Summer Beach Ball – a free crochet amigurumi pattern

Get ready to have fun in the sun with this great stuffed beach ball! This beach ball measures about 4 inches tall when completed with worsted weight yarn – the perfect size for lots of different amigurumi softies. 🙂

To complete this pattern, you will need. . .

  • 7 colors of worsted weight yarn (assign each a number, C1, C2, C3, etc.)
  • size H (5 mm) crochet hook – or size needed to get a good tight fabric with your chosen yarn
  • polyester stuffing

The skills you’ll need for just about any amigurumi are. . .

You can go through all those posts now, or just hop to them as you get to those points in the pattern – whatever works best for you!

Yarn

This pattern can be used with any weight yarn! Just use the hook recommended on the ball band, and adjust as needed (see ‘gauge notes’ below). For a bigger, human-sized beach ball, try a bulky weight yarn! Just keep in mind that you’ll use more yardage than recommended. The sample is crocheted in worsted weight yarn, and all yardage/hook recommendations are calculated based on the sample.

Materials

  • Size H crochet hook (or size needed to get a tight fabric)
  • 7 colors of worsted weight yarn (fewer if you’d like to repeat colors)
  • a couple of handfuls of stuffing

Gauge Notes

This pattern doesn’t specify a gauge. It’s a stuffed ball, and you don’t need to be too picky about exact sizing. 🙂 The most important thing is that you use a hook size that creates a nice looking fabric for your yarn. If you use the recommended hook size, and your fabric looks very loose (so that stuffing would show through), then you will want to use a smaller hook. Other than that, no measuring required!

In case you’re curious about getting the exact gauge Stacey does, it’s 5 rounds=2 inches.

Stitch into the Back

All stitches in this pattern are worked through the back loop only. Look at this picture.

Stitching in the Back Loop

See how one loop is highlighted in black? This is the back loop, and it’s what you’ll stitch into. Stitching into the back loop creates ridges on the right side of the piece.

Want to see crocheting through the back loop in action? Check out this blog post. It talks all about why Stacey crochets through the back loop and even has a handy dandy video showing how to find that loop. 🙂

Abbreviations

  • ch: chain
  • sc: single crochet
  • sc2tog: single crochet 2 stitches together
  • st(s): stitch(es)

Ready? Let’s jump in!

The Pattern

With C1, ch 2 (I like to start with a sloppy slip knot. This video shows how. And this video shows how to chain.)

Round 1 sc 6 in 2nd ch from hook (6) This post will help you find that second chain from the hook.

Round 2 sc twice in each st (12) This video will help you if you find it tricky to start the second round.

Round 3 [sc twice in next st, sc in next st.] 6 times (18) This video shows how to increase with single crochet.

Round 4 With C2 [sc twice in next st, sc in next 2 sts.] 6 times, each time using a different color C2-C7 (24)  This video will help make those color changes cleanly.

Round 5 With C2 [sc twice in next st, sc in next 3 sts.] 6 times, each time using a different color C2-C7 (30)

Round 6 With C2 [sc twice in next st, sc in next 4 sts.] 6 times, each time using a different color C2-C7 (36)

Round 7 With C2 [sc twice in next st, sc in next 5 sts.] 6 times, each time using a different color C2-C7 (42)

Round 8 With C2 [sc twice in next st, sc in next 6 sts.] 6 times, each time using a different color C2-C7 (48)

Round 9 With C2 [sc twice in next st, sc in next 7 sts.] 6 times, each time using a different color C2-C7 (54)

Round 10 With C2 [sc twice in next st, sc in next 8 sts.] 6 times, each time using a different color C2-C7 (60)

Round 11-20 With C2, sc in next 10 sts. With C3, sc in next 10 sts. With C4, sc in next 10 sts. With C5, sc in next 10 sts. With C6, sc in next 10 sts. With C7, sc in next 10 sts. (60, 10 rounds)

Round 21 With C2 [sc2tog, sc in next 8 sts.] 6 times, each time using a different color C2-C7 (54) This video will show you how to decrease with single crochet – that’s what that sc2tog is.

Round 22 With C2 [sc2tog, sc in next 7 sts.] 6 times, each time using a different color C2-C7 (48)

Round 23 With C2 [sc2tog, sc in next 6 sts.] 6 times, each time using a different color C2-C7 (42)

Round 24 With C2 [sc2tog, sc in next 5 sts.] 6 times, each time using a different color C2-C7 (36)

Round 25 With C2 [sc2tog, sc in next 4 sts.] 6 times, each time using a different color C2-C7 (30)

Round 26 With C2 [sc2tog, sc in next 3 sts.] 6 times, each time using a different color C2-C7 (24)

Round 27 With C1 [sc2tog, sc in next 2 sts.] 6 times (18)

Stuff the ball.This post has tips for stuffing amigurumi (it’s a little different from sewn softies), and this video has some terrific help for closing up those last few rounds.

Round 28 With C1 [sc2tog, sc in next st] 6 times (12)

Round 29 With C1 [sc2tog] 6 times (18)

Slipstitch across the top and fasten off. Here’s a video showing how to slipstitch, and here’s one showing how to fasten off.

Ta da! You have a finished little beachball!

Aren’t you proud? You should be!

Snap a photo and share it with us over in the Shiny Happy People group! If you share it on social media, tag with with #shinyhappyworld so I can see it. 🙂

Want to make something else now? You can find some more free crochet patterns here. Shop for even more crochet patterns here. And join the Ami Club here!

Happy stitching!

Best,
Wendi

July Ami Club Sale

Did you know that there’s an exclusive sale every month just for Ami Club members?

They get 50% off four selected patterns every month! That’s a great deal!

This month they’re all bird patterns. 🙂

I’m going to have to make Doug the Galah bird. I don’t know why, but he cracks me up every time I see him. 🙂

If you want in on the deal, join Ami Club here.

Happy stitching!

Best,
Wendi

Olivia the Sea Otter – crochet amigurumi pattern

Have you guys seen sweet Olivia the sea otter yet?

I love her little ribbed seashell – there’s a new video tutorial showing the easy stitch you use to get that fun texture.

She was designed by the awesome and talented Alyssa Voznak and she’s the new Ami Club pattern for July!

You know about Ami Club – right?

For just $4 a month, members get. . .

  • an exclusive new amigurumi pattern on the first of every month (like this sweetie)
  • a permanent 10% off discount on all eyes and noses
  • an exclusive members-only sale every month – 50% off select amigurumi patterns

Join here!

And if you’re already a member – don’t forget to go download your new pattern. 🙂

There’s an #OliviaCAL happening in the Shiny Happy People group and I can’t wait to see what you make!

Happy stitching!

Best,
Wendi

Play Along in the Ocean Craft-Along!

It’s Ocean month here at Shiny Happy World!

Let’s see your sea creatures!

Choose any sea creature pattern from Shiny Happy World or FreshStitches. Stitch it up, snap a photo, and share it in the Shiny Happy People group!

Quilters – you don’t have to finish a whole quilt this month. Just get started and share your favorite fish block. 🙂

Be sure to tag your photos with #OceanCAL so we can find it again at prize time.

All the ocean critter patterns are 20% off through Friday 7/9 at midnight.

Shop the category here and use the discount code SAND.

Happy stitching! I can’t wait to see all the sea creatures swimming through the group. 🙂

Best,
Wendi

SALE on All Ocean Critter Patterns!

It’s Ocean Critter Month here at Shiny Happy World, so we’re having a sale on all of our sea creature patterns!

20% off!

Use code SAND

Sale ends Friday July 6 at midnight.

You’ll find all the sea creature patterns here – quilting, embroidery, and lots of super fun amigurumi. 🙂

When you stitch up your project, be sure to share a photo in the Shiny Happy People group and tag it #OceanCAL. There will be prizes!

Happy stitching!

Best,
Wendi

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July Free Calendar – and What’s Happening this Month at Shiny Happy World

Happy July!

July is Ocean Month at Shiny Happy World, so I had to make a wallpaper with my colorful tropical fish. 🙂

You can get that pattern here. And I’m working on a new pattern that will go WITH the Fish Quilt pattern. It’ll have jellyfish, starfish, clams, lobsters and more fun things to mix in with your fish. I hope to have finished later this month. 🙂

Want to see what else is coming this month at Shiny Happy World?

Download your wallpaper below – there are options both with and without a July calendar.

Click here to download the one for computers/tablets.

Click here to download the same image with no calendar.

 

Click here to download the one for phones.

Click here to download the same image with no calendar.

Have a great month! And happy stitching!

Best,
Wendi

Henrietta Hedgehog – last chance!

Tomorrow there’ll be a new pattern released for the Ami Club.

That means today is your last chance to download the Henrietta Hedgehog pattern. Isn’t she adorable?

If you’re already a member of Ami Club, you can download the pattern here.

If you’re not already a member, join now and download the Henrietta Hedgehog immediately – and then download the new pattern tomorrow!

Happy stitching!

Best,
Wendi

Burnie Bee – free amigurumi pattern

It’s a bee… but he doesn’t sting!

If you want to bring a little summer into your life, then Burnie (full name: Vanburn von Bumble Bee) is your guy!

This cutie is 3.5” tall and 5.5” long when made with worsted weight yarn. He’s quick and easy to stitch up!

The skills you’ll need for just about any amigurumi are. . .

You can go through all those posts now, or just hop to them as you get to those points in the pattern – whatever works best for you!

Yarn

This pattern can be used with any weight yarn! Just use the hook recommended on the ball band, and adjust as needed (see ‘gauge notes’ below). For a bigger, super-cuddly animal, try a bulky weight yarn! Just keep in mind that you’ll use more yardage than recommended. The sample is crocheted in worsted weight yarn, and all yardage/hook recommendations are calculated based on the sample.

Materials

Gauge Notes

This pattern doesn’t specify a gauge. It’s a stuffed animal, and you don’t need to be too picky about exact sizing. The most important thing is that you use a hook size that creates a nice looking fabric for your yarn. If you use the recommended hook size, and your fabric looks very loose (so that stuffing would show through), then you will want to use a smaller hook. Other than that, no measuring required!

In case you’re curious about getting the exact gauge Stacey does, it’s 5 rounds=2 inches. Note that you will need to have this gauge for the yardage suggestions to provide an accurate estimation.

Stitch into the Back

All stitches in this pattern (that are worked in the round) are worked through the back loop only, unless otherwise directed. Look at this picture.

Stitching in the Back Loop

See how one loop is highlighted in black? This is the back loop, and it’s what you’ll stitch into. Stitching into the back loop creates ridges on the right side of the piece.

Want to see crocheting through the back loop in action? Check out this blog post. It talks all about why Stacey crochets through the back loop and even has a handy dandy video showing how to find that loop. 🙂

Abbreviations

  • ch: chain
  • sc: single crochet
  • sc2tog: single crochet 2 stitches together
  • st(s): stitch(es)

Ready? Let’s jump in!

Body

With black yarn, ch 2 (I like to start with a sloppy slip knot. This video shows how. And this video shows how to chain.)

Round 1 sc 6 in 2nd ch from hook (6) This post will help you find that second chain from the hook.

Round 2-3 sc in each st (6) This video will help you if you find it tricky to start the second round.

Round 4 sc twice in each st. (12)

Round 5 [sc twice in next st, sc in next st.] 6 times (18)

Round 6 [sc twice in next st, sc in next 2 sts.] 6 times (24)

Round 7 [sc twice in next st, sc in next 3 sts.] 6 times (30)

Rounds 8-11 With yellow yarn, single crochet in each st. (30) This video will help make that color change cleanly.

Round 12 With black yarn, single crochet in each st. (30)

Round 13 [sc2tog, sc in next 3 sts.] 6 times (24)

Round 14 [sc2tog, sc in next 2 sts.] 6 times (18)

Fasten off with long tail.

Wings

Make 2

With white yarn, chain 2.

Round 1 sc 6 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.] 6 times (18)

Round 4-5 sc in each st. (18)

Round 6 [sc2tog, sc in next st.] 6 times (12)

Fasten off with long tail.

Flatten wings in half and attach one wing to each side of the body. This video shows how to attach a flattened piece.

Head

With yellow yarn, chain 2.

Round 1 sc 6 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.] 6 times (18)

Round 4 [sc twice in next st, sc in next 2 sts.] 6 times (24)

Round 5 [sc twice in next st, sc in next 3 sts.] 6 times (30)

Round 6-9 With black yarn, sc in each st. (30)

Round 10 With yellow yarn, sc in each st. (30)

Round 13 [sc2tog, sc in next 3 sts.] 6 times (24)

Round 14 [sc2tog, sc in next 2 sts.] 6 times (18)

Fasten off with long tail.

Antennae

Make 2.

With black yarn, ch 2.

Round 1 sc 6 in 2nd ch from hook (6)

Round 2-6 sc in each st (6)

Fasten off with a long tail.

Eyes

Make 2

With white yarn, chain 2.

Round 1 sc 6 in 2nd ch from hook (6)

Round 2 sc twice in each st. (12)

Round 3 sc in each st (12)

Fasten off with a long tail.

Fasten 12 mm safety eyes into the center of each eye.

Slightly stuff eyes and attach to head. This tutorial shows you how.

Attach antennae to the top of the head, as pictured.

Stuff the head and the body and attach. This post shows you how to attach the head to the body and keep a shapely neck.

Finished!

Congratulations! You have an adorable bee! And he doesn’t sting. 🙂

Happy stitching!

Best,
Wendi

Front Post Double Crochet – video tutorial

Front Post Double Crochet is a nifty technique that you can use to create raised ribs on the front of your fabric.

And it’s easy!

Alyssa Voznak shows how to do it in this video.

See? Isn’t that pretty?

You can use it in hats and scarves – and you’ll see it in a little accessory you can make to go with your Ami Club pattern in July. 🙂

Related videos. . .

Happy stitching!

Best,
Wendi

How to Single Crochet in the Front Loop One Row Below – video tutorial

Here’s a nifty crochet trick.

Sometimes for fancy stitches, you need to stitch one row below the row you’d normally be stitching through. It can create a neat new texture on the surface of your fabric – but it can have an extra benefit for amigurumi.

It can make your shape bend!

In this terrific video, Stacey shows you how to do it.

Specifically, she shows how to single crochet in the front loop, one row below – but you can use the general idea to do lots of other stitches one row below.

Here’s how.

See how that makes the fabric bend? Isn’t that cool?

Stacey used this technique to get the perfect bend in the truck for her Ellie the Elephant amigurumi pattern.

Happy stitching!

Best,
Wendi