Reaching Out, One Stitch At a Time

Ball Stitch Tutorial

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. The puff stitch is normally made with dc’s. The ball stitch is hdc’s.

Another difference is that the puff stitch is normally softer to the touch, with dc’s in between the stitches. The ball stitch has sc’s between the stitches, which bunches up the ‘ball’ part of the stitch and makes it hard.

 

Ball Stitch Tutorial

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. 

Happy Crocheting!



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