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

Variations

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!

Best,
Stacey

13 COMMENTS

  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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  8. Patty Nickolaus SAYS...

    Make it out of wool and half again as big as you want it to be. Make the bead filled sock a
    little smaller than you want the finished sack to be and insert it before you finish off the sack. Wash it in the washing machine in hot soapy water and dry in a hot dryer. Your sack will shrink and tighten up, and it will be very durable.