If you’ve read any of my previous posts, you’ll know that my pregnancy prompted an almost obsessive desire for crafting baby things. This was, of course, accompanied by an almost obsessive amount of reading up on things that would help my son developmentally. I was wanting to make all kinds of baby toys, and I saw many many posts of balls. Great, I thought. I can make those and stuff them. But, it also occurred to me that it would be a while before he would be able to hold spherical objects, and would probably just end up accidentally throwing them across the floor, much to everyone’s annoyance. This is when I came across the concept of hyperbolic crochet. Despite it’s somewhat intimidating name, this is actually really really simple. It just involves doubling the number of stitches per round. (Being a nerd, I feel like exponential crochet would be a more apt name, but what can you do?!). The simplicity of it makes this a great project for anyone, regardless of crochet skill level. So, armed with a nice bright color yarn and the recommended size crochet hook, I dove right in.
What you’ll need:
Yarn (your choice of color) – for the best contrast, go with white and edge it in black, otherwise just go for something bright and colorful.
Crochet hook – since my yarn was a size 3 (light weight), I used a 3.5mm hook, but you can adjust this to suit your needs. If you wanted a small ball, go with thread and a small hook, for a bigger one, chunky yarn and a bigger hook.
Stitch marker (optional) – I worked the ball in spirals rather than joining at the end of each round, so a stitch marker was helpful. If you choose to join at the end of each round, you can get by without one. If you don’t want to buy special stitch markers, a paperclip works very well.
To make a hyperbolic ball:
Round 1: chain 6, join to the first chain with a slip stitch
Round 2: sc in each chain around (6 sc)
Round 3: 2 sc in each stitch around (12 sc)
Round 4: 2 sc in each stitch around (24 sc)
Repeat this process of 2 stitches in each one until you have a ball of the size you want. Mine was about 9 rounds in total. Finish with a round of 1 sc in each stitch (using a contrasting color if wanted), fasten off and weave in the ends. Don’t worry about making it fold – it’ll do that all by itself, leaving you with a great texture covered in folds that are perfect for tiny hands to grab on to. If you make this for your little one, I’d love to know what they think of it! I had to wait until mine was asleep to take a picture of it, seeing as he rarely puts it down!