Inspiration #19 – Stress Ball

In all my years of education, I’ve never done summer school or taken spring classes. Until now. As part of our program, we do Spring Clinic, which has actually been really fun! The only thing is that I can feel myself burning out. I figured that the cure for this would be a quick stress-reliever project!

  • 1/50 skein of Caron Simply Soft — a worsted weight (4) yarn (above colour A: Bone)
  • 1/100 skein of Caron Simply Soft — a worsted weight (4) yarn (above colour B: Grey Heather)
  • 1/100 skein of Caron Simply Soft — a worsted weight (4) yarn (above colour C: Off White)
  • 2g Loops and Threads Classic Fiber Fill
  • Size F (3.75 mm) hook

Pattern by tick-tock hobbies

(abbreviations: SC = single crochet; DEC = one single crochet over two stitches; INC = two single crochet into one stitch)

  1. Using colour A and the magic circle technique, do seven SC. (7 stitches)
  2. INC in each stitch around the circle. (14 stitches)
  3. *INC in one stitch. SC into the next stitch*. Carry out * to *  a total of seven times. (21 stitches)
  4. Switch to colour B. *INC in one stitch. Do a SC into each of the next two stitches*. Carry out * to * a total of five times. Switch back to colour A and carry out * to * a total of two times. (28 stitches)
  5. Still with colour A, do one half of an INC before switching to colour C and finishing the INC. Do a SC into each of the next three stitches. *INC in one stitch. Do a SC into each of the next three stitches*. Carry out * to * a total of four times. Switch back to colour A and carry out * to * a total of two times. (35 stitches)
  6. Still with colour A, do one SC. Switch to colour B and do a SC in each of the next twenty-four stitches. Switch back to colour A and do a SC into the next ten stitches. (35 stitches)
  7. Using colour A, SC in each stitch around the circle. (35 stitches)
  8. Repeat step 7 two more times.
  9. Repeat step 6 once.
  10. Using colour A, carry out a DEC. Switch to colour C, and carry out SC in each of the next three stitches. *Do a DEC. Do a SC in each of the next three stitches*. Carry out from * to * four times. Switch to colour A and carry out * to * two more times. (28 stitches)
  11. Using colour A, carry out a DEC. Switch to colour B, and carry out SC in each of the next two stitches. *Do a DEC. Do a SC in each of the next two stitches.* Carry out from * to * four times. Switch to colour A and carry out * to * two more times. (21 stitches)
  12. Using colour A, *carry out a DEC. SC in the next stitch*. Carry out * to * seven times. (14 stitches)
  13. DEC across the circle. Fill with FiberFill. Cast off and sew closed the ends. (7 stitches)

There are so many fun colour combinations that could be done with this pattern! Mostly, I just like how squishy it is. I’ve never really believed in stress balls (and especially not fidget spinners – but that’s another rant), but I still find it nice to squeeze from time to time.

In our program, they always try to stress life-work balance, and I honestly think that this blog and crochet has played a huge role in keeping me sane. Still, I’ll be happier when it’s August and I can sleep in without guilt.

Until next time, happy crafting!

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