Well readers, we are officially in the heat of summer and it has been HOT. What better way to cool down than playing with water outside? My daughter enjoys her water table and swimming pool, but I'll be honest-neither of those are really made for adults. Now I guess water balloons aren't really made for adults either, but I would be lying if I said I hadn't thrown these at my husband. I claimed that I needed to perform some prototype testing :) If you start now, you will be able to make several of these in time for a weekend water fight! Keep reading for the free crochet pattern.
These water balloons are awesome! By making them with Bernat Blanket Brights, you get classically colorful water balloons that are super absorbent and squishy! This also means that they are washable, reusable, dryer safe, and eco friendly! No more spending time filling balloons with a hose only to have them bounce off your opponents back and break on the ground! These give you a satisfying splash :)
Will these hurt? I have had questions from some about whether these will hurt upon contact. I bit the bullet and let my husband throw one at me TWICE. I personally didn't think that it hurt. I would use the same rules as I would advise with regular water balloons: don't throw at the face/head and don't throw TOO hard. Make sure they are clean and free of debris. This free pattern is published for inspiration purposes only. Make/use these at your own risk and encourage your children to use them carefully :)
How do you fill them? You don't! Just soak them in water-they work like a sponge :)
Can I sell these? Absolutely! I just ask that you don't reproduce the pattern in any way (in print or electronically) and that you use your own pictures for your sales. Come back and let me know how they sell for you!
Can I used a different yarn? In this instance I am not sure other yarn would work quite as well as the Bernat Blanket yarn. You can use any kind of Bernat Blanket yarn (big ball, stripes, baby blanket, brights) but I can't guarantee that water balloons made with an entirely different yarn would work the same way.
My balloons look much bigger/smaller than yours! No worries! That's just a difference in tension. If your balloons are turning out too large, you can go down in hook size. If your balloons are too small, go up in hook size or loosen up your tension :) I also have a pattern for Mini Water Balloons available here.
Sl st: slip stitch
SC: single crochet
DC: double crochet
DC2TOG: double crochet two together
Video Tutorials to Help You Out
Ch st at the beginning of rounds does not count as a stitch
Start with a magic circle
Round 1: Ch 2, 8 DC in magic circle, pull tight (carefully, this yarn has a lot of friction), attach to first st of the round with sl st. (8)
Round 2: Ch 2, 2 DC in each st around, attach to first st of the round with a sl st (16)
Round 3-4: Ch 2, DC around, attach to first st of the round with a sl st (16)
Round 5: Ch 2, DC2Tog around, attach to first st of the round with a sl st (8)
Round 6: Ch 2, DC2Tog around, attach to first st of the round with a sl st (4)
Round 7: Ch 1, 2 SC in each st around, attach to first st of the round with a sl st (8)
Tie off the yarn. Cut a small piece of yarn to tie around the balloon where the knot would be in a real balloon. This makes it look more cinched in. To finish you can either weave in your ends or just push them into the inside of the balloon.
And there you have it! Make a couple of these, and in as much time it would take you to fill up regular water balloons you will be able to have a fun, safe and reusable water balloon fight!
Now the legal stuff...You may sell items made from this pattern, but please credit me as the original designer. Also, please do not share the written pattern in print or electronically. The photos on this webpage belong to Megan Meyer of Left in Knots and may not be used for product sales/product listings. You may share a link back to my blog if you would like someone else to see or work with this pattern. Thank you for your cooperation and if you have any questions please feel free to contact me!
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