Free Rainbow Crochet Pattern

Use your crochet skills to spread a bit of joy with this super-cute free crochet rainbow applique pattern!

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Everybody loves a rainbow, and we all need a bit of extra colour in our lives right now! We’re loving seeing children’s rainbow drawings popping up in windows in our local neighbourhoods, so we thought we’d help out and get you crocheters involved with this free pattern by Lucy Croft. Here you can see how it makes a fantastic applique, but following the recent trend of people putting rainbows in their windows to spread a bit of joy, we thought it would make a perfect free pattern for these tough times.

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The rainbow pattern uses some of the most basic crochet stitches, so it’s a great pattern for those who are new to crochet. But if you’ve never even picked up a hook before, we’ve got plenty of help for you! You can find our guide on how to read crochet patterns here, and you can also find our tutorials on how to do all the crochet stitches you need to complete this project here.

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P.S. This pattern was originally published in issue 57 of Simply Crochet, as part of a garment embellishment to accompany the gorgeous children’s rainbow skirt pictured below. If you’re interested hooking up the skirt to match your rainbow, you can find the pattern on Ravelry here!

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You will need

  • A 3mm (US C/2 or D/3) hook
  • Scheepjes Sunkissed (100% cotton, 50g/170m) – or alternative 4ply yarn, small amount of each:
  • Yarn A Poolside (04) – Light Blue
  • Yarn B Lavender Ice (10) – Violet
  • Yarn C Beach Hut Pink (20) – Pink
  • Yarn D Beach Hut Orange (12) – Orange
  • Yarn E Noonday Sun (15) – Yellow
  • Yarn F Spearmint Green (14) – Green
  • Small amount of off-white DK cotton yarn

Abbreviations

You can find a full list of all abbreviations we use in our abbreviations and conversions guide. This pattern is written in UK terminology but you can easily convert it to US terms using this handy chart.

Simply Crochet UK-to-US conversion chart
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How to crochet a rainbow

Crochet Rainbow Pattern

Using Yarn B, ch15.

Row 1 (RS) Dc in second ch from hook, (2dc in next ch, dc in each of next 2 ch) twice, (dc in each of next 2 ch, 2dc in next ch) twice, dc in last ch, turn. [18 sts]

Row 2 Ch1 (does not count as st throughout), dc in each of first 3 sts, 2dc in next st, dc in each of next 3 sts, 2dc in next st, dc in each of next 2 sts, (2dc in next st, dc in each of next 3 sts) twice, turn. Fasten off. [22 sts]

Row 3 Join Yarn A in first st, ch1, dc in each of first 7 sts, 2dc in next st, dc in each of next 6 sts, 2dc in next st, dc in each of next 7 sts, turn. [24 sts]

Row 4 Ch1, dc in each of first 6 sts, 2dc in next st, dc in each of next 2 sts, 2dc in next st, dc in each of next 4 sts, 2dc in next st, dc in each of next 2 sts, 2dc in next st, dc in each of next 6 sts, turn. Fasten off. [28 sts]

Row 5 Join Yarn F in first st, ch1, dc in each of first 5 sts, 2dc in next st, dc in each of next 5 sts, 2dc in next st, dc in each of next 4 sts, (2dc in next st, dc in each of next 5 sts) twice, turn. [32 sts]

Row 6 Ch1, dc in each st to end, turn. Fasten off.

Row 7 Join Yarn E in first st, ch1, dc in each of first 5 sts, 2dc in next st, dc in each of next 5 sts, 2dc in next st, dc in each of next 8 sts, (2dc in next st, dc in each of next 5 sts) twice, turn. [36 sts]

Row 8 Ch1, dc in each st to end, turn. Fasten off.

Row 9 Join Yarn D in first st, ch1, dc in each of first 7 sts, 2dc in next st, dc in each of next 5 sts, 2dc in next st, dc in each of next 8 sts, 2dc in next st, dc in each of next 5 sts, 2dc in next st, dc in each of next 7 sts, turn. Fasten off. [40 sts]

Row 10 Ch1, dc in each st to end, turn. Fasten off.

Row 11 Join Yarn C in first st, ch1, dc in each of first 10 sts, 2dc in next st, dc in each of next 5 sts, 2dc in next st, dc in each of next 6 sts, 2dc in next st, dc in each of next 5 sts, 2dc in next st, dc in each of next 10 sts, turn. Fasten off. [44 sts]

Row 12 Ch1, dc in each st to end, turn.

Fasten off.

Crochet Cloud Pattern

Using off-white, ch10.

Round 1 (RS) Ch2 (counts as htr), 2htr in third ch from hook, htr in each of next 8 ch, 5htr in last ch, rotate to work along opposite side of starting ch, htr in each of next 8 ch, 2htr in next ch, ss to top of beg ch-2 to join. [26 sts]

Round 2 Ch2 (counts as htr), 2htr in st at base of ch-2, 2htr in each of next 2 htr, htr in next htr, ss in next htr, skip next 2 htr, 4dtr in each of next 2 htr, skip next 2 htr, ss in next htr, 2htr in each of next 4 htr, htr in each of next 4 htr, ss in next htr, htr in each of next 2 htr, 2tr in next htr, tr in next htr, 2tr in next htr, ss to top of beg ch-2 to join.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Sew the Cloud on top of one end of the rainbow.

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