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{ Hot air balloon - baby mobile }



Note: This hot air balloon measures 15 cm approximately. Of course should you choose a different hook or yarn calling, measures will vary.

Materials
- 3.00 mm crochet hook
- 100 % cotton yarn for a 3.00 mm hook
- Polyfiber fill for stuffing
- Tapestry needle
- Two wooden sticks to hang the mobile. I bought this one for my niece.

Colors
- 4 colors for the hot air balloon.
- 1 color for the basket
- 1 contrasting color for the straps that hold the basket and the ruffles
- White for the clouds

Abbreviations
st = stitch
slst = slip stitch
sc = single crochet
hdc = half double crochet
dc = double crochet

Ready? Let’s start!

First of all, crochet this small piece…

Piece 1
{Using color 4…}
1. Start with a magic ring of 6 sc
2. Crochet *2 sc in each st*, repeat * (12)
3. Crochet *1 sc, 2 sc in the next st*, repeat * (18)
4. Crochet *2 sc, 2 sc in the next st*, repeat * (24)
5. Crochet *3 sc, 2 sc in the next st*, repeat * (30)
Close, break the yarn and weave in ends. SET ASIDE FOR A WHILE.

Hot Air Balloon
{Start with color 1…}
1. Start with a magic ring of 6 sc
2. Crochet *2 sc in each st*, repeat * (12)
3. Crochet *1 sc, 2 sc in the next st*, repeat * (18)
4. Crochet *2 sc, 2 sc in the next st*, repeat * (24)
5. Crochet *3 sc, 2 sc in the next st*, repeat * (30)
6. Crochet *4 sc, 2 sc in the next st*, repeat * (36)
7. Crochet *5 sc, 2 sc in the next st*, repeat * (42)
8. Crochet *6 sc, 2 sc in the next st*, repeat * (48)
9. Crochet *7 sc, 2 sc in the next st*, repeat * (54)
10. Crochet *8 sc, 2 sc in the next st*, repeat * (60)
11. Crochet *9 sc, 2 sc in the next st*, repeat * (66)
12. Crochet *10 sc, 2 sc in the next st*, repeat * (72)
13. to 15. Crochet 72 sc
16. Change to color 2 and crochet 72 sc
17. to 19. Crochet 72 sc
20. Change to color 3 and crochet 72 mp
21. to 23. Crochet 72 sc
24. Change to color 4 and crochet *10 sc, one decrease*, repeat * (66)
25. to 26. Crochet 66 sc
27. Crochet *9 sc, one decrease*, repeat * (60)
28. Change to color 1 and crochet 60 sc
29. Crochet 60 sc
30. Crochet *8 sc, one decrease*, repeat * (54)
31. Crochet 54 sc
32. Change to color 2 and crochet 54 sc
33. Crochet *7 sc, one decrease*, repeat * (48)
34. to 34. Crochet 48 sc
36. Change to color 3 and crochet *6 sc, one decrease*, repeat * (42)
37. to 38. Crochet 42 sc
39. Crochet *5 sc, one decrease*, repeat * (36)
{Stuff firmly NOW…}
40. Change to color 4 and crochet *4 sc, one decrease*, repeat * (30)
STOP = Now take the piece 1 you’ve done previously and place it over the hole, as a lid.
41. Now crochet 30 sc, inserting your hook into one stitch of the balloon and one stitch of Piece 1 at the same time, to join them, closing the opening. Stuff firmly before closing completely.
41. to 45. Crochet 30 sc
Close, break the yarn and weave in ends...

Basket
{Using the color of your choice…}
1. Start with a magic ring of 6 sc
2. Crochet *2 sc in each st*, repeat * (12)
3. Crochet *2 sc in each st*, repeat * (24)
4. Crochet *3 sc, 2 sc in the next st*, repeat * (30)
5. Crochet *4 sc, 2 sc in the next st*, repeat * (36)
6. Crochet *5 sc, 2 sc in the next st*, repeat * (42)
7. Only through back loops, crochet 42 sc
8. to 22. Crochet 42 sc
Close, break the yarn and weave in ends. Fold the edge of the basket outwards.

Straps
1. Chain 60 ch stitches.
Close and break the yarn, leaving a long tail to sew. Repeat 3 more times to make 4 straps.

Ruffle
1. Chain 25 ch stitches. Starting from the second ch from hook, crochet: 3 slst, 3 sc, 3 hdc, 6 dc, 3 hdc, 3 sc, 3 slst 
Close and break the yarn, leaving a long tail to sew. Repeat 3 more times to make 4 ruffles.

Assembly
- Sew the straps in the tip of the balloon, forming a cross (perpendicularly). Help yourself with some pins. Fix them in place with a few stitches in the middle section of the balloon.
Then sew the basket in the other end of the straps. Finally pin the ruffles and sew them in place with some stitches (using the remaining tails in the ends).
Clouds
{Make 4, using white…}
1. Start with a magic ring of 6 sc
2. Crochet *2 sc in each st*, repeat * (12)
3. Crochet 12 sc
4. Crochet 1 decrease, then 10 sc (11)
5. Crochet 3 sc together in the same stitch and then 10 sc (13)
6. Crochet 3 sc together in the same stitch, then 1 sc, then further 3 sc together in the same stitch and, finally, 10 sc (17)
7. Crochet 3 sc, then 3 sc together in the same stitch and, finally, 13 sc (19)
8. Crochet 3 sc, then 3 sc together in the same stitch, 1 sc, then further 3 sc together in the same stitch and, finally, 13 sc (23)
9. Crochet 6 sc, then 3 sc together in the same stitch and, finally, 16 sc (25)
10. Crochet 5 sc, then 3 sc together in the same stitch, 1 sc, then further 3 sc together in the same stitch and, finally, 17 sc (29)
11. Crochet 29 sc
12. Crochet 4 sc, then 2 decreases, 1 sc, further 2 decreases and, finally, 16 sc (25)
13. Crochet 4 sc, then 1 decrease, 1 sc, another decrease and, finally, 16 sc (23)
14. Crochet 3 sc, then 1 decrease, 1 sc, another decrease and, finally, 15 sc (21)
15. Crochet 2 sc, then 1 decrease, 1 sc, another decrease and, finally, 14 sc (19)
16. Crochet 3 sc, then 3 sc together in the same stitch and, finally, 15 sc (21)
17. Crochet 3 sc, Then 3 sc together in the same stitch, 1 sc, then further 3 sc together in the same stitch and, finally, 15 sc (25)
18. Crochet 25 sc
19. Crochet 2 sc, then 2 decreases, 1 sc, further 2 decreases and, finally, 14 sc (21)
20. Crochet 2 decreases, 1 sc, further 2 decreases, 10 sc and, finally, 1 decrease (16)
21. Crochet 1 decrease, 1 sc, further 2 decreases and, finally, 9 sc (13)
22. Crochet 2 sc, then 3 sc together in the same stitch and, finally, 10 sc (15)
23. Crochet 15 sc
24. Crochet *1 sc, one decrease*, repeat * (10)
25. Crochet 5 decreases
Close the 5 remaining stitches through the back loops, break the yarn and weave in ends.
If you are using wooden sticks, arrange them perpendicularly and tie them in place. From the middle hang the balloon, and from the 4 corners, hang the clouds at different heights...

You can use the basket to store a special pacifier for the night...
Or look who can hop inside... Tim, the mouse! Find his free pattern here.

Done! Congratulations!!