When I decided to start the Green Living line at Knottie Hooks, dryer balls were one of the first things on my list! They eliminate the need for dryer sheets (Yay!).
I can choose to scent them with essential oils or not; and I am supporting small business by purchasing local! I tried a few different methods when designing the dryer balls and had each one tested. The final result is amazing!
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When making dryer balls the first thing to decide is if you will make wool or alpaca balls. Which ever you choose it MUST be 100% wool or 100% Alpaca. If you vary from this your dryer balls may not felt correctly.
For making wool dryer balls I prefer to use Patons Classic Wool. It comes in a variety of colors, is 100% wool, and I find it to be clean to work with.
If you want to make alpaca, there are many options out there. I have tried a few and came to the conclusion that to make alpaca dryer balls cost effective Bremont Joana Brushed Yarn is best. It is affordable, works up great, comes in a variety of colors, and felts amazingly.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE AND HOW TO USE THEM?
When I started making dryer balls wool was the obvious choice for me. I have access to the yarn, access to the roving (yes roving), and I had never heard of alpaca dryer balls… Then it was brought to my attention to use alpaca. I started doing the research on the difference between the two. I searched the internet and read page after page about wool and page after page of alpaca. I asked questions before buying materials about the difference between alpaca and wool… I came the conclusion that the biggest difference is in the dander of the animal.
It turns out that alpaca is more hypoallergenic. So, if you find that you are sensitive to wool, then alpaca may very well be a good alternative. Thankfully for these dryer balls you will not need a lot of material to make them. Although the materials are a little more expensive, they will not break the bank.
To use dryer balls, all you need to do is put them in the dryer… Really that’s it! No more remembering the dryer sheets, no more wasting money on dryer sheets, no more throwing away dryer sheets! Perfect for breaking into the savvy green living lifestyle. You can add your favorite essential oils to them to add fragrance or leave them unscented. If for any reason you feel they are not working as well, throw them in the washing machine and give them a good cleaning. Felted wool and alpaca are like Velcro and they will pick up quite a bit of that lint that your clothes give off.
For the most part I have not found that static is a problem, however, if you live in a dry area you can find many recipes on Pinterest!
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HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO CROCHET THAT?
Depending on your skill level the time it will take to crochet the dryer balls will vary. I can crochet this in about fifteen minutes, when testing the pattern my least experienced testers reported they took about thirty minutes.
How long it takes to crochet something varies depending on your skill & how fast you crochet. But that isn’t a helpful answer is it?
Well, I’ve developed a yarn calculator to help you get the answer to this question.
It will help you calculate exactly how much time you’ll spend crocheting a project.
All you need to know is how much yarn you will use on the project in either meters, yards or skeins. Then crochet your test square & time it.
CROCHET DRYER BALLS – THE FREE CROCHET PATTERN
This pattern is available in written form with photo tutorials only (at this time).
GRAB THE PDF ON KnottieHooks.com!
ABOUT THE PATTERN:
The dryer balls are constructed by crocheting sacks then stuffing them with roving.
Size 4 mm / US: F
Yarn amount used:
32 yards per skeins / 1 oz
Wool: 2 skeins
- 4 worsted weight
- 100% Wool
Alpaca: 2 skeins
- 4 worsted weight
- 100% alpaca
OTHER MATERIALS NEEDED:
- Needle, find one here (if you don’t already have one)!
- 5+ oz of Alpaca roving, (find it here) / 5+ of wool roving, (find it here)
- 1 set of panty hose
Each dryer ball is approximately the size of a softball when stuffed.
- This crochet pattern is written in US terms (more details).
- Read pattern instructions carefully before beginning to make sure you understand everything. It might save you hours!
- This pattern is written for 1 size
- At the end of each row, the stitch count is given in parenthesis.
SIZE & MEASUREMENTS:
Width: 3” ball
Mc= Magic Circle
Sc= single crochet
Rep = repeat
TECHNIQUES YOU WILL NEED:
MAGIC CIRCLE (Mc):
- Holding the tail of the yarn between your thumb and index finger, wrap the yarn clockwise around fingers one and a half times and hold with pinky.
- Insert hook under the first wrap around then over the second wrap.
- Pull the second wrap under the first twist your hook,
- yarn over pull through.
- You now have what looks like a large slip knot on your hook. (when working into the magic circle be sure to work over your tail also. Leave enough tail to pull at the end of round 1.
Insert hook draw up a loop, yo pull through one loop, insert hook into next st, draw up a loop, yo pull through all loops.
Using you yarn needle; insert needle through the bottom of the front loop pulling the yarn up through the stitch, repeat in each stitch around working from the bottom and pulling the yarn through the front loop only.
This pattern is worked in the round, then cinched at the end to form a sack.
Rnd 1: sc 10 into the mc, slst to beginning (10).
Rnd 2: Ch1 (never counts as a stitch for this pattern), 2sc in same st as the ch1, 2sc in each st around, slst to beginning (20).
Rnd 3: ch1, 1sc in same st as the ch1. 1sc in each st around, slst to beginning (20).
Rnd 4: ch1, 1sc in same st as the ch1. 2sc in next st. *Sc in the next st, 2sc in the next st*. Repeat ** around, slst to the beginning (30).
Rnd 5: ch1, 1sc in same st as the ch1. 1sc in each st around, slst to beginning (30).
Rnd 6: ch1, 1sc in same st as the ch1. Sc in the st. 2sc in the next. *1sc in the next 2 st, 2sc in the next st*. Repeat ** around, slst to the beginning (40).
Rnd 7: ch1, 1sc in same st as the ch1, 1sc in each st around, slst to beginning (40).
Rnd 8: ch1, 1sc in same st as the ch1, 1sc in the next 2sts, 2sc in the next st. *1 sc in the next 3sts, 2sc in the next*. Repeat ** around, slst to the beginning (50).
Rnd 9: ch1, 1sc in same st as the ch1, 1sc in each st around, slst to beginning (50).
Rnd 10: ch1, 1sc in same st as the ch1, 1sc in the next 2sts, decrease over the next 2 sts. *1sc in the next 3sts, decrease over the next 2 sts*. Repeat around, slst to beginning (40)
Rnd 11: ch1, 1sc in same st as the ch1. 1sc in each st around, slst to beginning
Rnd 12: ch1, 1sc in same st as the ch1. Sc in the next st, decrease over the next 2sts. *1sc in the next 2sts, decrease over the next 2 sts, slst to beginning (30).
Rnd 13: ch1, 1sc in same st as the ch1. 1sc in each st around, slst to beginning (30).
Rnd 14: ch1, 1sc in same st as the ch1. Decrease over the next 2sts. *1sc in the next st, decrease over the next 2sts, slst to beginning (20).
Rnd 15: ch1, 1sc in same st as the ch1, 1sc in each st around, slst to beginning (20). Fo leaving a long enough tail to whip stich the opening and pull taught.
Fasten off & cut yarn.
Stuff the sack with approximately 2.5+ oz of the desired roving. Using the yarn needle whip stich around the opening and back to the beginning. Pull taught to close, fasten off and secure. Hide any remaining tails.
To felt the ball, place it in a nylon stocking or nylon sock, like pantyhose (tie a knot to separate each ball), wash and dry on HOT. I put them in with my regular wash. After drying remove the stocking. Voila! You’ve made dryer balls!
BY GUEST DESIGNER FAYDRA KENNING OF KNOTTIE HOOKS!
I’m a stay at home mom of one, wife, and aspiring designer. I love being all of these! My newest adventure of becoming a designer started in the spring of 2018 with loved ones asking me to make them things. When I started making more and more I knew I had to start writing down what I was making.I started turning my notes into patterns, and patterns into more physical goods, and so on. I started doing craft shows, which are great for learning what is popular and what needs more work! All my patterns are tested by others for accuracy and ease to read.
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