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Monday, April 6, 2009


I made a bunch of these pokeballs for the kids starting way back in the mid 90's ... when they were little. They'd lose one (or the dogs would chew them up) so I'd make more. Even at their ages they still love to play with these things :)

As always, if something isn't right please let me know so that I can fix it as soon as possible.



WW yarn in red, white and black
F and G hook
Yarn needle
Sewing needle and thread in white and black


I recommend using the 'invisible decrease' when making 3D pieces like this, it's done by simply making the decrease in the Front Loops Only. While it's not completely invisible, it does help prevent the gaps that regular decrease stitches can leave.

Using red and G hook:

Rnd 1: 6 sc in magic ring. (6)

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12)

Rnd 3: sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc around (18)

Rnd 4: sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc around (24)

Rnd 5: sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc around (30)

Rnd 6: sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc around (36)

Rnd 7: sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc around (42)

Rnd 8-9: sc in each sc around. Change to black yarn in last stitch (or the join sl st if joining rounds) (42)

Rnd 10-11: sc in each sc around. Change to white yarn in last stitch (or the join sl st if joining rounds) (42)

Rnd 12-13: sc in each sc around (42)

Rnd 14: sc in next 5 sc, dec over next 2 sc around (36)

Rnd 15: sc in next 4 sc, dec over next 2 sc around (30)

Rnd 16: sc in next 3 sc, dec over next 2 sc around (24)

Being stuffing firmly at this point, if you haven't already, and continue to stuff as you go along.

Rnd 17: sc in next 2 sc, dec over next 2 sc around (18)

Rnd 18: sc in next sc, dec over next 2 sc around (12)

Rnd 19: dec over next 2 sc around (6)

F/O leaving a tail. Add any more stuffing if needed to finish the shape out. Thread the tail through the last round and pull tightly to close.



Using Black and G hook:

Rnd 1: 7 sc in magic ring (7)

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around (14)



Using White and F hook:

7 sc in magic ring (7)


Using white sewing thread and sewing needle, sew the white top portion to the base piece centered evenly. Using black sewing thread and needle, sew the button centered over the black stripe of the pokeball.

Pokeball and Pokemon are copyright Nintendo.

This pattern is an original pattern by Linda Potts (March 2009). Please do not claim this pattern as your own. If you wish to share this pattern, you may link to this pattern but please do not reprint it on your site. You may keep a copy for your own personal use but you may not sell or distribute it, or sell items made from this pattern.

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Blogger poohbear102045 said...

I love your little pokeball pattern. I was wondering if you use slip stich in you pattern or is it just continous rounds

April 30, 2009 at 8:41 PM  
Blogger WolfDreamer said...

I use a slip stitch and join my rounds. It's perfectly fine though, to use continuous rounds, I'm just more comfortable joining them :)

April 30, 2009 at 11:39 PM  
Blogger poohbear102045 said...

Have you thought about making raichu from pokemon.

May 17, 2009 at 6:51 PM  
Blogger WolfDreamer said...

Yes I have, in fact Raichu is on my (very long) list of pokemon to eventually make :)

At the moment I need to take a bit of a break from dolls and work on some other projects that have been neglected (IE: not even started!) LOL... I have so much fun making the dolls and forget that I have so many other things to make as well :D

May 22, 2009 at 12:39 AM  
Blogger Trần Ngọc Uyên Phương said...

Hi there,
I think that there's a small problem in this pattern. I did crochet 1 pokemon ball yesterday and found that it would be a perfect pokemon if you added 1 more round in the pattern (Round 14 with 42 stitches) then continue crocheting with the rest in your pattern.
Am I right? Hihi, I love your hard work... and thanks so much for sharing the pattern.

June 1, 2009 at 8:23 PM  
Blogger WolfDreamer said...

For some people it might help, but I tend to stuff my pokeball very firmly, and I found that if I had that extra row, the ball tended to come out more like an oval. Most of the overall shape of crocheted dolls is in the stuffing part :)

I stuff firmly and shape it as I go along, but by all means, if adding the extra is better for you, do it! The best thing about crochet is that you can alter it to fit your style or needs :D

June 1, 2009 at 9:46 PM  
Blogger Trần Ngọc Uyên Phương said...

Thanks Linda for the nice reply. Just wanna say that I admire you a lot.

June 1, 2009 at 10:57 PM  
OpenID craftyknitter33 said...

Just made your Pokeball. What a great pattern. Thanks !!!

September 7, 2009 at 12:08 AM  
Blogger WolfDreamer said...

You're quite welcome! :D

September 7, 2009 at 12:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This would make a great hacky-sack!!!!!!

I wish I knew what the hook-pattern numbers meant . . .

September 12, 2009 at 4:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love all your patterns since I was (and still kinda am) a HUGE Nintendo fan! Thanks for sharing them!

September 29, 2009 at 4:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Approximately how big is the finished pokeball? (love your patterns btw :D)

February 20, 2010 at 9:52 AM  
Blogger WolfDreamer said...

The pokeballs are about five inches across, give or take a little bit .. depending on your tension and choice of hook/yarn. :D

February 20, 2010 at 10:20 AM  
Anonymous Bitmonster said...

I made my first pokeball (my first amigurumi, actually) a couple of weeks ago doing it in continuous rounds and inevitably, the black segment didn't line up. I tried remedying this today (as well as attempted to make a smaller ball) by crocheting in rows and found that when I did, I ended up with a flat circle... Any advice?

February 27, 2010 at 2:08 PM  
Anonymous Mary said...

I made this for my daughter (she's 19) and she loves it. I also used it as the basis for making her a pokeball wristband. Now all of her friends want one. :-)

March 10, 2010 at 4:38 PM  
Blogger Californiutahan said...

Thank you for this pattern! I've been wanting to try amigurumi, and when I saw this, I knew it was a great one to try for my first! I made it for my husband, and it took hardly any time at all! He loves it and is having fun throwing it at things!

April 6, 2010 at 12:20 AM  
Blogger WolfDreamer said...

Yup, pokeball *great* first project to learn some of the most basic skills for the dolls.

And yeah, I made about a dozen of those for my kids, and at one point I threatened my husband with castration if I heard one more time, 'I choose you!' and got hit in the back of the head with one of those things... LOL.

Thank goodness I didn't stuff 'em with rocks! *grins*

April 6, 2010 at 12:27 AM  
Anonymous Chuu said...

Thank you for helping me so much TTwTT

It's easier though to write sc 2i1 instead of 2 sc in the next! Two in One ^^
The same with decreasing: 2-->1 ^^
But maybe it's difficult to understand if it's just local ><

May 13, 2010 at 6:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi i made this as my first pattern ever and i got it rong but i made it again i made it again and it came out perfect and since that day ive made 200 hundred of them so i just want to say thanx so much for the pattren and i plan on making pichu next

ps i love your wooper

June 25, 2010 at 5:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My friends and I love Pokemon. Since we are all going to college, I decide to make them the Pokeball so we could always remember the good times we had. The first couple came out uneven but I think I figured out my problem. Thanks again for the pattern it is wonderful!

July 8, 2010 at 5:38 PM  
Blogger Kendra said...

Thank you so much for this pattern! I have one very happy little boy at my house today!

August 13, 2010 at 11:52 AM  
Anonymous Kit Kat-chan said...

I'm actually trying to learn how to crochet just because of this pattern. My boyfriend and I are huuuge pokemon fans and when I saw this I thought it'd be the perfect gift for him. Great pattern thanks for inspiration

August 26, 2010 at 1:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you should make Hypno! He is awesome :D:D

August 27, 2010 at 8:02 AM  
Anonymous TammyC said...

Hi, I think your patterns are great and can't wait to try them! I have a son and nephew who love these and want me to make them. BTW, I personally love dragons, but can't find any descent dragon patterns...they all look lame. Do you have one? Thanks, Tammy

August 28, 2010 at 8:29 PM  
Anonymous Marybeth said...

What is F/O in your pattern mean? Is that an abbreviation for front loop or flip over? Could you elaborate please?

September 25, 2010 at 9:41 AM  
Anonymous Marybeth said...

OH.....I think I get it....is it Finish Off? Sorry.

September 25, 2010 at 9:45 AM  
Blogger WolfDreamer said...

Yes, F/O is the standard abbreviation for 'fasten off' or 'finish off'... meaning to break your thread and weave in your ends. :D

September 25, 2010 at 1:20 PM  
Blogger Olivia said...

Thank you so much for creating so many wonderful patterns and making them available for free here. Your creations are truly some of the best I've seen. Just want to let you know how much I appreciate it.

One question though. How make amigurumi with joining rounds? I've always done the continuous rounds without trouble until I started making this pokeball, which requires color change. The jog in the different yarn color bothers me so can you show me how to join? Thanks in advance!

October 7, 2010 at 12:20 PM  
Blogger John said...

Hello! I'm a new crocheter, and I'm having a bit of issues.

I have the same problem as Bitmonster in which my black line isn't connected together.
Also, when I got to the part with the invisible decrease, my round started going far beyond my marker. I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong.

However, thank you so much for the pattern.

January 2, 2011 at 3:15 PM  
Blogger WolfDreamer said...

The reason the rounds don't line up, is because you're using the continuous round method. I generally recommend using the 'joining' method of working in rounds when using multiple colors, this prevents the 'overlap' and uneven rounds. Youtube has tons of excellent videos that teach how to join your rounds in crochet. :D

When you're on the decrease rounds, repeat the sequence around to the end of the round. For instance, sc in next 2 sc, dec over next 2 sc around means to put 1 sc in each of the next 2 sc, then decrease over the next 2 sc. repeat this (2 sc, dec) all the way around to the end of your round.

Hope that all helps!

January 2, 2011 at 5:11 PM  
Anonymous Foxeth said...

All of your patterns are so beautiful I wish I could crochet but everytime I try the chain stitch it gets messed up, it stays on the needle instead of going down below the slipknot =l

February 3, 2011 at 10:25 AM  
Blogger novemberwind said...

When I followed this pattern, I realized how useful joining the rounds was. However, is there a way to preserve the beautiful sphere shape that results from the continuous spirals while also lining up the changing colors correctly, like suddenly switching from the spiral to joining rounds and then returning to spiraling again?

April 11, 2011 at 12:43 PM  
Blogger scrappinmagic said...

I am curios if you know the person listing this and if you authorized her to distribute the pattern through Listia.com??


I've been finding other copyrighted patterns on that site being auctioned off.

April 25, 2011 at 5:32 PM  
Anonymous The Rampant Asian said...

This is definitely the best Pokeball pattern I've seen online. It's the prettiest and the most proportional. Thank you so much for sharing! :)

May 10, 2011 at 12:07 AM  
Anonymous Sherry said...

This pokeball turned out spectacularly. Considering that I just learned how to crochet shapes today, I am SUPER impressed with how easy to follow your pattern was, and how my pokeball turned out perfectly. You are AWESOME! :)

Additionally, I think it would be even more helpful if you could post a difficulty level/time estimate for each project, just so beginners can filter out projects that may be impossible/may take forever. Thanks again!!

June 25, 2011 at 10:54 AM  
Blogger twilight fang girl said...

I have a problem/question?
I tried to make the ball with a G/4.00 crochet hook and Red acrylic yarn to start and also tried doing it in rounds like you said in one of your comments.. But by the 6th round it still wasn't that ball shape it's supposed to be. It was almost flat, like it looks to be the same shape of your ball by round 3-4. I tried tight I tried lose and I didn't miss any rounds. Any idea what's going wrong? What I do to fix it? Any help would be great thanks!

Plus I tried to look it up after you join your rounds do you slip stick one before crocheting the next round? Again any help would be great thanks.

July 2, 2011 at 9:02 PM  
Blogger WolfDreamer said...

It's supposed to be flat on that round still. It won't begin to 'bowl' until you've worked several of the even rounds (no increases or decreases) Oh... about round 12 or so you should really see the shape coming on.

July 2, 2011 at 9:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My partner wanted to find something we could do together and is a big crochet fanatic. She said I should give it a shot and showed me your pokeball pattern...... And......


It came out so well that our 4 year old son demanded a green one as soon as he saw it. Just wanted to say thank you for the pattern and the beginning of a new hobby. Next stop, bulbasaur!

David, Nottingham

July 10, 2011 at 5:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My partner wanted to find something we could do together and is a big crochet fanatic. She said I should give it a shot and showed me your pokeball pattern...... And......


It came out so well that our 4 year old son demanded a green one as soon as he saw it. Just wanted to say thank you for the pattern and the beginning of a new hobby. Next stop, bulbasaur!

David, Nottingham

July 10, 2011 at 5:44 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

Thank you so much for this pattern! My 9 year old son is soo pleased with his new Pokeball :)

July 26, 2011 at 9:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi! im wonderin if there is any way to make it smaller by using the same yarn size (im trying to half its size)
Thank you so much in advance and thankyou so much for this pattern

August 22, 2011 at 6:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hola mi nombre es judith ....y estoy recien empezando con esto del amigurumis y me encanta ....me gustaria intentar hacer estos lindos pokemones ya k fueron mis animados favoritos de xica.....bueno mi consulta es k no enctiendo las abreviaciones...por ejemplo f/s ????? me podrias explicar las abreviaciones de tus patrones......gracias por tu tiempo y te felicito por tus trabajos...sere una fiel seguidora tuya....soy de chile y encuentro k en estos trabajos hay dedicacion, amor y pasion saludos

November 10, 2011 at 8:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

soy judith nuevamente.....se me olvido preguntar k significa la palabra "diciembre" k hay k hacer???? gracias....y saludos

November 10, 2011 at 8:47 AM  
Blogger WolfDreamer said...

dec= decrease


November 10, 2011 at 4:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

gracias....voy aprendiendo de a poco...y tu ayuda es muy importante para mi..........saludos

November 10, 2011 at 7:18 PM  
Blogger Go Crochet!!! said...

Thank you very muuuccccchhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!

November 23, 2011 at 3:51 AM  
Blogger Savage said...

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November 29, 2011 at 12:42 PM  
Anonymous Liz said...

Thank you for this pattern, perfect. My sister is dressing up as Pikachu and I made this as a nice addition to the costume that I could whip up quickly.

December 10, 2011 at 7:17 AM  
Blogger Chrissy said...

have you tried enlarging this and making it openable to stick one of the plushies inside? i would love to gift my nephew with a pokeball filled with a pokemon plushie. I am just not that good at adapting patterns. though i might try it and make the plushie out of size 10 thread so it fits inside this size ball. What do you think?

December 27, 2011 at 9:03 PM  
Blogger WolfDreamer said...

you can make the plushies from size 10 thread, but use a #7 steel hook if you do (so the stitch proportions remain the same and the doll will have the right dimensions)

The primary problem with making a pokeball from yarn, and using it in the way you want, is that crochet doesn't provide a firm enough 'shell' to work correctly.

It will always collapse on you, and buckle and look... well... odd.

You need a firmer shell to make a 'working' pokeball... which is why I don't do that.

Some things simply do not translate well into fiber art. It's not the fault of the creator, but the nature of the material. One of the primary focal points of making anything from yarn (or any other fiber material for that matter) is that you must concede to the limitations of the material. :D

December 27, 2011 at 9:33 PM  
Anonymous FyreLachele said...

I didn't realize til after the fact that I wasn't supposed to use the continuous rounds. However, what I did to remedy this was simply to put the button piece over the disjointed part. It looks pretty good and I plan on throwing this at people. Thanks so much for the pattern. It was my second crochet project ever and this was an awesome choice for it.

January 1, 2012 at 6:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For the 2nd row of the white, is there suppose to be a hole or did I do something wrong?

January 21, 2012 at 10:05 PM  
Blogger WolfDreamer said...

I'm pretty sure you did something wrong, as there isn't supposed to be a hole. Make sure you're place a sc in each sc of the round. :D

January 22, 2012 at 10:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi I'm new to crocheting so I am having trouble reading your pattern. I would love to try them all out, do you have a tutorial on this one?

February 1, 2012 at 3:31 AM  
Blogger WolfDreamer said...

Pokeball is a basic ball with color changes. For the ball instructions you can try this youtube video:


For color change help, search on youtube for 'crochet changing color' it should give you some videos to help you.


February 1, 2012 at 3:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I made one (and it's so cute!) but I tried the invisible decrease and I still have gaps.

February 18, 2012 at 7:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heyy, um.. does "dec" mean "decreasing"? Sorry, I'm a beginner.... LOL!! Please reply!!(: By the way, this is an AWESOME pattern! I LOVE POKEMON♥

February 21, 2012 at 9:18 PM  
Blogger WolfDreamer said...

Yes, dec is the standard abbreviation for 'decrease' :D

February 21, 2012 at 10:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have made 8 of your patterns already for my grandbabies and they just love them - as a matter of fact they have gone through the site and made a list for me to make. Of course they pick different ones so I have to make sure to have a supply of colors available. I've put them under the christmas tree, in their easter baskets and wrapped them as birthday presents - they can't wait to see which ones Grandma has made next. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful easy patterns to these most popular characters. I've tried other sites and none of them come out as perfect as yours. You are truly a GEM in the crochet world.

March 22, 2012 at 7:11 AM  
Blogger Pocky said...

I just made this for my little brother who is pokemon crazy and he loved it! :D
Thank You so much for the pattern! :D

May 11, 2012 at 12:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you use several chains at the beginning other than a magic ring?

July 9, 2012 at 7:41 PM  
Blogger Lozzaa said...

Damn, just realised this was in american so SC is our DC? Anyway i have a pokeball made, although its about half the size! So cute :)

October 23, 2012 at 2:13 AM  
Blogger Maddy said...

Stunning. I think I'll double the size and then felt the results for a smoother surface. Thank you.

January 6, 2013 at 10:34 AM  
Blogger 2steps said...

I've only ever made a crochet granny squares before as crochet patterns all seem really complicated to follow but I made this last night for my pokemon mad son with no problems. It is waiting by his pillow for when he wakes up and I am wondering who to make next :D

February 19, 2013 at 4:07 AM  
Blogger Renee Wirick said...

Just a question- does the button on the pokeball in the picture have a second round of 14 for the white part? The first one I made I accidently made the second round called for on the black part on the white part too, and it looked just like it did in your picture, but the second one I only did one round as in the instructions, and it was much smaller, and looked different from your picture. Thanks so much for this great design, have been having lots of fun!!


May 1, 2013 at 10:18 PM  
Blogger OorowosoO said...

Should I crochet in the back loops only? I tried both loops and it comes out in a flat hexagon shape. I don't know what I'm doing wrong.

June 1, 2013 at 7:17 PM  
Blogger VampressaDC said...

I can't thank you enough for posting this pattern, I'm making a set of six of these for a Valentine's Day gift and some as decorations for my car. Many many thanks! :D

January 26, 2014 at 2:48 PM  
Blogger wolves of the beyond said...

Please help me,I don't understand round 3-7. I really want to make a pokeball but I don't understand what you mean I'm new to crocheting so please help

February 6, 2014 at 8:47 PM  
Blogger WolfDreamer said...

Well since my phone made a mess of my reply, I'm at the computer now.

These rounds are graduated increase rounds that are common to all 'ball' type crochet patterns

Sc in the next 3 sc, 2 sc in the next sc around - means that you put a single crochet in each of the next 3 sc, and then put 2 sc (an increase) in the next sc. Repeat that sequence to the end of the round. Each round will have one more sc between the increases.

After you finish with the needed increase rounds, you will work a few 'even rounds' (no increases or decreases), then you will work a number of decrease rounds (basically your increase rounds in reverse)

There are also many videos on YouTube (search for crochet ball or crochet in the round). Sometimes its easier to learn when watching it, then just reading it.

Hope this helps!

February 6, 2014 at 9:23 PM  
Blogger Chameon said...

How do I make a smaller one? Say I wanted one half the size, but with the same size yarn, would I just start with 3 sc in a magic circle and then follow the same pattern? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

March 29, 2014 at 2:46 PM  
Blogger WolfDreamer said...

Start off the same way but only work say three rounds of increases, then three or four rounds of even (no increase or decrease) then decrease rounds in reverse of your increase rounds. Make tge appropriate color changes as needed.

You may need to experiment with the number of even rounds you need to make it round (different yarns and tensions can make it slightly off) but that should about do it :-)

March 29, 2014 at 5:11 PM  
Blogger Nicole Brutosky said...

I've made several of your Poke Balls for my sons, playing a bit with the colors depending on what I have on hand. Tonight I created a "great ball" (using blue and white and adding red wedges to the sides.) Of course, my boys looked over my shoulder and saw ALL the Pokemon characters you have listed and they are starting to make requests! I love being able to combine one of my favorite hobbies (crochet) with one of theirs (Pokemon!!) Thank you for these!!

June 8, 2014 at 3:04 AM  
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June 8, 2014 at 3:09 AM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

Thank you so much for these Pokeman patterns, my 6 year old has just started getting into them & he'll be so excited to have some!

March 27, 2015 at 2:34 PM  
Blogger Jay said...

Could the button be done by doing the 7 sc in white, and the 14 sc in black? Do you really need to make it two layers?

July 31, 2015 at 11:54 PM  
Blogger Ashley Sanders said...

You should make patterns for the rest of the poke balls! Great, Ultra, Master, and maybe my personal favorites, the love ball and moon ball! I don't do the craft myself, but my mom does! I would love both you and her forever if I had all these cuties on display somewhere. :]

P.S. 24 isn't too old to still love theses right???

September 4, 2015 at 9:37 PM  
Blogger Crystal Faith said...

You are brilliant and going to help me make my one friend VEEEERY happy. She's still a pokemon nut and I hadn't found a single pattern that looked like the pokemon until I found you. Thank you thank you thank you!

September 12, 2015 at 6:19 PM  
Blogger Victoria Palmer said...

Have you considered making a Teddiursa or Minccino Pokémon Doll? My nieces love those.

September 16, 2015 at 4:51 PM  
Blogger Ashley Burr said...

I made this, and was very excited because my daughter loves Pokemon. Well, my AWESOME husband told me the minute he seen it "it is upside down. Red is supposed to be on top"

I may have been upset with him for telling me this so fast and myself for not knowing.

July 23, 2016 at 7:35 PM  
Blogger Faye Elizabeth said...

Laughing so hard at the previous comment, not in a bad way, but because it's a ball, just turn it around and it'll be the right way up 😂😂 thanks so much for the pattern, it's great :)

July 26, 2016 at 2:45 PM  
Blogger Angela Rodriguez said...

I just want to say Thank you for your pattern of pokeballs!☺ I've looked everywhere these are perfect!!❤

July 29, 2016 at 4:58 PM  
Blogger Andria Padgham said...

Could u please explain what the magic circle is you mention at the beginning plz. I'm very new to crochet but would love to try and make this xx

August 21, 2016 at 1:28 AM  

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