How to make an African Flower soccer ball

This is the African Flower soccer ball I made to celebrate the 2010 World Cup in South Africa:

African flower crochet hexagon motif soccer ball
Crochet soccer ball

African flower crochet hexagon
Crochet soccer ball detail

The pattern for the African flower motif  was published in Afrikaans the magazine Sarie, and can be found here. Additionally, there is a tutorial available here. As for me, I first became acquainted with the African Flower Hexagon in May of 2010, and I found the motif enchanting and sublime.

Materials:

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: This tutorial is 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:

Center chain loop of a crochet pentagon
Chain 5 ring

The first round of a crochet pentagon
Round 1, 10 hdc, 5 ch-1 sp

The second round of a crochet pentagon
Round 2, 20 hdc and 5 ch-1 sp

Round three of a crochet pentagon
Round 3, 35 hdc

Long single crochet stitch on round four of a crochet pentagon
Round 4, detail of long single crochet stitch (40 single crochet)

Round five of a crochet pentagon
Round 5, the beginning

crochet pentagon for a crochet soccer ball
Completed pentagon, 45 hdc, 5 ch-1 sp

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12 thoughts on “How to make an African Flower soccer ball

  1. Thank you so much for the African crochet ball pattern. It is SO pretty. Yesterday (Mother’s Day), went to see my mom in a home for dementia patients & the plastic ball they have fun with was popped. Can’t wait to bring them this. I think I’m capable of figuring the details out so I believe it will happen & I guarantee they will get so much joy from this. TY TY TY

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