Don’t let them Float Away!: Balloon Animals Pattern

Balloon Animals by MillieOnHerWorld

Up, up, and away!
You have to watch this trio of float happy critters, they will be up in the clouds before you know it! Great gift for anyone who’s having a gloomy day, or just for decoration on the walls. They are inviting for love and playfulness.

(About a month late) Here is the tutorial on how to make them for yourself! The pattern is for personal use only, but I hope you enjoy and they put a smile on your face!

The basic pattern will be added here, but for the full pattern with pictures and a mini tutorial on joined rounds, check out the PDF:  BalloonAnimalTutorial

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Materials Needed

4.5 mm Crochet Hook
3.5 mm Crochet Hook
Acrylic Yarn (Size 4) in 2 Colors (Suggested: Caron Simply Soft)
Worsted Weight Yarn (Size 4) (Suggusted: Red Heart)
White Worsted Weight Yarn Size 3 for the Balloon String
9 mm Black Plastic Safety Eyes
6mm Copper Wire
Stuffing
Embroidery Thread
Yarn Needle

Terms
Sc – Single Crochet
St – Stitch
Ch – Chain
Sl st – Slip Stitch
2tog – Decrease Stitch

This pattern is done in Joined Rounds. But can be worked in spirals.
Head – 4.5 mm Hook and Acrylic Yarn Color A
Rnd 1. Magic Ring 6. Sl st and ch
Rnd 2. 2sc in each st (12) Sl st and ch
Rnd 3. Sc, 2sc in next st (18) Sl st and ch
Rnd 4. Sc 2, 2sc in next st (24) Sl st and ch
Rnd 5. Sc 3, 2sc in next st (30) Sl st and ch
Rnd 6. Sc 4, 2sc in next st (36) Sl st and ch
Rnd 7-11. Sc 36, remember to sl st and ch after each round.
Rnd 12. Sc 4, 2tog (30) Sl st and ch
Rnd 13. Sc 3, 2tog (24) Sl st and ch. Add eyes and embroider mouth
Rnd 14. Sc 2, 2tog (12) Sl st and ch. Stuff firmly.
Rnd 15. Sc, 2tog until the end. Sew closed and cut tail.

Ears – 3.5 mm Hook and Acrylic Yarn Color A. After making the ears sew them onto the head.
Bunny Ears:
Rnd 1. Magic Ring 4
Rnd 2. Sc, 2sc in next st (6) Sl st and ch
Rnd 3. Sc 2, 2sc in next st (8) Sl st and ch
Rnd 4. Sc 3, 2sc in next st (10) Sl st and ch
Rnd 5-9. Sc 10, remember to sl st and ch. FO and leave long tail.

Panda Ears:
Rnd 1. Magic Ring 7
Rnd 2. Sc, 2sc in next st (9) Sl st and ch
Rnd 3-4. Sc 9, remember to sl st and ch after each round. FO and leave long tail.

Cat Ears:
Rnd 1. Magic Ring 4
Rnd 2. Sc, 2sc in next st (6) Sl st and ch
Rnd 3. Sc, 2sc in next st (8) Sl st and ch
Rnd 4. Sc, 2sc in next st (10) Sl st and ch
Rnd 5. Sc, 2sc in next st (12). FO and leave long tail.

Hood – 4.5 mm Hook and Acrylic Yarn Color B
Rnd 1. Magic Ring 6. Sl st and ch
Rnd 2. 2sc in each st (12) Sl st and ch
Rnd 3. Sc, 2sc in next st (18) Sl st and ch
Rnd 4. Sc 2, 2sc in next st (24) Sl st and ch
Rnd 5. Sc 3, 2sc in next st (30) Sl st and ch
Rnd 6. Sc 4, 2sc in next st (36) Sl st and ch
Rnd 7-8. Sc 36m remember to sl st and ch
Rnd 9. Sc 36, but this round chain around the ears. Sl st and cH
Rnd 10. 2tog, Sc 35, 2tog (34) Be sure to Sc the same amount of chains from Rnd 9. Sl st and ch
Rnd 11. 2tog, Sc 34, 2tog (32) Sl st and ch
Rnd 12-14. Sc 32, remember to sl st and ch after each round. FO and leave long tail.

Body – 4.5 mm Hook and Acrylic Yarn Color A
Legs (Make 2)
Rnd 1. Magic Ring 6. Sl st and ch
Rnd 2. Sc, 2sc in next st (8) Sl st and ch
Rnd 3. Sc 2, 2sc in next st (10) Sl st and ch
Rnd 4-6. Sc 10, remember to sl st and ch after each round. Sl st, FO and weave end.
Repeat Rnd 1-6 for the second leg, DO NOT cut tail when done
Rnd 7. Ch 3, sc into a st of the first leg, then Sc around (~26)
Rnd 8-10. Sc ~26, sl st and ch after each round.
Rnd 9-11. Chang to Color B and Sc ~26, remember to sl st and ch after each round.
Rnd 12. Sc around, but 2tog on each side (~24) sl st and ch
Rnd 13. Sc around (~24) sl st and ch
Rnd 14. Sc around, but 2tog on each side (~22) sl st and ch
Rnd 15. Sc around (~22) sl st and ch
Rnd 16. Sc around, but 2tog on each side (~20) sl st and ch
Rnd 17. Sc around (~20) sl st and FO, leave a long tail.

Arms – 4.5 mm Hook and Acrylic Yarn Color A
(Make 2)
Rnd 1. Magic Ring 6. Sl st and ch
Rnd 2. Sc, 2sc in next st (8) Sl st and ch
Rnd 3-5. Sc 8, sl st and chain at the end of each round.
Rnd 6-7. Switch to Color B and Sc 8. Sl st and ch. Stuff firmly.
Rnd 8. Sc, 2tog until close, FO and leave a long tail.

Assembly
1. Stuff the body firmly
2. Sew the head to the body
3. Sew on the arms, positioning the arm that will be holding the balloon higher and attached to the side of the animal’s head

Heart Balloon – 4.5 mm Hook and Worsted Weighted Yarns, Wire
The heart is done tin SPIRAL ROUNDS, do NOT sl st and chain
Rnd 1. Magic Ring 5
Rnd 2. 2sc in each st (10)
Rnd 3. Sc, 2sc in next st (15)
Rnd 4. Sc 2, 2sc in next st (20)
Rnd 5-6. Sc 20. Sl st and FO, and weave in tail. Repeat Rnd1-6 for second heart half, Do NOT cut after second half!
Rnd 7. Holding both heart halves side by side, Sc through both halves for 4 stitches, then continue to Sc around one half then the next. There should be 34 sc total.
Rnd 8-13. The next few rounds are kind of freehand, but you need to 2tog four times for the next six rounds. The best way to do this is 2tog at the beginning of the rnd, the left side, in the front center, and the right side. When you are done, there should be about 10 sc left. Next we will be adding the wire.

1. Cut the wire about 10 inches, and a piece of yarn the same color about 8 inches
2. Push the wire through the arm that will be holding the balloon. Make sure it goes all the way through
3. Insert the other end of the wire through the heart, pushing through the top of the heart and leaving about a centimeter or two
4. Wrap the exposed wire in yarn, leaving two loose ends
5. With scissors, jewelry tools, or by hand, fold the wire into the heart securely
6. With a yarn needle, sew and tie the loose yarn ends into the heart
7. Stuff the heart lightly, make sure the wire can hold it
8. 2tog the bottom of the heart around the wire. Then leave a tail and sew around the wire until very tightly around it
9. Take a long piece (about arm’s length) of the White Worsted Weight Size 3 yarn. Tie it to the wire, right under the heart balloon. Tightly wrap the yarn to cover the wire.
10. When reaching the animal arm, sew the yarn end through the animal arm, then continue wrapping the wire to the end. Don’t cut the yarn
11. Loop the wire around the animal’s arm then fold the wire into the arm securely. With the excess yarn, sew around the wire to help it maintain its place. Weave end into arm and cut.
12. You’re all done!

🙂 Hope things weren’t too tricky and you love the results! Thanks for checking it out.

Next blog post will be about my awesome Craft Swap with Denea of Ami Amore ❤ Plus an update on what has been going on lately. Oh, did I forget to mention this blog post was done in sunny Reno, Nevada? 😀 Second day of my vacation and visiting my parents~!

Enjoy the pattern, I’ll be enjoying my view of the mountains,
❤ Millie

 

 

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20 thoughts on “Don’t let them Float Away!: Balloon Animals Pattern

  1. Wonderful job Millie! Each animal is super cute! You did a great job on the pattern and I love the joined rounds tutorial at the end!! I have to say, I’m proud! I’ve been trying to figure out how to word a good description for joined rounds and yours was perfect!

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  4. I am not confident at crochet but my mum is, these are adorable and i know she needs something to do while convalescing after a hip operation love your blog, will be back. I might try one myself.

      • I am having a girl weekend with my mum, my sister and our daughters this weekend. My daughter is eleven and it is time she learned to crotchet and time I relearned. My sister has a basic pattern she uses to make the little animals. If they work out I may even blog about it. Thank you for the kind words your site is inspiring.

      • That’s fantastic to hear, I would love to see you relearn such a fun craft 🙂 and thank you for your compliments and the update that all is well.
        I’m sure your daughter will love it, especially since she has so many people to give her a helping hand

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