Reusable Water Balloons | Loom Knitting Tutorial - Darn Good Yarn

Reusable Water Balloons | Loom Knitting Tutorial

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 
Loom hook 
Yarn needle 
Small circular loom - 5.5"/14 cm

Techniques You’ll Need To Know

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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. 

A hand is holding an unsoaked reusable water balloon, knit out of blue and yellow yarn. The person is standing at a window, staring down at the street.

Just plop these bad boys in some water, let them soak, and toss away! 

Meet the Author

Profile picture of the author, Kate Curry, wearing a dark red Nanda Poncho sitting on concrete stairs in front of brick wall.

Kate has been on the Darn Good Yarn team since 2018.

They have their degree in Creative Art Therapy & Psychology - and like crafting and animals a little too much.