Miniature Balloons

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I love making mini balloons. They are perfect for any occasion. Or no occasion at all. And they are super easy and quick to make. If you are new to using thinner threads and smaller hooks, this might be the perfect starter pattern for you.

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 Materials:

  1. Aunt Lydia’s size 10 thread (colors of your choice)
  2. Boye crochet hook – 1.3 mm
  3. Polyester filling
  4. Sewing needle
  5. Wire
  6. Glue gun

Abbreviations:

  • mr – magic ring
  • ch – chain
  • sc – single crochet
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • st – stitch

Pattern:

Make 3 balloons in three different colors.

Round 1: mr, ch 1, 7 sc in the ring

Pull tight to close.

Round 2: 7 inc – 14 sts

Round 3: (sc, inc) x 7 – 21 sts

Round 4 – 7: 21 sc

Round 8: (sc, dec) x 7 – 14 sts

Round 9: 14 sc

Stuff the balloon well before finishing the next round.

Round 10: 7 dec – 7 sts

Round 11: 7 sc

Round 12: 7 inc

Round 13: 2 sl st

Fasten off and finish off following this tutorial.

Cut the wire (about 3 inches long). Insert the wire into the balloon and glue with the glue gun.

Bow:

Leave long tails.

Chain 8

Row 1: 1 hdc in 3rd ch from hook; 1 hdc in 5 chains; ch 2 and turn

Rows 2 – 15: 6 hdc; ch 2 and turn – 6 sts

Fasten off and sew both sides together. Fold and wrap the left over thread several times in the middle. Make sure to pull tight the first few times to shape the bow. Tie a knot in the back of the bow.

Make between 12 to 20 chains (twice) with the left over thread.

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Put the balloons together and wrap thread around the middle of the wire. Wrap several times and glue with the glue gun to secure the thread. Now glue the bow to the thread you just wrapped around the wire.

And voila! You finished  your balloons!

I hope you loved this pattern. Let me know what you think in the comments.

Happy Crochet!

 

 

Miniature Ice Cream Cone

I love summer for so many reasons – the beach, the sun, the delicious ice cream… I know you can get ice cream any time of the year but wouldn’t you agree that in the hot summer months, ice cream is especially yummy?!

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So, in celebration of the hot summer months, here’s a recipe for a no calorie ice cream cone. It is super quick and easy to make. Although if you are not used to making miniatures, start with thicker thread (Aunt Lydia’s 10 or Lizbeth 20 with 1.5 mm hook would be great).

Materials:

Oren Bayan cotton perle size 12 thread – two colors (one for the cone and one for the ice cream flavor)

Clover Amour hook – 0.9 mm

Stuffing

Sewing needle

Abbreviations:

mr – magic ring

sc – single crochet

inc – increase

dec – decrease

sl st – slip stitch

ch – chain

BLO – back loop only

Notes:

Crochet in the round. Join each round with a slip stitch and chain 1.

This pattern is seamless. (because I hate sewing so I avoid it at all cost)

Pattern:

The pattern is worked from the top down – we will make the ice cream flavor first and then finish with the cone.

Round 1: mr, ch 1, 6 sc in the ring

Close the ring. Join to 1st sc with a sl st and ch 1

Round 2: 6 inc; join with a sl st and ch 1 – 12 sts

Rounds 3 – 4: 12 sc; join with a sl st and ch 1 – 12 sts

Change color to brown (or whatever other color you picked for the cone). 

Round 5: 12 sc in BLO; join with a sl st and ch 1 – 12 sts

From now until the end, we will crochet in both loops.

Round 6: (4 sc, dec) x 2; join with a sl st and ch 1 – 10 sts

Round 7: (3 sc, dec) x 2; join with a sl st and ch 1 – 8 sts

Round 8: 8 sc; join with a sl st and ch 1 – 8 sts

Round 9: (2 sc, dec) x 2

Slip stitch to join. Fasten off and secure the stitches.

 

Go back to Round 5 where you crocheted in the BLO. Use the thread for the ice cream flavor. Insert in a st and ch 1.

Round: *3 sc in 1st st; sl st in next* repeat until the end of this round

You should have 6 shells.

Fasten off and secure the stitches.

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And voila! You have made a teeny tiny ice cream cone!

Leave me a comment to let me know what you think! 🙂

Happy Crochet!