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Let me introduce you to my Crochet Amish Puzzle Ball.  I can hype it up and tell you that your kids will have endless hours of fun playing with this puzzle ball, but the truth is that I have a lot more fun with this puzzle ball than my kids do (although they love it).

The minute someone walks into my house I practically force it on them!  And what fun it is watching people try to assemble it.  Of course it only takes them a little while to figure it out, because it IS pretty simple.

But doesn’t it look cute?  And as a ball it kicks some serious crochet ass!

The chunky design means that it is super easy for little hands to grab hold of.  And the million colour possibilities make it a treat for little eyes and inquisitive minds.

Now before we go any further.  If you are at all concerned about the apparent amount of sewing involved, let me put your mind at ease.     All the segments are crocheted together at the end and the tails of yarn are enclosed INSIDE the ball – if you follow my advice, leaving you with 3 tiny tails of yarn to sew away.  That’s right, ladies!  3 itty bitty bouts of sewing.  I think that’s pretty awesome!

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How does the Crochet Amish Puzzle Ball work?

The ball comes apart into three separate “rings/segments” (each containing four wedges) which then have to be re-assembled to form the ball.

Be warned that this is one of those mind-numbing projects.

You will need to make 12 (x2) of the same thing.  So I would advise resigning this particular project to evening tv time (if you indulge) and car trips.

(Update 3/3/13:  It takes me about 3 lazy hours to make a Crochet Amish Puzzle Ball from scratch, but I have made a few!!)

Thank you, Tannie Esther, for sending me the link to the fabric Amish puzzle ball and starting me on this journey!

Crochet Amish Puzzle Ball Pattern

Dedri Uys ©2011.  All Rights Reserved.

You can find the free PDF version of the pattern here in my Ravelry Store.

 Just keep in mind that I continuously update the pattern below to make it as easy as possible.  The pdf version might not contain the latest updates.

Translations are available in Spanish, Swedish, Danish, Dutch and Russian.  The links can be found below the pattern.

Materials

Update:  I have recently started working with worsted weight yarn and much prefer the denser structure obtained when using worsted weight yarn.  The ball below is made with the materials listed below, but feel free to use worsted weight yarn instead of double knit!

♥  4 mm Crochet hook (US G/6  UK 8)

♥  Double knit yarn (light worsted weight/#3) in contrasting colours –  about 120 m/130 yards for the wedges, 45 m/49 yards for the lids and 30 m/32 yards for crocheting the lids to the wedges. 

♥  A yarn needle for working away your tails of yarn

♥  About twice as much stuffing as you think you will need

Abbreviations

US Terminology used

{You can see a US/UK comparison chart for hooks and terminology here.}  

ChChain
Sl stSlip stitch
ScSingle crochet
Sc incSingle crochet increase
St/st’sStitch/stitches
*Repeat all instructions between asterisks the amount of times specified.

Additional Notes

The initial ch st’s in each row/round are NOT counted as stitches.    

Instructions

Wedges

(Make 12)

  1. Crochet Amish Puzzle Ball 18 Crochet Amish Puzzle Ball PatternCh 2.  Sc x 3 in 2nd ch from hook.  Ch 1 and turn. (3)
  2. Sc inc in each st.  Ch 1 and turn.  (6)
  3. * Sc inc, sc* x 3.  Ch 1 and turn.  (9)
  4. * Sc inc, 2 x sc* x 3.  Ch 1 and turn.  (12)
  5. * Sc inc, 3 x sc* x 3.  Ch 1 and turn.  (15)
  6. * Sc inc, 4 x sc* x 3.  Ch 1 and turn.  (18)
  7. * Sc inc, 5 x sc* x 3.  Ch 1 and turn.  (21)
  8. * Sc inc, 6 x sc* x 3.  Ch 1 and turn.  (24)
  9. * Sc inc, 7 x sc* x 3.  Ch 1 and turn.  (27)
  10. * Sc inc, 8 x sc* x 3.  Ch 1. (30)

Fold the half-circle in half and join the open side of the resulting wedge together by making 9 sc’s along this edge.  You will effectively be working one sc through both layers of each row.  When you get to the end, ch 1 and bind off.

Amish Puzzle Ball4 Crochet Amish Puzzle Ball PatternHint:  place the initial tail of yarn INSIDE the wedge before closing it, giving you one less tail of yarn to sew in at the end.  To eliminate the final tail of yarn, insert your hook into one of the stitches at the pointy end of the wedge (from the inside of the wedge to the outside) and pull the final tail of yarn through to the inside of the wedge.  If that doesn’t make sense, the Mini Crochet Amish Puzzle Ball Pattern has some photos of these steps.

If you want to, you  can turn the resulting wedge inside-out so that you don’t end up with a seam.  I personally prefer (and recommend) the seam as it helps the Puzzle Ball to interlock better when assembled.

Alternative way to make the wedges:

If you don’t want a seam at all, work the wedges in a spiral.  To do this, simply skip the ch-1 and turn at the end of each round and make the first st of the next round in the first st of the current one.  I would suggest using a piece of yarn as a running stitch marker to make sure that you know when every new round begins.  When you get to the end of round 10, sl st in the next st and bind off.

Chain of “lids”

(Make 3)

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1. Ch 2.  Sc inc in 2nd ch from hook.  Ch 1 and turn (2)

2. Sc in each st.  Ch 1 and turn.  (2)

3. Sc inc in each st.  Ch 1 and turn.  (4)

4. Sc in each st.  Ch 1 and turn.  (4)

5. Sc inc, 2 x sc, sc inc.  Ch 1 and turn.  (6)

6-9. Sc in each st.  Ch 1 and turn.  (6)

10. Sc2tog, 2 x sc, sc2tog.  Ch 1 and turn.  (4)

11. Sc in each st.  Ch 1 and turn.  (4)

12. Sc2tog x 2.  Ch 1 and turn.  (2)

13. Sc in each st.  Ch 1 and turn.  (2)

14. Sc2tog.

Now repeat rows 1 – 14 THREE more times.  This will give you a chain of 4 “lids”.  On the very last “lid” of the chain, ch 1 and bind off.

Hint:  If you are going to use the “lid” colour (so the same colour) to attach the wedges to the lids, don’t bind off.  Just continue with the assembly instructions below.  It just saves having to work away another tail of yarn.

Assembling the segments

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Use the yarn you used for the wedges or a third, different colour if you prefer.  If you are using a new colour, start with a slip knot already on your hook.

You will be attaching 4 wedges to each chain of lids, working up the chain of lids on one side and down the other side, stuffing as you go.

You will be working into each st of the wedge opening and each row of the chain of lids.  See the section below if you are unsure about the placement of the stitches in the rows of the lids.

So, place your first wedge behind the first lid on the left (with the sc seam of the wedge to your right – see photo below) and insert your crochet hook through the first st of the chain of “lids” and the first st of the opening of one of the wedges.  {If you have turned your wedge inside out, or you have worked it in a spiral, start on any st around the top of the wedge.}  Work a sc through both layers.  Continue working through each row and st of both layers in this way until you have worked 15 sc’s.

Join the next wedge to its lid in the same way and continue until you have worked one side of all 4 wedges and lids.

Now you will be “closing” the wedges.  Insert your hook into the same (last) st of the 4th lid and the next st of the 4th wedge and make a sc.  Continue working through each row and st, stuffing (see below) as you go, and making 15 sc’s along the other side of each of the 4 wedges.  When you reach the last st, of the 1st wedge, join to the first st with a sl st and bind off.  Use the tail to join the tips of the first and last wedges together.

Alternatively you can sl st them together before binding off, which is what I prefer.  To do that, simply sl st in st’s 16 and 15 of the st’s around the top of the 4th wedge (in that order), so the stitches at the pointy end, and then sl st in the first and second st’s of the first wedge.  Bind off and work away your tails.

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Repeat this whole procedure for all 3 groups of 4 wedges.

When your segments are all nicely stuffed and neatly finished off, use them to build your puzzle ball!

Having trouble lining up the lids and the wedges?

Although the lids only have 14 rows, there are 15 “holes” along the side of the lid.  This is because the chain st you work the sc inc into in the first row also forms a hole.  So, in essence, you are working into that ch st and then into each of the 14 rows.  I have included a numbered photo below to help explain this.  It is numbered starting from the sc2tog of row 14 ( on the right), where you will start attaching the lid to its wedge, through to the initial ch st of row 1 (on the left), and then back again around the bottom of the lid.  I hope this eliminates a few questions.

Wedge Lid Crochet Amish Puzzle Ball Pattern

A word about Stuffing

This ball EATS stuffing! And I have noticed that people tend to think they have overstuffed the ball because the wedges are quite fat and the segments super snug…But the ball will stretch over time and to get the best results you want to stuff it nice and full! If you use too little stuffing the segments won’t sit together as well and the ball is more likely to become lifeless after a lot of playing.   Just don’t stuff it so much that it becomes “holey”.

Building your Crochet Amish Puzzle Ball

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Now, because this is a puzzle, I am not going to explain how you assemble the ball.  But I have included a photo of how the first 2 segments should interlock and a photo of what the ball should look like once assembled.

All you have to do is figure out where the third segment goes.  If you really get stuck, Google it icon smile Crochet Amish Puzzle Ball Pattern

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Crochet Amish Puzzle Ball Video Tutorial

by Elizzza from www.knitaholics.com

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This video tutorial should answer any questions you may have.  Please note that Elizzza turns her wedges inside out before attaching them to the lids.  I prefer not to turn them inside out.  Keeping the seam on the outside makes it easier to attach the wedges to the lids AND it helps the wedges interlock slightly better when the ball is assembled.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Thank you, Elizzza.

Translations for the Amish Puzzle Ball Pattern

  • Spanish (translated, with permission, by Ana from Hasta el Monyo)
  • Swedish (translated, with permission, by Sofia from Fittforcefive)
  • Danish (translated, with permission, by Marianne Topping from Tulle Momsemor)
  • Dutch (translated, with permission, by Magda Wellens from Aurorashandwerkwereldje)
  • Russian (translated, with permission, by Natalia from Toy-Fabric )

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Questions

Q:  Can you work the wedges in a spiral instead of in rows and thus avoid the seam?

A:  Yes, you can.  But again, the seam helps the wedges interlock slightly better when the ball is assembled.

Q:  How much should I stuff the wedges/ball?

A:  You need to stuff it enough so that the wedges bulge slightly, but not so much that the stitches stretch and become “holey”.  It doesn’t matter if your 3 segments seem quite snug.  In fact, you want them to be quite snug.  After a while the segments will relax and if you haven’t stuffed your ball enough, it will become limp and lifeless.

Q:  Help!  My lids are too small for my wedges!

All yarns are NOT created equal.  So if you are going to use scrap yarn for your ball, or even if you use 2 different types of yarn, there is going to be a variation in your gauge.  When using different types of yarn (even if they appear to be the same thickness), make sure that the yarn you use for your lids is as thick (or thicker – within reason) than the yarn you use for the wedges.  The wedges are more forgiving than the lids.

If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact me and I will try my best to answer them to your satisfaction.

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74 Responses to Crochet Amish Puzzle Ball Pattern

  1. Minete says:

    You never cease to amaze me!

  2. Esther says:

    Ek voel geëerd dat my “reseppie” gemaak is :-) Doen so voort!!

  3. [...] found a cool pattern today! Definitely want to do this. Honestly I’ve never heard of an Amish puzzle ball before. [...]

  4. [...] I found the original pattern at Dedri Uys blog [...]

  5. I WANT TO BE ABLE TO MAKE BOTH BALLS, THE PLAIN AND THE FLOWER ONE, BUT I CANNOT OPEN THE WEB SITE. IT COMES UP BLANK. HOW CAN I GET THESE TWO PATTERNS?

    • admin says:

      Judy, I am stumped. Did you try again? And if so, is it still not working?

      • Kathy says:

        I am having the same problem…I cannot open the website it comes up blank…I really really wanna try this. I have many grandchildren that would love this… Thanks so much

        • Dedri Uys says:

          Kathy, I hope you have been able to open it. I could open the pdf every time I tried it. Please let me know if your problem persists x

  6. [...] habe diese wunderbare englische Anleitung eines Amish Puzzleballs im Netz entdeckt und mußte das einfach nachhäkeln ! Es hat mich wirklich [...]

  7. Just FYI says:

    Are you aware your pattern was rewritten, your pictures used, and posted by other people? Maybe you gave them permission, but I just wanted you to know about these links:

    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.345039988902050.76229.186614661411251&type=1

    http://hastaelmonyo.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/PuzzleAmish_hastaelmonyo.pdf

    http://hastaelmonyo.com/?p=1692

  8. Mirea says:

    Love this ball, thanks so much! :)

  9. Maibritt says:

    Thank you for sharing the pattern on this amazing ball. I have seen them only in fabric and made one in fabric. I have thought about converting it to crochet, but haven’t gotten further than to think about it. You can see my crochet ball made from your pattern on my website. On my website I have made a link to your pattern so you get the credit for it :)

    • admin says:

      Thank you for both your comment and the link :) I get such a kick out of it when people make something from one of my patterns. Take care x

  10. [...] For the link to the original (pink), click here. [...]

  11. Gail says:

    I love the ball!!!! I however can’t open it to get the pattern….bummer! I would love to make one for my grandson. Is there some way I can still get it?? Thanks for sharing!!

  12. Marnie says:

    What a fun pattern! I just made two of these.. in Halloween colors, of course.. for our youngest granddaughters, ages 6 & 10 months. They will each be tucked into their separate family’s Halloween boxes. I’ve decided to send them un-assembled as a challenge for their older siblings to solve. I know the older kids will get a kick out of figuring out the puzzle for their baby sisters. Hey.. Halloween is about ‘tricks’ as well as treats, right? :) Anyway, thank you so much for generously sharing this pattern. They turned out so cute!

  13. Nicole says:

    It’s beautiful!
    Don’t be sad that other people use the pattern and make money of it.
    Karma is a bitch and they will get their share ;-)

  14. [...] ball was designed for the occasion, so post the pattern I will.It is a simplified version of my Original Crochet Amish Puzzle Ball.  It is only 6 cm high when completed, so makes for a very cute little thingy.  Yes, I did say [...]

  15. [...] of opportunities to assemble it wrong and get a whole new creature.This pattern is based on the Original Crochet Amish Puzzle Ball, so uses a lot of the same components.I need 5 of you crafty crocheters to test this pattern, [...]

  16. [...] to.What is the Crochet Dinosaur Puzzle?Some of you may have seen my original pattern for the Crochet Amish Puzzle Ball.  This Crochet Dinosaur Puzzle is an extension of the Puzzle Ball.  It consists of 3 segments [...]

  17. Dana says:

    Thank you for sharing such a wonderful pattern. It really is sad that it has been duplicated by others :)

    • Dana says:

      Ok that was supposed to be a sad face.

      • Dedri Uys says:

        Thank you, Dana. I’m over it now. It was just a huge disappointment when it first happened. I felt like never designing something again, which was just plain silly considering the joy designing brings me!

        x dedri

  18. Victoria says:

    Thank you for sharing your pattern! My 6-month old daughter loves the Amish Puzzle Ball. It was easy and fast to make. :-)

  19. Monica says:

    Thanks for sharing this pattern! I’ve made the fabric version before, and my ferrets love to play with them. Watching them this morning I was thinking of trying a crochet version and then went searching to see if anyone else had. I’ll have to see if I can get a picture of them with one when I finish mine :)

    Love that watermelon one by the way!! Such an adorable idea, got me thinking of doing a whole “fruit bowl” of them now :D

    • Dedri Uys says:

      A “fruit bowl” sounds like tons of fun. I also have a pattern for a pumpkin segment ball listed here somewhere. It’s more basic, but I have made tons of other “fruit” from that pattern. I’ve just not gotten around to posting about them. I would love to see the ferrets in action. x

  20. [...] pattern is based on my original Crochet Amish Puzzle ball (pattern available for free) and is part of my Amigurumi Amish Animal Puzzle series (Amamani for [...]

  21. Brinja says:

    I love this pattern and I would like to sell some of those puzzle-balls that I made, in a kind of garage-sale or to my midwife. Of course just if you give your permission to that. Would it be okay for you?

  22. [...] Gemina gets her name from the crooked-necked giraffe of facebook fame.  Mainly because I like alliteration, but also because of her asymmetry.  Let me explain.  This crochet puzzle is the fourth in my Amamani series (Amigurumi Amish Puzzle Animals) and is based on my FREE Crochet Amish Puzzle Ball pattern. [...]

  23. [...] If you have made the Crochet Amish Puzzle Ball before, you will be familiar with how the wedges should be attached to the wedge lids.  If you have never made one of these, I will try my best to explain it to you in simple terms.  But if you get confused, or need a bit more clarity, have a look at my Crochet Amish Puzzle Ball Instructions. [...]

  24. Michelle says:

    Yours is not an original. The original came from an Annies Attic magazine which is OOP but the copyrights are still intact and valid. Just thought you’d like to know.

  25. [...] and about 20 cm’s long (from nose to tail).  She is based, like all my other Amamani, on the Crochet Amish Puzzle ball (pattern available for free, just click on the link) and as such she comes apart into 3 segments [...]

  26. [...] you have visited my site before, you have probably already seen my Crochet Amish Puzzle Ball or one of my Amamani (Amigurumi Amish Puzzle Animals).  Now I would like to share my Mini Crochet [...]

  27. [...] is the latest in my Amigurumi Amish Puzzle Animal series (Amamani for short).  She is based on my FREE Crochet Amish Puzzle Ball Pattern, and as such comes apart into 3 segments that have to be assembled or “built” to form [...]

  28. Jan says:

    Hi Dedri
    I just love this puzzle Ball.
    I created Sage – The Crochet Pig Puzzle for a gift to a pig lover.
    Check it out on my site.
    Jan

    • Dedri Uys says:

      Sage is gorgeous, Jan. I am working on a pig, but the fish and the lion will need testing next and then the cow and my mystery puzzle…and then, maybe, Pammy Pig.

  29. Nataliya says:

    Thank you very much for the pattern! Your ball is perfect!

  30. [...] is the latest in my Amigurumi Amish Puzzle Animal series (Amamani for short).  He is based on my FREE Crochet Amish Puzzle Ball Pattern, and as such comes apart into 3 segments that have to be assembled or “built” to form [...]

  31. [...] Amish Puzzle Animals) and I am very chuffed with how he came out.  He is based on the original Crochet Amish Puzzle Ball, and as such comes apart into 3 segments, or rings, which then have to be re-assembled to form the [...]

  32. [...] those of you who have never made one of my Amamani, or even the FREE Crochet Amish Puzzle Ball, this little lion comes apart into 3 segments, or rings, that have to be assembled to form the [...]

  33. [...] Crochet Kiwi Puzzle (pattern below) is just the thing to whet your appetite.  It is essentially a Crochet Amish Puzzle Ball (the pattern for which you can find by following the link) with a head and two [...]

  34. the grange range says:

    I love this puzzle ball, so great for little hands to hold.

  35. lisa says:

    If i don’t have a 4mm hook but a 3.75mm and a 5mm which one would you suggest i use?

    • Dedri Uys says:

      3.75 would work better. It’ll give you a nice tight ball. 5 mm would be ok if you are using bulky/chunky yarn.

  36. […] Crochet Cow Puzzle is based on the original Crochet Amish Puzzle Ball, and as such comes apart into 3 segments, or rings, which then have to be re-assembled to form the […]

  37. […] I’ve finished the puzzle balls – both of them – yahoooooo – and I’ve packed them away. They are a lot of fun to do and I hope the grand-kids like them Here’s the free pattern: http://www.lookatwhatimade.net/crafts/yarn/crochet-amish-puzzle-ball/ […]

  38. patrícia says:

    So amazing! Love and I’m going to have a go :-) Thanks for sharing!

  39. […] mother, Eleanor, is one of my Amamani (Amigurumi Amish Puzzle Balls).  Eleanor is based on my Free Amish Puzzle Ball pattern, and as such comes apart into three segments that have to be assembled to form the […]

  40. […] pattern comes from Dedri at  Look What I Made, and she does a beautiful job with the tutorial. It is super easy to follow. While you are there, […]

  41. […] You can also find the instructions for the super cute Crochet Amish Puzzle Ball in the Look At What I Made blog. […]

  42. marie rose muller aguila says:

    Desearía obtener los hermosos modelos puzzle en español
    me gusta tejer a crochet y los modelos son muy originales desde ya muchas gracias

  43. Suzanne says:

    This ball is a perfect Christmas for my niece! Even my boyfriend (who normally gets a kind of glassy look when I go on about crocheting) thought it was really cool, and wanted to solve it. :)

  44. […] for the Crochet Kiwi Puzzle is just the thing to whet your appetite.  It is essentially a Crochet Amish Puzzle Ball with a head and two […]

  45. Anna says:

    Thank you for this beautiful pattern. I’ve just finished my first Amish Puzzle Ball and it looks FANTASTIC. Thank you again!

    • Dedri Uys says:

      Thank you for letting me know, Anna. I am always pleased when someone is happy with one of my designs. So glad you like it x

  46. Ana says:

    You are a genius! My grandchildren love these balls. One of my them, a 3-year old boy, looked at me while I assembled the ball and then he said: well, that’s it, now let’s play, and he began to play football! and my 4-year grand-daughter, used the rings on her wrists, jajaja. Thank you very much for teaching us how to do this, you’re very nice.
    Ana

    • Dedri Uys says:

      Ana, I am so pleased that you like them. And even more so because your grandchildren like them. Classic about your grand-daughter putting them on as bangles. Happy Thanksgiving!

      Dedri

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