Colorful Teacher\'s Ball Toy

This pattern is originally shared as christmas bauble but in my language classes I use them as a helpful medium to motivate students and make the lessons more fun. I crocheted them and filled them with beans.
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Christmas Bauble by Carmen Heffernan
Pattern link: https://www.anniedesigncrochet.com/2018/10/03/free-christmas-baubles-pattern/

Crochet Bauble Instructions   (US crochet terms)
Make 2

Using first colour, make a magic loop.
Round 1 : Ch3 (counts as 1st dc), make 11dc into loop, sl st to top of beg ch3 to join. Pull tight magic loop to close. Fasten off yarn. (12dc)
Round 2 : Using next colour, join in any st from round 1. Ch3 (counts as 1st dc), 1dc in same st. Make 2dc in each st around, sl st to top of beg ch3 to join. Fasten off yarn. (24dc)
Round 3 : Using next colour, join in space between any of the sets of 2dc from round 2. Ch3 (counts as 1st dc), 1dc in same space, ch1, miss next 2 sts * 2dc in next space, ch1, miss 2 sts; repeat from * around, sl st to top of beg ch3 to join. Fasten off yarn. (24dc, 12 ch-1)
Round 4 : Using next colour of choice, join in top of a first dc from any 2dc set in round 3, ch1, 1sc in same st, 1sc in next st, 1 spike stitch (see special stitches) in ch-1 space, inserting hook between 2dc from round 2, * 1sc in next 2 sts, 1 spike stitch; repeat from * 10 more times, sl st to first sc to join. Fasten off yarn. (24sc, 12 spike st)
Rounds 5 – 7 : Using next colour of choice, join in any st. Ch1, 1sc in each st around. Sl st to first sc to join. Fasten off yarn. (36sc) Weave in all threads.
Your ball will start to curve slightly after round 5. If using a DK weight yarn, 1-2 rounds of sc may be enough. Fit piece to your Christmas ball to check, it should have some ease to stretch.
Once both sections of your crochet ball are completed, slip both pieces on to your ball, making sure the right sides are facing out.
Finishing
Once both sections of your crochet ball are completed, slip both pieces on to your ball, making sure the right side’s are facing out.
Using a matching yarn colour (or not!) sewing your 2 sides together, gently stretching on to ball as you go. Leave space for the hanging loop. Fasten off and weave in all threads.
Make these colourful baubles for gifts, or to decorate your own Christmas tree!

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