Crocheted Flying Fibonacci Saucer

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Introduction: Crocheted Flying Fibonacci Saucer

I absolutely love flying discs, but they are a bit to hard and bulky to store in a basket along with your picnic supplies. I decided to make this crocheted flying saucer with Fibonacci sequence inspired stripes as an easy-to-pack alternative. When soaring through the air, it will puff out like a parachute during decent to stay aloft. It is particularly useful if you like to play catch with people who have poor aim (mostly because it is soft).

This Instructable is appropriate for advanced beginners who are comfortable with crocheting in the round, increasing, decreasing, and working through the back loop. I recommend cotton yarn because it is easy to clean, but you can use whatever worsted weight yarn you prefer.

Supplies

Materials and Tools

  • size E/3.50mm crochet hook
  • 50g skein of worsted cotton yarn in main colour (light blue)
  • 50g skein of worsted cotton yarn in contrast colour (navy) (I used about half a ball)
  • yarn needle

Required Crocheting Skills/Legend:

  • main colour (MC)
  • contrast colour (CC)
  • chain (ch)
  • slip stitch (sl st)
  • single crochet (sc)
  • increase (inc)
  • decrease (dec)

Step 1: Center Loop

Create a slip knot. Place on hook. Chain 6 and slip stitch into the first chain to form a loop.

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Ch 6, sl st in first chain to form loop.

Step 2: First Round

Single crochet 12 stitches evenly into the center loop. Slip stitch into the first single crochet to close the round

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Round 1 (MC): 12 sc into center loop. Sl st in first sc. Cut MC. Fasten off and weave in (12 st total)

Step 3: Increasing to the Edge

Now that the center has been established, it time time to work on increasing the fabric of the disc until it reaches the full desired width. Each row will begin with a chain stitch followed by a single crochet into the same stitch as the chain. This step will make the transition between colours less harsh. You can use a yarn needle or a crochet hook to weave in loose ends.


Feel free to create your own unique set of strips. If you follow the colour recommendations in this pattern (indicated by and MC or a CC in brackets beside the round number) then you have some Fibonacci-inspired stripes on your finished project.

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Round 2 (CC): ch 1, sc in same stitch, inc, [sc, inc] 5 times, join with slip st to first sc (18 sc total)

Round 3 (CC): ch 1, sc in same stitch, inc, [2 sc, inc] 5 times, join with slip st to first sc (24 sc total)

Round 4 (CC): ch 1, sc in same stitch, inc, [3 sc, inc] 5 times, join with slip st to first sc (30 sc total)

Round 5 (CC): ch 1, sc in same stitch, inc, [4 sc, inc] 5 times, join with slip st to first sc (36 sc total)

Round 6 (CC): ch 1, sc in same stitch, inc, [5 sc, inc] 5 times, join with slip st to first sc. Cut CC. Fasten off and weave in (42 sc total)

Round 7 (MC): ch 1, sc in same stitch, inc, [6 sc, inc] 5 times, join with slip st to first sc (48 sc total)

Round 8 (MC): ch 1, sc in same stitch, inc, [7 sc, inc] 5 times, join with slip st to first sc. Cut MC. Fasten off and weave in (54 sc total)

Round 9 (CC): ch 1, sc in same stitch, inc, [8 sc, inc] 5 times, join with slip st to first sc (60 sc total)

Round 10 (CC): ch 1, sc in same stitch, inc, [9 sc, inc] 5 times, join with slip st to first sc (66 sc total)

Round 11 (CC): ch 1, sc in same stitch, inc, [10 sc, inc] 5 times, join with slip st to first sc. Cut CC. Fasten off and weave in (72 sc total)

Round 12 (MC): ch 1, sc in same stitch, inc, [11 sc, inc] 5 times, join with slip st to first sc (78 sc total)

Round 13 (MC): ch 1, sc in same stitch, inc, [12 sc, inc] 5 times, join with slip st to first sc (84 sc total)

Round 14 (MC): ch 1, sc in same stitch, inc, [13 sc, inc] 5 times, join with slip st to first sc. Cut MC. Fasten off and weave in (90 sc total)

Round 15 (CC): ch 1, sc in same stitch, inc, [14 sc, inc] 5 times, join with slip st to first sc (96 sc total)

Round 16 (CC): ch 1, sc in same stitch, inc, [15 sc, inc] 5 times, join with slip st to first sc. Cut CC. Fasten off and weave in (102 sc total)

Round 17 (MC): ch 1, sc in same stitch, inc, [16 sc, inc] 5 times, join with slip st to first sc (108 sc total)

Round 18 (MC): ch 1, sc in same stitch, inc, [17 sc, inc] 5 times, join with slip st to first sc (114 sc total)

Round 19 (MC): ch 1, sc in same stitch, inc, [18 sc, inc] 5 times, join with slip st to first sc (120 sc total)

Round 20 (MC): ch 1, sc in same stitch, inc, [19 sc, inc] 5 times, join with slip st to first sc (126 sc total)

Round 21 (MC): ch 1, sc in same stitch, inc, [20 sc, inc] 5 times, join with slip st to first sc. Cut MC. Fasten off and weave in(132 sc total)

Round 22 (CC): ch 1, sc in same stitch, inc, [21 sc, inc] 5 times, join with slip st to first sc. Cut CC. Fasten off and weave in (138 sc total)

Step 4: Traversing the Edge

Congratulations! Have reached the edge of your disc. No more dreaded increases which make each row take longer than the last. You will be crocheting into the back loop of every stitch on this row. This is to allow the fabric to fold back on itself. Your project may look a little curvy by this step. Do not worry! Everything will be fine. If you wish to make the project look more even, you can flatten it with your hand before you stitch the row on this step.

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Round 23 (MC): ch 1, sc in same stitch through the back loop only, sc in each stitch around through the back loop only, join with slip st to first sc (138 sc total)

Step 5: Almost There! Time to Decrease

Now it is time to decrease the fabric so that the edges of the disc will be heavier than the center. This will make it easier to throw the flying saucer once it is complete. The flap you create in this step will also help the flying saucer to stay aloft by puffing out during decent.

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Round 24 (MC): ch 1, sc in same stitch, dec, [21 sc, dec] 5 times, join with slip st to first sc (138 sc total)

Round 25 (MC): ch 1, sc in same stitch, dec, [20 sc, dec] 5 times, join with slip st to first sc (132 sc total)

Round 26 (MC): ch 1, sc in same stitch, dec, [19 sc, dec] 5 times, join with slip st to first sc (126 sc total)

Round 27 (MC): ch 1, sc in same stitch, dec, [18 sc, dec] 5 times, join with slip st to first sc Cut MC. Fasten off and weave in (120 sc total)

Round 28 (CC): ch 1, sc in same stitch, dec, [17 sc, dec] 5 times, join with slip st to first sc (114 sc total)

Round 29 (CC): ch 1, sc in same stitch, dec, [16 sc, dec] 5 times, join with slip st to first sc Cut CC. Fasten off and weave in (108 sc total)

Round 30 (MC): ch 1, sc in same stitch, dec, [15 sc, dec] 5 times, join with slip st to first sc Cut MC. Fasten off and weave in (102 sc total)

Step 6: Flatten Out the Disc

Having a flat flying saucer is not essential, but it does make it easier to handle. I like to simply flatten it out with my hands.

Step 7: Toss Your Crocheted Flying Saucer Around

I recommend going outside before you start throwing around your Crocheted Flying Saucer around, but sometimes a hallway is just to irresistible to leave without at least one attempt to throw a flying saucer across it.


Here is a link to a video of the Crocheted Flying Fibonacci Saucer in action: YouTube Link

Go forth and enjoy your stylish new toy.

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