Crochet Hot Air Balloon Applique

Crochet a cute hot air balloon applique to embellish your baby blankets, granny squares, greeting cards, or any project for Valentine’s Day!

Hot Air Balloon Granny Square - Raffamusa Designs

The crochet pattern of the hot air balloon applique is part of my Valentine’s Day granny squares, a collection of 20 afghan blocks and appliques to create something beautiful and unique for the most romantic day of the year!

However, this hot air balloon is very versatile and you can use it to decorate any project, especially baby blankets and accessories. For example, you could add a couple of cloud appliques, and replace the hearts with some tiny stars to make a perfect balloon for a baby boy.

Find more crochet appliques here on the blog…

Add this pattern with all the Valentine’s Day Granny Squares to your Ravelry queue HERE and favorite it (– thank you!). Or save it for later by pinning it to your favorite crochet board on Pinterest using this pin!

Crochet Hot Air Balloon Applique - Free Pattern - Raffamusa Designs

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  • 3.5 mm (E/4 US, 9 UK) Crochet Hook
  • DK (3, Light) Yarn
  • Tapestry Needle


I used Durable Comfy (291 yds / 266 m per 100 g) in the following colors:

  • Brown – Caramel (2210)
  • Red – Deep Red (317)
  • White – Ivory (326)

Feel free to use any yarn with the appropriate hook.


4.1″ (10.5 cm) by 2.7″ (7 cm).


This pattern is too small to accurately determine the gauge.


  • Ch – Chain
  • Dc – Double Crochet
  • Inc – Increase
  • Hdc – Half Double Crochet
  • MCMagic Circle
  • Sc – Single Crochet
  • Sl St – Slip Stitch
  • St – Stitch


  • If the pattern says “dc 2”, you have to crochet 1 dc in each of the next 2 sts.
  • (…) – Repeat instructions within parentheses for the indicated number of times.
  • […] – Crochet the instructions within square brackets all in the same indicated st.

How to Crochet a Hot Air Balloon Applique

Hot Air Balloon

With red, make a MC.

Round 1. Ch 2 (does not count as a st here and throughout), dc 12 in MC, sl st in first dc to join. (12 sts)

Round 2. Ch 2, dc inc 12, sl st in first st to join. (24 sts)

Round 3. Ch 2, (dc inc 1, dc 1) 12 times, sl st in first st to join. (36 sts)

Round 4. Ch 1 (does not count as a st), (sc 5, sc inc 1) 6 times, sl st in first st to join. (42 sts)

Row 5. Ch 2, dc 1, hdc 2, sc 2, hdc 2, [dc 1, ch 2, sl st 1] in next st. Leave remaining sts unworked. (8 sts)

Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing.


With brown, ch 5.

Row 1. Sc in second ch from hook, sc 3. (4 sts)

Row 2. Ch 1, turn. Sc inc 1, sc 3. (5 sts)

Row 3. Ch 1, turn. Sc inc 1, sc 4. (6 sts)

Row 4. Ch 1, turn. Sc inc 1, sc 5. (7 sts)

Crochet a border as follows:

Row 5. Ch 1, do not turn. Place 4 sts along the left side (or right side if you are left-handed). Ch 1, sc 4 on the bottom of the basket. Ch 1, sc 4 along the next side.

Heart Decorations

With white, crochet 3 small hearts as described HERE.


Sew the hot air balloon on your project and decorate it by embroidering a few lines and attaching the hearts.

Sew the basket below the hot air balloon, and with a length of brown, connect the basket to the balloon.

Fasten off and weave in your ends.

YOUR CROCHET Hot Air Balloon Applique IS READY!

I hope you enjoyed this free crochet pattern, and I’d love to see your hot air balloons! Please, share a pic of your work on Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #raffamusadesigns!

Find more embellishments to crochet here on the blog…

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