Reusable Crochet Water Balloons

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It’s finally summer time!!! Not that the weather here has been cooperating lately, but it’s supposed to clear up this week. I love the summer, it’s my favourite season; camping and the smell of campfires, being light out until almost 10pm, warm weather, swimming pools and beaches. I just love it all. And who doesn’t love a good ol’ water balloon fight, am I right?!? We used to have these all the time when I was younger. We’d gather all the kids in our neighbourhood and just have at it! It was a blast!!!

As I’ve gotten older (and more mature of course) I’ve become more aware of environmental issues and the trouble those little pieces of left over water balloons have on our planet. According to Wikipedia water balloons are made of latex which naturally decomposes, however the problem is with the left over pieces being ingested by animals. I’m not some crazy “Save the planet!!” kinda girl, but if I can make one small change to help, I will!

“Dolphins, whales, turtles, and many other marine species, as well as terrestrial animals such as cows, dogs, sheep, tortoises, birds and other animals have all been hurt or killed by balloons. The animal is usually killed from the balloon blocking its digestive tract, leaving them unable to take in any more nutrients. It slowly starves to death. The animals can also become entangled in the balloon and its ribbon making the animal unable to move or eat.”    (https://balloonsblow.org/impacts-on-wildlife-and-environment/

We’ve seen deer, bunnies, coyotes, squirrels and many different types of birds right in our own backyard. I would feel awful if we caused harm to any of these animals (even if it is unintentional).

So, a few months ago I started seeing crochet patterns and blog posts about reusable crochet water balloons. I thought it was such a great idea and totally jumped on the bandwagon. They are so easy to make, I can do a few up in one evening. All you have to do is soak them in water and throw away until you need to “refill.” They last quite a while before you need a re-soak. You can’t play water balloon toss as well with these, but for a water balloon fight they are awesome… and they don’t hurt! I was using a pattern I found on Pinterest, but I didn’t really like it. I hate joining rows when working around (ch 2 join with sl to 2nd ch of last round… blah, blah, blah), I’d much rather just continue working in the round. So I changed the pattern up a bit to make it more enjoyable for me to crochet. I can’t say I can tell much of a difference in how the balloons turn out, I just enjoy the process of making them this way a lot better.

Crochet Water Balloon Pattern

Supplies:

Blanket Yarn (I used Bernat Baby blanket yarn in a different colour, but any kind of blanket yarn will do Blanket yarn absorbs the most water)

10mm (US size N) crochet hook

Stitch marker (I have some of these, but honestly I use a bobby pin most of the time- I always have one of those handy!!)

Or you can search Craftsy for more hooks, tools and notions.

Pattern:

Round 1: 3 dc into Magic Ring

Round 2: 2 dc in each st around (6)

Round 3: 2 dc in each st around (12)

Round 4-5: 1 dc in each st around (12)

Round 6: dc2tog around (6)

Round 7: dc2tog around (3)

Round 8: dc in each st (3)

Round 9: sc in each st (3)

Finish off and weave in ends

If you want to make a larger balloon, you can start with 4 dc in the Magic ring and increase the stitches from there (8 in Rnd 2, 16 in Rnd 3 etc.)

That’s it! Easy Peasy!! I hope you have as much fun making these as I have had! As always, head on over to my Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/lilymagsandCo/) if you’d like to purchases these or any of my other crochet creations!!

What are some of your favourite summer time activities besides water balloon fights?!?

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