Written by Kate Curry
With heat waves coming left and right this summer, staying cool and hydrated is the name of the game! I used to love having water balloon fights, but as a semi-adult, all I can think about is all the plastic that is getting left outside after!
We’ve come up with a way for you to create quick and reusable water balloons for summer!
1 cake of DGY Worsted Weight Silk Yarn
Small circular loom - 5.5"/14 cm
Techniques You’ll Need To Know
Hey everybody, Kate from Darn Good Yarn here. So I'm going to show you a really cool technique to thicken up, or, as I call it, chunk up some yarn. So I have some of our worsted weight yarn. And before I show you my trick, I just kind of want to show you what a regular, like, simple chain of this looks like so that when I show you the chunky version, you can actually see the difference. All right, so just one chain of our worsted weight yarn looks pretty much like this.
All right, so the first thing you have to do is you have to make an S. I always like to put my ball of yarn to my right. And then I will make a little S with my yarn. You bunch it together. And you make your knot with the working strand of yarn on your right side. And then you're going to make this, like, knot or any kind of knot really. You know, I'm not a big fan of slip knots. All right. Perfect. So you can see now we're going to have three strands of yarn. There's going to be the working strand and there's going to be this, like, little lasso. So I'll show you how it works. So I'm going to make a few quick chains. It's maybe a little tight because this crochet hook is a little too small for this thickness.
It was perfect for the plain worsted weight. But now that we're a little chunky, the first one might be a little tight. There we go. Now she's loosey goosey but as you can see, the chain is definitely chunkier. Look at that bad boy. Now, these three distinct strands, there's one working strand to catch the ball of yarn, and there's one like little lasso. So once you've gotten to the end of this, three strands to make more, you take your lasso, you're going to take a working yarn, and you're going to pull it through this pull it right through that little lasso Now, what you do is you're going to grab the lasso and kind of pull the yarn together. So you're making three strands of yarn again.
So essentially, while you are building up your project, you also have to stop every so often to put your yarn through that lasso to make more three stranded yarn or chunky art, as I like to call it. Here's a better view of the lasso. So you'll see one working strand attached to the ball of yarn or cake, whatever. And then you have the lasso. So to make more fingers through the lasso, pull the yarn on through and then squish it down here where you've ended the last lasso, you'll see like a little attachment. It does not affect the yarn at all. So remember those few stitches I showed you at the beginning, this is the same yarn.
But now this is with the thickening technique. So it's nice and thick and chunky. And again, once you get to like the end of your lasso, you can just push the yarn through Come on, buddy. Push the yarn through and tug. This would work better if I had a beautiful yarn bowl. Thankfully, I work at a place that makes yarn bowls and then you pull it down and then you have your three strands. I think it shows off the colors a lot better. Also, it shows off the sparkle a lot better. And that is pretty much it for my chunky yarn trick.
Let’s Get Started!
Round 1: Chonk up the yarn using the tutorial above. CO and e-wrap the loom.
Round 2: E-wrap the loom again and knit over the previous round
Round 3-13: Repeat round 2
Round 14: Wrap your working yarn around the loom twice and then cut, creating a long tail.
Wrap your working yarn around the loom 2 times and cut. Using your needle, insert the working yarn from the bottom of the loop and pull up. Do this to all pegs. Once the working yarn has been woven up through all the pegs, remove the yarn from the pegs.
While holding the working yarn, turn your balloon inside out. Cinch the beanie up by pulling tightly on the working yarn. Knot the working yarn at the cinch and cut. Weave in any ends. Turn your balloon outside in and weave in any ends. Use the excess yarn from round 14 to cinch up the top to create the closed balloons.
Just plop these bad boys in some water, let them soak, and toss away!