These are the first things I learned to make from Chainmaille.
I'm assuming you've read my vague intro here
To make these balls, I actually wrapped the maille around a standard juggling ball. The ones I've used are green & black thuds made by beard, either 66mm around if you dig metric [weirdo], or about 2.7" if you're normal
I made these as two identical circles, that I then sew up [with links, obviously] around the edge of the ball. The ones I made so far are a very tight fit. I guess it's a matter of personal taste.
Basically, the pattern itself is this:
That's the first half. The second half is made in exactly the same way,
except is handed the opposite way. Look at the following two pictures.
Notice how the first set of rings out from the center lies in opposite directions in the two photos.
If you don't do that, then when you come to sew the ball up, it won't work right [take it on good faith].
On the other hand, if you want the pattern to sit on the ball a little more loosely, the make the two circles the same handedness and add one extra row of rigs to one of them.
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