I saw this stitch some time ago and I loved it. Looks so different with its texture and also look special with those “balloons” bump it up. So in this week we will learn to make the balloon stitch.

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balloon stitch

You will see that is not so hard and sure will make your projects look great. I imagine a baby blanket. It will be so cute.

Let’s see the abbreviations used in this pattern:

  • Ch – chain
  • St(s) – stitch(es)
  • Dc – double crochet
  • FPDC – front post double crochet
  • BPDC – back post double crochet
  • dc7tog – 7 dc together ( 1 partial dc in each of the next 7 sts, yarn over and pull the yarn trough all loops on your hook and ch 1 to secure the stitch)
  • FPDC7tog – 1 partial FPDC in each of the next 7 sts, yarn over and pull the yarn trough all loops on your hook and ch 1 to secure the stitch)
  • FPDC4tog – the same procedure as with 7 sts

This stitch requires a multiple of 12+2 stitches. To begin chain the number of stitches that you need.

Row 1 

Ch 3. In 4th stitch 4 dc, *1 dc in the next 2 sts, dc7tog, 1 dc in the next 2 sts, 7 dc in the next st. Repeat from * to the end of the row, ending with 1 dc in the next 2 sts, 4 dc in the next, 1 dc in the last st. Ch 3 and turn.

Row 2

1 BPDC in the first 4 sts, *1 FPDC in the next 2 sts, 1 BPDC in the next st ( the joining st of the dc7tog from the previous row), 1 FPDC in the next 2 sts, 1 BPDC in the next 7 sts. Repeat from * to the end of the row, ending with 1 FPDC in the next 2 sts, 1 BPDC in the next 4, 1 dc in the last st. Ch 3 and turn.

Row 3

On row 3 and 4, all you have to do is to fallow the post of the stitches from the previous row. If you have a FPDC you will make a FPDC on this row, and if you have a BPDC you will make a BPDC.

1 FPDC in the first 4 sts, *1 BPDC in the next 2 sts, 1 FPDC in the next st ( the joining st of the dc7tog from the previous row), 1 BPDC in the next 2 sts, 1 FPDC in the next 7 sts. Repeat from * to the end of the row, ending with 1 BPDC in the next 2 sts, 1 FPDC in the next 4, 1 dc in the last st. Ch 3 and turn.

Row 4

As I said you will fallow the post of the sts from the previous row. Basically row 4 is the same as row 2. So repeat row 2.

Row 5 

Is time now to “close the balloons”.

FPDC4tog, *1 BPDC in the next 2 sts, 7 dc in the next, 1 BPDC in the next 2 sts, FPDC7tog. Repeat from * to the end of the row, ending with 1 BPDC in the next 2 sts, FPDC4tog, 1 dc in the last st. Ch 3 and turn.

balloon stitch

First set of balloon stitch is done.

Starting with row 6 we will proceed the same per sections, only that now the balloons have other position.

*1 BPDC (around the joining stitch from the FPDC4tog from the previous row), 1 FPDC in the next 2 sts, 1 BPDC in the next 7 sts, 1 FPDC in the next 2 sts. Repeat from * to the end of the row. Ending with 1 dc in the last st.

Row 7,8

On row 7 and 8 just follow the post of the sts from the previous row. ( row 7 will be the reverse of row 6, and on row 8 just repeat row 6).

Row 9

Time to finish another set of balloon stitch.

4 dc in the first FP st, *1 BPDC in the next 2 sts, FPDC7tog, 1 BPDC in the next 2 sts, 7 dc in the next FP st. Repeat from * to the end of the row, ending with 1 BPDC in the next 2 sts, 4 dc in the nect FP st, 1 dc in the last stitch. Ch 3 and turn.

balloon stitch

And this was it with the balloon stitch. All you have to do is to repeat what you have done until now. I am sure that after those 9 rows you just figure it out how this balloon stitch is made.

As you now bellow you will find the video tutorial.

If you liked this stitch, pin this pattern for later.

balloon stitch

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