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Each yarn weight has a corresponding recommended needle size (US 7 for worsted, US 8 for aran, and US 9 for bulky) and desired stitch gauge. Gauge is not critical for this pattern, but you'll want to make sure your stitches aren't so loose that you'll be able to see the ball's stuffing through them.
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About This Pattern:
Yarn:45 (55, 65) yards total of worsted weight yarn, or 40 (50, 60) yards total of aran weight yarn, or 35 (45, 55) yards total of bulky weight yarn
Needles: US 7 / 4.5 mm straights or circulars, or US 8 / 5 mm straights or circulars, or US 9 / 5.5 mm straights or circulars
Notions: darning needle, tape measure, and scissors
Gauge: 5 stitches & 9 rows per inch in garter stitch with worsted weight yarn and smallest needles, or 4.5 stitches & 9.5 rows per inch in garter stitch with aran weight yarn and middle needles, or 3.5 stitches & 10 rows per inch in garter stitch with bulky weight yarn and largest needles
Sizes:Small (Medium, Large)
Measurements: 5 (5.5, 6)” wide & 7.5 (8.25, 9)” long before seaming 3.5 (4, 4.5)” in diameter after seaming