How to Make a Yarn Ball Stress Reliever – Free Crochet Pattern

I came up with this Yarn Ball Stress Reliever crochet pattern, because sometimes you need to relax with a good ball of yarn… especially when it’s crochet stress relievers that look like yarn balls!

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This thing is a big hit in my house! It feels great on my hands, it exercises them and relieves the tension, plus my boys LOVE throwing it around. Bonus, the stitches are nice and tight, so I don’t have to worry about an explosion lol 

First, you will need to decide what you prefer to use for stuffing. You can use simple fiberfill as I have listed in the materials, but you can also use a store bought stress ball or you can make one using a balloon and cornstarch (as I used).

If using a balloon and cornstarch: You need party balloons (not water balloons, because they are too thin and will break open), 2/3-1 cup of cornstarch, and a mini funnel. Stick the funnel into the neck of the balloon and funnel the cornstarch down inside. Tie off balloon. Optional: For added security, place this balloon inside another balloon and tie off.

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Let’s Make a Yarn Ball Stress Reliever


Worsted  Weight Yarn (#4)
~Any Color [30 yards]
F/5/3.75mm Hook
Yarn Needle
Optional Materials
Party Balloon
Cornstarch (⅔-1cup)
Mini Funnel


Not important for this project


Approximately 2.75” diameter / 8.5”circumference

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Stitch Guide

arnd = around
ch = chain
hdc = half double crochet
sl st(s) = slip stitch(es)
st(s) = stitch(es)
Surface sl st(s) = See Special Stitches
TLO = See Special Stitches

Skill Level



  • Beginning chains do not count as stitches.
  • This pattern is worked in the round (no joining or chaining unless specified).
  • Instructions appearing between asterisks should be repeated as indicated.
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Special Stitches

Third Loop Only (TLO): The loop that runs parallel to the back side of a hdc; aka camel stitch.
Surface Slip Stitches: Working slip stitches across the surface of a project.


R1. Make a magic ring, ch 1, 8 hdc in ring (8)
R2. In TLO: 2 hdc in each st arnd (16)
R3. In TLO: *2 hdc, hdc* arnd (24)
R4. In TLO: *2 hdc, hdc x 2* arnd (32)
R5. In TLO: *2 hdc, hdc x 3* arnd (40)
R6. In TLO: hdc in each st arnd (40)
R7-8. Repeat round 6
R9. In TLO: *dec, hdc x 3* arnd (32)
R10. In TLO: *dec, hdc x 2* arnd (24)
Insert stuffing (or other stress ball) here and continue the next steps working around it
R11. In TLO: *dec, hdc* arnd (16)
R12. In TLO: dec arnd (8)
R13. LOOSELY surface sl st up the back, across the top, and down the front to the starting point.
R14-15. Repeat 13 working parallel to the others
R16. LOOSELY surface sl st up the back, across the top, and then halfway down the front, surface sl st across the last 3 surface sl sts and then finish surface sl sts down the front. Ch 11, sl st across ch, sl st to bottom of ball; Fasten.


  • Hide all strings.
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