Hot Air Balloon – Crochet Pixel Blanket

Up Up & Away… 🎈

6 months & i’ve lost count how many granny squares.. but my Hot Air Balloon is finally finished!!

Here is how i made it (**scroll down to the end of this post for links).

All the yarn used is Stylecraft Special DK – I will put a list of the colours i used at the bottom of this post πŸ˜‰. My first time using Stylecraft & i LOVED working with it. It’s very soft, & is lovely to work with. It’s acrylic yarn, & creates a nice shape to the granny square, a bit more of a solid structure perfect for this style. There are many yarn stores who stock Stylecraft, i purchased mine from Love Crochet.

Pattern is a cross stitch chart by Fuzzy Fox Designs. i love Fuzzy Fox Designs for crochet as they convert so easily. Rachel uses very little backstitching on her charts (the stitched black lines) & uses full squares. Not only that, but her patterns are so gorgeous, you’ll want to make them all!

Photo: Fuzzy Fox Designs – Rainbow Hot Air Balloon Cross Stitch Chart

When converting a cross stitch pattern to a crochet pattern, each square of the cross stitch chart is converted into a granny square, then joined together to form the picture. One square on the chart = one granny square.

I used the traditional granny square for my balloon. i joined the squares together using the JAYG (join as you go) method. So as i finished a square i attached it to the blanket. This does make it feel less overwhelming when you’re finished, creates less ends to sew in, & you can see your progress as you go 😊

This was my first time doing the JAYG method, & now i couldn’t use any other way. The tutorial i used is by Attic 24, you can find it here.
But you can easily sew them together later too if you prefer using a tapestry needle.

TIP – Sew in those ends as you go!! Unfortunately there will be a lot of ends, even with the JAYG, & i made the mistake of not doing it after each row.. it made for days of just sewing in ends. Ugh. Highly do not recommend this πŸ˜£πŸ˜‚

And that’s it! One very colourful Hot Air Balloon 🎈 now to plan my next pixel blanket.. think i will pick something a tad smaller this time.

**Scroll down for yarn colours & links to where i purchased my supplies.

Love Nat 😘 xx

Layla & Wolf love the Hot Air Balloon, its the perfect size for them.

Even Sweep approves πŸ‘

**Further info:

Pattern – Rachel at Fuzzy Fox Designs

Instagram @fuzzyfoxdesigns

Etsy Shop – www.etsy.com/shop/fuzzyfoxdesigns

Yarn – Stylecraft Special DK

Instagram @stylecraftyarns

Colours:

  • Citron (1263)
  • Fiesta (1257)
  • Matador (1010)
  • Mocha (1064)
  • Jaffa (1256)
  • Kelly Green (1826)
  • Lobella (1825)
  • Turquoise (1068)
  • Grey (1099)

Yarn purchased from Love Crochet (@lovecrochetcom) – www.lovecrochet.com

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Autumn Jewel – c2c blanket

To purchase this blanket click here πŸ‘

It’s FINISHED!!!! *insert happy dance* πŸ’ƒ woooo! I started this blanket back in October, & even though i’ve loved every one of those squishy stitches, it was starting to feel like the never ending blanket.

This blanket isn’t made using a pattern, just the c2c (corner to corner) crochet stitch. It ended up being 132cm (51″) square. Perfect lap or throw size blanket!

The yarn is from Bendigo Woollen Mills, in their Bloom range, & the colour i used is Rust. I used approx 6 x 200g balls. So that’s 1.2kg of yarn. It’s 100% pure Australian wool, & its lovely to work with.

i love the colours & how they subtly blend into each other, no harsh sudden changes. It just beautifully transitions from one colour to the next.

i chose the name “Autumn Jewel” because of these gorgeous colours. Perfect, as it’s Autumn here in Australia! πŸ‚ 

Just a simple sc (single crochet) border all around twice. I was going to do a more detailed border, but it became too messy & confusing with the already busy colours & texture.

The sc border just gives it a nice finish & frame 😊

Linen floor cushion from The Dusty Poppy

And my two beautiful babies, Layla & Wolf spent many hours snuggled under each side of the blanket while i worked! It’s baby & snuggle approved πŸ‘Œβ€

And that’s it! I had a lot of fun making this blanket, i hope you love it as much as i do!

Love Nat xx

@littlecosythings

Autumn Jewel is available to purchase in the LCT Shop.