African flower soccer ball begins to take shape

Today was long on driving and short on crochet, but despite that, the crochet soccer ball finally began to take shape.

My day began in Birmingham, Alabama; from there, I headed north to Huntsville, Alabama, to see my youngest son graduate from Space Academy. Like most graduations, a lot of photos were taken, but after a well-organized presentation of the graduates, we returned to Birmingham to pick up my husband who had been at the Institute for Genealogical and Historical Research (I call it genealogy camp) held at Samford University. We then stopped at Jim and Nick’s Bar-B-Q to refuel ourselves before beginning the trek home.

At some point along the 270 mile path we traversed from Birmingham, Alabama, to Anderson, South Carolina, where we have stopped for the night, I did manage to piece together a part of the future African Flower soccer ball, and here is what I came up with:

One panel of the African Flower soccer ball begins to take shape
One panel of the African Flower soccer ball begins to take shape

After piecing it together, I realized that the joining method I chose (single crochet through both loops with right sides together) is probably not the best choice, as I will have at least two short seams that cannot be completed that way.

In any event, I am looking forward to tomorrow which will be (I hope) a day of more crochet and less driving.

Update: Since this post was originally written, I have completed a pattern so that you can make your own crochet soccer ball:

Related: Free crochet soccer ball pattern