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One regret I have about living in Florida is that my kids have never experienced a good old-fashioned snowball fight. How could they, living in this balmy, tropical paradise?

While I certainly won’t complain about our gorgeous, tropical weather, you’ve got to admit, snow is both beautiful, and really, really fun to play in.

This year, our holiday budget was too tight to travel back to visit our family back in Illinois. That meant that snowball fights were out of the question this year.

Or are they?

The thought occurred to me when I found a long lost crochet water balloon while cleaning under my kiddos’ bed that if you can crochet a water balloon, you can crochet a snowball.

I was over the moon! My kids could have their snowball fight, and keep all their fingers and toes nice and toasty, too.

After rushing to the closest store that sold yarn- ye olde Walmart- I found two great options for my crocheted snowball fight kit.

A crochet snowball made with Bernat Blanket Yarn on the left, compared to a Mainstays Chenille Chunky yarn crocheted snowball on the right.

What yarn is best for making crochet snowballs?

In my opinion, the chunkier the yarn, the better! My favorite snowballs are made with Mainstays Chenille Chunky Yarn. It’s a Super Chunky 6 weight yarn, and you use a GIANT 25mm hook to crochet with it.

A very close second is Bernat Blanket yarn. That yarn is made of a thinner chenille, and while it’s also a 6 Super Bulky weight, it’s worked with an 8mm hook. 

How many snowballs can I crochet from one skein?

I got 5 snowballs from the Mainstays Chenille Chunky Yarn, with a teeny bit leftover- more than half a snowball’s worth. Each snowball weighed 42g, and there are 226g total in the skein.

The Bernat Blanket yarn snowballs only weigh 24g, and the ball I got- the big one- weighs 300g. That means you could get a whole 12 snowballs from one ball!

Do you have to stuff the snowballs?

The Mainstays yarn snowballs were dense enough that they don’t need stuffing at all. They have enough bulk to them to be tossed around quite nicely!

The Bernat Blanket yarn snowballs probably work better stuffed. My personal favorite stuffing is a rolled up mismatched sock.

Using a sock means the stuffing won’t get knocked out, and your snowballs can still be machine washed and dried. You could also try using polyfil- but I wouldn’t do that if you plan to wash your snowballs.

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How to make a crochet snowball fight set:

Abbreviations: 

Ch- chain; Dec- decrease; Sc- single crochet; St- stitch;

Special Stitches:

Decrease: single crochet 2 together- insert hook into first stitch indicated, yarn over and pull up a loop, insert hook into second stitch indicated, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through all loops on hook, decrease made. Stitch count decreases by one.

Materials for the Large Snowballs:

1 skein Mainstays Chenille Chunky, 31.7 y/29 m, 8 oz/226 g, Super Bulky [6] weight 100% Polyester yarn in white.

Q 15.75 mm crochet hook – I use this one

Large Crochet Snowball Pattern:

Note: worked in unjoined, continous rounds.

Ch 2.

Round 1: Work 5 sc into 2nd ch from hook. [5]

Round 2: Work 2 sc in each stitch around. [10]

Round 3: Dec over next 2 stitches around. [5]

Finishing: Break yarn, leaving an 8″ tail. Slip stitch through the next stitch, and pull yarn through. Using your hook, weave yarn through each of the remaining stitches in the round, then cinch tight. Knot, then stuff yarn tail inside snowball.

Materials for Medium and Small Snowballs:

1 skein Bernat Blanket, 220 yds/201 m, 10.5 oz/300 g, Super Bulky [6] weight 100% Polyester yarn, in White.

L/8mm crochet hook – try this one!

Medium Crochet Indoor Snowball Fight Pattern:

Note: worked in unjoined, continous rounds.

Round 1: Work 6 sc into a magic ring, then cinch tight. [6]

Round 2: Work 2 sc in each stitch around. [12]

Round 3: *Work 1 sc in to the next st, and 2 sc into next st,* repeat * to * around. [18]

Round 4: *Work 1 sc in to the next 2 sts, and 2 sc into next st,* repeat * to * around. [24]

Rounds 5-6: Sc in each st around. [24]

Round 7: *Work a dec over the next 2 sts, and a sc into the next 2 sts,* repeat * to * around. [18]

Pause here to stuff your snowball if desired.

Round 8: *Work a dec over the next 2 sts, and a sc into the next st,* repeat * to * around. [12]

Round 9: *Work a dec over the next 2 sts,* repeat * to * around. [6]

Finishing: Break yarn, leaving an 8″ tail. Slip stitch through the next stitch, and pull yarn through. Using your hook, weave yarn through each of the remaining stitches in the round, then cinch tight. Knot, then stuff yarn tail inside snowball.

Small Crochet Snowball

Small Crochet Snowball Pattern:

Note: worked in unjoined, continous rounds.

Round 1: Work 5 sc into a magic ring, then cinch tight. [5]

Round 2: Work 2 sc in each stitch around. [10]

Round 3: *Work 1 sc in to the next st, and 2 sc into next st,* repeat * to * around. [15]

Round 4: *Work 1 sc in to the next 2 sts, and 2 sc into next st,* repeat * to * around. [20]

Rounds 5-6: Sc in each st around. [20]

Round 7: *Work a dec over the next 2 sts, and a sc into the next 2 sts,* repeat * to * around. [15]

Pause here to stuff your snowball if desired.

Round 8: *Work a dec over the next 2 sts, and a sc into the next st,* repeat * to * around. [10]

Round 9: *Work a dec over the next 2 sts,* repeat * to * around. [5]

Finishing: Break yarn, leaving an 8″ tail. Slip stitch through the next stitch, and pull yarn through. Using your hook, weave yarn through each of the remaining stitches in the round, then cinch tight. Knot, then stuff yarn tail inside snowball.

 

Before you go, I almost forgot the most important tip for making these- HAVE FUN!

 

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