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Reusable Crochet Water Balloons – Crochet Pattern

Now that Summer break is here, I’m guessing you need some ideas to get the kids off the video games or electronic screens and out of the house so you can regain your sanity. Am I right? My son isn’t in school yet so I’m still in that “I’m gonna cry when he’s gone” mindset. However, there is one specific moment in my childhood that I’m sure you can relate with. I remember it was the first day of school and my dad would always walk us to the bus stop. On the way to the bus stop he would literally skip, hop, and sing “It’s the most wonderful tiiiime of the year!” Yeah. Enough said. He sure thought he was funny!

I’m sure you’ve already seen these reusable crochet water balloons around a LOT. Last year the trend exploded. I am not claiming to have thought of the original idea. I’m almost positive (don’t quote me though) that the crochet designer who originally thought of this idea was Left in Knots and boy is she a genius! Go check out her original pattern if you haven’t already.

I made these last year and my son loved them. My husband and I played with them a few times and although he pegged me in the head with one, it didn’t hurt as bad as one would think!

All you need to work up some water balloons is an 8mm crochet hook and some Bernat Blanket yarn. You can choose from a ton of colors. There’s Bernat Blanket, Bernat Baby Blanket, Bernat Blanket Stripes, Brights, Coastal, Global, seriously so many. Just make sure you choose the super bulky yarn and not the medium weight yarn. With one large ball of blanket yarn, you can make about 9 medium sized water balloons!

I also went ahead and put together a variety of water games you can play with these reusable crochet water balloons. Because I don’t want you to make them and then be like… now what? For some of these games, it would be more fun with bigger sized water balloons or even smaller. So I decided to revamp my original pattern and write up three different sizes for these reusable crochet water balloons! You can download the list of 25 water balloon games here!

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Pattern:

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Materials:

Abbreviations:

*All Sigoni Macaroni patterns are written in standard US terms *

Notes:

  • This pattern is worked in continuous rounds. Use a stitch marker to mark the first stitch, if needed

Time Crunch

You can make one of these reusable crochet water balloon in less than ten minutes!

Reuseable Crochet Water Balloons

Small Size

Round 1: Ch 2, 6 hdc in first ch (6)

Round 2: 2 hdc in each st around (12)

Rounds 4-5: Hdc each st around (12)

Round 6: Hdc2tog each st around (6)

Round 7: Hdc each st around (6)

Tie off weave in end

Cut 5 inches of yarn and tie around the bottom to form the balloon shape. Weave in ends.


Medium Size

Round 1: Ch 2, 8 hdc in first ch (8)

Round 2: 2 hdc in each st around (16)

Round 3: [2 hdc next st, 1 hdc next st]. Rep [ ] around. (24)

Round 4: Hdc each st around (24)

Round 5: [hdc2tog next st, 1 hdc next st]. Rep [ ] around. (16)

Round 6: Hdc2tog each st around (8)

Round 7: Hdc each st around (8)

Round 8: 2 hdc each st around (16)

Tie off weave in end

Cut 5 inches of yarn and tie around the bottom to form the balloon shape. Weave in ends.


Large Size

Round 1: Ch 2, 8 hdc in first ch (8)

Round 2: 2 hdc each st around (16)

Round 3: [2 hdc next st, hdc next st]. Rep [ ] around. (24)

Round 4: [2 hdc next st, hdc next two st]. Rep [ ] around. (32)

Rounds 5-7: Hdc each st around (32)

Round 8: [Hdc2tog next st, hdc next two st]. Rep [ ] around. (24)

Round 9: [Hdc2tog next st, hdc next st]. Rep [ ] around. (16)

Round 10: Hdc2tog each st around. (8)

Round 11: Hdc each st around (8)

Round 12: 2 hdc each st around (16)

Tie off weave in end

Cut 5 inches of yarn and tie around the bottom to form the balloon shape. Weave in ends.


The larger the water balloon, the more they hurt! That’s why I created a size that could suit everyone depending on the activity. The wittle tiny ones (aren’t they so cute?!) are best suited for the toddlers of course. With their little hands, they’ll have fun exploring the feel of the balloons and then find out what happens when they squeeze!

The medium sized balloon is perfect for water balloon fights and dodgeball because they don’t hurt as much. Finally, the BIG water balloon is for games like Duck Duck Splash and Fill the Bucket.

Also, you might be worried about these reusable water balloons getting dirty, but they are SO easy to clean. All you need to do is rinse the dirt off with water and continue playing. Or once you’re done, you can throw them in the washing machine with some towels and they’ll be good to go!

Have fun, be safe, and don’t be afraid to get wet!

This pattern is an original pattern by Sigoni of Sigoni Macaroni. Please do not claim this pattern as your own. If you wish to share this pattern, you may link to this pattern but please do not reprint it on your site. You may keep a copy for your own personal use but please DO NOT sell the pattern or distribute it.  

You may sell products made from this pattern but please clearly credit the design to Sigoni Macaroni and provide a link to my blog, www.SigoniMacaroni.com. Thank you for your understanding!

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