball?

Zośka is the perfect way to use up yarn scraps, the more colorful, the more interesting! 🙂 It basically offers unlimited color possibilities, and you can get creative with patterns once you’re familiar with crochet techniques. My goal is to present a very simple pattern for a perfect ball, which also works great as a first project for beginners. So if you want to learn crochet, zośka is a very good choice 🙂

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Materials needed

  • Crochet pattern – free described below
  • Yarn in different colors, I used YarnArt Jeans
  • Hook, size 2,5 mm
  • Peas
  • Yarn needle
  • Scissors

Zośka, crochet ball – free pattern

mr – magic ring
sc – single crochet
inc – increase 
dec – decrease
ch – chain

Use the selected color of yarn and change every 3 rows.
1: MR [6]
2: inc*6 [12]
3: (sc, inc)*6 [18]
4: (2 sc, inc)*6 [24]
5: (3 sc, inc)*6 [30]
6: (4 sc, inc)*6 [36]
7: (5 sc, inc)*6 [42]
8: (6 sc, inc)*6 [48]
9: (7 sc, inc)*6 [54]
10-18: 54 sc (9 rows)
19: (7 sc, dec)*6 [48]
20: (6 sc, dec)*6 [42]
21: (5 sc, dec)*6 [36]
22: (4 sc, dec)*6 [30]
23: (3 sc, dec)*6 [24]
24: (2 sc, dec)*6 [18]
25: (sc, dec)*6 [12]

Fill the sphere with peas to about 1/3 full.
26: (dec)*6 [6]
Use a yarn needle to stitch up the opening and shape the sphere.

Zośka - crochet ball

Final effect

The ball you’ll obtain from this pattern using YarnArt Jeans yarn is quite small, approximately 5 cm in diameter. Of course, you can always modify its size by using thicker yarn and a larger crochet hook.

What can you use the finished Zośka for? Of course, for play! It’s a toy from olden days, made from materials that were readily available (like socks or rags) and filled with sand or rice.

Zośka can be played with in various ways, both individually and in groups:

  1. Play by tossing the ball from the outer edge of one foot to the other.
  2. In group play, you can have a competition to see “who can keep zośka in the air the longest” or standing in a circle, toss Zośka in such a way that it doesn’t touch the ground. If zośka falls to the ground, the player who caused it to fall is out. The winner is the last player remaining.
  3. You can also set up a field with two goals and kick Zośka towards the opponent’s goal to score points.

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