Craft & DIY

The Principles of 3D Crochet

Can I first give a big hug to all of you who left a comment on my previous post. I will get back to this topic properly as we kind of lost to connect and I love to connect.

On to the subject of 3D crochet, or making balls, bubbles … things that stand out.

These 3 simple steps explain you how to start crocheting balls. Try to mix it up and use it for various projects. I’ll show you two different projects I’ve used 3D crochet for.

Wrist warmers

are great for autumn and spring when it’s getting either colder or warmer. I use them in my car when the steering weal is freezing in the morning or when I work in my basement sewing room where it can get very chilly.

Hook size
4.5 mm

Annell Rapido 3331

CH (Chain)
HDC (Half double Crochet)
SL ST (Slip Stitch)

Foundation chain:
CH 25 – SL ST in the first CH to make a hoop.

Round 1/3/5/7:
HDC all around – CH 2 and turn.

Round 2/4/6/8:
CH 2 – HDC 6 (ball) – CH3* – CH till end – CH 2 turn.

Round: 9-14:
HDC all around – CH 2 and turn.

Round 15:
Fit your thumb size, make a gap. I’ve skipped 4 CH for my thumb. So you CH 4 – skip for CH and HDC.

Round 16-22:
HDC all around – CH 2 and turn.

Round 23:
CH 2 – HDC 2 in the same stitch – SL ST in next stitch – HDC 3 – SL ST in next stitch* – Fasten off with a SL ST.

This is what I’ve used for a standard IKEA INNER 50 x 50 cm pillow. I’ve only made one crochet front panel and used unbleached cotton to make a cover.

Hook size

Katia – Canada 3

CH (Chain)
HDC (Half double Crochet)
SL ST (Slip Stitch)

Foundation chain:
Cast on 34 stitches – CH 2 (counts as 1 HDC) – HDC until end

Row 2-28:
CH 2 (counts as 1 HDC) 3 HDC – HDC 4 (ball) – HDC 3 * HDC 5 at the end of the row

Round 1-15:
CH 2 – HDC until end SL ST

Have fun. I’ll be back later this week with the first issue of my zine as I’ve got loads to show you. I’m so grateful for all of you who still visit my blog. It’s here to make you smile x

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  • Heather @ my little red suitcase
    04/11/2014 at 17:08

    Thanks Yvonne, I love the wrist warmers. Just off to choose some yarn! Thanks again. x

  • Margaret
    04/11/2014 at 20:51

    Wow, gorgeous cushion and lovely arm warmers. Thanks for the pattern.

    Dear greetings, Margaret

  • Kim
    05/11/2014 at 02:07

    Thank you! I’ve been wanting make something like this. Beautiful.

  • Dane
    05/11/2014 at 09:14

    c’ est très beau j’ adore tes mitaines avec le point noisette , une belle couleur, bravo biz

  • Elizabeth
    05/11/2014 at 11:54

    Ive always wanted to crochet, but the hook petrifies me. Is it easy?! So many pretties to make…

  • Josine Martens
    05/11/2014 at 13:35

    Hallo Yvonne,
    kan je mij een beetje op weg helpen want ik kan haken maar van de Engelstalige beschrijving begrijp ik helemaal niets? Alvast bedankt, Josine

  • Claire Robinson
    07/11/2014 at 10:54

    Something else to tempt me in this chilly, dreary day… they shall be added to the never ending must make these! Thank you

  • Ang
    14/01/2015 at 13:38

    I LOVE these wrist warmers!! It makes me want to learn how to crochet. 🙂 Do you sell them??

  • April
    19/01/2015 at 20:10

    I cannot wait to make these! Thanks so much for the pattern!

  • Angel
    22/01/2015 at 15:17

    How or where do I get the pattern to make these.

  • Kat
    26/01/2015 at 05:50

    Going to enjoy this pattern! Thanks

  • L. Lane
    01/03/2015 at 21:45

    Love your 3D wrist warmers. Thank you for sharing

  • Ceetje
    11/05/2015 at 18:19

    What I did:
    Double crochet in chain, yarn over, pul through first two loops on the hook. Then double crochet in same stich, yarn over, pul through first two loops on hook. Now you have three loops on your hook. Then double crochet, again in same stich, yarn over, pull through first two loops on hook. Now you have four loops on your hook. Then yarn over, pull through all four loops. Then three half double crochets, and then repeat part between **

  • Jules
    13/12/2015 at 01:45

    I did the same thing as Ceetje. They turned out beautifully!

  • Daphne
    23/08/2016 at 10:31


  • Laura
    01/01/2017 at 09:34

    Love the cushion! How did you attach to the fabric?? X

    • yvestown
      01/01/2017 at 14:05

      I hand-stitched it onto a cotton cushion cover.

  • Patty
    23/01/2017 at 19:19

    Hello can you explain the ball part to me I am confused there. Thank you!!