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Fuzzballs

Fuzzballs are the ultimate in easy and cute crochet, and a perfect way to use up any scraps of fun fur, eyelash or any other fuzzy yarn you may have on hand. These tiny amigurumi are crocheted in fuzzy yarn and come in two sizes: Fuzzball and Fuzzball Mini. Let your imagination run wild as you embellish these little cuties!

fuzzballs by planetjune

Don’t be afraid of the fuzzy yarn – I have Fuzzy Yarn Tips to help you out:
• Not sure which yarns to use? Try my Fuzzy Yarn General Tips
• New to fuzzy amigurumi? Try my introduction for right-handers or left-handers

Not ready to make it yet? Add it to your Ravelry queue:

Terminology

ch chain
sc single crochet (double crochet for UK/Aus)
st stitch
sc2tog single crochet decrease (insert hook into stitch and draw up a loop, insert hook into next stitch and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on hook)

Notes

• Do not join at the end of each round; rounds are worked in continuous spirals.
• All stitches are worked in back loops only.
• Use a stitch marker to mark the beginning of each round. Move the marker up each time you start a new round.

You will need…

• H US/5mm crochet hook
• Small amount of fuzzy/eyelash yarn
• Polyester fibrefill stuffing
• Yarn needle to weave in ends
• Stitch marker
• Embellishments (see below for ideas)

Right and Wrong Sides

The fabric you produce will have a definite ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ side. If you’ve crocheted around the inside rim of the work (see pics and description of this), all the fuzz will be on the outside already (below, left). If you’ve crocheted around the outside rim of the work, all the fuzz will be trapped on the inside (below, right) – see how much smaller the wrong-side-out one looks? If your work looks threadbare like this, make sure to turn it right side out before stuffing your Fuzzball!

right and wrong sides of crocheted fuzzy amigurumi
Click for larger image

Fuzzball Pattern

Ch 2.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in 2nd chain from hook. (6 st)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around. (12 st)
Rnd 3: (sc in next st, 2 sc in next st) six times. (18 st)
Rnd 4: (sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st) six times. (24 st)
Rnds 5-6: sc in each st around. (24 st)
Rnd 7: (sc in next 2 st, sc2tog) six times. (18 st)
Rnd 8: (sc in next st, sc2tog) six times. (12 st). Stuff body through hole.
Rnd 9: sc2tog six times. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Mini Fuzzball Pattern

Ch 2.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in 2nd chain from hook. (6 st)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around. (12 st)
Rnd 3: (sc in next st, 2 sc in next st) six times. (18 st)
Rnd 4: sc in each st around. (18 st)
Rnd 5: (sc in next st, sc2tog) six times. (12 st). Stuff body through hole.
Rnd 6: sc2tog six times. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Customizing

Here comes the creative part… be inventive! Here are some suggestions to get you started:

Eyes: glue on googly eyes, or sew on beads or buttons.

Feet: Cut out felt or cardboard feet and glue them to the bottom of your Fuzzball.

Ribbon markers: Remember wuppies (aka weeples, weepuls etc)? Mini Fuzzballs are just the right size for this! Leave your message (or promote your craft business!) with fabric markers or rubber stamps on tape or ribbon.

Add some personality: Make a mouth or a hat from felt and glue it on.

Star Trek fans: Make your own mini tribble!

Cat lovers: Add a little catnip to the stuffing before you fasten it off. Please remember – no glue or small parts that kitty could eat! Cut out the eyes and embellishments from felt and sew them to your Fuzzball, and then watch your cat go crazy for the catnip πŸ˜‰

These are just a few ideas… the possibilities are endless!

18 Comments »

  1. KnitFreak said

    These guys are so cute! Made one of each size while lazy around Labor Day Sunday!!!!!! Plan on making more! Great use of the extra fuzzy stuff I have! Thanks!

  2. Sarah said

    Aww they are so cute… pitty I don’t know how to crochet, I would love to make some!

  3. Karen said

    I was wondering how you keep the fur yarn from getting all tangled. Every time I use it I get very frustrated and end up putting the project aside. Would like any tips on how to stop this.

  4. Judith Glafke said

    Love those fuzzy balls, thanks for the patterns will make some for my 3 little grand girls. They shall have a blast with them.

    Thanks again!

  5. Kraken said

    These look so cute!

    I’ve been trying to find a way to make a Pygmy Puff (from Harry Potter), and this looks like the perfect pattern! I have so much furry yarn it is insane, so this will be the perfect way to get rid of it!. Does this work with boa yarn too?

  6. june said

    yo!
    u rock!
    i love weepuls

  7. ARTLOVER#1 said

    these are soo cute! i would buy them if you sold them. where do you get these ideas?!?!?!?

  8. Madelene said

    Fuzzbolls are so cool i love them and have made like a 100 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000

  9. Sandra said

    Thank you for this pattern. I will donate to yout site when I can. I am going to make lots of these for my grandchildren’s birthday party in June. Sandra

  10. Ronnie said

    adorable! XD so cute, and easy! (except the fuzzy yarn… a little nervous about that as a newbie. =P ) amazingly cute though. πŸ˜€

  11. Bonnie said

    Any tips for working with the fuzzy yarns in such a small space? Every time I try, I just can’t find my stitches! (I edged a pair of socks in a soft eyelash…very cute…but what a pain!)

    • June said

      Bonnie, I find that a few things help:

      1. light the work really well
      2. work into the back loops only (they are easier to spot!)
      3. I have a little trick – I don’t know if I can describe it, but I’ll try: I use the forefinger of my non-crocheting hand to stroke the lashes from the back loop backwards and then down behind the work. It takes a little extra time but it makes it much easier to see the stitch with those pesky lashes out of the way!

      Hope that helps!

  12. Rose said

    I think the little hat is cute but if you go to the link below it will take you to a bunch of free patterns by lionbrand yarn including one that has to peas in a pod one wearing a top hat and one wearing a veil! since the top hat is worked seperatly you could easily make one for one of these cutte little guys! I made a really cute octopus (Aside from the point he only has 5 legs, I ran out of yarn and one eye is bigger than the other) and I made this top hat for him. Since he was much larger than the pea I coud have increased the size but I left it small and it is very cute. (note: you will have to copy and paste the link into your search bar.)

    http://michaels.lionbrand.com/cgi-bin/patternFinder.fcgi?search=1&cost=%2Fstores%2Flionbrand&searchText=Amigurumi&search1=Search&craft=0&size=&subcategory=&componentCategoryKey=&categoryKey=&edition=&searchType=0&Go.x=1&Go.y=1&Go=1&start=0

  13. Julia said

    wow soooo cute! I’ve already made millions! heres a link to a pic of one i made as a present for a friend πŸ˜€
    http://littlecrafts.files.wordpress.com/2010/06/photo-on-2010-06-23-at-19-39.jpg

  14. YarnYokel said

    I just love these little fuzzy guys. They are so very cute. I can’t wait to make one. Thanks for posting that. I have to share this with my facebook crochet friends.

  15. savitha said

    Thank you for all these lovely patterns. yet to try them

  16. Kristine said

    I will absolutely make one of theese for my cat, she will love it πŸ˜€ And I have a stash of catnip πŸ˜‰

  17. Christy Salzwedel said

    Ohmigosh! I’m going to use this to make amigurumi parasprites! πŸ˜€

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