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How to Knit a Football

Learn how to Knit a Football with this adorable softie pattern in your favorite team colors.

We begin at one end of the football and knit in the round until we reach the other end. It shapes up perfectly and there is absolutely no need to seam it together. Embroider some little laces and you are done!

Knitted Football softie toy in white, blue, and red yarn colors.

MATERIALS to Knit a Football

  • Worsted or Aran Weighted Yarn in any 2 or 3 colors of your choice
  • 3 Double Pointed Number 7 or 8 US Knitting Needles
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle
  • Stuffing

KNITTING TECHNIQUES to Knit a Football

Slip Knot
Cast On Long Tail Method
Knit Stitch
Knit Front and Back (KFB) 


VIDEO TUTORIAL to Knit a Football


KNITTING INSTRUCTIONS TO Knit a Football

Long Tail Cast On 6 stitches divided onto 2 needles (3 Sts per needle) in Main Color.

BEGIN INCREASE ROWS

1 KFB, K1, KFB (10 stitches/5 per needle)
2 Knit Row
3 K1, KFB, K1, KFB, K1 (14 sts)
4 Knit Row
5 K2, KFB, K1, KFB, K2 (18 sts)
6 Knit Row
7 Switch to Contrasting Yarn Color K3, KFB, K1, KFB, K3 (22 sts)
8 Knit Row
9 K4, KFB, K1, KFB, K4 (26 sts)
10 Knit Row
11 Switch Back to Main Yarn Color K5, KFB, K1, KFB, K5 (30 sts)
12 Knit Row
13 K6, KFB, K1, KFB, K6 (34 sts)
14 Knit Row
15 K7, KFB, K1, KFB, K7 (38 sts)
16 Knit Row
17 K8, KFB, K1, KFB, K8 (42 sts)

STRAIGHT KNITTING ROWS

18 Knit Row
19 Knit Row
20 Knit Row

BEGIN DECREASE ROWS

21 K8, K2Tog, K1, K2Tog, K8 (38 sts)
22 Knit Row
23 K7, K2Tog, K1, K2Tog, K7 (34 sts)
24 Knit Row

START STUFFING AS YOU CONTINUE KNITTING

25 K6, K2Tog, K1, K2Tog, K6 (30 sts)
26 Knit Row
27 K5, K2Tog, K1, K2Tog, K5 (26 sts)
28 Switch to Contrasting Yarn Color Knit Row
29 K4, K2Tog, K1, K2Tog, K4 (22 sts)
30 Knit Row
31 K3, K2Tog, K1, K2Tog, K3 (18 sts)
32 Switch Back to Main Yarn Color Knit Row
33 K2, K2Tog, K1, K2Tog, K2 (14 sts)
34 Knit Row
35 K1, K2Tog, K1, K2Tog, K1 (10 sts)
36 Knit Row
37 K2Tog, K1, K2Tog (6 sts)

Cut yarn, weave through 6 stitches, cinch closed.

EMBROIDER FOOTBALL LACES WITH YARN. TOUCHDOWN!


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