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 😉. 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 😣😂
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
Pattern – Rachel at Fuzzy Fox Designs
Etsy Shop – www.etsy.com/shop/fuzzyfoxdesigns
Yarn – Stylecraft Special DK
- Citron (1263)
- Fiesta (1257)
- Matador (1010)
- Mocha (1064)
- Jaffa (1256)
- Kelly Green (1826)
- Lobella (1825)
- Turquoise (1068)
- Grey (1099)