|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
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
|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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