Reusable Water Balloon Crochet Pattern

Looking for a fun way to cool off this Summer? I’ve got you covered with this quick and easy reusable water balloon crochet pattern.

Red crochet water balloon being held up.

These water balloons are so quick to make but what I love most about them is that they’re reusable, washable and eco-friendly. No more bits of rubber all over the yard.

They’re perfect for whipping up in a hurry (think kids birthday parties) and they’d be a hit at Summer markets!

Most water balloon patterns that I’ve come across use Bernat Blanket yarn but unfortunately that yarn isn’t readily available in my country so after doing some research, I opted for a thinner chenille yarn. Make sure to read the notes section for more info.

Colourful pile of crochet water balloons.

Water Balloon Crochet Pattern


  • DK Weight chenille yarn in your choice of colours (I used DMC Happy Chenille)
  • 4mm crochet hook
  • Stitch marker, yarn needle, scissors

Abbreviations (US Terms)

  • ch – chain
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • hdc-inc – half double crochet increase
  • hdc-inv – half double crochet decrease
  • sc – single crochet
  • invdec – invisible decrease
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • st/s – stitch/es
  • […] – repeat the instructions in brackets
  • (…) – indicates stitch count at end of round

Special Stitches

Half double crochet invisible decrease (hdc-invdec): Yarn over. Insert hook through the front loops only of the next 2 stitches (4 loops on hook). Yarn over. Pull through the first 2 loops on your hook (3 loops left on hook). Yarn over. Pull through the last 3 loops on your hook to complete the stitch.

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  • The finished item measures approximately 4.25″ x 3″ (11cm x 7.5cm) when using the materials listed.
  • The water balloons are worked in a continuous spiral starting with a ch 2. Mark the first stitch of each round with a removable stitch marker.
  • Yarn choice is important for this pattern as the efficacy of the water balloons relies on absorbency. If you choose to use a different type of yarn, I can’t guarantee that the water balloons will work as well as intended.
  • Each water balloon uses approximately 7g of yarn. I’m able to get 2 water balloons out of one 15g ball of DMC Happy Chenille but this will depend on your own personal tension.
  • My piece measured 1.75″ after R3.


Water Balloon

R1: Ch 2, 8 hdc in second ch from hook (8)

R2: [Hdc-inc] x8 (16)

R3: [Hdc, hdc-inc] x8 (24)

R4: [Hdc] x24 (24)

R5: [3 hdc, hdc-inc] x6 (30)

R6-9: [Hdc] x30 (30)

R10: [3 hdc, hdc-invdec] x6 (24)

R11: [Hdc] x24 (24)

R12: [Hdc, hdc-invdec] x8 (16)

R13: [Hdc] x16 (16)

R14: [Hdc-invdec] x8 (8)

R15: Sc, invdec, 2 sc, invdec, sc (6)

R16: [Hdc-inc] x6 (12)

Sc in next st, sl st in next.

Fasten off invisibly leaving a long tail for sewing.

Bring your needle down through a couple of the stitches on the inside of the neck and out between R14 and R15. Sew the neck closed from front to back and side to side to cinch it in more. Make a small knot at the back and weave in end.

A stack of brightly coloured crochet water balloons.

How to Use Crochet Water Balloons

Fill a bucket or container with cold water. Immerse the water balloons and allow to soak up the water, then throw at your target!

General safety rules apply: avoid impact on heads/faces and don’t throw too hard as with normal water balloons.

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I wouldn’t recommend it for this pattern as it may change the size and absorbency of the finished item.

You don’t! Simply soak in water.

I love seeing your creations! Feel free to send me a photo or tag me on Instagram @stitchbyfay and use the hashtag #stitchbyfaypatterns.

Happy Crocheting x.

This pattern is for personal use only and may not be copied, reproduced, altered, published or distributed in any way. If you wish to share this pattern, you may link to this pattern but please do not reprint it on your site. You can sell finished products made from this pattern in small quantities. Do NOT use our photos as your sale photos.

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