Hot Air Balloon

Hot Air Balloon

Hot Air Balloon

Hot Air Balloon by lydienne

A great use for leftovers of yarn. You need less than 10 grams/0.35 oz of each color when you use four colors. My hot air balloon is 13 cm/5.25 inches high.

Note: For the balloon start each round with ch2 (counts as dc) and end each round with a slip stitch in the new color.
The basket is worked in continuous rounds.


ch 4, join with sl st to form ring
R 1: 14 dc
R 2: 2 dc in ea st (28 dc)
R 3: *2 dc in 1, dc* repeat (42 dc)
R 4 and 5: 42 dc
R 6: *dc2tog, dc* repeat (28 dc)
R 7: 28 dc
R 8: dc2tog around (14 dc)
R 9: *dc2tog, 5 dc* repeat (12 dc)
R 10: 12 dc
R 11: sc2tog in BLO (6 sc)
Stuff and close remaining hole.


ch 2
R 1: 6 sc
R 2: 2 sc in ea st (12 sc)
R 3: 12 sc in BLO
R 4 and 5: 12 sc
R 6: 12 sl st
Weave both ends in.

Now I connected the balloon and the basket at three points. I just made knots and hid the ends.

Have fun crocheting and don’t forget to add your project on ravelry! I’d be very happy to see it! 🙂

Toadstools in Spring

Toadstools in Spring


I’ve seen those mushrooms in springtime colors in decoration stores. I bought two wooden ones in nice pastel colors at Xenos.


I thought they might need some crocheted friends. Couldn’t find a pattern I liked 100 % on ravelry, so I made up my own.

Toadstool in Spring by lydienne

Note: I recommend using the “invisible increase” instead of sc2tog. It looks much better (see picture).


Ch 2

R1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook – 6

R2: 2 sc in each st -12

R3: sc around -12

R4: *2 sc in one st, sc* 6x -18

R5: *2 sc in one, 2 sc* 6x -24

R6: *2 sc in one, 3 sc* 6x -30

R7: *2 sc in one, 4 sc* 6x -36

R8: *sc2tog, 4 sc (in BLO)* 6x -30

In white

R9: *sc2tog, 3 sc (in BLO)* 6x -24

R10: *sc2tog, 2 sc* 6x -18

R11: *sc2tog, sc* 6x -12

Start stuffing.

R12: *sc2tog, sc* 6x -8

R13: sc around in FLO -8

R14-17: sc around -8

R18: *2 sc in one, 3 sc* 2x -10

R19: *2 sc in one, 4 sc* 2x -12

R20: *sc2tog* 6x -6

FO leaving a long tail, close remaining hole and embroider dots, weave end in.

Please don’t copy and redistribute this pattern in any way. Always link to my blog. Thanks!

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Pink Bambi

Pink Bambi

The pattern for this littly deer was published in the German version of Simply Crochet (Simply Häkeln) this month. I had to start it immediately.

Source: Simply crochet

And this is my version:


I love this cutie!

For an amigurumi it’s not that small. It’s 23 cm tall with ears.

I used chunky yarn that I bought at Zeeman. It’s acrylic with some wool and it felt like machine wash felting yarn while working with it. The only problem was the sewing part because the yarn sometimes just “vanished”. Pulling it through the crocheted piece for several times was to much for it, so I started with a new thread every few cms.

Stopper Gnome or Kabouter

Stopper Gnome or Kabouter


Stopper Gnome (or Kabouter) by lydienne

For personal use only. Pattern may not be republished or sold. Products may not be sold without my written permission.

Stitches used (US terms):
ch = chain stitch
sc = single crochet
hdc = half double crochet
dc = double crochet
sl st = slip stitch

Other abbreviations:
BLO = in back loops only
FLO = in front loops only
sk = skip
FO = Fasten off.

Hat in red
ch 2
R 1: 3 sc
R 2: 4 sc
R 3: 6 sc
R 4: 10 sc
R 5: 10 sc
R 5: 12 sc
R 6: 14 sc
R 7: 16 sc
R 8: 20 sc

Face in rose
R 9: 20 sc in BLO
R 10: 20 sc
R 11: 20 sc
R 12: 16 sc
R 13: 16 sc

Clothes in blue
R 14: 16 sc in FLO
R 15: 20 sc
R 16 : 25 sc
R 17: 25 sc
R 18: 25 sc
R 19: 25 sc
Stuff the head and put the stopper into the crocheted piece.
R 20: 20 sc
R 21: 15 sc
R 22: 9 sc
FO, close hole

ch 8 + 1
Row 1: 1 sl st, 2 sc, 2 hdc, 2 sc, 1 sl st
R 2: ch, turn, sk 1st st, 1 sc, 2 dc in next 2 sts, 1 sc, sl st
R 3: ch 1 , turn, sk sl st, sl st in next, ch 2, 1 dc in next 4 sts, ch 2, sl st in sc of row before
Sew beard onto face.

Embroider nose (in rose), eyes (in black, brown, or whatever color you like), eye brows and hair (in white).

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And look what my parents gave us some days after I finished this gnome. 🙂


Owl Family Portrait

Owl Family Portrait


You can find the pattern for the owls here. It’s in German, but with a little crochet experience it should be no problem if you don’t speak German.

I really love this pattern. It works up relatively fast for an amigurumi pattern and you can go wild with the colors and make every owl a very unique one.

As you can see I experimented with the eyes. I must say for me it works best to make the first round of the eyes in black and the second in white/yellow. I’m not very good at embroidering …