Assembling the African Flower soccer ball

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:

How to layout the pieces for a crochet soccer ball

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:

five crochet hexagons and one crochet pentagon to form a panel of a crochet soccer ball
A crochet pentagon and five crochet hexagons

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:

joining two crochet hexagons
Crochet hook with a slip knot

I followed the same procedure for the next three seams:

five crochet hexagons joined with four seams around a crochet pentagon
Joined: Four sides of five hexagons

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:

crocheting the fifth seam or a panel of crochet hexagons
Joining the fifth seam of five

Here is what it looked like when all of the seams of the hexagon were joined:

the crochet hexagon panel in need of a crochet pentagon
Ring of five crochet hexagons for a soccer ball

To join the pentagon to the ring, I place the pentagon (right side facing down) inside the ring of hexagons (right side facing down):

How to join a crochet pentagon to the center for the crochet hexagon panel
Pentagon and ring of hexagons with 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:

How to join a crochet pentagon to the center for the crochet hexagon panel
Joining the pentagon to a ring of hexagons

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:

How to join a crochet pentagon to the center for the crochet hexagon panel
One ring of hexagons and a pentagon assembled into a panel

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

  1. Im putting mine together now. I noticed some aren’t touching like others.? And some are? Are some not connected?

  2. 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?

    1. Dear Leslie

      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.

      1. 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.

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