Knitted eyeball juggling balls

Stuff them with toy or cushion stuffing to make them nice and squishy soft, add a bag of dried lentils to weight them down or stuff them with cat nip for your favourite moggy


k – knit

p – purl

kfb – knit frotn & back. Knit the stitch as normal but do not slide it off the left needle. Bring the right needle round to the back of the stitch and knit it again, then slide it off. You have created 2 stitches from one.

k2tog – knit 2 together, put the right needle through 2 stitches at the same time and knit as normal.

p2tog – as k2tog put purl

st st – stocking stitch (knit one rowm purl one row)

st – stitch

Pattern- 4mm needles (US sizee 6) and dk yarn

Cast on 6 st  using white

Kfb to end (12)

[K1, kfb] to end (18)

[Kfb, p2] to end (24)

K1 row

[Kfb, p3] to end (30)

K 1 row

[Kfb, p4] to end(36)

st st 7 rows

[P2tog, p4] to end (30)

Change to colour for iris

K 1 row

[P2tog, p3] to end (24)

K1 row

Change to black for pupil

[P2tog, P2] to end (18)

[K1, k2tog] to end (12)

P2tog to end (6)

Thread yarn through remaining stitches and fasten off. Use tail ends in correct colours to sew down the side, remember to stuff before you close it up.


14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Audrey
    Apr 21, 2009 @ 11:02:36

    I love the green ones!! Those are really cool. Would be great as a stress ball!!


  2. cabin + cub
    Apr 21, 2009 @ 16:35:48

    lol! very cute!.. and i agree that would be a good stress ball!


  3. YajB
    Apr 23, 2009 @ 06:03:49

    Gruesomely cute!


    FWIW – Threadbear is featuring this pattern in their newsletter, which is how I got here.


    • gigglinggoblin
      Apr 23, 2009 @ 07:27:09

      Glad you like them – where is thread bear? Am so pleased I have been featured in a newletter! Thanks for letting me know 🙂


  4. urban craft
    Apr 28, 2009 @ 19:46:36

    these are adorable. wickedly spooky.


  5. Miriam
    Jun 23, 2009 @ 12:30:10



  6. Daisy
    May 13, 2010 @ 18:59:12

    Awesome! Birthday present for boyfriend sorted…


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  10. Karen Clarke
    Oct 27, 2011 @ 19:03:32

    I just made one of these. So fast to make and so cool! I am making one of these for each of the kids to use as a hacky sack. I used plastic beads that I had no use for to put inside to help weigh it down some. So neat! Thanks for sharing the pattern!


  11. Annthy Nguyen
    Jan 28, 2012 @ 22:43:16

    Hi, I have a question. Do these require double pointed needles or straight needles? Thanks!


    • gigglinggoblin
      Jan 29, 2012 @ 09:13:18

      Hi, they are knitted on straight needles using the pattern but it wouldnt be too difficult to convert it to dpns if you wanted 🙂


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