This listing is for three original crochet patterns (Polyhedral Balls - a set of 5 patterns, Gaming Dice including the additional d10 shape and dice conversion instructions, and Cuboctahedron) by June Gilbank.
Please note: if you've already bought one of these patterns, don't use this listing! Just pick the ones you want:
POLYHEDRAL BALLS DETAILS
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
GAMING DICE DETAILS
This Expansion Pack includes all the modifications for the Polyhedral Balls pattern required to crochet a set of d20 system gaming dice, including:
- The crochet pattern and assembly diagrams for the pentagonal trapezohedron (aka d10 shape!)
- Full numbering diagrams to accompany the assembly diagrams (for the d10 and all 5 of the original Polyhedral Balls set), in right- and left-handed versions
- Tips and suggestions for numbering the dice with fabric paint or embroidery
- Templates for the felt numerals I used for my sample dice.
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 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.
DETAILS FOR ALL PATTERNS
Polyhedral balls and dice: all approx 3.5-4" (9-10cm) in diameter
Cuboctahedron: approx 6" (15cm) in diameter
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)
See projects made from these patterns here: