Hot Air Balloon Nursery Mobile Part I: The Crochet Patterns

Welcome Crocheters and DIY Enthusiasts,

Join me as we embark on a Crochet Journey together making a charming and whimsical Hot Air Balloon Nursery Mobile!

Here’s our itinerary…

In Part I (this post), you’ll find a full crochet pattern to make 3  hot-air balloons with with accompanying baskets and ropes, along with 4 clouds.

In Part II you’ll find a super cool tutorial about hardening your crochet projects with a process I call glue-blocking. I walk you through all the steps of glue-blocking your balloons and baskets by molding them over latex balloons to form the lovely hot air balloon shape! It’s pretty cool, and there are tons of ways to use this technique to harden crochet pieces into baskets, wall art, lampshades, or holiday ornaments…the possibilities are endless.

Finally, in Part III, you’ll learn how to assemble your crocheted mobile charms and finish your mobile frame for hanging and installation.

Along the way, I’ve included modification ideas for changing yarn weights, using variegated yars, and even lighting your balloons for an added dazzle.

I really hope you enjoy!

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part 1 crochet pattern tile

SIZING
Finished Mobile:
17” [43 cm] height of charms hung from mobile frame
24” [61 cm] wide – this can be easily customized to your space depending on size and shape hoop used for mobile frame and level at which you hang your mobile charms

Hot Air Balloon A (small)
Balloon Top: 4.25” [11 cm] total length; 2.75” [7 cm] width; 8.25” [21 cm] circumference at fullest point

Balloon Basket: 0.75” [2 cm] total length; 1” [2.5 cm] width; 3.5” [9 cm] circumference at fullest point

Hot Air Balloon B (medium)
Balloon Top: 6.5” [16.5 cm] total length; 4” [10 cm] width; 12.5” [32 cm] circumference at fullest point

Balloon Basket: 1.25” [3 cm] total length; 1.5” [4 cm] width; 5” [12.75 cm] circumference at fullest point

Hot Air Balloon C (large)
Balloon Top: 9” [23 cm] total length; 5.5” [14 cm] width; 16.5” [42 cm] circumference at fullest point

Balloon Basket: 1.5” [4 cm] total length; 2” [5 cm] width; 6.5” [16.5 cm] circumference

Clouds: 2.5” [6.5 cm] length; 5.25” [13.5 cm] width

 

YARN
For Balloon Tops, Baskets, and Basket Ropes:
Baby Bee Sweet Delight (60% Acrylic/40% Polyamide; 377 yds [345 m];4 oz [115 g]): 1 skein each color.
Colors:
A: Sand Castle #404 (used in Hot Air Balloon color stripes and Baskets)
B: Bashfull #76
C: Pooltime #59
D: Flannel Marled #402
E: Sunkisses #16
F: Boo Pink # 40
G: Sugarplum #60
H: Surf Baby # 66
I: Teddy #14 (for Basket Rope)
For Clouds:
J: Yarn Bee Cotton XXL (100% cotton; 50 yd [46 m]; 3.5 oz [100g];
White #100; 1 skein.

Yarn Substitutions:
For Balloon Tops, Baskets, and Ropes: #3 Light Weight Yarn (DK weight) in 9 colors.
For Clouds: #5 Bulky Weight Yarn (Chunky weight) in white.

 

CROCHET HOOKS
For Balloon Tops, Baskets, and Ropes: Size G/6 [4.0 mm]
For Clouds: Size L/11 [8.0 mm]

TOOLS
Yarn needle

 

SPECIAL TOOLS for Glue-Blocking and Mobile Installation
3 latex balloons –12” latex balloons
White school glue such as Elmer’s
Washable container that you don’t mind getting messy OR freezer paper to cover your work surface. If you use the shiny side of the freezer paper, the glue does not stick to it as pieces dry.
Waste yarn/string for hanging your Balloon Tops to dry.
Spray starch for pressing clouds (optional)
Balloon pump (optional)
Sewing needle and white or light-colored sewing thread for attaching Balloon Tops to Baskets and hanging Hot Air Balloons and Clouds to mobile frame
12” x 20” Quilter’s Wooden Embroidery Hoop to serve as mobile frame
Mug Hook for ceiling installation

 

GAUGE
15 sts and 12.75 rows = 4” in granny row half double crochet after glue-blocking.

Note: Gauge does not need to be precise for this project. Use a hook size appropriate for the yarn you choose—check the yarn label for guidance. Feel free to go down a hook size for a denser fabric texture.

 

SPECIAL ABBREVIATIONS
increase shell [inc sh(s)]: 6 hdc worked in sp indicated
long shell [long sh(s)]: 3 hdc worked worked over/around the ch-sp of previous rnd and in the sp of 2nd previous rnd indicated
shell(s) [sh(s)]: 3 hdc worked in any sp indicated
space(s) [sp(s)]: not the same as a conventional chain-space; refers to the area between shells or between individual stitches of increase shells
NOTES
• This pattern uses US crochet terminology.
• This pattern is worked in the round with Right Side of the work facing you at all times.
• Weave in ends as you go to reduce finishing: optional, but helpful when you are changing colors with each round!
• Allow several days for the glue to dry completely depending on the humidity level in your workspace.
• If your glue-blocked balloon is not hard enough or still has soft spots, you can repeat the stiffening process by adding more glue wherever needed and allowing it to dry completely.

 

MODIFICATION IDEAS
• Use a different yarn weight. This pattern works in any yarn weight, but the dimensions of the finished project and the amount of glue you
need will change if you use a different yarn weight than the pattern
states.

• Change the balloon size. You can also change the size of the balloon by working more or fewer increase rounds alternating with “work even” rounds until you achieve a balloon top diameter you like. You would also need to adjust the length of the Balloon Body and the number of decrease rounds to keep your balloon in proportion.

• Change the color and style. Consider using a variegated yarn for different color effect. If you use a continuous strand of yarn instead of changing colors, you will need to slip stitch to the appropriate starting point at the end of each round worked. I think the easiest way to do this is to complete the current round, turn the work so the Wrong Side is facing, and slip stitch back to a starting point (1 or 2 slip stitches) as directed in the instructions, turn the work again so the Right Side is facing and you are ready to begin the next round.
Psst! This would mean only 2 yarn ends to weave in on the balloon instead of about 60…something to think about!

• Add Lighting Inserts (Optional, but so fun!) Use battery-powered flameless tea light candles to add a charming lighting element to your hot air balloons by placing the candle into the balloon basket for easy access to turn on and off. For an even more authentic hot air balloon experience, use a flameless candle that has a flickering effect! This functions as a sweet nightlight for your little one or pretty piece of home décor.

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Balloon A (small)
Balloon Top
Note: Change yarn colors with each new round, fastening off after each round and joining yarn in st or sp indicated.

Make an adjustable ring.

Rnd 1: With any color: Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 11 hdc into ring, sl st to first hdc to join rnd, tighten adjustable ring to close…12 hdc.

Rnd 2: Join new color in any hdc. Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 2 hdc in same st, sk next hdc, *sh in next hdc, sk next hdc; rep from * around…sl st to first hdc to join rnd…6 shs.

Rnd 3 (increase rnd): Join new color in any sp betw shells. Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 5 hdc in same sp, *inc sh in next sp; rep from * around, sl st to first hdc to join rnd…6 inc shs.

Rnd 4: Join new color in any sp betw inc shs. Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 2 hdc in same sp, sk 3 hdc, sh in center of next inc sh (working betw 3rd and 4th hdc of inc sh), *sh in next sp betw inc shs, sh in center of next inc sh; rep from * around, sl st to first hdc to join rnd…12 shs.

Balloon Body
Rnds 5-6 (work even): Join new color in any sp betw shs. Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 2 hdc in same sp, * sh in next sp; rep from * around, sl st to first hdc to join rnd.

 

Balloon Bottom
Rnd 7 (decrease rnd): Join new color in any sp betw shs. Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 2 hdc in same sp, sh in next sp, ch 1, sk next sp, *sh in next 2 sps, ch 1, sk next sp; rep from * around, sl st to first hdc to join rnd…8 shs, 4 ch-sps.

Rnd 8: Join new color by attaching yarn around any ch-sp and the sp of the 2nd prev rnd beneath it. Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 2 hdc in same sp working around ch-sp of prev rnd and into sp of 2nd prev rnd beneath it (lsh made), sh in next sp, *lsh in next sp of 2nd prev rnd/around ch-sp, sh in next sp; rep from * around…4 lshs; 4 shs.

Rnds 9-10: Join new color in any sp betw shells. Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 2 hdc in same sp, *sh in next sp; rep from * around, sl st to first hdc to join rnd…8 shs.

Rnd 11 (decrease rnd): Join new color in any sp betw shs. Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 2 hdc in same sp, ch 1, sk next sp, *sh in next sp, ch 1, sk next sp; rep from * around, sl st to first hdc to join rnd…4 shs; 4 ch-sps.

Rnd 12: Join new color by attaching yarn around any ch-sp and the sp of the 2nd prev rnd beneath it (see photo for assistance). Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 2 hdc in same sp working around ch-sp of prev rnd and into sp of 2nd prev rnd beneath it (lsh made), sh in next sp, *lsh in next sp of 2nd prev rnd/around ch-sp, sh in next sp; rep from * around…2 lsh; 2 shs.

Rnds 13-14: Join new color in any sp betw shs. Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 2 hdc in same sp, *sh in next sp; rep from * around, sl st to first hdc to join rnd…4 shs.

Basket A
Special Note for Baskets made from one yarn: If you are making your Basket using one continuous strand of yarn as shown here, you will need to slip stitch your working yarn into position to start your next round at the beginning of each new round. At the end of each round, turn the work so the Wrong Side is facing, slip stitch back to the corner ch-sp or sp as directed, turn the work again so the Right Side is facing and you are ready to begin the next round.

With Color A:
Make adjustable ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 2 hdc in ring, (ch 1, 3 hdc) three times into ring, sl st to first hdc to join rnd. Tighten ring to close…4 shs; 4 ch-sps.

Rnds 2-3: Sl st to nearest sp betw shells. Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 2 hdc in same sp, sh in each sp around, sl st to first hdc to join rnd…4 shs.

 

Balloon B (medium)
Balloon Top
Note: Change yarn colors with each new round, fastening off after each round and joining yarn in st or sp indicated.

Make an adjustable ring.

Rnd 1: With any color: Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 11 hdc into ring, sl st to first hdc to join rnd, tighten adjustable ring to close…12 hdc.

Rnd 2: Join new color in any hdc. Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 2 hdc in same st, sk next hdc, *sh in next hdc, sk next hdc; rep from * around…sl st to first hdc to join rnd…6 shs.

Rnd 3 (increase rnd): Join new color in any sp betw shells. Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 5 hdc in same sp, *inc sh in next sp; rep from * around, sl st to first hdc to join rnd…6 inc shs.

Rnd 4: Join new color in any sp betw inc shs. Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 2 hdc in same sp, sk 3 hdc, sh in center of next inc sh (working betw 3rd and 4th hdc of inc sh), *sh in next sp betw inc shs, sh in center of next inc sh; rep from * around, sl st to first hdc to join rnd…12 shs.

Rnd 5 (increase rnd): Join new color in any sp betw shells. Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 5 hdc in same sp, sh in next sp betw shells, *inc sh in next sp, sh in next sp; rep from * around, sl st to first hdc to join rnd…6 inc shs and 6 shs.

Rnd 6: Join new color in center of any inc sh. Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 2 hdc in same sp, sh in next 2 sps *sh in center of next inc sh, sh in next 2 sps; rep from * around, sl st to first hdc to join rnd…18 shs.

Balloon Body

Rnds 7-9: (work even): Join new color in any sp betw shs. Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 2 hdc in same sp, * sh in next sp; rep from * around, sl st to first hdc to join rnd.

Balloon Bottom

Rnd 10 (decrease rnd): Join new color in any sp betw shs. Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 2 hdc in same sp, sh in next sp, ch 1, sk next sp, *sh in next 2 sps, ch 1, sk next sp; rep from * around, sl st to first hdc to join rnd…12 shs, 6 ch-sps.

Rnd 11: Join new color by attaching yarn around any ch-sp and the sp of the 2nd prev rnd beneath it. Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 2 hdc in same sp working around ch-sp of prev rnd and into sp of 2nd prev rnd beneath it (lsh made), sh in next sp, *lsh in next sp of 2nd prev rnd/around ch-sp, sh in next sp; rep from * around…6 lshs; 6 shs.

Rnds 12-13: Join new color in any sp betw shells. Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 2 hdc in same sp, *sh in next sp; rep from * around, sl st to first hdc to join rnd…12 shs.

Rnd 14 (decrease rnd): Join new color in any sp betw shs. Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 2 hdc in same sp, ch 1, sk next sp, *sh in next sp, ch 1, sk next sp; rep from * around, sl st to first hdc to join rnd…6 shs; 6 ch-sps.

Rnd 15: Join new color by attaching yarn around any ch-sp and the sp of the 2nd prev rnd beneath it. Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 2 hdc in same sp working around ch-sp of prev rnd and into sp of 2nd prev rnd beneath it (lsh made), sh in next sp, *lsh in next sp of 2nd prev rnd/around ch-sp, sh in next sp; rep from * around…3 lsh; 3 sh.

Rnds 16-18: Join new color in any sp betw shs. Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 2 hdc in same sp, *sh in next sp; rep from * around, sl st to first hdc to join rnd…6 shs.

Basket B
See Special Note for Basket A.

With Color A:
Make adjustable ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 2 hdc in ring, (ch 1, 3 hdc) five times into ring, sl st to first hdc to join rnd. Tighten ring to close…6 shs; 6 ch-sps.

Rnds 2-5: Sl st to nearest sp betw shells. Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 2 hdc in same sp, sh in each sp around, sl st to first hdc to join rnd…6 shs.

 



 

Balloon C (large)
Balloon Top
Note: Change yarn colors with each new round, fastening off after each round and joining yarn in st or sp indicated.

Make an adjustable ring.

Rnd 1: With any color: Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 11 hdc into ring, sl st to first hdc to join rnd, tighten adjustable ring to close…12 hdc.

Rnd 2: Join new color in any hdc. Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 2 hdc in same st, sk next hdc, *sh in next hdc, sk next hdc; rep from * around…sl st to first hdc to join rnd…6 shs.

Rnd 3 (increase rnd): Join new color in any sp betw shells. Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 5 hdc in same sp, *inc sh in next sp; rep from * around, sl st to first hdc to join rnd…6 inc shs.

Rnd 4: Join new color in any sp betw inc shs. Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 2 hdc in same sp, sk 3 hdc, sh in center of next inc sh (working betw 3rd and 4th hdc of inc sh), *sh in next sp betw inc shs, sh in center of next inc sh; rep from * around, sl st to first hdc to join rnd…12 shs.

Rnd 5 (increase rnd): Join new color in any sp betw shells. Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 5 hdc in same sp, sh in next sp betw shells, *inc sh in next sp, sh in next sp; rep from * around, sl st to first hdc to join rnd…6 inc shs and 6 shs.

Rnd 6: Join new color in center of any inc sh. Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 2 hdc in same sp, sh in next 2 sps *sh in center of next inc sh, sh in next 2 sps; rep from * around, sl st to first hdc to join rnd…18 shs.

Rnd 7 (increase rnd): Join new color in any sp betw shs. Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 5 hdc in same sp, sh in next 2 sps, inc sh in next sp, sh in next 2 sps; rep from * around, sl to to first hdc to join rnd…6 inc shs, 12 shs.

Balloon Body

Rnd 8: Join new color in center of any inc sh. Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 2 hdc in same sp, sh in next 3 sps *sh in center of next inc sh, sh in next 3 sps; rep from * around, sl st to first hdc to join rnd…24 shs.

Rnds 9-12 (work even): Join new color in any sp betw shs. Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 2 hdc in same sp, * sh in next sp; rep from * around, sl st to first hdc to join rnd.

Balloon Bottom
Rnd 13 (decrease rnd): Join new color in any sp betw shs. Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 2 hdc in same sp, sh in next 2 sps, ch 1, sk next sp, *sh in next 2 sps, ch 1, sk next sp; rep from * around, sl st to first hdc to join rnd…12 shs, 6 ch-sps.

Rnd 14: Join new color by attaching yarn around any ch-sp and the sp of the 2nd prev rnd beneath it. Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 2 hdc in same sp working around ch-sp of prev rnd and into sp of 2nd prev rnd beneath it (lsh made), sh in next 2 sps, *lsh in next sp of 2nd prev rnd/around ch-sp, sh in next 2 sps; rep from * around…6 lshs; 12 shs.

Rnds 15-17: Join new color in any sp betw shells. Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 2 hdc in same sp, *sh in next sp; rep from * around, sl st to first hdc to join rnd…18 shs.

Rnd 18 (decrease rnd): Join new color in any sp betw shs. Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 2 hdc in same sp, sh in next sp, ch 1, sk next sp, *sh in next 2 sps, ch 1, sk next sp; rep from * around, sl st to first hdc to join rnd…12 shs; 6 ch-sps.

Rnd 19: Work as for Rnd 14…6 lsh; 6 sh.

Rnds 20-21: Join new color in any sp betw shs. Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 2 hdc in same sp, *sh in next sp; rep from * around, sl st to first hdc to join rnd…12 shs.

Rnd 22 (decrease rnd): Work as for Rnd 14…8 shs; 4 ch-sps.

Rnd 23: Join new color by attaching yarn around any ch-sp and the sp of the 2nd prev rnd beneath it. Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 2 hdc in same sp working around ch-sp of prev rnd and into sp of 2nd prev rnd beneath it (lsh made), sh in next sp, *lsh in next sp of 2nd prev rnd/around ch-sp, sh in next sp; rep from * around…4 lshs; 4 shs.

Rnds 24-26: Join new color in any sp betw shells. Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 2 hdc in same sp, *sh in next sp; rep from * around, sl st to first hdc to join rnd…8 shs.

 

Basket C
See Special Note for Basket A.

With Color A:
Make adjustable ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 2 hdc in ring, (ch 1, 3 hdc) three times into ring, sl st to first hdc to join rnd. Tighten ring to close…4 shs; 4 ch-sps.

Rnd 2 (increase rnd): Sl st to nearest corner ch-sp, ch 2 (counts as hdc), (2 hdc – ch 1 – sh) in same ch-sp, (sh – ch 1 – sh) in each ch-sp around, sl to to first hdc to join rnd…8 shs; 4 ch-sps.

Rnd 3: Sl st to nearest corner ch-sp, ch 2 (counts as hdc), 2 hdc in same ch-sp, sh in each sp or ch-sp around, sl st to first hdc to join rnd…8 shs.

Rnds 4-6: Sl st to nearest sp betw shells. Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 2 hdc in same sp, sh in each sp around, sl st to first hdc to join rnd…8 shs.

 

Basket Ropes (Make 3)
Make a chain 2” [5 cm] longer than the circumference of the Basket you just made. Repeat to make a Basket Rope for each Basket.

 

Cloud (make 4)
With J and larger hook:
Round 1: Ch 5, 3 dc in first ch, sk 1 ch, sl st in next ch, 5 dc in same ch, sk 1 ch, sl st in next ch, 8 dc in same ch, working on bottom side of foundation chain, sk 1 ch, sl st in next ch, 5 dc in same ch, sk 1 ch, sl st in first ch worked to close round.
Fasten off; break yarn leaving 12” [30.5 cm] tail.

If your cloud has any gaps from working into the center, you can use the yarn tail(s) to invisibly sew it closed from the back. Weave in yarn ends.

 

FINISHING
Turn Balloons and Baskets Wrong Side out. Weave in all yarn ends.
Glue-block by following these instructions. Press clouds with a warm iron and a little spray starch, if desired.

 

STANDARD ABBREVIATIONS

”                    inches

*                    repeat the instructions

following the single

asterisk as directed

betw            between

ch                chain

ch-sp           chain-space

cm               centimeters

dc                double crochet

dec             decrease

g                  grams

hdc              half double crochet

inc                increase

m                 meters

mm              millimeters

oz                 ounces

prev             previous

rep               repeat

rnd(s)           round(s)

sk                  skip

sl st               slip stitch

st(s)              stitch(es)

yd                yards

yo                yarn over

 

Well done! You’re ready to travel on to Hot Air Balloon Nursery Mobile Part II: Glue-Blocking!

Yours in Stitches,

Sara

 
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