Last year, I came across these Puzzle Balls by Dedri Uys from Look At What I Made (http://www.lookatwhatimade.net/crafts/yarn/crochet/free-crochet-patterns/star-ball-crochet-amish-puzzle-ball-pattern/). I love the idea of a segmented ball that can be pulled apart and put back together as a puzzle and also be played with as a ball. It would suit a baby and then grow with them as they become more inquisitive about how the world around them works. I especially love the bright colours of this Star Puzzle ball! It was joyful to make, but there were so many segments to put together – I wasn’t sure if it would ever end! The best part about constructing it was that it is all crocheted together – no sewing involved!
I also constructed the Amish Puzzle Ball (http://www.lookatwhatimade.net/crafts/yarn/crochet/free-crochet-patterns/crochet-amish-puzzle-ball/). This one runs along the same lines as the star ball, but is not made up of quite so many segments! This one worked up a little quicker than the star ball, and I love the “flower” type effect that you get on the front when it is all put together.
Dedri has also compiled a book of puzzle balls that are animal shapes (https://www.anniescatalog.com/detail.html?code=871428&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_source=cj&source=CJAAFF). Yes, I have bought the book and yes, I have made one of them. I gave him as a gift to a friend’s baby and they love him! Another one has been made but that will remain hush hush as he is to be entered into the Gawler show later this year. I’ll let you know how I go!