Ball stitch, also the same as 4hdctog (or hdc4tog), is very similar to a puff stitch. The main difference is that instead of just puffing up above the rest of the stitches, the ball stitch is just that, more of a ball. It uses more yarn than normal, but leaves great textured to whatever you’re making.
Here’s how its done.
1) yo, insert hook into your next stitch, yo, pull up a loop, (3 loops on hook)
2) yo, insert hook into same stitch, yo, pull up a loop (5 loops on hook)
3) yo, insert hook into same stitch, yo, pull up a loop (7 loops on hook)
4) yo, insert hook into same stitch, yo, pull up a loop (9 loops on hook)
5) yo, draw through all 9 loops on hook.
Ball Stitch finished. You may have to push each “ball” through to make sure they all end up on the same side, but this can easily be done as soon as you’re done the stitch.
If you’d like a project to practice this stitch with, you can find my Ball Stitch Dishcloth here.