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Crochet a Toy Plarn Ball

Posted on October 1, 2009

Toy Plarn Ball
Round Plarn Toy Ball

I was asked recently for a round toy ball pattern. Well ask and you share receive. In an effort to continually make this blog a comprehensive library of free patterns using recycled materials, here is my free crocheted toy plarn ball project.

My recycled plastic toy ball has a 5 inch diameter and reminds me of a nerf ball as it’s soft. It would be a great toy for a child or a play toy for a pet. It also is a wonderful way to use up those little scrap pieces of plastic bags that you have leftover when you create your plarn. You can use the handles and end pieces to stuff your toy plarn ball.

This is a simple pattern but I had to re-work it four times to get it round. Who says creating patterns is easy — LOL. This toy ball is worked all in one piece and my final product is pretty round. You could probably easily adapt the crochet pattern to make it a smaller or larger ball as desired.

Please enjoy the pattern and you can find a list of all my free recycled craft patterns here.

Free Crocheted Round Plarn Toy Ball Pattern

Materials needed:
*Plastic bags cut into strips 1 inch wide and interlocked to create plarn. (Approx. 12 plastic bags)
The tutorial on how to create yarn from plastic bags can be found here.
*Scraps of plastic bags for ball stuffing.

Hook:
J (6 mm)size metal crochet hook

Description:
Recycled Plastic Toy Ball – 5 inch diameter

Directions:
Using plastic bags cut into plarn, Ch 4 and join with a Sl St to form a ring.

Rnd 1
Ch 2, then work 10 Hdc in ring, join with a Sl St to top of Ch 1. (11 sts)

Rnd 2
Ch 2, Hdc in same st, *Work 2 Hdc in ea st*. Repeat between * – * to end of round, DON’T join, just continue working in rounds. (22 sts) Use st marker if needed.

Rnd 3
Hdc in the Ch-2 space from prior rnd, * 2 Hdc in next st*, then Hdc in next st*. Repeat between * to end of rnd.

Rnd 4
*Hdc in the next 3 sts, then work 2 Hdc in next st*. Repeat between *.

Rnds 5-12
Hdc in ea st around.

Rnd 13 (Decreases begin)
*Hdc in next 3 sts, then work 1 Hdc dec over the next 2 sts (work 2 Hdc tog)*. Repeat between * to end of rnd.

Rnd 14
*Hdc in next 2 sts, then work 1 Hdc dec over the next 2 sts (work 2 Hdc tog)*. Repeat between * to end of rnd.

Rnd 15
*Hdc in next st, then work 1 Hdc dec over the next 2 sts (work 2 Hdc tog)*. Repeat between * to end of rnd.

Rnd 16
Work 1 Hdc dec over every 2 sts until you have just a very small opening. Leave a long tail at the end to use to close your opening once you stuff the ball.

Fill your ball with scraps of plastic bags. Use the tail and sl st to close your opening. If your bag needs more stuffing, use the eraser end of a pencil to push more plastic pieces through the small end opening.

FO and weave ends to the inside.

If you have any questions or find discrepancies in this pattern, please email me using contact tab.

Abbreviations:
Ch – Chain
Dc – Double Crochet
Dec – Decrease
Ea – Each
FLO – Front Loop Only
Hdc – Half Double Crochet
Plarn – Plastic Bag Yarn
Rnd – Round
Sc – Single Crochet
Sk – Skip
Sl St – Slip Stitch
Sm – Same
St – Stitch
Tog – Together

This pattern is copyrighted by Cindy of My Recycled Bags {dot com} and may only be used for private individual use. No commercial sales or use of this pattern or photos are permitted. Links to this pattern are acceptable and appreciated. ©2009

****Please do not copy my patterns on your blog site or post my patterns on Internet sites. I do not allow my patterns to be republished without expressed written permission. Posting of my patterns, without written permission is in violation of my copyrights and is content theft.

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3 Responses to “Crochet a Toy Plarn Ball”

  1. All Things Eco Blog Carnival Volume Seventy » Focus Organic.com
    Oct 05, 2009

    […] presents Crochet a Toy Plarn Ball posted at My Recycled Bags.com. RecycleCindy says, "Crochet a fun and frugal toy ball using […]


  2. Nikki
    Mar 24, 2011

    This is so cute! I have tried to do research on whether or not this is a “safe” toy for a dog, but can’t find anything…Have you or someone you know used this toy for a dog?
    Thanks!


  3. carol
    Dec 18, 2011

    i wouldn’t recomend it for a dog, it being so soft he might swallow it. my cat loves to chew on plastic bags, so i try to keep things made from plarn away from him too… but other wise, i just love using plarn…



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