Amish Puzzle Ball by Dedri Uys

Amish Puzzle Ball

Aran (8 wpi) ?
4.0 mm (G)
241 - 262 yards (220 - 240 m)
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This pattern is available for free.

This is a pattern for a crochet version of the traditional Amish Puzzle ball. The resulting ball comes apart into 3 segments (or rings) that have to be re-assembled to form the ball.

The ball is perfect for little hands and inquisitive minds! It will make the perfect gift for any new baby (or Mom!).


I have updated the pattern to reflect the fact that I now use worsted weight yarn to make these puzzle balls, instead of double knit (light worsted weight).

If you prefer to use double knit yarn and a 4 mm hook, the ball will be roughly 13 cm in diameter. That is about 5”.

If you use worsted weight yarn and a 4 mm hook, the ball will be about 15 cm in diameter. That is about 6”.

Gauge doesn’t matter, but if the yarn you use is too thin for the hook you use, you will end up with holes in your lids. And if you do make this ball with odds and ends of yarn and some of the yarns are thinner than others, please make sure that the yarn you use for the lids is as thick or thicker than the yarn you use for the wedges, otherwise the lids will be too small. The wedges are more forgiving than the lids!


This pattern is suitable for Advanced Beginners. It includes plenty of photos and additional instructions to make it as easy as possible for you to create your own Crochet Amish Puzzle Ball.

Although this pattern is easy, it is very detailed, so you will need to have a good grasp of the English language.

You will need to know:

  • How to make single crochet stitches
  • How to increase and decrease

If you prefer charts, the Japanese translation has some lovely charts you can look at.

For more information, including a link to a you-tube tutorial for making and building the ball, please see my site.

Although I say this pattern should only take a few of hours, the assembly actually takes a bit of time - especially if it’s your first puzzle ball.

This ball EATS stuffing. And I have noticed that people tend to think they have overstuffed the ball because the wedges are quite fat and the segments super snug…But the ball will stretch over time and to get the best results you want to stuff it nice and full! If you use too little stuffing the segments won’t sit together as well and the ball is more likely to become lifeless after a lot of playing.

If you are at all concerned/confused about how to put the ball together, Elizzza has a brilliant 3-part youtube video, the last of which demonstrates both assembly and how to “build the puzzle”.

Although she doesn’t do it exactly as written in the pattern, it should help you understand the process better. If you do watch this video, please just note that she turns her wedges inside out and I keep mine the right way around (with the seam to the outside, because it helps the wedges lock and makes the counting easier).

Go forth and make lots of puzzle balls!
xxx dedri