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Polyhedral Balls & Cuboctahedron - SIX crochet patterns

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This listing is for 2 original crochet patterns (Polyhedral Balls - a set of 5 patterns - and Cuboctahedron) by June Gilbank. 

Please note: if you've already bought one of these patterns, don't use this listing! Just pick the one you want: 
Not only fun to roll, stack, throw, and catch, these Polyhedral ('many-faced') Balls are very special: they are crocheted versions of the five Platonic solids; the only five geometric solid shapes possible where every face is identical and the same number of faces meet at each vertex (corner). Fun and educational!

Make all 5 Platonic solids with this pattern: Tetrahedron (4 sides); Cube (6 sides); Octahedron (8 sides); Dodecahedron (12 sides); Icosahedron (20 sides).

This modular pattern is 16 pages long and includes:
  • Crochet instructions for the 5 component shapes
  • A step-by-step photo tutorial for how to crochet the special edging
  • Right- and left-handed step-by-step assembly diagrams, if you'd like to assemble your balls in the same order I did (leaving the minimum number of ends to weave in)
  • Tips for speedier assembly and less yarn ends
  • A special technique to improve the look of the finished corners
The Cuboctahedron is one of the Archimedean solids - a group of polyhedra made from two or more types of regular polygons, where every vertex (corner) is identical. The 13 Archimedean solids have up to 92 faces each, but the Cuboctahedron is perfect to crochet because it has only 14 faces and the resulting shape is a nicely balanced, satisfyingly large ball.

This Cuboctahedron Expansion Pack includes:
  • All the modifications required to crochet and assemble a cuboctahedron.
  • Tips for colour selection to give your ball the most impact.
  • Full right- and left-handed step-by-step assembly diagrams as separate appendices, so you need only print the pages you need.

Polyhedral balls: all approx 3.5-4" (9-10cm) in diameter
Cuboctahedron: approx 6" (15cm) in diameter

Difficulty: easy/intermediate

Yarn: worsted weight yarn
A harder, more robust yarn (e.g. normal non-soft acrylics, or cotton) creates stiffer, more rigid balls, that don't bulge out too much when stuffed. For my samples, I used Lion Brand Vanna's Choice and Vanna's Choice Baby yarns.

Hook: E US/3.5mm crochet hook (use the smallest hook you can comfortably manage with the yarn you choose - you may need a smaller hook with a softer/lighter weight yarn)

Polyhedral Balls on Ravelry: 

Cuboctahedron on Ravelry: 

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Polyhedral Balls & Cuboctahedron - SIX crochet patterns :

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