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Knit in the round, a ball knits up quickly and makes a great gift to add to a baby shower gift or for a toddler. Choose bright colours for children. Knit balls also make nice accents when used in decorating. Place the balls in bowls of different textures and set on a table or bookshelf. Gauge is not crucial for toy knits, but thicker yarn and bigger needles will make bigger balls, and thinner yarn and smaller needles will make smaller balls.
Cast on four stitches onto one double-point needle. Divide evenly on four needles. Join to begin working in the round.
Knit into the front and back of each stitch. You now have eight stitches on the needles. Knit one round without increases.
Knit one stitch then knit into the front and back of the next stitch and repeat to the end of the round. Knit one round without increases. Knit two stitches then knit into the front and back of the next stitch and repeat to the end of the round. Knit one round. Continue increasing in this manner, adding one stitch between each increase and doing the increases every other round until the ball is the desired width. Make a note of how many stitches were in between each increase on the last increase round.
Knit three rounds.
Begin decreasing. Work your decreases by reversing your increase rows. Take the number of stitches between each increase on the last increase row and knit that many stitches then knit two stitches together and repeat to the end of the round. Knit one round. Knit one fewer stitch between the decreases and knit two together. Knit one round. Continue in this manner until you have eight stitches left on the needles.
Stuff the ball completely with fibre fill. Knit two stitches together to the end of the round. Four stitches remain on the needles. Cut the yarn, thread onto the tapestry needle and pull through the remaining stitches. Pull tight to secure. Weave in the ends, using the tail end of yarn from the cast on to close up any hole at the bottom of the ball.
- "A Treasury of Knitting Patterns"; Barbara G. Walker; 1998
- "Knitting Around"; Elizabeth Zimmermann; 1989
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