Sunday, January 11, 2015

Oh So Happy Smiley With Video

crochet smiley balls
Oh So Happy Smiley!

I've had this design in the back of my mind for over a year now but never got around to doing it. And finally this year I gave myself a little kick and said get on it already! So I did :)

There is a famous picture online with a pile of blue "not so happy" smileys and one happy yellow one in that pile. Every time I see that picture I think of my aunt who we call our "Smiley Face Aunty". In fact one of my very first designs was a large smiley face that stands on 2 feet and I also designed that for her. You can see that pattern right here. That smiley has been my profile picture on my facebook page, Amigurumi Freely since I started in 2011, I don't think I'll ever change it.

So here you go Aunty Jane, another smiley just for you! Thanks for being your
awesome self :)

pile of crochet smile balls

Read me  ~>  Work in continuous rounds, do not join.  Have any questions or if you come across a mistake in the pattern please leave a message in the comment section below.
Read me ~> How to read the rows: Each row has a sequence as given below. Example: 1sc then 2sc in next st means repeat that sequence 1sc then 2sc in next st followed by 1sc then 2sc in next st over and over to the end of that particular row. The number inside the parentheses ( ~ ) is the number of stitches you should have at the end of that particular row.

worsted weight acrylic yarn medium #4
I used a 4.5mm hook but you can use any hook size really. If you see gaps in your stitches try a smaller hook size.  
100% polyester stuffing
blunt end yarn needle

black felt
fabric glue or regular tacky glue 

st = stitch
sc = single crochet
2tog = crochet 2 stitches together
f/o = finish off

This is a small ball that fits in the palm of your hand. It's about the same size as a juggling ball.
Video Tutorial here

1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 6st (6)
2) 2sc in each (12)
3) 1sc then 2sc in next st (18)
4) 1sc in next 2st then 2sc in next st (24)
5) 1sc in next 3st then 2sc in next st (30)
6-7) 1sc in each st for 2 rows
8) 1sc in next 9st then 2sc in next st (33)
9-10) 1sc in each st for 2 rows
11) 1sc in next 9st then 2tog (30)
1sc in next 3st then 2tog (24)
1sc in next 2st then 2tog (18)
1sc  then 2tog (12)  firmly stuff
1sc  then 2tog (8)  add more stuffing if needed
f/o leaving a tail for closing up the gap. Weave in and out of the remaining stitches and pull tight to close. Knot off and hide yarn tails in the body.

Cut round shapes for the eyes and a long thin strip for the mouth. Round off the ends of the strips. Glue these in place.
The placement is adjustable of course so be sure they will look right on the rows I have suggested. The eyes are on the 7th row with about 4 visible stitches between them. For the sad mouth I put the top of the curve on the 8th row and the ends on the 10th row. For the happy mouth, the bottom of the curve is touching the 10th row and the ends on the 8th row.

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Many Blessings to you!

Copyright 2015 Author: Sharon Ojala - Amigurumi To Go All rights reserved 

 My hope is that you have enjoyed this pattern. You may sell finished products. Do not reprint this pattern. If you'd like to share this pattern please link back to it.  


  1. Love love LOVE these little balls. Believe it or not, it's just what I've been looking for.
    A couple of weeks ago I started making some teddy bears dressed in fireman's uniforms for a friend (5 of them!). I followed the pattern but was most disappointed with the size of what was appearing in front of me. I wanted a toy the friend's children could cuddle, this pattern was producing a bear that wasn't going to make it to 6 inches!
    I doubled the yarn and got a bigger hook and turned out 2 (so far) bears that were 15 inches tall (including the hat).
    Back to the original one I started and my reason for wanting a ball. All I got done of the original pattern was the body and head. One day I looked at it and suddenly thought, if I make another 9 of them and a ball, I could have a ten pin bowling set for a small child! THAT'S why I'm grateful for the ball pattern, so a huge thank you to you for all your work.
    Another friend suggested I could use the little part bear as one of a set of Russian Babushka dolls, so I am also trying to work out how I could swing that one. Any suggestions would be VERY appreciated.

  2. This was my very first amigurumi! I wanted to say thank you for the hard work of making something so easy to follow along - especially having the YouTube video to reference as I went.
    This post would be made even better if you linked to how to make the magic circle and how to finish off (when mentioned) so that a beginner like me don't need to go to far in order to follow along.
    Thank you so much for your wonderful work. If you want to see my so far lonely ball (I'm about to start another) then take a look at my instagram account "kat_skinner".

    1. thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed the pattern.

      I'm a bit confused what you mean though. I always link how to do the magic ring in fact I also link another method as well and I def showed how to finish off, I do in all my videos. I was shocked by your comment so went to look and I indeed link 2 methods at 2:17 and the finishing off is at 23:42 where I even show how to thread the yarn through the yarn needle. So perhaps you were watching the wrong video? If you meant link it here in the post, you wouldn't have to go too far as the finishing off is near the end of course..
      In my written patterns there is always 2 links to click on in row 1. Hope that helps!

      Happy Holidays :)

  3. I really love ur work. Thanks alot for such a great pattern and vedio. Just love. It all I was looking for. Thanks again :)

  4. I've never made a ball and this was so easy to follow! Thank you sooooo much! You're awesome!

  5. These are Soo cute!!! I've so far made a smiling one and a winking one too! Now my friends all want one of these cute creatures! Thank you for making these!!! :3


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