Once I had all of my hexagons and pentagons made and with the ends woven in, I used this picture to guide me in placing the hexagons and pentagons:
I began by making three panels with a pentagon at the center. What follows is a pictorial example of how I made the three panels.
First, I arranged five hexagons around one pentagon in a manner that I found visually pleasing:
Next, I put the right sides of two hexagons together and (with a slip knot already on the hook) inserted the hook through both loops of the chain-1 stitch of both hexagons. I then completed 11 single crochet stitches:
I followed the same procedure for the next three seams:
To complete the fifth and final seam of the ring, I folded the unclosed ring in half and joined as pictured. After this seam was joined, the ring did not lay flat:
Here is what it looked like when all of the seams of the hexagon were joined:
To join the pentagon to the ring, I place the pentagon (right side facing down) inside the ring of hexagons (right side facing down):
I then, using yarn the color of the pentatgon, I inserted my 4.00 mm hook (with a slip knot already attached), through both loops of the chain-1 stitch on the corresponding corners of the pentagon and one of the hexagons. I then completed a total of 11 single crochet stitches through both loops of the corresponding stitches of the pentagon and the hexagon:
When I got to the end of that first side, I did the same for the second side, BUT THIS TIME, the first stitch of 2nd side of the pentagon was the 11th stitch of the first side of the pentagon. I continued like this all the way around until it was joined in it’s entirety, and used a slip stitch to join the last single crochet made to the first single crochet made:
There are a total of 55 single crochet stitches made to join the pentagon to the ring of hexagons.
Once I had joined the 3 panels, I used the diagram shown at the beginning of this page as a guide to laying out my panels and remaining hexagons and pentagons. I used safety pins to join the sides to each other so I could keep better track, but I think it would have been less problematic to tie them together with scraps of yarn.
Once I had the hexagons and pentagons fixed to each other, I began joining the seams using the same principles and methods I used for the three panels.
10 thoughts on “Assembling the African Flower soccer ball”
bonjour pourrais je avoir les explications en français du ballon merci d’avance
How do you stuff the ball and what is it stuffed with?
I use fiberfill. Lots of it.
Walmart has a product that is excellent; it is firm and it allows the soccer ball to hold it’s shape well.
And just in case you need them, here is a tutorial detailing how I join the pieces:
Thank you so much
can anyone provide some insight into what the final size of the ball is if you follow the pattern?
Somewhere i saw 12 inches
Im putting mine together now. I noticed some aren’t touching like others.? And some are? Are some not connected?
I am almost finished with my ball, down to the last pentagram. How do I close it up? I was thinking just whip-stich the last few sides of the pentagram since I can’t put it right sides together, is this right?
Thank you so much for sharing this pattern. It turned out beautiful, if a bit bigger than I expected. I’ve put a picture on Ravelry.
The assembly diagram was very helpful.
I filled mine with the stuffing from an old pillow (after I’d washed it, of course) and added a cat toy with bell, so it jingles when you play with it, which I imagine makes it ideal for small children with sight impairments: soft and makes noise.
Many graces for the time and effort you’ve put into this, I know from experience what an investment a good pattern like this takes.
The bell is such a lovely idea! If you ever want to make it again, you might try using a DK weight and smaller hook along with a “crochet tension regulator” on your non-crochet hand to keep it very right without wearing out your hand and finger.
So glad you enjoyed your project.