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! 🙂





I made this doily for my mother’s birthday. I’m much into lace stuff this days. You can find the free pattern here.




Here’s another lace thingy I made. The motif is taken from an old doily.

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Tunisian Short Row Potholder

Tunisian Short Row Potholder


I tried this pattern because it’s completely different to other potholders and I love Tunisian crochet. It worked up quite fast or at least it felt like that. 😉

It’s the first project with variegated yarn that I really like. In this context this type of yarn just looks best.

But then not all variegated yarns work. I really liked the bright colors of this yarn (Schachenmayr Bamboo Batik). I saw on ravelry that it is used for sweaters and then really looks good, just not for a “tiny” potholder. I frogged it.


You can find the easy but not boring pattern here. It has a great video tutorial!

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. 🙂


For a green lover

For a green lover


Started yesterday evening and finished this mitts today. You can find the pattern here. It’s well written with lots of pictures.

These are my alterations for the project:

Finished after 9 rows of hearts and not 10. Worked one round of sc to finish.

By using only 2 colors I didn’t have to cut yarn at the end of each round. I carried the yarn inside the mitts.

I found the thumb wouldn’t work. So, I did it as follows:

Rnd 1: same as in pattern

Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in same st and in next two scs, sc2tog, sc in next 3 scs, sc2tog, sc in next 6 scs, sc2tog, sl st in first sc.

Rnd 3: Ch 1, sc in same st and in next two scs, sc2tog, sc in next 2 scs, sc2tog, sc in next 5 scs, sc2tog, sl st in first sc.

Rnd 4 and 5: sc around


I think it’s a very nice and quick project, especially  for Valentine’s Day!