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MuleePete
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Howdy Gang,

Looking for a source for 3/4" black and yellow striped crochet balls for C&B.

Sugestions?

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In a pinch, how about yellow ones and a sharpie?
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Well, since this is the workshop, I'll tell you how I solved the dilemma when I wanted a special set of crocheted balls... I learned how to crochet. Smile Once you get the hang of it, you can knock out one of the small ones in an hour or less.
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Good call Frank, shouid have caught that my own self. Can use that along with Michael's post.....Which, am happy to say, I have considered and looked up how to on the net. Found videos but not completely clear on techinque. Looks like I'm gonna learn.

Michael, what size thread and needle/hook type do you suggest? Any tips you think I would benefit from?

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Thread size, I can't say by number without going out to look for some at the store. What I can say is that what I used was very thin, maybe a hair thicker than kite string. The smaller the needle the smaller the knots you can make, but the thread still has to stay put. If the thread is too large (or the hook too small) the thread will jump off the hook easily.

It has been so many years since I did this, but basically, you start a short chain until you can turn it around itself (think how a braided rug looks). Once you can begin that smallest circle, your next knots hook through the previous inner row, and you are basically making a spiral. Because you want it to start taking a bowl shape, the number of knots must increase with each row, but not so much that it lays flat like a braided rug. There is probably a formula for that, but you'll get a feel for it soon enough.

Estimate where you change colors, and continue the rows going around.

Once you reach the halfway point, you can put the core ball into the crochet cover and begin to work on the other side. This will have diminishing numbers of knots per row as it begins to close down on the ball. Continue until you can't do any more, tie off, cut with some extra at the end, and pull the free end underneath the covering, so it doesn't show.

Here is a close up shot of the set I made. You should be able to see the spiral pattern. The small balls are 3/4"; the large are covered racquet balls.

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Michael , they look really really nice! You could be making rod for your own back there! lol
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On 2011-03-25 15:27, cupsandballsmagic wrote:
Michael , they look really really nice! You could be making rod for your own back there! lol


I had to look that up to understand. Ha! British idiom, apparently. They could not pay me enough to make those commercially.
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