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Temari Pattern PG05 / TemariKai Simple Division Patterns

Intermediate design; interpreted from several Japanese books. This is an example of an HHG/Renzoku design. Originally posted in 2004; contributed by Paula G.
Materials: 23 cm circum mari, wrapped in blue, marked in Simple 8.

Pearl Cotton #5 in gold and red; gold metallic thread.

Add additional marking lines as follows: On every other division line place a pin one fourth of the distance down from the north pole.  On the remaining division lines place a pin 3/5ths of the distance down from the north pole.  Use marking thread to connect these 8 pins (these support lines shown in red in the diagram to the left). Now all rounds are done by following the order marked on the attached diagram.  Note that stitches at points 1,4, 7, and 10 are around division lines.  At all other points the stitch is taken around the support line.
Work rounds in colors of your choice points 1 thru 12 in order and then back to 1. Continue with rounds until points 1, 4, 7, and 10 reach the equator. Repeat for the southern hemisphere.Try changing the values of one fourth and one half markings for the support lines to get different effects. Embellishments can be done in the negative space squares left after completing both hemispheres.     

        Paula notes that the size of the mari affects the point placement for the extra guidelines: "The key is to try to maximize the distance up from the equator while at the same time making the length of each support line as close to that distance as possible...For the smaller balls (2.5 inches and smaller) 1/4 and 1/2 down works well, for the larger balls (3 inches and larger), 1/4 and 3/5ths works better.  The number of rounds is restricted by the shorter of the two lengths, although if one is willing to offset the north and south hemisphere stars it is only limited by the length of the support line."

Extra help on where to stitch: here's a quick photo to show a stitch on the marking line and a stitch on the extra guideline

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