I have wanted to make a crochet hot air balloon for some time, and got an idea of making one using the popular african flower.
I will share with you how I did this. First of all if you’re not familiar with the african flower motif you will have to go somewhere else for a tutorial (there are already several out there, so I don’t care making another one). I suggest Heidi Bears tutorial – she is the master. (The tutorial is for the hexagon, the pentagon is pretty much the same, you just make 5 of everything in stead of 6)
What you need is:
10 hexagons + 16 pentagons
I suggest you to leave that last round and instead join-as-you-go for the last round. I highly recommend Heidi Bears (again!) tutorial on how to join as you go. I recently discovered this technique (I was avoiding it because I thought it would be so hard, but it is not!) and it makes me want to make a lot more african flower products!
Connect them, see chart below.
When you are done, you should have a small square shaped opening. Attach your yarn and make 8 rounds of 40sc (10 sc/each side) Leave it like this but don’t cut your yarn as we will ad a couple of rows to attach the basket later.
For this one I had a balloon inside (not a permanent solution). I will try fill it with polyester filling next time. If you want to fill it with polyester filling you will have to close it (make a bottom exactly the same as bottom of basket – se below) and stitch it to the end of the balloon.
Start off making the bottom;
Turn. In 2nd from hook; sc 10 back
*Turn, ch1, sc10 *repeat 9 times
Make an edge around the square. I sc in every sts, ch1 in every corner;
*Sc10, ch1, sc (1st in same as last) x10, ch1* repeat 2 more
Connect yarn to one of the sides;
Ch3, in BL; dc 10x, dc in corner-ch from last round. Turn, ch3 (count as 1st), in BL, dcx10, dc in top of ch3 from last round.
make 5 rows with dc’s
Cut yarn and attach to bottom of one other side
Crochet together the sides; 3sc for each dc. When you reach the top ch44 and sl st to the top of the basket (making a big ch-loop) – repeat this a total of 4 times.
I added a bottom border as well, just a round of sc in the unworked loops;
At the end attach your basket to the balloon it self; *ch2 (around the basket ch-loop), sc10* 4 times. The make one last round with sc only, I did 2sc in every croner st (where the ch-loops are connected)
(If you find the above technique hard you can just use a needle and attach the basket chains to the balloon.)
Have something heavy in the basket (like a stone) to stretch the chains.
Last I made a chain (just ch for as long as you’d like) and attached it to the top of the balloon
Enjoy your hot air balloon!
And please share the love – if you add a picture of your hot air balloon on instagram tag @inarho or #inarho so I can see your result