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A Giant Sphere

A little while ago, I got a comment on my Ideal Crochet Sphere post, requesting a pattern for a giant crochet sphere. Too cool! It’s taken me a while to get around to calculating the number of rows required (especially since I had to extrapolate the size based on smaller spheres that I’ve made), but I think this will work.

So, here are the patterns for 60 row (~10 inch) and 85 row (~15 inch) spheres.

Since there are so many rows, I haven’t included how to space the increases nicely for each row, so I’ll leave that up to you, should you attempt it. For each row, I’ve written it as follows:

Row i: Increase by N (X stitches total)

So, for Row i, you have to work N increases as evenly as possibly into the row so that after you’ve completed the row, you will have X stitches total in that row. In this pattern, an ‘Increase’ means that you’ve worked 2 single crochet stitches into the same stitch and a ‘Decrease’ means a single crochet decrease.

You can check out the pattern for the smaller spheres (here) to perhaps get a better idea of how I spaced the increases and decreases last time.

Here it is!

35 thoughts on “A Giant Sphere”

  1. Hello fron Greece – Athenes
    a very beautiful post
    But you write for “”10 Row Sphere: “” + “” Row 14) 4 scdec… “”
    Question What is scdec ?
    Thank in advance

    1. Hi Katerina, When I write “scdec”, it means single crochet decrease. (I have an earlier post where I describe how to do these stitches and make them ‘invisible’, if you’re interested in that.) Alternatively, there are a bunch of resources on the internet that explain this stitch in lots of detail.
      I hope your spheres work out!

  2. Thank you so much for the patterns for both the small and the large spheres. I can’t wait to try it!

  3. thank you so much you clever girl you 🙂
    I’m about to start on the 85 rower. I’ll send a pic when its done.

  4. Hi from Canary Island, Spain!

    its great to have your spheres patterns. I would like to know if you mind I translate your pattern into spanish and share that translation with you. There’re many people that don’t speak English. Thanks !

  5. Thanks so much for the pattern, I’ve been looking for one just like this! ^^ I was wondering, how much yarn would you need to make the 60 row sphere??

  6. Thank you so much. I have been searching for a pattern to make a big sphere. I want to make a giant pokeball for my boyfriend. I know he will love it. Now i just need to figure out when to change yarn colors.

    1. The hook size varies by the type of yarn used. The skein label should state the preferred size; drop down by one or two sizes to get a tight stitch that won’t show the stuffing when completed.

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  7. Thank you for figuring out all the math! My spheres have been imperfectly round no matter how much I tweaked them. I found these posts via Red Heart Yarn’s Pinterest page.

  8. These patterns are so cool! I’m wanting to make some big, round stuffies for myself and my cousins and friends, and this is exactly what I need!

    I am wondering, though, has anyone figured out where to put the increases on these big balls (like in round 6 of the 60 row sphere where it’s 5 instead of 6)? I’m sure I can figure it out with a little bit of trial and error, but I thought it can’t hurt to ask just in case someone did!

    1. I’ve been trying to figure that one out myself. If I knew how to make a pattern myself I wouldn’t have needed to search for one. I’m certainly no math wiz so these vague instructions do nothing for me.

  9. Does anyone know if the 85 row sphere is 15 inches in diameter or circumference. I started making it to use as a basketball and it seems like it’s going to be bigger than I expected.

  10. Hi from Turkey. Thanks for the giant ball pattern I was looking for it too 🙂 But I couldnt understand ın which order I will made a inc. Or dic.
    For example: increase by 5 (35)
    İncrease bu 6 (41)
    Ok. But how many stitches will I sc and when will I inc?
    Normally I can understand when written like
    1 sc ın next 5st, then 2sc ın the next st. (İncreasing)

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  12. Hello,

    I’m so happy with this sfere, it’s just plain perfect!
    I would really like to translate it into Dutch and put it on my blog, so everyone can enjoy this wonderfull sferes. Is dat okay by you?

    Kind regards, Elke

  13. Hi 🙂
    I really love the pattern. I’d like to crochet a sphere which has 70 rows. You’ve written: Row i: Increase by N (X stiches total). What “N” and “X” stand for?
    I’ll be happy to get an answer 🙂

  14. Hi there and thank you for your super instructions!
    I have a question about the last row of the spheres “Row X) 4 scdec”
    Each time your previous row has 12 stitches. When you do 4 scdc you still have 4 stitches in this row left, totaling 8 stitches. Don’t you want to end up with 6 stitches and for that you have to do 6scdc?
    Thank you for your help 🙂

  15. Thank you for posting this! I made a smaller ball and it was perfect!! Sorry if this is a silly question but when you say about 10” or 15” is that the circumference of the ball or the diameter? Thanks in advance.

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