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This is definitely a series. Go to the left margin to find other FREE patterns and posts including the patterns for Uranus & Neptune. Use these for a mobile, hang from the ceiling or just toss around. If you stuff them lightly, they will not roll very far and help encourage babies to walk, crawl and strengthen their upper bodies and core.
I will be updating my notes as I add planets or satellites- per my son's request. Join my page. Join us. Share them. Pull out the scraps. Really, it's just a crochet pattern for a ball! I'm just changing the colors up and doing different sizes while I share my "experiment".
This was unbelievably fast and proving to be a great way to use up scraps. I actually increased my scrap stash with this one. See the picture below.
The characteristics of the Sun are such that with so many colors and so much movement it is difficult to imagine duplicating. I stuck with yellows, though I really wanted to add that "magma like" color. This is NOT to scale. Making it to scale would have been the size of a large beach ball. At this point, I'm throwing scale out the window. Hahaha
This one is the size of a large grapefruit. Not quite a medicine ball for a baby, but I think the large stitches would make it easier to hold. It might weigh as much as a burger.
Here are the colors I used for the sun. These were from random scraps so I can't tell you brand. I can only say they were all worsted weight yarn.
- 2 strands of bright yellow with a tinge of orange
- 2 strands of bright yellow on the lemon side.
- 1 strand of off white
This ball hardly needs stuffing because it is as stiff as a rug. I joked with my husband that it could break a window. If you want to do this with one strand, see my suggestion that follows.
Essentially, follow the same size hook & succession as the patterns for Uranus and Neptune while increasing to Row 20, 25 or 30. (The link follows.) You will probably need about 10-15 rows of "single crochet around" before you start the decrease and it will probably take as long as a baby blanket. I only say that so you know your commitment. This 5 strand is stiff and a single strand would be very flexible.
The Sun Crochet Pattern:
5 Strands of Worsted weight of your color preference
magic circle or chain (ch) 2
R1 sc6 into the circle or first ch
R2 sc2 in each st around
R3 *sc1, inc*
R4 *sc2, inc*
R5-6 sc around
(Now work backwards.)
R7 *sc2, dec*
R8 *sc1, dec*
Decrease around until you can slip stitch shut, fasten off & sew in the tail.
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