Crochet the sports articles to turn them accent gifts! You can crochet the cricket bats, baseball bats, balls and soccer balls to go for bigger decorative statements! Here comes a crochet African flower soccer ball, perfectly covered with flower crocheted yarn shapes and comes with a perfect sphere shape to be visually attractive! This is going to be a matchless example of art of crocheting and a beautiful to give to nearby soccer player in your neighbor hood!
You can go with any brilliant choice of colored yarn and can easily shape up a flower to start over the project! After you get a number of crochet flowers just put a ball inside and stitch them up keeping the spherical shape continue until you reach to the end! A full free pattern has been given here for free and you just have to click once on the given below link to get the full pattern and details about stick Gage, crochet hook and stitches combinations!
The pattern for the African flower motif was published in Afrikaans the magazine Sarie, and can be foundhere. Additionally, there is a tutorial availablehere. As for me, I first became acquainted with the African Flower Hexagon in May of 2010, and I found the motif enchanting and sublime.
For this project I used Red Heart Super Saver yarn and a 4.00mm hook.
I wanted the fabric to be fairly firm so that the ball would have greater structural integrity. The combination of a worsted weight yarn and the 4.00 mm hook worked well for me, but if you tend to crochet tightly, you might find that a 4.5 mm hook works better for you.
Hexagons: Thistutorialis very helpful, but for the soccer ball, you will only make a 5-round hexagon. You will need to make 20 of them. I used four colors for each 5-round hexagon.
Round 1: color A
Round 2: color B
Round 3: color B
Round 4: color C
Round 5: color D
By using the same color for rounds 2 and 3, the petals of the flower are a more prominent design feature than they are if you change colors every round, but both are attractive.
Pentagons: To make a soccer ball, you will need 12 of these. Each side of the pentagon should be approximately 2.5″ long. To make the pentagon, I worked in one color and did the following:
Using worsted weight yarn and a 4.0mm hook (I used a 5.0mm hook for demonstration purposes so the stitches would be easier to see), chain 5, join with a slip stitch to form a ring.
Round 1: Chain 2 (counts as first hdc), work 1 hdc into ring, *ch1, 2hdc into ring, repeat from * 3 times more, ch 1 and join with sl st to top of first hdc made (10 hdc and 5 ch-1 sp). Slip stitch over to next ch-1 space.
Round 2: Chain 2 (counts as first hdc), work 1 hdc into same ch-1 space, ch 1, work 2 hdc into same ch-1 space, *(2hdc, ch 1, 2hdc) into next ch-1 space, repeat from * 3 times more, join with sl st to first hdc made. Slip stitch over to next ch-1 space.
Round 3: Chain 2 (counts as first hdc), work 6 hdc into same ch-1 space, *work 7 hdc into next ch-1 space, repeat from * 3 times more, join with sl st to first hdc made. (35hdc)
Round 4: Chain 1 (counts as first sc), sc in each of next 6 stitches, work a lsc (long single crochet) by working around the gap in round 2) without skipping any stitches, *sc in the next seven stitches, work lsc around the gap in round 2, repeat from * 3 times more, work lsc in gap in round 2, join with sl st to first ch made. Slip stitch over the next three stitches (you should end up at the single crochet stitch four stitches to the right of a long single crochet stitch of round 4). (40 stitches)
Round 5: Chain 3 (counts as first hdc and chain 1), work 1hdc in same stitch, *work 1 hdc in each of the next 7 stitches, work (hdc, ch 1, hdc) in next stitch, repeat from *3 times more, hdc in each of next 7 stitches, join with sl st. to second chain of chain 3. Fasten off.
Below is a series of how-to photos for the pentagon:
Chain 5 ring
Round 1, 10 hdc, 5 ch-1 sp
Round 2, 20 hdc and 5 ch-1 sp
Round 3, 35 hdc
Round 4, detail of long single crochet stitch (40 single crochet)
Round 5, the beginning
Completed pentagon, 45 hdc, 5 ch-1 sp