I love the texture of these crochet balls it reminds me of coral, they have been a huge hit with me kids as indoor novelties and it sure beats the football being used inside! It begins with a chain of 2 and 6-7 DC (australian pattern or SC US) in the 2nd chain from hook. Then turn and 2SC in each stitch, then turn and keep repeating and voila! I think a bowl of these would fantastic as a home decoration.
The hat is a little pattern I have been churning out like nothing, just a classic little style that has been around for oh so ever!