The tennis ball is instantly recognized as a tool of one of the most popular sports on the planet.
Tennis has been played since the late 19th century. It originated in Europe and at first was only enjoyed by the upper class. This is no longer the case. The game is now played by people of all ages and from all walks of life.
As well as the millions of people who play the game, millions more follow it as a spectator sport.
A very good living may be made from being a professional tennis player, providing you have the talent and commitment.
Spark a child’s interest by giving a soft cuddly version of a tennis ball as a gift.
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Soft Toy Tennis Ball Pattern
Materials: 20 gram ball yellow [or green if you prefer] synthetic 8 ply yarn, 3.50mm crochet hook, white yarn, darning needle, fiber fill.
Measurements: Circumference – 21.5cm [8.5ins]
Stitches: Chain, Slip Stitch, Treble.
Work 2 pieces as follows.
Begin with yellow and work 3ch joining with a ss to form a loop.
1st Round: Work 3ch, 13tr into ring, join with a ss into 3rd of 3ch.
2nd Round: Work 3ch, 2tr into next tr, * 1tr into next tr, 2tr into next tr. Repeat from * finishing with a ss into 3rd of 3ch.
3rd Row: Work 3ch, 1tr into each of next 5tr, 3ch. Turn.
4th – 7th Row: Work 1tr into each of next 5tr, 3ch. Turn. [omit 3ch at end of 7th row]. Fasten off.
Make 2 more pieces by repeating instructions to end of 2nd round. Join these round motifs to first sections worked, with a row of dc on the wrong side.
Place the top edge of 1 motif against the middle of the stitch on the side of the 5th row of the other completed section, now with white yarn, join your 2 completed sections with a row of dc on the outside of your work. Stuff with fiber fill when you reach half way. Finish with a ss into 1st dc. Fasten off.
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