"Now, how on Earth did she do that?"
Turns out it was! Here are the Lace Ball instructions for the basic version shown above. This prototype was knitted on size 2 (US) needles, in fingering (baby) weight cotton. The ball was done entirely in "k2, yo, k2tog" plus turns. My idea had been simply to knit the easiest lace pattern I could think of, to test the method for stiffening the ball. But as it turned out, this simple faggotting stitch lent itself perfectly to the short rowing process that I used.
But one thing led to another, and I had see how far I could take this idea. Above are some fancier patterns, shown in variegated thread. The one with the stockinette stitch band around the center demonstrates the "generic" pattern executed with 7 knit stitches in the center. This is the space where you can substitute your choice of lace insertion patterns from about 5 to 12 stitches wide. The other photo shows a version with the Mexican Lace insertion around the equator.
And one experiment that failed was the Glittery Balloon Cover. I still think decorating a balloon is a wonderful idea, but it needs some work!
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