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Crochet Lemon Stress Ball

By: Twinkie Chan from
Crochet Lemon Stress Ball

If you need a bit of stress relief in your life (and who doesn't?), then the Crochet Lemon Stress Ball is just what you need. Not only will you instantly feel more relaxed as you work up this free crochet pattern, but you can also continue to squeeze away stress once you've completed the pattern. Just a little bit of worsted weight yarn and some stuffing is used to complete this free pattern. It's pretty easy to crochet, too, so you can make one to keep at home and another one to keep at the office!


Crochet HookH/8 or 5 mm hook

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)


  • Green worsted weight yarn, like Red Heart Super Saver in Spring Green– approx. 1 yard (91.4 cm)
  • Yellow worsted weight yarn, like Red Heart Super Saver in Bright Yellow–approx. 26 yards (24 meters)
  • H8/5.0mm crochet hook
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle
  • Polyfil stuffing
Approx. 4.5 in. (11.4 cm) long and 2.5 in. (6.4 cm) wide
15 sc x 18 rows = 4 in. (10 cm) x 4 in. (10 cm)
ch(s) = chain(s)
dec = decrease
FLO = front loop only
in = inch(es)
rnd(s) = round(s)
sc = single crochet
sc2tog = single crochet two together
sl st = slip stitch
st(s) = stitch(es)
YO = yarn over
( ) = work instructions within parentheses as many times as directed
[ ] = repeat everything in the brackets the number of times indicated
  1. When decreasing in this pattern, I would suggest the invisible decrease. With the Right Side of your work on the outside of the Lemon, insert hook into FLO of next st, then insert hook into FLO of following st, [YO and pull through 2 loops] 2 times.
  2. This pattern calls for Polyfil to stuff the lemon, but you can use some other stress-relieving options such as:
    • Cut the leg off a pair of pantyhose. Insert the toe into your nearly completed Lemon at around Rnd 18 and use a funnel to fill the pantyhose with Poly beads until you are happy with the feel of the Lemon. Tie off the pantyhose to close the opening and trim any extra pantyhose. Finishing crocheting the Lemon.
    • Blow up a water balloon to stretch it out. Then insert it into your nearly completed Lemon at around Rnd 18 and use a funnel to fill the balloon with sand or corn starch. Tie off the balloon when you are happy with the feel of the Lemon and finish crocheting the Lemon.
With Green ch 3 and sl st to 1st ch to form ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 1, work 6 sc into ring. Don’t join rnds and continue to work in a spiral – 6 sts. Fasten off Green. Join Yellow.
Rnd 2: Sc in each sc around – 6 sts.
Rnd 3: (2 sc in next st, sc in next sc) 3 times – 9 sts.
Rnd 4: Sc in each sc around.
Rnd 5: 2 sc in each sc around – 18 sts.
Rnd 6: (2 sc in next sc, sc in next two sc) 6 times – 24 sts.
Rnd 7: Sc in each sc around.
Rnd 8: (2 sc in next st, sc in next 5 sc) 4 times – 28 sts.
Rnd 9 -15: Sc in each sc around.
Rnd 16: (Sc2tog, sc in next 5 sc) 4 times – 24 sts.
Rnd 17: Sc in each sc around.
Rnd 18: (Sc2tog, sc in next 2 sc) 6 times – 18 sts.
Note: Begin stuffing the Lemon firmly and continue to stuff a little more as you finish the rest of the pattern.
Rnd 19: Sc2tog around – 9 sts.
Rnd 20: Sc in each sc around.
Rnd 21: (Sc2tog, sc in next sc) 3 times – 6 sts.
Rnd 22: Sc2tog 4 times. Sl st into next st and leave last st unworked – 6 sts.
Fasten off yarn and weave tail through remaining 6 sts, pull to close and weave in ends.
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Who could not benefit from having a stress relief ball? I know there are times I want to "squeeze" the dickens out of something. I think having a stress ball in the shape of a lemon is a grand idea. Like taking lemons and making lemonade, kinda. I think having a whole fruit bowl of stress balls would be great too. Knowing me, I will be looking for other fruits to make into stress balls.

I like the idea of having a stress ball goodness knows all of us need something to help manage stress. Has anyone elected to use another filling other than polyfill? I was thinking something with different texture would be more beneficial for me.

With the past month my husband has had, Im seriously thinking about making one of these for him! I actually use crochet to de-stress myself, so this is a win-win for both of us. The above pattern is easy to follow, but I would make one additional suggestion. Since the lemon is made to be repeatedly squeezed, you might consider using some foam rubber instead of just fiberfill for extra tension.

I really like this Crochet Lemon Stress Ball pattern. I never thought doing fruit for stress balls. I'm thinking they are just the right size to use rice bags for the hands after crocheting. Use the pantyhose and fill with rice. Heat in the microwave for a minute and wow the pain goes away. I love using the invisible decrease, it make my work looks so much more neater. Thank you for this free pattern.

These were a lot of fun to make! My first one looked more like a pineapple, but I improved so much on my second one.


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