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1 size approx 30 cm long
5 sts = 2,5 cm garter stitch
3,5 + 3 mm long circular needle for magic loop + 3 mm crochet hook
50 g Vidde from Hillesvåg or similar yarn for the balloon
15 g Raffia from Jarbö or similar yarn for basket and rope
+ wool stuffing/scrap yarn for filling
About the pattern and hot air balloon
A knitted hot air balloon in lovely wool and raffia makes a pretty decoration for any nursery. The balloon itself is worked in garter stitch, in 8 panels that are seamed together. Further, stitches are picked up for the top and bottom of the balloon, which are worked in the round. The ends are finished with i-cord for a neat finish. The balloon is filled with stuffing. The basket is worked in linen stitch, but is turned inside out. The ropes are crochet with either a crochet hook or with fingers. All pieces are assembled at the end.
Vidde can be replaced with:
Peruvian Highland Wool from Filcolana
Varde Pelsull from Hillesvåg
Double Sunday from Sandnes Garn
Most types of raffia yarn can be used. Alternatively use a thin wool yarn e.g. Finull from Rauma Garn.
The pattern is translated by Elise Damstra