If you are going to change colors, I highly recommend checking out this blog post on the jogging stitch from NeedleNoodles.com.
To make your ball you will need 4 ply worsted yarn and a G/6-4.25MM crochet hook.
sc- single crochet
ss- slip stitch
sc dec.-single crochet decrease (Insert your hook through the next stitch, wrap the yarn over and pull it through, leave the two loops on the hook. Insert your hook in the next stitch, wrap the yarn over, pull through, there are 3 loops on the hook. Wrap the yarn over and pull through all 3 loops.)
Row 1: Create a magic ring, ch1, work 9 sc into the ring and pull tight. Do not join. Just keep working around.--9sc
Row 2: Work 2 sc in each of the 9 sts.--18sc
Row 3: Work 1 sc in each of the 18 sts.--18sc
Row 4: *Work 1 sc in each of the next 2 sts., work 2 sc in next, *repeat around.--24sc
Row 5: *Work 1 sc in each of the next 3 sts., work 2 sc in next, *repeat around.--30sc
Row 6-11: 1 sc in each st. around. --30sc
Row 12: *Work 1 sc in each of the next 3 sts., sc dec. *repeat around.--24sc (This is when you would want to add you rice sack inside)
Row 13: *Work 1 sc in each of the next 2 sts., sc dec. *repeat around.--18sc
Row 14: Ss in next, *skip a st, ss in next, *repeat around.-- 9ss
Sew the top shut, and sew in the tail.
To make the rice sack for the inside...
You will need:
- panty hose (I use knee highs and can get about 3 sacks out of each one)
- a measuring cup
- pair of scissors
First, fill the hose with 1/3 cup of rice (or whatever you want to use). Then, knot tightly and cut off the excess close to the knot. That's it!
To use the hose again, tie a knot in the end and turn it inside out.