Reusable Water Balloons

As a preschool teacher, I am always looking for eco-friendly gifts and reusable products to use with the kiddos in the classroom. I have seen crocheted water balloons and wanted to make some for end of year gifts as well as for my own kiddos summertime fun!

My reusable water balloons come in two sizes so both small children and larger kids-at-heart can both enjoy endless fun! I made mine using Bernat Blanket yarn and some of my testers made theirs with Bernat Chunkee Softee and Lion Brand Wool Ease Chunky. Simply soak them in a container of water for 15-30 minutes and let the fun begin!

We used our balloons on July 4th with my son’s balloon launcher that he had begged for earlier that day. Let me just say, we were drenched afterwards but it felt so good in the sweltering summer heat!

I am sharing the instructions for the small balloon are below. Both the small and large balloon instructions are found in the pattern pdf which is currently only in my Ravelry Store. I am hoping to get my patterns added to both Lovecrafts and Etsy before the summers end! So be on the look out if you use those platforms.

Weight (6) yarn
Yardage: 10-15
10 mm hook
Stitch Marker

Magic Circle (mc)
Stitch/Stitches (St)/(Sts)
Chain (ch)
Single crochet (sc)
Single crochet two sts together (sc2tog)
Increase (inc) – Two sts in st

Pattern Notes
Written in US crochet terms
Finished Size: Small 2.5” x 4.5”
                        Large 3.5”x 5”
Gauge: Not necessary

Before you start
Pattern is worked in continuous rounds.
You can use any size yarn and hook for this project, just note that the dimensions and yarn requirements will be different than listed above.
A stitch marker comes in handy for marking the beginning of each round.

Pattern Instructions

MC or ch 3 and work first round into starting chain.

Small Balloon

Rd 1: 4 sc in MC or in starting chain. (4)

Rd 2: Inc 4 times around. (8)

Rd 3: (Sc, inc) 4 times around. (12)

Rd 4-5: Sc in each st around. (12)

Rd 6: Sc2tog 6 times around. (6)

Rd 7: Sc in each st around. (6)

Rd 8: Sc2tog 3 times around (3)

Rd 9: Sc in each st around. (3)

Rd 10: Inc 3 times around. (6)

Sl st into next st and fasten off.  Weave in ends into last round and pull through the bottom leaving the tail inside the balloon.   

My testers did a wonderful job with their balloons, check them out!


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