The first time I crocheted a soccer ball was on the occasion of the 2010 World Cup. It was being held on the continent of Africa, and I thought the African Flower hexagon motif was the perfect vehicle for a crochet soccer ball celebrating the continent’s first time hosting the World Cup:
This time around, instead of using all 9000 of my favorite colors, I limited myself to the colors of the flags of the thirty-two countries that had made it to the final rounds of the World Cup competition, and I did my best to incorporate the designs of their flags into the thirty-two hexagons and pentagons of a soccer ball.
Last Tuesday, I finally began the piecing, and here is a photo of my progress while the piece could still be laid out flat:
and here is a photo of how far I had gotten by as sunset neared last night:
Because I really wanted to get this done and because there is no time like the present, I worked on it last night until I could no longer keep my eyes open, and while it wasn’t quite done, this morning, after I was fortified with breakfast and coffee, I finished stuffing the ball:
And while my crochet soccer ball stuffing skills leave something to be desired, my 2014 World Cup soccer ball does not seem to be suffering for it:
If you are interested in making your own crochet soccer ball, I have put together this page about how to make the pieces, and this page about how to assemble it.
5 thoughts on “My 2014 World Cup soccer ball”
Another amazing winner, Crochetbug! Like the soccer players themselves, you’re a real champ. Keep surprising us with your many talents and inspiring others to develop and explore their own.
What a fabulous design!In my mind, there is a stadium full of people cheering for you!
That turned out amazing!! Simply fabulous.
You continue to delight and amaze! As I’m sure you realize by now, I am hooked (haha!) on your blog and have become a lifelong follower and fan.
Congratulations on this latest masterpiece.
So now…when do you start working on your 2014 fair entry?
I just love the soccer ball. I love your couch too. Where did you get it? I’m looking for a new couch for my new apartment. I’ll be moving next month. Just curious!!! Thanks for the beautiful pic and instructions!!! Betty
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