February 6 is our first official National Snowflake Day, thanks to Autumn, founder of Sisters of the Snowflake. Sisters of the Snowflake is celebrating with a snowflake ball! What's a ball without a sparkly glow-in-the-dark disco Snowball?!?
You may do whatever you'd like with snowballs you make from this pattern, but you may not sell or republish the pattern. Thanks, and enjoy!
Finished Size: 1.75 inches in diameter
Materials: Size 5 sparkly crochet thread, size E crochet hook, ping pong ball
NOTE: I bought glow-in-the-dark ping pong balls at the local grocery store. They've been on a clip in the cereal aisle for what seems like forever, and I finally found a great use for them! I did an internet search to make sure others might be able to pick some up, and sure enough, glow-in-the-dark ping pong balls are pretty widely available.
Make magic ring.
Round 1: Ch 5 (counts as 1 dc and ch 3), * 1 dc in ring, ch 3; repeat from * 3 times; 1 dc in ring, ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 5 to form 6th ch 3 sp of Round. Pull magic circle tight and clip tail.
Round 2: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), * 1 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 1 dc in same sp (V-stitch made); repeat from * around 4 times, 1 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form 6th V-stich of Round.
Round 3: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc in same sp, *3 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 3 dc in same sp; repeat from * around 4 times; 3 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 3 to form 6th ch 3 sp of Round.
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Round 4: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 1 dc in same sp (V-stitch made); repeat from * around 4 times; insert ping pong ball into opening, 1 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form 6th ch 3 sp of Round.
Round 5: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in each of next 5 ch ch 3 sp around, sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2; bind off leaving a long tail if using tail for hanging. Weave in tail if using thread, fishing line or ribbon for hanging.
NOTE: Snowball also may be made without ping pong ball, then stiffened by inserting a small balloon, blowing the balloon up, soaking Snowball with glue or other stiffening agent, allowing to dry thoroughly, then popping and removing balloon.
Finish: Create hanging loop with ending tail or hang with a loop made from ribbon, sewing thread or fishing line. Hang the Snowball where it can charge, then turn of the lights and set it to spin. Enjoy!
IMPORTANT NOTE: I try to help crocheters having difficulty with my patterns when possible, but I do not have (and do not want) 24-hour internet access.
If you need immediate assistance, please consider asking for assistance on Ravelry (either the Snowflake group or the Techniques group), Crochetville or Sisters of the Snowflake. All three are totally free and wonderful resources loaded with friendly, experienced and helpful crafters. Thank you for being patient and considerate.