|Accomplished Beginner design. Two things that make this pattern a little bit unique – first, the stars (kiku) are "twisted" obliquely rather than being on a typical north/south orientation, and second, the marking threads for the stars are removed, leaving the stars to "float." Originally posted 2005; contributed by Susan Cameron.|
|Materials: 24cm circumference mari
Pearl Cotton #5 in 2 colors
Metallic marking thread; waste thread for marking.
|With waste thread (not good metallic, but junk thread that
will be removed later) mark the ball in a Simple
5. Do not mark the equator, but leave pins at the obi on
the five mark threads. Around the NP stitch a pentagon
with metallic marking thread about 2cm from the center.
Label the points on the NP pentagon A through E. Stitch a
similar pentagon with metallic thread around the SP. Label
the points on the SP pentagon numbers 1 through 5, with 1 being
on the same vertical line as A, 2 on the same vertical line as
Once you have marked the pentagons, with metallic thread add a marking line from point A at the NP to point 2 at the SP, then add a marking line from point B at the NP to point 3 at the SP. Continue in this fashion until you have all 5 oblique lines marked with metallic thread. Your mari should now have a pentagon at the NP, a pentagon at the SP, and 5 pointy-oval shaped elements twisting obliquely around the ball with a waste marking thread bisecting each one vertically.
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