I’m doing this for myself as much as anybody, since the piece of paper i jotted it down on when i made the pattern looks like this:
size e crochet hook (3.5mm)
100% cotton yarn, such as sugar & cream
approximately 55 grams of plastic barrel beads (also called pony beads)
blunt tapestry needle
round 1: leaving a long tail for sewing later, use magic ring method to sc 6 into ring & tighten.
round 2: 2 sc in each sc, setting a slip ring marker (or a safety pin) on first stitch. (12 st)
from here on out, set marker on the 1st stitch of every round. this is worked in a spiral, so rounds aren’t joined)
round 3: *sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc* repeat to end of round (18 st)
round 4: *sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc* repeat to end of round (24 st)
round 5: *sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc* repeat to end of round (30st)
rounds 6-11: sc in each sc around
round 12:*dec over next 2 st, sc in next 3 st* repeat to end of round (24 st)
round 13: *dec over next 2 st, sc in next 2 st* repeat to end of round (18 st)
round 14: *dec over next 2 st, sc in next st* repeat to end of round (12 st)
this is when you fill the hackey sack with beads. you want the total weight to be 60 grams, so weigh the empty hackey sack along with the beads.
round 15: (it’s a little squirelly doing this last round with it full of beads) *dec over next 2 st* around (6 st)
finish off, & cut yarn to leave a long tail.
sew both openings closed with long tails of yarn, be sure to knot it up really tight.
pull tails all the way through hackey sack & snip off from the other side (so you have a 1.5″-ish tail stuck inside the middle)
you’re done! the more you use it, the better it gets.