Been so long I really wanted to make this hot air balloon crochet applique, but it seems that my mood just didn’t get along with my wish. Now, finally, my mood and my wish are already getting along 😀 As I always claimed that I love and enjoy making a small project, this one really makes me happy. I only need some yarns in a small amount. A small project means a quick project. But don’t get it wrong, the smaller it is, the more you should pay attention to the details (such as the tension and how to sewing neatly – if you think it’s should be neat 🙂 ). So, here’s the pattern, let’s get started.
HOT AIR BALLOON CROCHET APPLIQUE
Designed by Martika
Abbreviations: ch (chain), sc (single chain), inc (increase), dec (decrease).
Finished size: about 6 cm height.
Materials used: small amount of Balinese cotton yarn (Indonesia made) in 5 various colors (or you can use your most favourite yarn), hook no.4, blunt tip needle, a small piece of felt, gold lace yarn (or embroidery floss), pin (I make this as a brooch because I love wearing brooch).
Use brown yarn.
Row 1. ch 6, make sc in the next 5 ch, start from 2nd ch from the hook.
ch 1, turn. Total = 5 sc.
Row 2-3. sc in the next 5 stitches in each row. ch 1, turn. Total = 5 sc.
Note: Before you continue to the next step, please learn the technique of “how to change the color”. Use this way everytime you’re going to change the color.
When you working on the last sc in current color, make the unfinished sc (2 loops on the hook). Prepare a new color, yarn over and pull it through 2 loops on the hook, and ch 1. Cut the original yarn and you finish making the last sc perfectly. Continue working on the next row using a new color.
Use gray yarn.
Row 4-6. sc in the next 5 stitches in each row. ch 1, turn. Total = 5 sc.
Use baby blue yarn.
Row 7. inc in the 1st stitch – sc in the next 3 stitches – inc in the last stitch. ch 1, turn. Total = 7 sc.
Row 8. sc in the next 7 stitches. ch 1, turn. Total = 7 sc.
Row 9. sc+ch 1 in the 1st stitch – 2 times of (sc in the next stitch – ch 1 – skip the next stitch) – sc+ch 1 in the next stitch – sc in the last stitch. ch 1, turn. Total = 9 stitch.
Use shocking pink yarn.
Row 10. sc in the first stitch – sc in the stitch of R8 (marked in dot purple-picture below). 2 times of (sc in the next stitch – sc in the stitch of R8 (the stitch under the ch space which marked in purple)). sc in the stitch of R8 (marked in dot purple) – sc in the last stitch. ch 1, turn. Total = 9 sc.
Row 11. inc in the 1st stitch – sc in the next 7 stitches – inc in the last stitch. ch 1, turn. Total = 11 sc in each row.
Row 12. sc in the next 11 stitches. ch 1, turn. Total = 11 sc.
Row 13. dec – 3 times of (ch 1 – skip the next stitch – sc in the next stitch) – ch 1 – skip the next stitch – dec. ch 1, turn. Total = 9 sc.
Use lime green yarn.
R14. 4 times of (sc in the next stitch – sc in the stitch of R12 (marked in white on the picture below) – sc in the last stitch. ch 1, turn. Total = 9 stitches.
R15. dec – sc in the next 5 stitches – dec. ch 1, turn. Total = 7 sc.
R16. dec – sc in the next 3 stitches – dec. ch 1, turn. Total = 5 sc.
R17. dec – sc in the next stitch – dec. ch 1, turn. Total = 3 sc.
Use gray yarn (same color as R4-6). sc along the left edges (marked in colors).
It should be 4 sc at the edge of green rows + 4 sc at the edge of shocking pink rows + 3 sc at the edge of baby blue rows + 3 sc at the edge of gray rows + 3 sc at the edge of brown rows (as well as the right edges). Total = 17 sc on each side, 5 sc at the bottom (not include the ch 1 at the before and after this 5 sc), and 3 sc at the top.
ch 1 – sc in the next 5 stitches at the bottom (marked with white dots) – ch 1. sc along the right edges (marked in colors – image above). sc in the next 3 stitches at the top. Cut the long yarn end. Close with an invisible join.
Invisible join: Using blunt tip needle, insert the needle under the loops of the 1st sc.
Insert the needle between the top loops of last sc. Pull through, fasten on the back of the work.
Neaten all the yarn ends.
Put the applique on a piece of felt.
Sew all around the edges using hemming stitch. I use gold lace yarn. If you don’t have it, you can use an embroidery floss as an alternative choice.
Cut the excess felt about 1-2 mm away from the edges of the applique, and sew the pin on the back. If you want the result to be thicker, before you cut the excess felt, take another piece of felt and sew them together. Then you can cut the excess felt and attach the pin.
Then, this brooch is ready to wear now 😀
I’m looking forward to seeing your hot air balloons 🙂