If you get up at five a.m. during the balloon fiesta in Bristol you are in for a treat. Hundreds of
multicoloured balloons floating up into the sky all around you during the early morning
light. This balloon bunting attempts to capture the magic of this moment.
Using this pattern you can create as many plain balloons as you want. Crochet a chain to
join them to a strip of bunting.
Each balloon measures 7.5 cm wide x 11 cm high
Gauge: 24 sts x 48 rows measure 10 x 10 cm (4 x 4 inches) in garter stitch using 3.5 mm (US 4) needles. Gauge is not crucial for this project.
3.5 mm (US 4) knitting needles.
3.5 mm (US E-4) crochet hook.
Yarn used is Rico Creative Cotton (50g/115 m equivalent 126 yards)
1 ball each of 018 Brown and 06 Cream for the balloon baskets
For the balloon motifs you could use a variety of leftover cotton DK yarns of the same weight as they do not use much yarn. Use pale blue to join the balloons to make them into bunting.
Skills required: Garter stitch, kfb, k2tog, ssk, knitting stripes.
kfb knit into the front and back of the next stitch
ssk slip one stitch knitwise, slip another stitch knitwise, knit both together through the back loops
k2tog knit two stitches together as if they were one stitch
To join the balloons:
Using a 3.5 mm (US E-4) crochet hook and pale blue. Make a slip knot and make 50 chains.
Slip stitch into the top of the first balloon and slip stitch along the top 5 or 6 times. Chain 30,
then slip stitch into the next balloon. Repeat until you have joined all the balloons together.
Chain 50, turn and double crochet (US single crochet) into the second chain and each chain
to the end. Cut and end the chain. How to knit a plain coloured balloon:
The baskets are knitted in garter stitch for ten rows, alternating brown and cream coloured
two row stripes. Using the main balloon colour, knit two rows, then increase into the second
and second to last stitch of the next row by knitting into the front and back of the stitch (two
stitches increased). Increase again every fourth row twice and every other row three times
until there are 19 stitches on the needles. Continue to knit ten rows in garter stitch as before
Decrease in the next row by working a ssk at the beginning of the row and a k2tog at
the end of the row. Knit two rows and then decrease two stitches in the same way every
other row until there are seven stitches left. This should be row 51.
End the balloon after row 51 by casting off. Weave in ends with a tapestry needle.
You could work the balloons in a variety of striped and slip stitch patterns.
For a full pattern detailing how to work the patterned bunting shown above (with
slip stitch patterns etc. please click here.