Today's free pattern is a re-release of a pattern that I released about a year ago, BUT Yarnspirations has made this project so much easier and so much more affordable to make!
Have you been with me long enough that you remember these Crochet Water Balloons from last summer? Well guess what. Summer is-a-comin again and this is still one of my most favorite projects that I have made! And now, I have also included a complete video tutorial from beginning to end that shows you how to make this simple pattern :)
What better way to cool down in the summer than by playing with water outside? My two year old 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 :)
Last year when I released this pattern, Bernat Blanket Brights has just hit the shelves. And of course I bought all the colors to make this set! (I don't at all regret it because I have also used them in my Stuff and Spill baby toy patterns) But now you only have to buy one skein, or should I say cake, of yarn to make a bright colorful water balloon set!
Yarnspirations recently released Bernat Blanket Stripes. A cake style of their classic Bernat Blanket yarn that includes 4 different colors in one! Each water balloon only takes about 28 yds of yarn, so from one cake you should be able to make about 8-9 water balloons give or take.
And these water balloons work up SO quickly! They are also washable, reusable, dryer safe, eco-friendly, and latex free! 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 :)
I have had great feedback over the past year from people who have made these. I have heard of them being used for:
birthday party favors
boy/girl scout camping trips
Several of you have also shared with me your success in selling these on Facebook and/or at craft fairs :) Hop on over to my Facebook page to share your Water Balloon fun or tag me on Instagram with @leftinknots
Start now to make a set for summer fun!
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 really 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. 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.
Bernat Blanket Stripes (approx. 28 yards per balloon)
9.0 mm crochet hook (I used Clover Amour)
Sl st: slip stitch
SC: single crochet
DC: double crochet
DC2TOG: double crochet two together
Ch st at the beginning of rounds does not count as a stitch
Round 1: 8 DC in 3rd ch from your hook, 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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