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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Free Crochet Pattern: Reusable Water Bombs (balloons)

Hello and welcome to the blog. I have a very fun, quick & easy pattern to share with you today!

It's starting to warm up here in Wisconsin and my family loves a good outdoor game and if said game includes water it's a win, win! These balloons are much easier than filling tiny latex balloons, trying to tie them without cutting off the circulation to your fingers & lets not forget the clean up of tiny pieces of balloon all over the yard. The added bonus of being able to reuse these balloons is a big deal for me too!

I have been working with Bernat Blanket Yarn a lot lately and was able to use up all my scraps for these balloons, I also gave Bernat's Pipsqueak Yarn a try with this pattern using a double strand and the results were good but I do prefer the blanket yarn. I wanted to make sure my balloons would hold a good amount of water so I made little pom-poms and stuffed one inside of each balloon. I first tried stuffing some extra yarn pieces inside of some balloons and after being used the yarn started popping out through the stitches. Not a big deal, you can just push it back into the balloon but the pom-poms help keep the yarn gathered together inside better.

I don't get much time to sort through my comments here but if you have any questions feel free to ask, the best place to reach me is on my Instagram account here: instagram.com/byjennidesigns/

Thanks so much for stopping by! 
 -Jenni 

Skill Level: Easy

Size: Approx. 3"x 4"

Supplies:
12.0 mm Crochet Hook
Bernat Blanket Yarn
            -13 yards total for each balloon (including 2 yds. for each pom-pom)
Large Eye Tapestry Needle
Scissors

Abbreviations (US Terms):
Ch - Chain
Hdc - Half Double Crochet
Hdc2tog - Half Double Crochet 2 Together

Notes:
-Gauge is not important for this pattern but if you are a loose crocheter and feel your balloons are turning out too large or have big gaps between the stitches you can try going down a hook size.
-Joins are made with a slip stitch.
-This pattern uses a magic circle, if you don't know how to make one you can learn with this quick video tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64O9WVJucFA


Pom-Pom's 

First you need to make your pom-pom's that are used for stuffing the balloons. You need one pom per balloon. I've put together easy steps for you to follow below:



Balloons
*For the stripe balloons I worked my 2nd color in row 4.

Row 1: Magic circle, ch 1, 6 hdc in circle. Join. (6)

*Pull circle tight & sew in end.

Row 2: Ch 1, 2 hdc in ea. around. Join. (12)
Row 3: Ch 1, *hdc in 5, 2 hdc in next.* Repeat *to* 1 more time. Join. (14)
Row 4: Ch 1, hdc in ea. around. Join. (14)
Row 5: Ch 1, hdc2tog, *hdc, hdc2tog.* Repeat *to* 3 more times. Join. (9)
Row 6: Ch 1, hdc, *hdc2tog.* Repeat *to*  3 more times. Join. (5)

*Insert one pom-pom at this time.

Row 7: Ch 1, 2 hdc in each. Join. (10)

Fasten off leaving about a 12" end, using your tapestry needle sew the balloon shut between rows 6 & 7. Sew in the remaining end.

Using the Balloons:
Now that you've crocheted up your group of balloons, you're ready to go and get this water balloon fight started! Using your balloons is easy, simply place them in a bucket (a bucket per person is helpful) and fill with water! That's it, let the battle begin! I hope your family enjoys these water balloons as much as mine does, I'd love to see your photos, you can either upload them to Ravelry as a project, share on the By Jenni Designs Facebook page or tag @byjennidesigns on Instagram.


Cleaning the Balloons:
 After use you can choose to just rinse your balloons well, squeeze out the excess water and lay in the sun to dry or if they've gotten muddy during play I suggest hand washing in your kitchen sink with laundry soap, rinse, squeeze out excess water and then lay out to dry.

Friday, March 29, 2019

Free Crochet Pattern: XL Pizza Blanket


I've received multiple messages asking for a larger version of the Chunky Pizza Throw Blanket so here it finally is for you! This version has only been tested with Bernat Blanket Yarn, I love this yarn because it's extremely soft, works up quickly and is very durable (I've put it through the washer & dryer multiples times as it's still beautiful)!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
-Jenni



Skill Level: Easy

Size: Approx. 72" in diameter

Supplies:
Size N/P (10.0 mm) Crochet Hook
Bernat Blanket Yarn in the following colors:
           -Sand, 350 yards
           -School Bus Yellow, 1600 yards
           -Racecar Red, 100 yards + 12 yards for each pepperoni
Large Eye Tapestry Needle
Scissors
Stitch Marker 

Abbreviations (US Terms):
BLO - Back Loop Only
Ch - Chain
Dc - Double Crochet
Hdc - Half Double Crochet
Sc - Single Crochet
Sl St - Slip Stitch
Sp - Space
YO - Yarn Over

Notes:
-Stitches placed between these brackets [ ] indicate a group of stitches that all need to be worked into the same space.
-Pattern is worked in the round through round 39, then joins are used for the remaining rows.
-Joins are made with a sl st.

Special Stitch:
Crab Stitch aka Reverse Single Crochet: For the final round of the crust you need to work the crab stitch around the entire edge. To do so; Ch 1, sc in first sp to the right. Sc in next sp to the right and in each around.

Gauge: 8 dc & 5 rows = approx. 4"


Blanket 

Starting with Yellow:
Round 1: Magic circle, ch 1, 10 sc in circle. Pull circle tight, do not join. (10)

Place a stitch marker in the last sc made.

Round 2: [Sc, hdc] in very first sc made. [hdc, dc] in next. 2 dc in next and in each remaining sp around. (20)

Move stitch marker to last dc made and continue to move it to the last stitch of each round to help you keep track of your rounds.

Round 3: *2 dc in next, dc in next.* Repeat *to* around. (30)
Round 4: *2 dc in next, dc in 2.* Repeat *to* around. (40)
Round 5: *2 dc in next, dc in 3.* Repeat *to* around. (50)
Round 6: *2 dc in next, dc in 4.* Repeat *to* around. (60)
Round 7: *2 dc in next, dc in 5.* Repeat *to* around. (70)
Round 8: *2 dc in next, dc in 6.* Repeat *to* around. (80)
Round 9: *2 dc in next, dc in 7.* Repeat *to* around. (90)
Round 10: *2 dc in next, dc in 8.* Repeat *to* around. (100)
Round 11: *2 dc in next, dc in 9.* Repeat *to* around. (110)
Round 12: *2 dc in next, dc in 10.* Repeat *to* around. (120)
Round 13: *2 dc in next, dc in 11.* Repeat *to* around. (130)
Round 14: *2 dc in next, dc in 12.* Repeat *to* around. (140)
Round 15: *2 dc in next, dc in 13.* Repeat *to* around. (150)
Round 16: *2 dc in next, dc in 14.* Repeat *to* around. (160)
Round 17: *2 dc in next, dc in 15.* Repeat *to* around. (170)
Round 18: *2 dc in next, dc in 16.* Repeat *to* around. (180)
Round 19: *2 dc in next, dc in 17.* Repeat *to* around. (190)
Round 20: *2 dc in next, dc in 18.* Repeat *to* around. (200)
Round 21: *2 dc in next, dc in 19.* Repeat *to* around. (210)
Round 22: Dc in 10. *2 dc in next, dc in 20.* Repeat *to* until you have 11 sp left. 2 dc in next, dc in 10. (220)
Round 23: *2 dc in next, dc in 21.* Repeat *to* around. (230)
Round 24: Dc in 11. *2 dc in next, dc in 22.* Repeat *to* until you have 12 sp left. 2 dc in next, dc in 11. (240)
Round 25: *2 dc in next, dc in 23.* Repeat *to* around. (250)
Round 26: Dc in 12. *2 dc in next, dc in 24.* Repeat *to* until you have 13 sp left. 2 dc in next, dc in 12. (260)
Round 27: *2 dc in next, dc in 25.* Repeat *to* around. (270)
Round 28: Dc in 13. *2 dc in next, dc in 26.* Repeat *to* until you have 14 sp left. 2 dc in next, dc in 13. (280)
Round 29: *2 dc in next, dc in 27.* Repeat *to* around. (290)
Round 30: Dc in 14. *2 dc in next, dc in 28.* Repeat *to* until you have 15 sp left. 2 dc in next, dc in 14. (300)
Round 31: *2 dc in next, dc in 29.* Repeat *to* around. (310)
Round 32: Dc in 15. *2 dc in next, dc in 30.* Repeat *to* until you have 16 sp left. 2 dc in next, dc in 15. (320)
Round 33: *2 dc in next, dc in 31.* Repeat *to* around. (330)
Round 34: Dc in 16. *2 dc in next, dc in 32.* Repeat *to* until you have 17 sp left. 2 dc in next, dc in 16. (340)
Round 35: *2 dc in next, dc in 33.* Repeat *to* around. (350)
Round 36: Dc in 17. *2 dc in next, dc in 34.* Repeat *to* until you have 18 sp left. 2 dc in next, dc in 17. (360)
Round 37: *2 dc in next, dc in 35.* Repeat *to* around. (370)
Round 38: Dc in 18. *2 dc in next, dc in 36.* Repeat *to* until you have 19 sp left. 2 dc in next, dc in 18. (380)
Round 39: *2 dc in next, dc in 37.* Repeat *to* until you have 38 sp left. 2 dc in next, dc in 30, hdc in 3, sc in 3, sl st in last. (390)
Fasten off.

Your stitch marker will no longer be needed.

Switch to Red & Join in the sl st sp.
Row 40: In BLO: Ch 1, dc in 19. *2 dc in next, dc in 38.* Repeat *to* until you have 20 sp left. 2 dc in next, dc in 19. Join. (400)

Switch to Sand & join in any sp.
Row 41: In BLO: Ch 1, 2 dc, dc in 39. *2 dc in next, dc in 39.* Repeat *to* around. Join. (410)
Row 42: Ch 1, dc in 20. *2 dc in next, dc in 40.* Repeat *to* until you have 21 sp left. 2 dc in next, dc in 20. Join. (420)
Row 43: Ch 1, 2 dc, dc in 41. *2 dc in next, dc in 41.* Repeat *to* around. Join. (430)
Row 44: Ch 1, hdc in 21. *2 hdc, hdc in 42.* Repeat *to* until you have 22 sp left. 2 hdc in next, hdc in 21. Join. (440)

For the final row of the crust you need to loosely work (this is important) the crab stitch around the entire edge. To do so; Ch 1, sc in first sp to the right. Sc in next sp to the right and in each around.

Fasten off and sew in all ends.


Pepperoni 

With Red:
Row 1: Magic circle, ch 1, 9 hdc in circle. Join. (9)
Row 2: Ch 1, 2 hdc in same and in each sp around. Join. (18)
Row 3: Ch 1, 2 hdc in same, hdc in next. *2 hdc in next, hdc in next.* Repeat *to* around. Join. (27)
Fasten off leaving a long end for sewing later.

When you've finished working up your desired amount of pepperoni's sew them onto the blanket but be careful to only use the loops on the top of the stitches so that your red yarn doesn't show through on the other side.

If you'd like toppings other than pepperoni check out the topping patterns on the original pizza blanket here: Chunky Pizza Throw Blanket You can definitely use the Bernat Blanket yarn & 10mm hook to work up the same toppings!