Free Crochet Pattern: Soccer Ball Plushie

By Amy Yarbrough – 4 Comments

After seeing a soccer ball plushie in the store I was like, “I can make that!” Have you ever done that before? To be honest, I do it too much. But anyway, I’m glad to say I was actually able to. When I sat down to begin crocheting it I realized I really needed an original looking soccer ball for reference. I ended up using pictures off the internet (which cannot rotate, as you may know) and simply following the pattern I could see. I have to say, I was not at all certain I was going to get it right. But I did! And have prepared a concise pattern for you so you can too.

You will make two kinds of motifs: a black pentagon and a white hexagon. The pentagon will be one round smaller than the hexagon and only have five sides, while the hexagon will be four rounds and have six sides, (hence the names).

It might seem daunting but it’s not too hard. Simply follow the pattern, using the pictures for reference when necessary, and you can do it too.

I hope you enjoy this latest pattern. I know of some little boys who will be receiving a disaster-proof soccer ball soon!

Skill Level:

Finished Size: 18” (46 cm) in circumference

Medium weight yarn (approximately 180 yards of white and 120 yards of black)
Crochet hook G (4.00 mm)
Yarn needle
crochet yarn size 4

Gauge: Pentagon motif measures 1 3/4” at widest point

Need help understanding the abbreviations and symbols? Check out the crochet abbreviation chart.

Pattern Notes
— Use white yarn to sew motifs together. I recommend using the last tail of each hexagon. Do not use black.
— Remember when assembling plushie, white motifs will touch but black motifs should never touch.
Whip stitch motifs together with their right sides facing each other (wrong sides out).
— The plushie is sewn from the inside out and then flipped right side out before closing up.

Crochet Pattern: Soccer Ball Plushie
Pentagon (with black, make 12)
Round 1: make an adjustable ring, ch 1, 5 sc in ring, sl st in first sc: 5 sc
Round 2: ch 1, 2 sc in each sc around, sl st in first sc: 10 sc
Round 3: ch 1, * 3 sc in next sc, sc in next sc, repeat from * around, sl st in first sc: 20 sc
Finish off.

Hexagon (with white, make 20)
Round 1: make an adjustable ring, ch 1, 6 sc in ring, sl st in first sc: 6 sc
Round 2: ch 1, 2 sc in each sc around, sl st in first sc: 12 sc
Round 3: ch 1, * 2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc, repeat from * around, sl st in first sc: 18 sc
Round 4: ch 1, * 3 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc, repeat from * around, sl st in first sc: 30 sc
Finish off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Assembling Plushie
Take one black motif and sew a white motif to each side. Sew the white motifs together where their sides meet. Then sew a black motif where each white motif meets the other white motif. Sew white motifs in between the black. Continue in this pattern, referring to the picture if necessary. It will come together if you follow the pattern. When you come to the last motif flip ball right side out and stuff most of the way. Sew on last motif almost completely. Finish stuffing plushie as full as you can and then sew up.

Do you have questions? Let me know in the comment section and I will get back with you!

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  1. Jeanne Hoerr says:

    Hi, I have a question about assembling the ball. How many hexagons are in a row? Do you make rows and then sew them together? I’m having trouble figuring this out just by looking at your picture. I would appreciate your help! This is for my grandson who is due in December 🙂
    Thank you!

    • Hello Jeanne,
      Thanks for stopping by! I’m sure your grandson will love your gift.

      Just to check, did you notice the instructions for assembling the ball below the very last picture? It’s easy to miss, but I believe it will answer your questions. If not, feel free to come back and let me know so I can help you out!

      Keep crocheting,

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