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Quick Crochet Toy: Stacking Baskets and Ball

A quick crochet toy can keep the kids busy for hours.

Keeping the kids busy is a big job these days. Just make this quick crochet toy of stacking baskets and a ‘bowling’ ball for a ton of indoor fun. You can bowl, you can stack and you can toss all with this little toy set.

Below you will find the complete pattern and instructional photos for this quick crochet toy pattern. You will also find all the materials, stitches, gauge and sizing information. If you would like all of this in a nicely formatted printable format, you can purchase the Crochet Toy Bundle Ad-Free Large Print PDF Pattern that includes all three toy sets for the price of one pattern!

A quick crochet toy can keep the kids busy for hours. Use the free crochet pattern to make a minimalist bowling game for the kids.

5 Fun ways to play with this Quick Crochet Toy

To make this game even more fun I thought I would share five different ways to play with this crochet toy.

Bowling

Bowling is fun and resetting up the baskets are part of the fun. Have the kids write down how many baskets they moved and add up their score for a little math practice.

Play Catch

This ball is super soft and great for indoor catch. Remember to have the kids toss the ball and not throw it. Also have them play in an open area. This ball may not break a window but it can knock over a fragile vase.

Build a Tower

use the stacking baskets to make a tower. These baskets work up very fast and you can make as many of them as you like.

Bounce Pyramid

Have the kids stack the baskets to make a little pyramid and then have them bounce the ball and try to knock the pyramid over. It is a small twist to bowling and gives the game new life.

Indoor Soft Soccer

Set up areas that can act as goals in a safe and open place in the house. You can even use a few baskets to mark where the goal is. Have the kids kick the ball into the goal. Keep the running down by placing the goals pretty close together and tell the kids where ‘out of bounds’ is.

I hope these ideas will help to keep the kids busy and maybe where them out a little.

A quick crochet toy can keep the kids busy for hours. Use the free crochet pattern to make a minimalist bowling game for the kids.

An Easy Crochet Toy Pattern

I wanted to keep all the toys in the quick crochet toy sets very very easy. You will need to know how to single crochet, increase and decrease and work into the back loops of a stitch.

To make this pattern go very quickly, we will be working with two strands of worsted weight yarn at a time. I have been using up my yarn stash of Red Heart Super Saver Yarn for this project. I chose primary colors, but this can be made with any color you have lying around.

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A quick crochet toy can keep the kids busy for hours. Use the free crochet pattern to make a minimalist bowling game for the kids.

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Below you will find the free pattern with all the instructional photos and videos needed to complete the pattern, but I am also aware that several of us like to crochet on the couch, in the car, or in bed with a print out of the pattern. This is why I also offer a nicely formatted ad-free large font PDF version of the pattern. You can print the pattern and take it on the go with you or tuck it into your project bag or basket.

In this premium PDF, I have included all three quick and easy crochet toy patterns including. the ball toss game, the color and shape sorting and the stacking baskets and ball game.

I moved all the photos to the end of the PDF so you can reference them as you needed them and print just the pattern without using up as much ink. The Premium PDF version of the pattern bundle can be purchased on test or Ravelry.

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Quick Crochet Toy: Stacking Baskets and Ball

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Materials Needed

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0.53 oz or 34 yds Red Heart Super Saver in each color for baskets
1.5 oz or 108 yds of Worsted Weight yarn for the ball
Crochet Hook Size H (5mm)
Yarn Needle
Scissors
Stitch Marker
Polyfil

Stitches and Abbreviations

CH – Chain
SC – Single Crochet
BLOSC – Single Crochet in the Back Loop Only
SC2TOG – Single Crochet two Stitches Together
MC – Magic Circle (Video Tutorial of an easier version)
SLST – Slip Stitch

Gauge and Size

Gauge is not super important in this pattern.

Size – The ball is roughly 6 inches in diameter and the baskets have a 2-inch diameter.

Special Stitches

SC2TOG – Single Crochet 2 Stitches Together – Insert your hook into the next stitch, yarn over, pull the loop through the hook (2 loops on hook), insert hook into the next stitch, yarn over, pull the loop through the hook, (3 loops on the hook) yarn over and pull the first loop through all the loops on the hook. Your decrease is complete.

Quick Crochet Toy: Stacking Baskets and Ball

Notes:
-Written in US terms.
– Both Patterns are worked in continuous rounds.
– Use a Stitch marker to mark the last stitch of your row.
– For both patterns, you will be working with 2 strands of worsted weight yarn at the same time.

A quick crochet toy can keep the kids busy for hours. Use the free crochet pattern to make a minimalist bowling game for the kids.

Stacking Baskets (Make 6)

Row 1: Work 6 SC into a Magic Circle. (6)
Alternate Row 1: CH2, Work 6 SC into the 2nd CH from Hook.

Row 2: *Work 2 SC into next ST* repeat from *to* a total of 6 times. (12)

Row 3: *Work 2 SC into next ST, SC in next ST* repeat from *to* a total of 6 times. (18)

Row 4: *Work 2 SC into next ST, Sc in next 2 STs* repeat from *to* a total of 6 times. (24)

Row 5: BLOSC into next 24 STs.

Row 6-12: SC in next 24 STs.

Row 13: SLST to next 2 STs. Fasten off and weave in your ends.

A quick crochet toy can keep the kids busy for hours. Use the free crochet pattern to make a minimalist bowling game for the kids.

Crochet Large Ball

COLOR NOTES:
Rows 1-3: 2 strands of yellow.
Rows 4-6: 1 strand yellow and 1 strand green.
Rows 7-9: 2 strands green.
Rows 10-11: 1 stand blue and 1 strand green.
Rows 12-13: 2 strands blue
Rows 14-15: 1 stand blue and 1 strand purple
Rows 16-17: 2 strands purple
Rows 18-20: 1 strand purple and 1 strand red
Rows 21-22: 2 strands red

Row 1: Work 6 SC into a Magic Circle. (6)
Alternate Row 1: CH2, Work 6 SC into the 2nd CH from Hook.

Row 2: *Work 2 SC into next ST* repeat from *to* a total of 6 times. (12)

Row 3: *Work 2 SC into next ST, SC in next ST* repeat from *to* a total of 6 times. (18)

Row 4: *Work 2 SC into next ST, Sc in next 2 STs* repeat from *to* a total of 6 times. (24)

Row 5: *Work 2 SC into next ST, Sc in next 3 STs* repeat from *to* a total of 6 times. (30)

Row 6: *Work 2 SC into next ST, Sc in next 4 STs* repeat from *to* a total of 6 times. (36)

Row 7: *Work 2 SC into next ST, Sc in next 5 STs* repeat from *to* a total of 6 times. (42)

Row 8: *Work 2 SC into next ST, Sc in next 6 STs* repeat from *to* a total of 6 times. (48)

Row 9 – 15: SC in next 48 STs.

Row 16: *SC2TOG, SC in next 6 STs* repeat from *to* a total of 6 times. (42)

Row 17: *SC2TOG, SC in next 5 STs* repeat from *to* a total of 6 times. (36)

Row 18: *SC2TOG, SC in next 4 STs* repeat from *to* a total of 6 times. (30)

Row 19: *SC2TOG, SC in next 3 STs* repeat from *to* a total of 6 times. (24)

Stuff your ball.

Row 20: *SC2TOG, SC in next 2 STs* repeat from *to* a total of 6 times. (18)

Row 21: *SC2TOG, SC in next ST* repeat from *to* a total of 6 times. (12)

Row 22: *SC2TOG* repeat from *to* a total of 6 times. (6)

Fasten off leaving a long tail. Use that tail to weave through the last 6 stitches and pull the hole close. Weave in your ends.

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