Looking for a fun and easy home decor crochet pattern to make this holiday season? Look no further than this Large Snowball Free Crochet Pattern! This snowball is perfect for adding some extra winter cheer to your home decor, or even as a crocheted Christmas ornament. It’s easy to make and really fast, too, so you can make a ton in no time.
Large Snowball Free Crochet Pattern
Crochet is the one thing in my life that really lets me break loose and be happily creative in a way that’s so almost restorative. Something about the hook and yarn moving along and creating something big and beautiful is just thrilling. Sometimes, though, I just want to make something ridiculously easy.
Something fun that can be tossed.
Wait…did I just…yes, I did. LOL!
These fun snowballs make a great home decor item, yes. Christmas ornament? Sure!
But you can also throw them.
I haven’t tried it (and probably wouldn’t recommend it) but you could probably even dip them in water, freeze them and then throw them. But just dry? They throw so nicely and hit with a nice little thunk that’s not painful.
So they’re perfect for mock snowball battles in the house. Not what you were expecting, right?
Oh, I was serious when I said that these made me happily creative.
Let’s break out the yarn and get hooking!
What Yarn Should You Use for a Snowball?
For this easy crochet ball pattern, I wanted it to work up quick and be super soft. So I decided to use Bernat Baby Blanket yarn in a bright white color so they look as similar to a real snowball as possible. If I were going to make these for ornaments for my Christmas tree, I might go for a pale blue or other “ice” kind of color or a variegated option, but I really love the way the bright white worked out for now.
Specifically, I used Bernat Baby Blanket, super bulky (6), 100% polyester yarn in White colorway. But this project can be worked with any super bulky weight yarn or similar.
What Size Are Crocheted Snowballs?
As written, this pattern is one-size. The resulting snowballs are 10-inches in circumference. This is reasonably sized for filling a bowl or hanging from the Christmas tree or just about anything you’d like a large snowball for.
If you would like a crochet pattern for a small snowball, check out this small snowball motif pattern.
How Much Yarn Will I Need to Make Each Snowball?
I used a very small amount from a skein of Bernat Baby Blanket Yarn in White colorway for the pictured snowballs. I do generally crochet in a medium-tension, so this is what I would consider an average amount of yarn usage for this project.
How Do You Make a Magic Circle?
I decided it would be best to use a magic circle to start my snowballs so I could have a pretty closed-off end. If you would like to avoid using a magic circle, you can simply chain 4 and join with a slip stitch. However, this will not be able to be tightened, so your snowball will be more open than mine.
If you want to give it a try making a magic circle, but don’t know where to start, here’s how I do it:
Place the skein of yarn on your workspace (table, lap, etc.). With your left hand open, with the open side facing you, pinch the end of the yarn between your thumb and base of your pinky, with the end pointing toward your body. Loop the yarn’s working end around your hand twice, crossing the yarn over itself, and to the left. Pinch the yarn with your thumb where you are holding the end in place.
Turn over your hand. Insert your crochet hook from right to left, under the right-most yarn and hook onto the left-most yarn. Pull the left-most yarn through, as though to pull up a loop and rotate the hook toward yourself.
Gently remove the looped yarn from your hand and your magic circle is complete!
More Crochet Patterns
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Easy Large Snowball Free Crochet Pattern
Below you will find the notes and directions for making this fun snowball crochet pattern.
- 10-inch circumference or 25.4cm diameter
- less than 10 yards (per snowball) 100% polyester, super bulky weight (size 6) yarn (Bernat Baby Blanket in White colorway pictured)
- Crochet hook: Size L/11 (8 mm)
- Organic or polyester fiber stuffing to fill snowballs
- In single crochet, 7 sc and 8 rows = 4 in x 4 in (10 cm)
Skill Level: Easy
- The yarn used for these items contains natural fiber and requires special laundering. Please read yarn labels and follow directions to maintain the life of your crochet work.
Half Double Crochet (HDC):
Yarn over, insert hook in row below and pull up a loop, yarn over (3 loops on hook) and pull through all loops on hook. One half double crochet stitch (HDC) completed.
Half Double Crochet 2 Together (HDC2TOG):
Yarn over, insert hook in row below, yarn over, pull through the stitch on your crochet hook (3 loops on hook), insert hook into the next stitch in row below, yarn over, pull through the stitch on your crochet hook (4 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through all loops on hook.
Make a magic circle.
Round 1: Ch 2 (counts as first st), HDC 3 times into the magic circle, sl st to join. (4 sts total) Pull the magic circle tight.
Round 2: Ch 2 (counts as first st), HDC 3 in each HDC, sl st to join (10 total sts).
Round 3: Ch 2 (counts as first st), HDC 3 into the first HDC, HDC 2 in each remaining HDC, sl st to join (20 total sts).
Round 4: Ch 2 (counts as first st), HDC in each HDC, sl st to join (20 total sts).
Round 5: Ch 2 (counts as first st), HDC2TOG in each HDC, HDC in last HDC, sl st to join (10 total sts).
Round 6: Ch 2 (counts as first st), HDC2TOG in each HDC, sl st to join (5 total sts). Fill snowball with fiber stuffing.
Round 7: Sl st 4 to close the snowball.
Fasten off. Weave in ends.
Repeat to make more and enjoy!