letters given above, for the balloons only). With yarn A make an adjustable ring, 1ch, 8dc in ring – 8 sts. Rnd 1: 2dc in each st to end – 16 sts. For rnd 2 and all subsequent rounds, work one repeat of stitch pattern, given in brackets, in each colour following the sequence B, C, D, A, B, C, D, A to end, carrying completed colours around behind sts. Rnd 2: (Dc, 2dc in next st) around – 24 sts. Rnd 3: (2dc, 2dc in next st) around – 32 sts. Rnd 4: (3dc, 2dc in next st) around – 40 sts. Rnd 5: (4dc, 2dc in next st) around – 48 sts. Rnds 6–10: (6dc) around – 48 sts. Rnd 11: (Dc2tog, 4dc) around – 40 sts. Rnd 12: Dc around – 40 sts. Rnd 13: (Dc2tog, 3dc) around – 32 sts. Rnd 14: Rep rnd 12 – 32 sts. Rnd 15: (Dc2tog, 2dc) around – 24 sts. Rnd 16: Rep rnd 12 – 24 sts. Rnd 17: (Dc2tog, dc) around – 16 sts.
Rnd 18: Rep rnd 12 – 16 sts. Stuff firmly. Rnd 19: Using yarn A only, dc2tog blo to end. Fasten off yarn and weave in ends. For rest of pattern, use the yarn letters as given in Materials list. BASKET With Yarn E, make an adjustable ring, 2ch, 6dc in ring, sl st into 2nd ch to join rnd – 6dc. Rnd 1: 2ch, 2dc into each st around, sl st to join – 12dc. Rnd 2: 2ch, dcblo around, sl st to join. Rnd 3: 2ch, dc around, sl st to join. Rnd 4: Rep rnd 3. Rnd 5: 8ch, join with sl st to 2nd row from bottom of balloon, between the colour changes. Fasten off and weave in end. Rnd 6: Rejoin yarn to top of basket, exactly half way from your first line of chains. 8ch and join to balloon, half way around from your first join. Fasten off and weave in ends. BIRD With yarn A make an adjustable ring, 3ch, 8tr in ring, change to
yarn D, 4tr in ring, change back to yarn A, tr in ring, sl st into 3rd ch to join – 13tr. Rnd 1: 5ch, dc into 2nd ch from hook, htr, tr, dtr, miss 2 sts on foundation rnd, tr into next st, tr, (2tr into next st) twice, tr, 2tr into next st, sl st into same st, change to yarn H, 3ch, dc into 2nd ch from hook, dc into same st as previous 2tr, change to yarn A, dc, change to yarn D, dc, 2dc into next st, dc, 2dc into next st, with yarn A, dc, 2dc into next st, sl st to first ch to join. Fasten off and weave in ends. CLOUD With yarn D, 14ch. Row 1: Dc into 3rd ch from hook, dc to end, turn. Row 2: 2ch, 11dc, turn. Row 3: 2ch, 9dc, turn. Row 4: 2ch, 7dc, turn. Row 5: 2ch, 5dc, turn. Row 6: 2ch, 3dc, turn. Row 7: 2ch, 2tr, sl st into same st. Fasten off and weave in ends. RAINBOW Row 1: With yarn A, 7ch, dc into 3rd ch from hook, 2dc into each st to final st, dc into final st of row – 9 sts.
Row 2: Change to yarn B, 2ch, [2dc into next st, dc] 4 times, dc – 13 sts. Row 3: Change to yarn H, 2ch, [2dc into next st, 2dc] 4 times, dc – 17 sts. Row 4: Change to yarn F, 2ch, [2dc into next st, 3dc] 4 times, dc – 21 sts. Row 5: Change to yarn C, 2ch, [2dc into next st, 4dc] 4 times, dc – 25 sts. Fasten off and weave in ends. FINISHING Drill holes in the centre of each piece of dowel. Join yarn at the top of each balloon, 25ch, sl st into 5th ch from hook to make a ring, 6dc into ring. Fasten off and weave in ends. Slip each ring over one end of dowel, and adjust position until the balloons hang level. Join cloud, rainbow and bird together with chain stitches, leave a long thread at the top and fasten off. Thread the yarn through the centre hole of one piece of dowel, through a bead, through the 2nd piece of dowel and the END 2nd bead. Tie a large loop in the yarn for hanging.