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How to Crochet a Rainbow [Free Pattern!]

How to Crochet a Rainbow [Free Pattern!]

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Discover how to crochet a stunning rainbow wall hanging with our free tutorial from the talented Mandy Cameron. This bold and beautiful home decor piece will add instant colour and cheer to nurseries and children’s bedrooms, and can also be hung in windows to lift the spirits of passers by!

Skill Level: Intermediate

You Will Need:

Abbreviations (UK Terminology):

  • adjustable slip knot = magic ring
  • ch = chain
  • ss = slip stitch
  • dc = double crochet
  • 2dcinc = 2dc in next stitch
  • tr = treble crochet
  • 2trinc = 2tr in next stitch
  • dtr = double treble
  • 5trpop = 5 treble popcorn

How to Crochet a Rainbow:

I make a circle first, then fold it in half to have a double-sided rainbow which looks amazing front and back, wherever you hang it! It also gives it more structure and hangs better, as it prevents it from curling.

The Rainbow:

With purple yarn, make an adjustable slip knot and ch6. Join with ss to first ch to form a ring.

Rnd 1: 3ch (acts as 1tr), 11tr into ring and ss into top ch of beginning 3ch to join (12sts)

Rnd 2: ss into next tr, 3ch (acts as 1tr), 1tr in same place as ss, 2trinc in every st around (24sts) Ss into top ch of beginning 3ch and fasten off purple.

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Rnd 3: Join mid blue in centre of any 2trinc stitch.

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3ch (acts as 1tr), 1ch, 1tr in same stitch, (1tr, 1ch, 1tr in centre of next 2trinc stitch) repeat around (pic 3). Join with ss to top of beginning 3ch. Fasten off mid blue.

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Rnd 4: Join light blue in any 1ch space. 3ch, (5trpop in same space, 4ch) repeat around (pic 4), join with ss into top of beginning 3ch to complete the round and fasten off light blue.

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Rnd 5: Join green yarn with a ss into any 4ch space. (5dc in ch space, 1dc in top of popcorn stitch), repeat around, join with ss to first dc.

Rnd 6: 1ch, dc in every dc around, (72sts) ss to first dc to join round and fasten off green.

Rnd 7: Join yellow yarn to any dc. 1dc in same st, (3ch, miss 2dc, 1dc in next dc) repeat around, 3ch, ss into first dc, ss into 3ch space. (If your chains are tight and are pulling the work, increase 3c to 4ch)

Rnd 8: 1dc in same space as ss. (7tr in next 3ch space making a fan [pic 5], 1dc in next 3ch space) repeat around to last 3ch space in which you work 7tr, ss to first dc to join round and fasten off yellow.

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Rnd 9: Join orange yarn to 4th tr stitch in any fan group of 7tr. 1dc in same tr, (miss 3tr, work 4dtr between the last tr of fan and next dc, work 4dtr between the other side of the same dc and first tr of next fan, miss 3tr* and 1dc in 4th treble of fan) repeat around stopping last repeat at * and 1ss in to first dc to join round and fasten off.

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Rnd 10: Join red yarn in any dc and make 1dc in same place. 1dc in every st around (108dc)

Rnd 11: (8dc, 2dcinc) repeat around (117dc)

Rnd 12: (9dc, 2dcinc) repeat around (126dc)

Rnd 13: dc around, fasten off red.

The Sun:

Rnd 1: With yellow yarn make and adjustable slip knot, ch 3 (acts as 1tr), 11tr into first ch. Ss to top of beginning 3ch to join.

Rnd 2: 3ch (acts as 1tr), 1tr into st at base of 3ch, 2tr in each remaining st around (24tr) Ss to top of beginning 3ch to join.

Rnd 3: 3ch (acts as 1tr), (2trinc, 1tr in next st) repeat around to last st, 2trinc (36tr) Ss to top of beginning 3ch to join.

Rnd 4: 3ch (acts as 1tr), 1tr in next st, (2trinc, 1tr in each of next 2sts) repeat around to last st, 2trinc (48tr) Ss to top of beginning 3ch to join.

Rnd 5: 3ch, ss into tr at the base of 3ch, (ss into next 2sts, 3ch, ss into the tr at the base of the 3ch) repeat around to last 2tr, ss in each tr. Fasten off yellow.

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The Clouds:

Small:

Rnd 1: With white yarn make and adjustable slip knot, ch 3 (acts as 1tr), 11tr into first ch. Ss to top of beginning 3ch to join. Fasten off.

Large:

Rnd 1: With white yarn make and adjustable slip knot, ch 3 (acts as 1tr), 11tr into first ch. Ss to top of beginning 3ch to join.

Rnd 2: 3ch (acts as 1tr), 1tr into st at base of 3ch, 2tr in each remaining st around (24tr) Ss to top of beginning 3ch to join.

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Finishing Off:

Sew in all ends. Fold rainbow circle in half and over sew red arch together matching stitches so you can see through the gaps and they are not blocked.

Position sun on the righthand side and sew into place.

Position clouds on bottom left side and sew into place. Chain 40 stitches in red to create a hanging loop, and sew in position.

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Now you’ve learnt how to crochet a rainbow – all that’s left to do is hang it up, to bring instant cheer to any room or window!

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