Coronavirus Amish Puzzle Ball

I know these times are stressful. We are dealing with work and kids and dishes…the DISHES! (Does your family want to eat every day like mine?)

And everybody deals with stress differently. Some bake bread, filling the house with that delicious aroma. You might escape the circumstances by binge watching a show or getting lost in a book.

I’m the kind that deals with stress by making irreverent fun. So here’s the result of my stress crocheting….

The Coronavirus Amish Puzzle Ball!

Start with the virus. Discover how to destroy the virus. Then discover a cure!

Fight the virus!
Wash your hands to destroy the virus!
Discover a cure!

Finished Size: Approx. 5 inches
Worsted weight yarn (#4)
1 ball red, 1 ball gray, 1 ball any color for the cure side (CC)
US G hook
Polyester fiber fill
Basic Crochet supplies (scissors, tapestry needle, etc.)

Gauge: not critical


beg – beginning
ch – chain
lp – loop
m – marker
ML – magic loop
rnd – round
rpt – repeat
sc – single crochet
sc2tog – single crochet 2 together
sl st – slip stitch
st – stitch

Cure Side

Using CC, beg w ML.

Rnd 1: In ML, ch 1, sc 4 in lp. Do not turn.
4 sc

Note: Do not ch 1 at the beginning of rnd here and throughout. Work in a spiral.
Use an open m to mark your beg of rnd.

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around.
8 sc

Rnd 3: [2 sc in next st, sc in next st] 4 times.
12 sc

Rnd 4: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 st] 4 times.
16 sc

Rnd 5: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 st] 4 times.
20 sc

Rnd 6: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 4 st] 4 times.
24 sc

Stop here or continue in pattern for a larger finished project. Finish off. Hide ends.

Make 12 pieces.

Virus side

Note: The beginning of this piece is very fidgety. If it’s too frustrating, use Gray to make pieces just like the Cure Side. Then use a lark’s head or other knot to attach short pieces of red yarn to the centers of each gray piece.

Using Red, ch 8, sl st in bottom lp of beg ch to form a lp.

Rnd 1: Ch 1, sc2tog around.
4 sc

Rnds 2 & 3: Sc around. Finish off changing to gray in last st.

Continue as for Cure Side starting with rnd 2.

Make 12 pieces.


Using gray, hold 1 virus side and 1 cure side with wrong sides together making sure the cure side is closest to you. Working through both layers, join with a sl st. Ch 1, sc in same st and next 12 sts.

*Hold another pair of virus and cure sides together with the cure side closest to you, and working through both layers and beg in any st, sc in 13 sts. Rpt from * until 4 sections are attached. Join to beg sc being careful not to twist work.

Rotate work to continue around the other half making sure the cure side is still closest to you. * Sl st in top of first sc of next section. Working through both layers, sc in same st as last sc, sc in next 11 sts stopping halfway to stuff section, sc in same st as next sc. Rpt from * around. Join sl st to beg st. Finish off weave in ends.

Rpt 2 more times to make 3 rings with 4 sections in each ring.

Need a hint to put it together? Coming soon! Try it yourself first!

Game On! Make a better Pom Pom

Pom poms are adorable on a hat or ends of a scarf, so here’s an improvement on a classic. The Game Changer Crocheted Pom Pom!

Why is this pom better?

• It is washable and dryable Because it has no loose ends, as long as your yarn can be laundered, so can this pom pom be laundered.

• It can be made with any yarn Most pom poms are made with wool yarn because the wool fibers cling to each other and keep it from falling apart. This one is made with a crochet chain, so it’s structurally sound. That means you can use any yarn, even a novelty yarn, and it won’t fall apart.

• It’s child proof Do you have a kid that picks at everything? Then you know, if you pick at a pom pom, the pieces fall out! This pom pom cannot be pulled apart.

Now you know you need one! How do you make it? Look no further.

Game Changer Crochet Pom Pom

This pattern makes an approximately 3 inch pom pom. To make a larger pom pom, use longer chain loops in round 2. To make it smaller, use shorter loops.

To make a full pom pom, the sts have to be squeezed in. It can be difficult at the end, but the more chain loops you squeeze in, the fuller the pom pom will be.

Rnd 1: In a magic ring and leaving a long tail, ch 1, 20 sc, join with a sl st to first sc. Pull your magic ring closed very firmly.

Rnd 2: (Ch 10, sl in same st) 4 times. 5 ch lps made. Rpt for each st around.
80 ch lps

Finish off leaving a long tail. Being careful not to tie over any chain loops, tie the tails together very firmly. Use these tails to sew pom pom in place.


Here’s a hint for attaching your pom pom to a hat. This is a very firm attachment and there is no knot on the inside to rub against a sensitive head!

Draw both tails through the top of the hat a couple of time. Then draw them back to the outside. Wind the tails in opposite directions a couple of times around the base of the pom pom and tie very firmly. Trim ends to just a little shorter than the the loops of the pom pom.

Need a pattern to attach your pom pom to? Here is my Basic Crochet Beanie Pattern for free!

A Merry Star Wars Christmas

Thanksgiving is over, and the Christmas season has started. Disney has blessed us this season by introducing us to an adorable Baby Yoda. Of course, I had to have one, so I made my own Baby Yoda!

And you can have one, too! Here’s the crochet pattern to bring home your own Baby Yoda. Merry Christmas!

Baby Yoda

• Small amounts of worsted weight yarn in green and tan
• Stuffing
• 12mm safety eyes (I used the brown colored eyes)
• Tapestry needle

ch(s) – chain(s)
dec – decrease
flo – front loop only
lp(s) – loop(s)
ml – magic loop
rev sc – reverse single crochet
rnd(s) – round(s)
rpt – repeat
sc – single crochet
sc2tog – single crochet two together
st(s) – stitch(es)
yo – yarn over

Notes on Amigurumi

• When working in rounds, do not join. Just continue crocheting in the next stitch creating a spiral. Use an open stitch marker to keep up with beginning of round.

• Decrease: (Insert hook in flo of next stitch, yo, pull up a lp) twice, yo, pull through all 3 lps on hook.

• Invisible Finish Off: Pull the last lp up until tail comes through st. Using tapestry needle, sew tail under next st and then through the center of the previous st. Draw yarn to back and secure. Weave in end.

Instructions for Baby Yoda with attached coat

Head (green)

Rnd 1: Starting with a ml, ch 1, sc 6 times.
6 sc

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around.
12 sc

Rnd 3: (2 sc in next st, sc in next st) around
18 sc

Rnd 4: (2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts) around
24 sc

Rnd 5: (2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts) around
30 sc

Rnds 6-8: Work 3 rnds even.

Rnd 9: (Dec over next 2 sts, sc in next 3 sts) around
24 sc

Rnd 10: (Dec over next 2 sts, sc in next 2 sts) around
18 sc

Rnd 11: (Dec over next 2 sts, sc in next st) around
12 sc

Add eyes in center of ball about 6 sts apart. Stuff firmly.

Rnd 12: Dec over next 2 sts around. Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing.
6 sc

Sew 1 long st each for top eye lid and bottom eyelid.

Ears (green)

Right Ear

Row 1: Ch 4, sc in 2nd st from hook. Turn.
1 sc, 2 chs

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in sc. Turn.
1 sc

Row 3: Ch 1, 2 sc in sc. Turn.
2 sc

Row 4: Ch 1, sc in each sc. Turn.

Row 5: Ch 1, 2 sc in first sc, sc in next sc. Turn.
3 sc

Row 6: Ch 1, sc in each sc. Turn.

Rpt last row twice more.

Ch 1. Rev sc in end of each row along long edge of ear. Reverse sc in first ch, 3 rev sc in second ch, rotate ear and rev sc in remaining loop of first ch. Continue rev sc in end of each row along edge of ear. Finish off leaving long tail for sewing.

Left Ear

Work rows 1-4 same as first ear.

Row 5: Ch 1, sc in first st, 2 sc in next sc. Turn.
3 sc

Row 6: Ch 1, sc in each sc. Turn.

Rpt last row twice more. Turn.

Sl st across 3 sts on end of ear. Finish the same as the other ear. Turn.

Sew on ears onto head in a slight curve.

Body (tan)

Rnd 1: Starting with a ml, ch 1, sc 6 times.
6 sc

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around.
12 sc

Rnd 3: (2 sc in next st, sc in next st) around
18 sc

Rnd 4: (2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts) around
24 sc

Rnd 5: (2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts) around
30 sc

Rnd 6: (2 sc in next st, sc in next 4 sts) around
36 sc

Rnds 7-12: Work 6 rnds even.

Rnd 13: (Dec over next 2 sts, sc in next 4 sts) around
30 sc

Rnd 14: (Dec over next 2 sts, sc in next 3 sts) around
24 sc

Rnd 15: (Dec over next 2 sts, sc in next 2 sts) around
18 sc

Rnd 16: (Dec over next 2 sts, sc in next st) around
12 sc


Rnd 17: Dec over next 2 sts around.
6 sc

Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing. Whip st in each st around and cinch hole closed. Sew yarn through opposite end, pull tight and secure end.

Sew body to head.

Collar (tan)

Leaving a long tail for sewing, ch 5.

Row 1: Sc in second st and next 3 sts. Turn.
4 sc

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in each st. Turn.

Rpt row 2 until you have 37 rows or collar is long enough to wrap around the widest part of body with 3 extra rows overlapping.

Last row: Ch 1, sc 2 together twice. Invisible finish off.

Sew ends together with rounded end overlapping square end by a few rows. Slip collar around coat and sew in place.

Hide all ends inside body and head.

Katie Clark Crochet on Tour!

Well, it’s not a rock ‘n’ roll tour, but it’s a class tour and I may be coming to a city near you!

Come by and see me at 2019 Fiber Fun in the ‘Sip in Vicksburg, MS September 26-28. I will be joined by other big names in fiber for a slate of classes unprecedented in Mississippi! Click here for a list of classes. Besides the classes, come visit the marketplace heaven for fiber enthusiasts. Click here for info on the vendor hall.

In October, you will find me in Ashville, NC for Southeastern Fiber Fair! I’m so excited to be joining this renowned and respected fiber festival October 24-27! Here are links for classes and event info. Or click the logos for more information on each festival.

Check out Katie Clark Crochet on Instagram and Facebook for updates on my classes and workshops.

It’s time to Let the Good Times Roll!

Let the Good Times Roll Shawl Mystery Crochet Along is live! We are gearing up for 2019 Fiber Fun in the ‘Sip with this fun MCAL. Our vendors have put together yarn kits especially for this pattern. Visit the Let the Good Times Roll page under the Patterns menu or click here for full details!

Ready to jump in? Preregister now!

Already registered? Bought your yarn? Tell us what colors you chose in the comments below!

Mystery Crochet Along Coming Soon!

Fiber Fun in the ‘Sip is coming this September and I have been working on a Mystery Crochet Along, or MCAL, especially for the event! The theme is “Let the Good Times Roll” and we are going to have a great time August 2 through 30 stitching together. More details are coming soon. Stay tuned!

Ravelry, Free Speech and Personal Determination

Ravelry’s administration has made a decision to not only oppress free speech, but also to create a hostile environment by encouraging divisiveness in politics on a platform that should be encouraging unity by exploring those things we have in common: family, friends and a love of knitting.

I believe these divisive topics should be discussed in small groups with friends who will listen, debate, and respect relationships despite disagreements. I don’t believe it is useful to divide people in a worldwide group.

I also believe that business owners have the right to make decisions about their own companies. Likewise, users have the right to choose which companies they partner with. Therefore, as a Trump supporter and a Constitutionalist, I have removed my patterns from Ravelry. My patterns will be available on my website within a month.

If you are interested in exploring alternatives to Ravelry, please contact me at

Traveling with Stitch Markers

I just got back from Boston, and I didn’t lose a single stitch marker! That is a big feat after knitting on airplanes and subways and in meetings (don’t tell!) and sessions. I usually drop stitch markers just sitting on the couch, so I had to figure out a way to hold on to them. My secret is a life line for my stitch markers. Here’s how I did it.

Set up:

Thread the Life Line through markers
with a tapestry needle.
  1. Choose a sock weight yarn in contrasting color. Cut a length at least as long as your needles and up to as wide as your project’s finished size.
  2. With your stitch markers in place on the needles, thread the life line through each stitch marker on your needles.
    • If you have to add stitch markers throughout your pattern, I recommend using open stitch markers that clip closed or bulb pins so you can add them to the life line later.
    • If you use closed markers, you must add them to the life line in the correct place before you continue to step 3. They will dangle from your life line as you work, and that’s ok.
  3. Choose 2 extra stitch markers the same size or bigger. Tie one to each end of your life line to keep it from becoming loose from your work. Your last marker can stay on the needle or dangle free.

Working with the Life Line:

  • Always keep the life line on the same side throughout your row.
  • Do not allow the life line to wrap or yarn over your needles as you work.
  • I recommend working with the life line on the side facing you. Stitch to the first marker. With the life line in front, slip marker purlwise.
Stitched over marker
This is what it looks like when you carry your life line on the opposite side and you slip the marker with the yarn in back.
  • If you have to turn in the middle of the row (for example, when working wraps and turns), the life line must fall to the side away from you. In this case, work to the marker, and with the working yarn in front, slip the marker purlwise. If you don’t do this, the marker will be stitched in like this:

Trouble shooting:

  • If you stitch over your marker as above, you can continue your row. When you come back to the marker, slip it off the needle, pull the marker through the stitch to free it, and place it back on the needle.
  • If you wrap or yarn over your life line, it will become entangled in your work. You must unknit back to the mistake and unwrap the life line from the needle.
  • I prefer using bulb pins with this technique. The large end sits in place on the needle and the small end dangles down a little bit allowing the life line to hang out of your way as you stitch.

I’m Published!

I’m excited to tell you about my latest pattern, Triton’s Trumpet Shawl! It is appearing in Interweave Crochet Spring 2019.

The Spring issue hits newsstands March 12th. I hope you enjoy this pattern! If you’d like to see more of my patterns, check out my patterns page and my Ravelry page

Triton’s Trumpet Shaw
Interweave/Harper Point Photography

Inside Interweave Crochet Spring 2019, you will find 18 beautiful projects to greet spring. Make projects inspired by world travels or create garments and accessories from under the sea. Learn to felt your crochet or try a simplified version of Romanian point lace. Then, read about fiber artists that are using crochet to bring awareness to coral reef preservation and environmental issues. You’ll find so much to love in Interweave Crochet this spring!