Over the last few weeks and months, as the coronavirus situation has proven to be more serious than many people predicted we have all had to make some sacrifices in our life. Staying at home rather than going out has become the new normal, and what little outside time we have been able to snatch has become more precious.
Premium Pattern for Rowena the Crochet Rainbow
Oh, and best of all – because I want as many people to join in as possible this pattern is currently completely free, even the premium pdf version! If you want a printable version with plenty of step by step photos you can download this free crochet rainbow pattern now from LoveCrafts and Ravelry. Not bothered and just want the bare bones? Then keep reading!
Tools & Materials
2.5mm – (You can use whichever hooks you have to hand but I like to use the Clover Amour hooks – they’re lovely to hold and super light so that you can keep crocheting for longer without your hands getting tired!)
Approximately 10g eachof Ricorumi yarn in 6 shades (DK weight, 100% cotton, 25g/58 metres)
- For a pastel rainbow use shades 011 – Pink, 070 – Apricot, 005 – Vanilla, 045 – Pastel Green, 033 – Light Blue & 017 – Lilac
- For a bright rainbow use shades 028 – Red, 024 – Smokey Orange, 006 – Yellow, 049 – Green, 031 – Sky Blue & 020 – Purple
Alternative Yarns & Colours:
If you prefer to use a different yarn then go right ahead and use whichever you like! Just remember, that using a different yarn will probably result in your crochet rainbow turning our at a slightly different size to mine.
If you want your crochet rainbow to look as close as possible but can’t get hold of Ricorumi then I’ve listed the colour alternatives for Sirday Happy Cotton and Scheepjes Catona here. The colours won’t be an exact match, but they are pretty close!
Ricorumi 011 (Pink) = Sirdar Happy Cotton 760 (Flamingo) = Scheepjes Catona 238 (Powder Pink)
Ricorumi 070 (Apricot) = Sirdar Happy Cotton 793 (Sorbet – Not a great match!) = Scheepjes Catona 414 (Vintage Peach)
Ricorumi 005 (Vanilla) = Sirdar Happy Cotton 787 (Sundae) = Scheepjes Catona 403 (Lemonade)
Ricorumi 045 (Pastel Green) = Sirdar Happy Cotton 779 (Fizz) = Scheepjes Catona 392 (Lime Juice)
Ricorumi 033 (Light Blue) = Sirdar Happy Cotton 796 (Angel) = Scheepjes Catona 509 (Baby Blue)
Ricorumi 017 (Lilac) = Sirdar Happy Cotton 769 (Unicorn) = Scheepjes Catona 520 (Lavender)
Ricorumi 028 (Red) = Sirdar Happy Cotton 789 (Lippy) = Scheepjes Catona 390 (Poppy Rose)
Ricorumi 024 (Smokey Orange) = Sirdar Happy Cotton 753 (Freckle) = Scheepjes Catona 386 (Peach)
Ricorumi 006 (Yellow) = Sirdar Happy Cotton 788 (Quack) = Scheepjes Catona 280 (Lemon)
Ricorumi 049 (Green) = Sirdar Happy Cotton 781 (Wicket) = Scheepjes Catona 389 (Apple Green)
Ricorumi 031 (Sky Blue) = Sirdar Happy Cotton 786 (Yacht) = Scheepjes Catona 146 (Vivid Blue)
Ricorumi 020 (Purple) = Sirdar Happy Cotton 756 (Currant Bun) = Scheepjes Catona 282 (Ultra Violet)
10mm safety eyes
The Crochet Rainbow Pattern!
Step 1 - Rowena the Crochet Rainbow's Body
Make 1 starting in your purple yarn
Start: ch 26
Round 1 – Starting in the 2nd ch from the hook: 2 sc in the first ch, sc 23 then 4 sc in the final ch, then continuing down the other side of the foundation chain sc 23 then 2 sc in the final ch (54)
Round 2 – *sc 9, inc, sc 6, inc, sc 6, inc, sc 3* rep x 2 (60)
Round 3 – *sc 6, inc, sc 5, inc, sc 5, inc, sc 5, inc, sc 5* rep x 2 (68)
Change to your Blue yarn for the next round.
Round 4 – *sc 9, inc, sc 6, inc, sc 6, inc, sc 6, inc, sc 3* rep x 2 (76)
Round 5 – *sc 7, inc, sc 7, inc, sc 7, inc, sc 7, inc, sc 6* rep x 2 (84)
Change to your Green yarn for the next round.
Round 6 – *sc 11, inc, sc 8. inc, sc 8, inc, sc 8, inc, sc 3* rep x 2 (92)
Round 7 – *sc 7, inc, sc 9, inc, sc 9, inc, sc 9, inc, sc 8* rep x 2 (100)
Change to your Yellow yarn for the next round.
Round 8 – *sc 12, inc, sc 10, inc, sc 10, inc, sc 10, inc, sc 4* rep x 2 (108)
Round 9 – *sc 8, inc, sc 11, inc, sc 11, inc, sc 11, inc, sc 9* rep x 2 (116) – Mark stitches 26 & 33 in this round.
Change to your Orange yarn for the next round.
Round 10 – *sc 14, inc, sc 12, inc, sc 12, inc, sc 12, inc, sc 4* rep x 2 (124)
Round 11 – *sc 8, inc, sc 13, inc, sc 13, inc, sc 13, inc, sc 11* rep x 2 (132)
Change to your Red yarn for the next round.
Round 12 – *sc 15, inc, sc 14, inc, sc 14, inc, sc 14, inc, sc 5* rep x 2 (140)
Round 13 – *sc 9, inc, sc 15, inc, sc 15, inc, sc 15, inc, sc 13* rep x 2 (148)
Round 14 – sc 1 – No, this isn’t a mistake! The final round will start from here!
Round 15 – *dec 3, sc 62, dec 3* rep x 2 (136)
Cut the yarn leaving a long tail of around 1m then pull through the final stitch. Insert the safety eyes into the spaces that you marked in Round 9.
Step 2 - Closing Up the Body
Thread the yarn tail from the body of your rainbow onto a yarn needle.
Fold your finished crocheted rainbow in half, with the yarn tail emerging from one end.
Starting in the next stitch and moving backwards and forwards between the 2 sides of the rainbow use ladder stitch to sew a long seam to join the 2 halves. This seam will be neater if you only sew through the front loops of each stitch.
Stuff your rainbow as you go as firmly as you would like.
When you reach the end of the seam secure the yarn end and cut off any excess.