Knit Off to Kick Off

Crochet flowers and balls of yarn

A crochet flower in different colours

Crochet flowers in different sizes

Help us to Yarn Bomb the Town Centre in celebration of the Women’s EURO 2022 coming to Rotherham.

Rotherham is one of nine host cities for the tournament with 3 group games and a quarter final. The event is set to be the biggest women’s football event in UEFA history, 48,000 spectators from across the region and Europe are expected to visit Rotherham.

We are asking local knit and natter groups to come together to help knit and crochet flowers and footballs in tournament colours as in the pictures above.

These flowers and footballs will be sewn onto cotton tape to wrap around specific trees in the town centre to highlight and celebrate the wealth of green space we have in the borough.

For organised groups we will be providing wool to create upwards of 5,000 knitted or crochet flowers/footballs


As a thank you we’d like to offer taster sessions for your groups; soccersice or walking football*, it’s up to you!

What is needed & when?

Crochet or knitted flowers or footballs that are either 3 or 5 inch in diameter, in acrylic wool

All flowers / footballs to be dropped off / collected by 10 June 2022

Where to send finished items

Please leave all your creations at your local library or Clifton Park Garden House

Suggested Patterns

Use hook size appropriate for yarn

Pattern One

Abbreviations used

  • MR = magic ring – hold thread in hand and wrap working yarn around forefinger twice to create ring, slip ring off your finger and insert hook to pick up first st, 1 ch, then work the necessary sts for round 1 and close the ring tightly by pulling the loose end.
  • st = stitch
  • ss = slip stitch
  • sp = space
  • ch = chain
  • dc = double crochet
  • tr = treble
  • htr = half treble

Round 1: make a MR, 1 ch (does not count as a st), 6 dc in ring, pull end tight, ss to 1st dc to join. (NOTE: sometimes this ss wants to be a st! And you may find when you do round 2 that you have one st too many, to remedy this just do 5 dc not 6 dc)
Round 2: 1 ch (does not count as a st), [1 dc, 3 ch] in each st around, join to 1st dc with a ss (you have 6 3ch sps)
Round 3: 1 ch (does not count as a st), [1 dc, 1 htr, 3 tr, 1 htr, 1 dc] in each 3ch sp around, join to 1st dc with a ss.

Pattern Two

Large flower:

Start by creating a magic / adjustable ring

  • Chain = ch
  • Slip stitch = sl st
  • Double crochet = dc (sc)
  • Treble crochet = tr (dc)
  • Double treble crochet = dtr (tr)
  • Long double crochet (lgdc): Work as a normal double crochet, but worked more than one round below, instead of in previous round. Keep yarn reasonably loose. Also known as a spike stitch
  • BLO = back loop only

If not changing colours chain 1 on next line before commencing round.

Round 1: 3ch (counts as 1tr here and throughout), 11tr in ring, join with sl st to 3ch. Fasten off.

Round 2: 3 Join new yarn with sl st between any two tr, 3ch, 1tr in same sp, 2tr in each sp around, join with sl st to third ch of initial 3ch. Fasten off.

Round 3: Join new yarn with sl st between any two sets of 2tr, 1ch (counts as 1dc), (1dc,1ch) in same sp, (2dc,1ch) in each sp around, join with sl st to initial 1ch. Fasten off

Round 4: Join new yarn with sl st in any space created between 2tr’s (Rnd 2), 3ch (counts as 1lgdc, 2ch), (1lgdc,2ch) in each space around, join with sl st to first ch of initial 3ch. Fasten off.

Round 5: Join new yarn with sl st in any 2ch sp, *(3ch, 2dtr, 1ch, 2dtr, 3ch, sl st) in same sp, sl st into next 2ch sp; repeat from * around, join with sl st to initial sl st. Fasten off.

Pattern Three

African 6 petal flower:

  • tc = treble crochet (US double)
  • dc = double crochet (US single)
  • htc = half treble crochet (US hdc = half double crochet)
  • ch = chain
  • st sp = stitch space - space between stitches
  • ss = slip stitch
  • FO = fasten off
  • YrH = yarn over hook

Round 1: With yarn A, magic loop and ch3 as 1st tc. (11tc) into the loop. Tighten and join with ss. FO.

Round 2: Join yarn B into any st sp. Ch3 as 1st tc. (tc, ch3, 2tc) into same st sp. Miss 1 st sp. Repeat [(2tc, ch2, 2tc), miss 1 st sp] 5 times to end. Join with ss.

Round 3: ss to ch-3 sp. Ch3 as 1st tc. (7tc) into ch-3 sp. Miss 1 st sp. Dc. Miss 1 st sp. Repeat [(8tc), miss 1 st sp, dc, miss 1 st sp] 5 times to end. Join with ss and FO.

Round 4: Join yarn C into any st sp to the left of any dc st. Ch1 as 1st dc. Dc into next 8 st sp. SP-2 over R2 dc st into ch sp. Repeat [9dc, SP-2] 5 times to end. Join with ss and FO.

Round 5: Join yarn D into any st sp to the right of any SP-2. Ch3 as 1st tc. Tc into same st sp. Ch3. (2tc) into next st sp Miss 2 st sp, dc, ch2. Miss 2 st sp, dc, miss 2 st sp Repeat [(2tc), ch3, (2tc), miss 2 st sp, dc, ch3, miss 2 st sp, dc, miss 2 st sp] to end. Join with ss.

Pattern Four

Knitted Flower 5”

Cast on 8 stitches

Row 1. Knit

Row 2. Purl

Row 3. Knit 2, knit front & back of all stitches to last, knit 1

Row 4. Purl

Knit 10 rows stocking stitch

Row 15. Knit 2 together twice, knit to last 4 sts, knit 2 together twice

Row 16. Purl

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Walking football

It’s exactly what it sounds like – a standard game of football where players walk instead of run. It's designed to help people get fit or maintain an active lifestyle no matter what their age and fitness, as well as support people getting back into football if they have given it up due to age or injury. 

Older people who play have seen many benefits: lower heart rate and blood pressure, less fat and more muscle, and better mobility. 

And it’s not just health benefits - walking football also offers social benefits. Participants can meet new people, avoid becoming isolated, and interact with individuals and small groups. 

This is one sporting activity that is suitable for all.


Soccercise is an instructor led aerobics class. Designed to be undertaken either indoors or outdoors, Soccercise combines a variety of fitness exercises with a football. The class is delivered to music and based on repetitions of specific exercises. The sessions can be tailored for all levels of fitness. It can help introduce you to football or just be used as an alternative way to keep fit. The inclusion of footballs adds co-ordination and core stability to familiar exercises.  These sessions should be fun and can cater for every ability and adaptations can be made to make the exercises easier or harder depending on your fitness level.


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