Froeballs by Katie Hanrott


June 2009
Any DK, Sport, Worsted wool
DK (11 wpi) ?
US 2 - 2.75 mm
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This pattern is available for free: froeballs_pattern_oxfordkitchenyarns.pdf

Introduction: Friedrich Froebel was an 19th Century German educator, who theorised that the learning experiences of very young children influenced their later academic achievements and – more importantly – the health of society as a whole. He is the father of ‘kindergarden’. (There is lots more information here:

He devised a series of ‘gifts’ that encourage creative play in young children.

You can buy them here:

This is my interpretation of the first gift. You can read more about the first gift here:

Froeballs can be made from small amounts of DK weight yarn (or similar). A full set should contain 6 balls - red, yellow, blue, green, purple and orange.