Crochet Pattern: Striped Hot Air Balloon Applique

By Amy – 11 Comments
A picture I ran across the other day while looking for some color inspiration showed about 10 or more hot air balloons of all different colors and patterns speckling a European horizon. It was lovely against the pale blue sky and tan terrain. Some were striped in multi-colors, like the one I have designed for you, others had fewer colors and varied stripes or different patterns all together. For this applique I used five different colors and swapped them every two rows. Have fun making this simple and easy applique! Striped Hot Air Balloon

Skill Level:

Finished Size: (Balloon) 4 3/4” (cm) x 6” (cm)

Materials:
Light Weight Yarn – approximately 8 yards of color A (purple) and 5 yards each of colors B (orange), C (green), D (red), E (blue), F (yellow), and G (brown)
Crochet Hook G (4.00 mm)

Gauge:
4 sc = 1’’
4 rows = 1’’
Gauge Swatch: 1’’w x 1’’h (2.5 cm x 2.5 cm) ch 5.
Row 1: sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across: 4 sc
Row 2 – 4: ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across: 4 sc
Finish off.

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Color Pattern
On Row 6, change colors every two rows:
Color B
Color C
Color D
Color E
Color F
Color A
… and repeat.

Crochet Pattern: Striped Hot Air Balloon Applique

Balloon
Row 1: with color A, ch 5, sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across: 4 sc
Row 2: ch 1, turn, 2 sc in first sc, sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in last sc: 6 sc
Row 3: ch 1, turn, 2 sc in first sc, sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in last sc: 8 sc
Row 4: ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across: 8 sc
Row 5: ch 1, turn, 2 sc in first sc, sc in next 6 sc, 2 sc in last sc: 10 sc
Row 6: change colors following color pattern, ch 1, turn, 2 sc in first sc, sc in next 8 sc, 2 sc in last sc: 12 sc
Row 7: ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across: 12 sc
Row 8: ch 1, turn, 2 sc in first sc, sc in next 10 sc, 2 sc in last sc: 14 sc
Row 9: ch 1, turn, 2 sc in first sc, sc in next 12 sc, 2 sc in last sc: 16 sc
Row 10: ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across: 16 sc
Row 11: ch 1, turn, 2 sc in first sc, sc in next 14 sc, 2 sc in last sc: 18 sc
Row 12: ch 1, turn, 2 sc in first sc, sc in next 16 sc, 2 sc in last sc: 20 sc
Row 13 – 18: ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across: 20 sc
Row 19: ch 1, turn, sc2tog, sc in next 16 sc, sc2tog: 18 sc
Row 20 – 21: ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across: 18 sc
Row 22: ch 1, turn, sc2tog, sc in next 14 sc, sc2tog: 16 sc
Row 23 – 24: ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across: 16 sc
Row 25: ch 1, turn, sc2tog, sc in next 12 sc, sc2tog: 14 sc
Row 26: ch 1, turn, sc2tog, sc in next 10 sc, sc2tog: 12 sc
Row 27: ch 1, turn, sc2tog, sc in next 8 sc, sc2tog: 10 sc
Row 28: ch 1, turn, skip first sc, sc2tog, sc in next 4 sc, sc2tog, sl st in last sc: 6 sc
Row 29: ch 1, turn, skip first sl st, sc2tog, sc in next sc, sc2tog, sl st in last sc: 3 sc
Finish off.

Basket
Row 1: with color G, ch 4, sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across: 3 sc
Row 2: ch 1, turn, sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in last sc: 4 sc
Row 3: ch 1, turn, 2 sc in first sc, sc in nex 2 sc, 2 sc in last sc: 6 sc
Finish off.

Let me know if you need any help with the pattern!

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11 Comments

  1. Cami says:

    I absolutely love this!! Great job as usual. I admire your talent, Amy!!

  2. Geraldine Ayers says:

    Great idea for a afghan or blanket. Thanks for sharing

  3. Tina says:

    Oh, how darling !! This is adorable and I love the use of color 🙂 Thank you !

  4. Angelica says:

    How cute, Amy.Just what I was looking for to make book mark as a gift for a friend who is crazy about rading and books. I think it’ll come out great! 😉

  5. Valda says:

    Adorable. THank you for sharing.

  6. A says:

    Is it posible to scale it down? I would like to make one but with the half size. How can I do it?
    Thank you

    • Amy says:

      Hello A,
      You can follow the general increases and decreases but cut the beginning number of stitches down and the amount of rows as well.

      Amy

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