Mini Crochet Amish Puzzle Ball Pattern D Uys

If you have visited my site before, you have probably already seen my Crochet Amish Puzzle Ball (free pattern) or one of my Amamani (Amigurumi Amish Puzzle Animals).  Now I would like to share my Mini Crochet Amish Puzzle Ball Pattern with you.

Sometimes we just want to make something in a hurry and although the original Crochet Amish Puzzle Ball doesn’t take ages and ages, it does get quite boring making the 12 wedges.  The Mini Crochet Amish Puzzle Ball is significantly quicker to work up (although I still prefer the look of the original Puzzle Ball) and is therefore perfect for a last-minute gift.

For the more adventurous among you there is always the Free Crochet Kiwi Puzzle pattern (based on the Mini Crochet Amish Puzzle Ball) or the Free Crochet Octopus Puzzle (based on the Original Crochet Amish Puzzle Ball).

I am also selling the Elephant, Rhinosaur, Giraffe, Turtle, DinosaurHorse, Lion and Cow on Ravelry.

FREE Mini Crochet Amish Puzzle Ball Pattern

©Dedri Uys 2013

Feel free to make as many (or as few) of these Mini Crochet Amish Puzzle Balls as you want, both for personal use and for small scale sale.  All I ask is that you credit me as and when you make anything using this pattern, even if you alter it.  It would also be nice if you would link back to this post.

You may in no way copy/reproduce this pattern or put it forward as your own work.  I retain all rights to the actual pattern.

This Mini Crochet Amish Puzzle Ball works up to less than 10 cm in diameter.  It comes apart into 3 segments that have to be assembled to form the ball.  The segments of this ball fit together quite snugly, so you might have to put a bit of elbow into it, but that is just the nature of the beast.  Once assembled the ball is snug and compact.  You can use as many or as few colours as you want, so the possibilities are absolutely endless!


  • 4 mm Crochet Hook
  • Double Knit yarn in any colours
  • Yarn Needle
  • Stuffing


Ch               Chain Stitch

Sc                 Single Crochet

Sc Inc       Single Crochet Increase

Sc2tog      Single Crochet 2 Together (sc decrease)

Sl st            Slip Stitch


Note:  Repeat all instructions between *asterisks* the number of times stated.  *Sc inc, sc* x 3, for example, will mean Sc inc, sc, sc inc, sc, sc inc, sc.
Mini Crochet Amish Puzzle Ball Pattern


(Make 12)

Mini Crochet Amish Puzzle Ball Pattern

1. Ch 2.  3 x sc 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.  (18)

Fold the half-circle in half and join the open side of the resulting wedge together by making 5 sc’s along this edge.  You will effectively be working one sc through both layers of each row.  Ch 1 and bind off.

Work away the tails of yarn.  The easiest way to do this is to place the initial tail of yarn inside the folded wedge before sc-ing it closed, and then pulling the final tail of yarn through one of the stitches at the pointy end of the wedge.  Stuff the tails of yarn inside the wedge and use them as part of the stuffing for the wedge.

Mini Crochet Amish Puzzle Ball Pattern

Some people have asked me if they can work the wedges in a spiral instead.  The photo below (right) shows the difference in the shape of the wedge if it is worked in a spiral.  It comes out much shorter than when worked as above and will therefore not have the same interlocking effect.  It does still work, but I much prefer the wedge worked as instructed.  You won’t save masses of time working in a spiral, and I personally don’t think it’s worth it.

The image on the left (below) shows what the wedge looks like if turned inside out, which quite a few people have done as well.  Again, you lose some definition when turning the wedge inside out and assembly is slightly more fiddly.

Ultimately it is up to you, of course, but I have made so many of these balls that I can’t count them anymore and I always go back to making the wedges the way I have written them above.

Mini Crochet Amish Puzzle Ball Pattern


Crochet Kiwi PuzzleHold your horses!  Don’t make the following wedge lids just yet.  This is just an explanation of how to do them when they appear in the pattern.  So when I say “make a wedge lid”, this is how you will do it.  And you will need to do it 12 times, so study up.

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 x 2.  Ch 1 and turn.  (4)

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

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

6. Sc2tog x 2.  Ch 1 and turn.  (2)

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

8. Sc2tog.

Mini Crochet Amish Puzzle Ball Pattern

“Chain of lids” Segment

Mini Crochet Amish Puzzle Ball Pattern

Following the instructions above, work a wedge lid. When you get to the end of row 8, start again at row 1. Repeat rows 1 – 8 3 more times. This will give you a chain of 4 “lids”. At the end of the very last “lid” of the chain, ch 1.

Now, insert your hook into the last st of the lid and the first st of one of the wedges.  Make a sc.  Continue working a sc through both layers (into each st and row) until you have worked 9 sc’s.

Hint:  start with the sc seam of the wedge to your right.

Mini Crochet Amish Puzzle Ball Pattern

Add the next wedge, again placing it behind the lid (with the seam to the right) and inserting your hook through the first row of the lid (the st at the top of the sc2tog) and the first st of the wedge.  Work 9 sc’s into it through both layers.  Continue working around until you have worked one side of each of the 4 wedges.  Now you are going to work around the other side of the chain of lids.

Make the first sc of the opposite side into the first st of your chain of lids (which will already have a st worked into it) and the NEXT st of the wedge.  Continue working around the 4th wedge, stuffing as you go.  Continue closing each of the remaining 3 wedges in the same fashion, working 9 sc’s through both layers of each wedge and lid and stuffing as you go.

Mini Crochet Amish Puzzle Ball Pattern

When you get back to the last st of the first wedge, join to the first st with a sl st and bind off.  Use the tail of yarn 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.  Here’s how:

Identify the 2 st’s at the tip of the lid furthest away from you (the 4th wedge).  Sl st into the first of these 2 st’s (the one on the right) and then sl st into the next one (the one to the left of that one).  Then sl st into the first st of the assembly round  (the first st of the first wedge).  Sl st into the next st and bind off.  Work away your tails of yarn.  If these instructions are a little bit confusing, have a look at my photos below.

Mini Crochet Amish Puzzle Ball Pattern

This is your first segment done.

Now you will need to repeat the instructions above 2 more times so that you end up with 3 segments, each containing 4 wedges.

Mini Crochet Amish Puzzle Ball Pattern 

“Building” your Mini Crochet Amish Puzzle Ball

Mini Crochet Amish Puzzle Ball Pattern

Take 2 of the segments.  Slip one segment over the other so that they form a cross (above left).  All the wedges should have their pointy bits towards the centre and the lids should all be on the outside of the ball.  Take the third segment and slip it over the other two segments perpendicularly so that each of its wedges falls into one of the “gaps” formed by assembling the first 2 segments.

I am well aware of the fact that the instructions for “building” the ball leave something to be desired, but you try explaining it in words!  (If you can explain it better I would love to use your instructions instead, so leave me a comment!)  But if you look at the pictures provided, you should be fine.  And it IS a puzzle, after all, so have a bit of fun with it.

If you REALLY get stuck, you can have a look at this little YouTube video by Elizzza.  There’s a good demonstration of how to “build” the puzzle ball about 7 minutes in.

I hope you enjoy making (and playing with) your Mini Crochet Amish Puzzle Ball.

Remember to have a look at my original Crochet Amish Puzzle Ball or my Flower Amish Puzzle Ball.  And if you really want to make an Amish Puzzle Ball, but you don’t crochet, or prefer knitting, here’s a link to my Knit Amish Puzzle Ball.

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xxx dedri

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39 Responses to Mini Crochet Amish Puzzle Ball

  1. Sandi says:

    Ohhhh my that looks sooo neat.. Would love to try it. Need to go by yarn LOL Ty for posting

  2. Myrelle says:

    I have to say, that as a person who began crocheting last August, I find this pattern very hard to understand. While I applaud the work and the work it took to come up with the pattern, I tried it and found that if I followed your instructions exactly, that I came up with something completely different that what you had intended. I don’t mean to criticize, I just think that when you wrote this pattern you weren’t thinking of beginners.

    • Dedri Uys says:

      Myrelle, I am so sorry to hear that you feel this way. All my patterns are aimed at beginners, so to hear that it appears as if I don’t think about beginners is appalling (and embarrassing) to me.

      The mini puzzle ball pattern was written quite a while ago and I believe that my pattern-writing has improved since I wrote it, so I will have another look at the pattern and see if I can make it more user-friendly.

      Thank you for your feedback,


  3. Marti says:

    I found you through Crochet Crowd and I love this design. Its a great way to use up some of my small left overs and I have three cats who love catnip toys. I can fill each wedge and will last forever for them. Now I can declutter the cat toy basket. They get their toys out but still won’t pick up after themselves.

    • Dedri Uys says:

      Marti, my cat loves all the various puzzle balls…and I didn’t even put catnip in. Maybe I should do that so that Kettle stops attacking my ankles when I go upstairs. Our cat is such a mischievous thing!

  4. Karen Hawkins says:

    Wow. Love these patterns. I am working on my fifth puzzle, Dexter the dinosaur. My grandchildren love them. I am just amazed at the pattern. You really must be a genius to be able to put together this pattern. Very well written instructions. The pictures so helped. Am going to have to go on revalry and get the other patterns, thank you. Karen Hawkins

    • Dedri Uys says:

      Thank you, Karen. The puzzle animals are a very happy accident, I can assure you. I am not a genius by any stretch of the imagination.

      I am so pleased that you like them.


  5. Anna Minor says:

    I was looking for something to crochet for a Christmas Ornament exchange we’re doing at our Church Christmas party. I was browsing patterns and didn’t really see anything I liked. (I didn’t want to buy yarn, so I was limited to the colors and types that I have on hand.) I remembered seeing your larger Amish puzzle balls and wondered if there was a smaller version that I could tie a string to. This pattern is perfect!

    I used variegated yarn and it turned out beautiful. I made an 8″ (or so) chain and tied the ends together. Then I just looped it around one of the narrower parts of the wedge lid so it could come off easily if needed. That way, there is no need for a hook to hang it and kids can take it off the tree to play with it. It turned out fantastic! Thank you so much for your pattern! I think I’ll make more to give as gifts this year.

  6. carme says:

    sorry! I just have seen the warning about awaiting moderation…

    thank you again!!!

  7. carme says:

    Thank you very much for this tutorial. When I saw your puzzles I knew I had to do it, and here it is:

    Thanks a lot for sharing and contragulations for your cute creations!!!

    (I posted this comment this morning but it seems that it didn’t work… sorry if it’s repeated, but I’m trying again)

    • Dedri Uys says:

      Carme, it is gorgeous. I left a comment on your site. The variegated yarn looks awesome!

      • carme says:

        As I wanted to do a bigger puzzle with the mini pattern (less stitches), I put two yarns together and I found funny to mix colours…

        I’m sorry but, You said you left a comment on my site but I didn’t find it.

        Thanks for all again!

  8. carme says:

    I love your puzzles!!
    Thank you very much for sharing this tutorial. When I saw it, I knew that I had to do it, and here is my version of the minipuzzle:

    Thanks for sharing and congratulations for your cute creations!
    (and sorry about my poor english!)

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  10. Berit says:

    Thanks for sharing, – this is going to be fun :)

  11. Viki says:

    Love these patterns. I just bought some new rose petal and lavender scented yarn and was looking for something to make for my two month old niece. These puzzle balls will be just perfect, thank you!

  12. CBC says:

    AWESOME!!!!!!! I Sooo want to make one! Cool and very clever, I might add :)

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  15. Moondragon007 says:

    Put some catnip in these and they’d make good kitty toys! Cat toys are better for knitting/crocheting than dog toys cos cats don’t generally chew on them. (There’s always the exception, of course – they’re living beings, not machines.)

  16. Pauline Cowie says:

    OOWWWWW I am so going to make one of these Oh yeah, thanks for sharing and all the work you did to do that {{{HUGS}}}

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  19. Pat says:

    Thanks for the small puzzle ball pattern. I am hooked love the puzzle balls and the animals

  20. Jodie says:

    As usual you do some really amazing things. Wish I was half as talented as you :)

  21. Erica Liebenberg says:

    :) dis sooooo cute!!

  22. Amy says:

    very lovely ball , would be perfect for a baby :)

  23. Glenda Clemens says:

    Adorable. Can’t wait to make one for my granddaughter!

  24. Di Sturgess says:

    Thank you so much – my daughter has a friend expecting triplets in a few weeks time, so these will no doubt be part of their ‘ensemble’ ! – Di

    • Dedri Uys says:

      Oh my word. I always wanted twins…until I had Pieter. Then I realized how hard it was with just one!! I am so glad God knows my needs better than me. I admire people who raise multiple babies at the same time. Best of luck to your daughter’s friend and best of luck with the balls x

  25. Angel says:

    This is adorable Dedri! These could be cute little juggle balls too! Thank you so much for this pattern as well. I am definitely excited!

  26. Becky says:

    Got it….I was confusing inc with sc in. Please delete. Thanks!!

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