How to make a hacky sack

Hacky Sack - a free crochet pattern from FreshStitches and Shiny Happy World

Now that summer’s rolling around, I bet you’re looking for excuses to get you (and your kids) outside! How about making a hacky sack? (Don’t know what playing hacky sack looks like? It’s worth having a look on YouTube!)

how to crochet a hacky sack

If you can single crochet, you can make a hacky sack! I’ll show you how!

Hacky Sack Materials

To make 1 hacky sack, you’ll need:

  • 30 yards of dk-weight, cotton yarn
  • a size G (4.0mm) crochet hook
  • a fist-full of poly-pellets
  • a nylon knee-high sock

cotton yarn for hacky sack

Crochet Hacky Sack Pattern

Rusty on your crochet? Check out my tutorials for how to single crochet, increase and decrease.

Start with a sloppy slip knot.

Ch 2.

Round 1: Sc 6 times in 2nd ch from hook. (6)
Round 2: Sc twice in each st. (12)
Round 3: *Sc twice in next st, sc in next st. Repeat from * 5 times. (18)
Round 4: *Sc twice in next st, sc in next 2 sts. Repeat from * 5 times. (24)
Round 5: *Sc twice in next st, sc in next 3 sts. Repeat from * 5 times. (30)
Round 6: *Sc twice in next st, sc in next 4 sts. Repeat from * 5 times. (36)
Rounds 7-12 Sc in each st. (36, 6 rounds)
Round 13: *Sc2tog, sc in next 4 sts. Repeat from * 5 times. (30)

Remove hook…

how to crochet hacky sack

Place a handful of poly-beads in the nylon sock and sew up. Your goal is to create a ball that will fill your hacky sack about 90% full:

poly pellets

Place your stuffed stocking inside your crochet:

how to fill a hacky sack

Continue crocheting…

Round 14: *Sc2tog, sc in next 3 sts. Repeat from * 5 times. (24)
Round 15: *Sc2tog, sc in next 2 sts. Repeat from * 5 times. (18)
Round 16: *Sc2tog, sc in next st. Repeat from * 5 times. (12)
Round 17: *Sc2tog. Repeat from * 5 times. (6)
Round 18: Sc2tog next and fourth sts, pulling knot to center. (1)
Fasten off, and weave in end!

how to make a hacky sack


Want to use a thicker yarn, like Lily’s Sugar & Cream? Simply skip rounds 6 & 13 (working fewer increase rounds), and use a size H (5.0mm) hook.

For more fun, add stripes of color!

Happy stitching!



  1. Joan SAYS...

    Sooo much funtimes with this hacky sack pattern, thank you. That’s a nice color you made.

  2. Jacey SAYS...

    Oh my gosh, what a great idea! This is going on my immediate to-do list so that we have plenty to play with this summer!

  3. Donna SAYS...

    Maybe you can help me? I’m trying to figure out how I can crochet a design into a hacky sack. I’m worried about how off it would look if I used a graph. I’ve only ever used a graph with filet so I still consider myself a beginner.
    Thank you for the pattern, even if I can’t get a design in it, this is a great pattern. 🙂

    • You could certainly experiment with some colorwork!

  4. Jared SAYS...

    Hi, I just wanted to add that, when making a hacky-sack for kicking around (Not a stress ball that you squeeze with your hand) you don’t want to use the sock filled with the poly pellets. You want to just make the stitches a little tighter than normal and put the pellets inside the hacky sack itself. I’ve been using hacky sacks for the last 16 years and I actually still have one of my first ones. The reason you don’t want to use the sock is because with time and use, the hacky sack will stretch a little bit and some of the beans will come out but not all of them. And the hacky sack will get much better with age, or (broken-in) as I like to call it. This pattern is great tho.

    • Oooh, that’s great to know! Thanks for writing in! (you can probably tell I’m not a real hacky sack user 😉 )

      • Thanks for this great post! My grandson asked me to make him a crochet hacky sack so I had to go on a hunt to find all the right materials. I’d never even thought of making one before! Now I know what to do!

    • Diana Hatch SAYS...

      I am afraid I am confused. If the the hacky sack will give a little over time, isn’t it better to USE the stocking so that you DON’T lose any of the pellets???

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  6. Trixie SAYS...

    What does sc mean?

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