Amigurumi Balloons

Dec 31, 2007
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Author

Michelle McLaughlin

Introduction

These quick and easy balloons are great for anyone new to amigurumi.

Materials List

Worsted weight yarn in color of your choice
Size U.S. E4 crochet hook
Yarn needle
Stuffing
Safety eyes and nose (or embroider your own)

Swizzle sticks or wooden skewers for balloon "string"

Finished Size

Large balloon is approx. 3" tall Small balloon is approx. 2" tall.

Gauge

Not necessary, just make sure your stitches are firm and even.

The Pattern

Large Balloon:
Create Magic Ring (Leaving a long tail, ch. 4 and join with sl st to form ring. Work 10 sc in center of ring and around tail. Pull tail tightly to close the hole). Mark beginning of round.
Row 1: 2 sc in each sc around.
Row 2: *1 sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc*, repeat from * to * around.
Row 3: 1 sc in each sc around.
Row 4: *1 sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc*, repeat from * to * around.
Row 5: *1 sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc*, repeat from * to * around.
Rows 6-12: 1 sc in each sc around.
Row 13: *1 sc in next 5 sc, sc next 2 together*, repeat from * to * around.
Rows 14-15: 1 sc in each sc around.
Row 16: *1 sc in next 4 sc, sc next 2 together*, repeat from * to * around.

Rows 17-18: 1 sc in each sc around.

Add facial features at this point. Eyes should be positioned in row 11, 9 stitches apart.

Row 19: *1 sc in next 2 sc, sc next 2 together*, repeat from * to * around.
Rows 20-22: 1 sc in each sc around.
Row 23: *1 sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc*, repeat from * to * around.

Join with sl st and end, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Finishing: Stuff balloon firmly. Attach yarn needle to tail. Sewing in and out of stitches, sew up 2 rows. Sewing in the 21st row, sew up and down around each stitch all the way around and pull tightly. This will form the little scrunched up part at the bottom of the balloon. While pulling tightly, finish off. To hide yarn end, push the yarn needle up through the body of the balloon and out the other side. Pull tightly, and cut. This will hide the yarn inside your work. Using yarn of a contrasting color or ribbon, tie a little bow around the bottom of your balloon. Push a swizzle stick or wooden skewer up through the bottom of your balloon for its string.

Small Balloon:
Create Magic Ring (Leaving a long tail, ch. 4 and join with sl st to form ring. Work 10 sc in center of ring and around tail. Pull tail tightly to close the hole). Mark beginning of round.
Row 1: 2 sc in each sc around.
Row 2: *1 sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc*, repeat from * to * around.
Rows 3-5: 1 sc in each sc around.
Row 6: *1 sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc*, repeat from * to * around.
Row 7: 1 sc in each sc around.
Row 8: *1 sc in next 4 sc, sc next 2 sc together*, repeat from * to * around.
Row 9: 1 sc in each sc around.
Row 10: *1 sc in next 2 sc, sc next 2 sc together*, repeat from * to * around.
Rows 11-14: 1 sc in each sc around.

Row 15: *1 sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc*, repeat from * to * around.

Attach facial features. Eyes should be positioned in row 6, 8 stitches apart.

Kitty ears:
Row 1: Using pink (or contrasting color), ch. 6.
Row 2: 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each sc across. Ch. 1, turn.
Row 3: Skip first sc, 1 sc in next 2 sc, work last 2 sc together. Ch. 1, turn.
Row 4: Skip first sc, work last 2 sc together. Join with sl st and end.

Row 5: Attach main color. Work 1 sc in each sc and row all the way around ear, working 3 sc in corners. Join with sl st and end, leaving a long tail for sewing.

If attaching kitty ears, sew them on now.

Finishing: Stuff balloon firmly. Attach yarn needle to tail. Sewing in and out of stitches, sew up 2 rows until you get back to the 12th row. Sewing in the 12th row, sew up and down around each stitch all the way around and pull tightly. This will form the little scrunched up part at the bottom of the balloon. While pulling tightly, finish off. To hide yarn end, push the yarn needle up through the body of the balloon and out the other side. Pull tightly and cut. This will hide the yarn inside your work. Using yarn of a contrasting color or ribbon, tie a little bow around the bottom of your balloon. Push a swizzle stick or wooden skewer up through the bottom of your balloon for its string.

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on Oct 20, 2008 11:44 AM

I have been crocheting balls for a few days now just for practice, I made a bunch of orange ones and called them pumpkins and to my bosses distaste (he hates art) I hung them in our crew room for Halloween.

But this idea, I know what to make my family for Christmas, and Easter.

I never thought of putting ears on them :3 Thank you for the wonderful idea!

-Orange Soda Wolf