Advanced design; learned from JTA classes in Tokyo by Sarah R. and Sue H. Originally posted in 2001; contributed by Sue H. 40cm circumference mari, wrapped in black. Pearl Cotton #5 in 20 different or graded colors - 10 for each "half", (about one 36"/90cm piece for each color should be sufficient if working a 5-6"/40cm ball). Very fine gold thread. Prepare a 10 Combination division in thread to match the mari wrap (Invisible)

 Division, Orientation, Preparation: Using color-coded pins, place one color at the center of the North Pole (NP) pentagon (for example, a green pin), and the other at the center of the South Pole (SP) pentagon (for example, a pink pin).

 Using a spare piece of thread, string, or other item that can be easily used to mark the circumference of the ball, (this is not stitched into place, it is only used as a pin placement guide), start at the NP and wrap the marking thread once around the ball. Now, looking in one direction N to S - notice that between the NP and the SP there will be two pentagons that are very close to the string-marker; one slightly to the left and one slightly to the right.  There are a similar two pentagons on the exact opposite side of the ball, looking from S to N.  (Using the example color pins) Working in only one direction, N-S, Place a SP-color/pink pin in the center of the first pentagon that is closest to the NP pin.  Find the pentagon that is the exact opposite of this on the other side of the ball and place a NP-color/green pin in the center of that pentagon. Find the second pentagon that was along your mark-line, and place a NP-color/green pin in the center of that pentagon.  Find the pentagon on the exact opposite side of this and place a SP-color/pink pin in the center of that pentagon. Remove the marker line.  You should now have three pins of two different colors (six pins total) alternating to create a slightly zigzag division of the ball into two hemispheres (East and West).  Looking at the ball from one hemisphere side, there will be three pentagons in the center that are not marked by any pins, repeat observation of same on the other side. While still looking at the ball in a hemisphere position, note the position of the three "green" pins.  Think of these designated pentagons as "wings" forming one very large triangle, with the furthest point of the pentagons leading outward from the wings away from the unmarked center.  Repeat, looking at the other side with the "pink" pins. Choose any color thread and any pin to start with.  Each hemisphere is worked independently - all the pink pins will be worked from one side, all the green pins will be worked from the other side.At your chosen start pin, locate the three "long" legs of that pentagon that are furthest away from the "empty" pentagons (where there are no pins) - or the three "long" legs that are the furthest away from the other two pins of the same color. These legs will be designated left (L), middle (M) and right (R).    L  M  R  shown as 1,2,3. Work your stitches from left to right (put your needle in to the right of the line and out at the left of the line so the thread crosses over the entry point as you make the 2nd stitch to the right of the 1st stitch; 3rd to the right of the 2nd). The first round will be placed on these three legs (L,M,R) at a point that is 1/2 distant from the center of the pentagon and the edge of the pentagon.