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DIY Water Balloons | Loom Knit and Crochet

DIY Water Balloons | Loom Knit and Crochet

DIY Water Balloons | Loom Knit and Crochet

by Joann Gay

Splish! Splash! Splat!  Who doesn’t love a good water balloon fight?  We all do!  What we don’t like is the mess it leaves in the yard.  What’s the answer?  DIY Water Balloons!

Here’s just some of the multitude of reasons these are better than traditional balloons:

  • Reuseable
  • Economical
  • No mess
  • Easy to “fill”
  • Safe for young children, pets and wildlife

DIY Water Balloons DIY Water Balloons

Someone recently shared some pictures in the GoodKnit Kisses Facebook group showing the most creative summer pattern: crochet water balloons!  This original design was created by Megan Meyer of Left in Knots and it is pure genius.  If you’re a crocheter you are going to love this pattern.  It is fast and easy to work up and kids of all ages love them.  Here’s the link to the crochet pattern on Left in Knots.

My sister was visiting last weekend and we were talking about how fun it would be to make some for our kids.  While I still crochet occasionally, my true love is loom knitting.  We were watching Kristen’s live Facebook broadcast on Monday and the water balloons came up.  One of the viewers mentioned wanting a loom knit pattern for the balloons.  Why didn’t I think of that?  I accepted the challenge!

DIY Water Balloons

Loom Knit DIY Water Balloon Pattern

Loom: 24-peg baby hat loom

Yarn: Bernat Blanket Stripes (or any Bernat Blanket Yarn)  – 1 skein (220 yds.) makes 12 balloons

Supplies: loom hook, tapestry needle (for weaving in ends)

Abbreviations:

EK – Ewrap knit

SK – Skip peg with working yarn behind the peg.

Instructions:

Cast on 24 pegs in the round using the Modified Drawstring Cast On. [GoodKnit Kisses video for cast on]

Rounds 1-9: EK all

[Now we will begin to decrease the balloon. We’ll be working in groups of 6 pegs.  Think of your loom divided into four parts of six pegs each.  I’ll be referring to all pegs as Pegs 1-6. As we move stitches to decrease we will be creating empty pegs.  Do NOT wrap these pegs.  They must remain empty.  As we continue to work the rounds all empty pegs are skipped and the working yarn is carried behind the pegs.]

Round 10: *Move stitch from Peg 1 to Peg 2. Ewrap Peg 2 and knit both loops over.  EK 4*  Repeat from * to * 3 more times [20 active stitches and 4 empty pegs remaining]

DIY Water Balloons

Rounds 11-12: *SK1, EK5* Repeat from * to * 3 more times

Round 13: *SK1, EK2, Move stitch from Peg 4 to Peg 5. Ewrap Peg 5 and knit both loops over. EK1* Repeat from * to * 3 more times [16 active stitches and 8 empty pegs remaining]

DIY Water Balloons

Round 14: *SK1, EK2, SK1, EK2* Repeat from * to * 3 more times.

Round 15: *SK1, Move stitch from Peg 2 to Peg 3. Ewrap Peg 3 and knit both loops over. SK1, Move stitch from Peg 5 to Peg 6.  Ewrap Peg 6 and knit both loops over. Repeat from * to * 3 more times.  [8 active stitches and 16 empty pegs remaining]

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Finishing:

Next cut working yarn leaving a 12″ tail.  Drawstring bind off the remaining 8 pegs by placing the yarn above the stitch and pulling it all the way through (as if to knit) then pull the stitch off the peg.  Move on to the next peg and repeat.  Once all pegs are bound off.  Finally pull the end closed and wrap the yarn tail three times around about 3/4″ above the bottom. (See picture below show with contrasting yarn.)

DIY Water Balloons

 

Next let’s cinch up the top and finish your DIY Water Balloons.   Be careful when closing the top since the blanket yarn can break if it pull it too hard.  (I figured that out the hard way!)  The hole at the top doesn’t need to close tightly for them to have a perfect balloon shape.

Fill them up by dunking them in a bucket of water.  Have some cool, summer fun with the whole family! Wring out and lay flat to dry so you can use them all summer long.

PIN IT!

Loom Knit Water Balloons PIN Image

Now go make a SPLASH with your DIY Water Balloons!!


Megan

Wednesday 10th of June 2020

Will regular yarn work? I am a newby to the crochet game and just taught myself since we went on lockdown. My mom cleaned her craft room and gave me all her yarn. So I have a bunch of just regular yarn. I’m wondering if I put a small piece of sponge in there if it will hold more water and still be able to use the regular yarn. Thanks for your help.

Joann Gay

Friday 12th of June 2020

I never tried it with regular yarn, but putting a bit of sponge inside would probably work great. Good idea!

Martha Gaston

Wednesday 7th of August 2019

I am having trouble with row 13. What do yo do with peg 6

Martha Gaston

Wednesday 7th of August 2019

I am having trouble with row 13. What do yo do with peg 6

Jodi Palmer

Saturday 6th of July 2019

What is a substitute yarn you can get? As long as its bulky is that alright?

Jodi Palmer

Saturday 6th of July 2019

What is a substitute yarn you can get? As long as its bulky is that alright?

Joann Gay

Friday 12th of July 2019

Yes, you can use any bulky yarn, but the blanket yarn tends to hold more water than a regular acrylic. You could probably try a double strand of cotton, but I haven't tried that yet.

Joann Gay

Friday 12th of July 2019

Yes, you can use any bulky yarn, but the blanket yarn tends to hold more water than a regular acrylic. You could probably try a double strand of cotton, but I haven't tried that yet.