I wanted another geeky project but my creativity wouldn’t cooperate. When this happens, I find myself Googling random geeky keywords, followed by “crochet” to see what I can find. After scouring the internet for ideas, I came across this one on another wordpress blog:

http://amysbabies.wordpress.com/magnetic-katamari-pattern/

and thought, hey! That’s a genius idea!

Unfortunately the pattern did not work for me–regardless of the yarn and hook I used, I couldn’t get my ball round.

So I made a ball very similar to my Darkball in an earlier post, and took the author’s advice regarding magnets and how to make the nubs.

My Round Ball Pattern:

Rnd 1: 8 sc in 2nd ch from hook.

Rnd 2: (sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc) around (12 sc)

Rnd 3: Repeat Rnd 2 (18 sc)

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

Rnd 5: Repeat Rnd 4 (32 sc)

Rnd 6: (sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around (40 sc)

Rnds 7-12: Sc in each sc around, finish off leaving tail (40 sc)

Repeat Rnds 1-10 to make a second half of the ball. Sew the halves together.

I made only twelve nubs because the Katamari in the in-game pictures look like they only have twelve nubs (one on the top of each half and then the five arranged on the points of a star around the half). Then I fitted the halves together, stuffed the ball and sewed them together.

Sewing in the twelve nubs was definitely the hardest part. My thumb was sore and numb after finishing the assembly, but it was worth it:

 This was made as a random gift for Tesla Coil and the look on her face when I showed her it could actually pick up stuff, was pretty incredible.

Now she’s using it as a pincushion:

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