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).
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
Ch Chain Stitch
Sc Single Crochet
Sc Inc Single Crochet Increase
Sc2tog Single Crochet 2 Together (sc decrease)
Sl st Slip Stitch
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.
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.
Hold 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)
“Chain of lids” Segment
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.
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.
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.
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.
“Building” your Mini Crochet Amish Puzzle Ball
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.