Category: Free - Stuff by Steph
 
You know what scares the crap out of me? Balloons and babies in the same room. Babies (and toddlers, too) love to try to bite them. I'm always so scared that the balloon will pop and hurt the child, or even worse, get lodged in an airway. I was stumbling a while back, and came across this shop on etsy and noticed they sell balloon balls! The basic idea is that the balloon is blown up inside these fabric balls, and -while remaining just as fun- becomes more safe for children. I thought "I can make that!" and did some research. After some trial and error, I came up with this pattern. I promise, it's easy enough as long as you have some knowledge on how to operate a sewing machine. I HATE sewing, but I managed to do it and made two yesterday. It's simple enough that even taking pictures every move, it only took me an hour to complete. I will not be selling these in my shop, I've got too much other stuff going on, so I figured it would be nice to share the pattern with everyone! Beware- it's rather detailed and very picture heavy.
You will need to download, print, and cut out the balloon ball template.



(EDIT 4/2/13: a lot of people have been asking for the tutorial. I'm not certain why it's not showing up here, but it can be found here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/124932034/Balloon-Ball-Tutorial)
*****UPDATE 8/19/13*****
Below, I've attached a PDF of the template. If it doesn't work for you, let me know!
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This will be fantastic.
The contest opens tomorrow morning at 8am EST.  If everything goes well, all winners should receive their gifts before the new year. Get your entries in by Monday, the 7th- voting will continue through to the 15th. Remember, votes are important so ask your friends to help you out!! They're allowed to vote once every 24 hours.

  • 1st prize: A hat with matching mittens. The winner will choose size/color/style.
  • 2nd prize: A necklace set- the winner will choose color.
  • 3rd prize: A hand crocheted headband- the winner picks size & can choose between black & white.

You can only enter through my facebook page- so be sure to head over and check it out!
 
Okay, so I had some trouble coming across a good elf/stocking hat pattern a while back. I searched for days, only to find nothing. Then I found this. While it is a great pattern, it's only one size, and much too large for a newborn. Also, the top of the hat isn't long enough for maximum cuteness. So, with that pattern in mind, I altered it to fit my needs. This is what I came up with: [Note: the way I write patterns differs greatly from others, if you find yourself confused, shoot me an email!]
Long Elf Hat
Newborn to 12 months

Supplies:
Size 7 DPN

2 skeins yarn in contrasting colors

Tapestry needle or latch hook

Abbreviations:

FC- First color

SC- Second color

K- Knit 

P- Purl

R- row(s)



Directions:

With your first color, cast on 72 stitches across 3 needles (24 stitches per needle)

K2P2 for 8 rows

Knit 2 rows

Switch to second color, but do not cut FC. Bring FC over SC from the left (right, if you're left-handed like me) on every first stitch of the row.

K 4 R with SC

K 4 R with FC

With SC, *K 7, K2tog* around. 

K 3 R

K 4 R with FC

With SC, *K 6, K2tog* around. 
K 3 R
K 4 R with FC

With SC, *K 5, K2tog* around. 
K 3 R
K 4 R with FC

With SC, *K 4, K2tog* around. 
K 3 R
K 4 R with FC

With SC, *K 3, K2tog* around. 
K 3 R
K 4 R with FC

With SC, *K2, K2tog* around. 

K 3 R
K 4 R with FC

With SC, *K 1, K2tog* around. 

K3 R 

K 4 R with FC

K 4 R with SC

K 4 R with FC

K 4 R with SC

K 4 R with FC

K 3 R with SC

Still with SC, K2tog around

Cut yarn leaving a long tail (4-6 inches) and pull through remaining stitches. Make pom-pom using both colors and attach. Weave in/ tie loose ends.