I’m so excited to share this little crochet rainbow pattern with you. It’s a bit of magic, happy and fun all stitched up together creating a sweet little ornament that fits in the palm of your hand. It takes less than one hour to complete and is a fantastic stash buster project so use whatever yarn you have on hand. Also, this pattern is so easy to personalize, you can make it however you want with whatever colours you want. Surprise a friend with Mini Whimsy Rainbow to send some happy vibes their way and let them know you’re thinking of them. Find the free pattern and all the details below:
As of February 28th, 2023, this pattern has received an update to be consistent with the layout and formats of my recent designs.
This is a pattern is available for free here on my blog. A neatly formatted, printer friendly version is also available for purchase in my Etsy and Ravelry shops. Click the buttons below to take you directly to the shops!
You may sell items completed from this pattern but please provide credit back to Sweet Bee Crochet and if possible, link back to pattern location. You may not sell this written pattern or use my photos without consent. You may not use my photos to sell your completed items.
I would love to see your own creative spin on colours and how you’ve made it unique. Tag me on Instagram (@sweet_bee_crochet) to show off your finished piece!
– This pattern is written in US terms (find a stitch conversion chart here)
– Gauge is not important for this pattern
– Beginning CH of each round does not count as a stitch
– A quick iron of your rainbow tassels might be beneficial but not required
– For the embroidered rainbow, you can use different fibres for different results. Embroidery thread will create a thin rainbow, DK weight yarn will give it a more bold appearance. You could even try worsted if you like! Use any colours you wish to make it your own. There are lots of options for personalization
– Approximately 13 yards of white worsted weight acrylic yarn
– A small amount of your preferred fibre in 6 six different colours for the embroidered rainbow (embroidery thread, DK weight yarn, worsted weight, etc). Exact yardage amount was too small to calculate on a scale
– 4mm hook
– Yarn needle for weaving in ends of worsted yarn
– Appropriate needle for sewing the rainbow details
– Small amount of Poly-fil stuffing
CH – Chain
SS – Slip Stitch
DC – Double Crochet
Special Stitch Tutorial:
Back Stitch – Click here for tutorial
Circle (Make 2)
Begin with a magic circle OR CH 3 and SS into the first CH to form a circle.
CH 2 (does not count as a stitch) and place 10 DC into your circle. SS into the top of the beginning CH 2
(10 DC stitches)
CH 2 (does not count as a stitch). Into the first stitch and each stitch around, place 2 DC. Fasten off and weave in ends.
(20 DC stitches)
Work your rainbow in your preferred colour order using a back stitch (see tutorial on the first page) on the right side of one of your circles. The right side is the front of your double crochet stitches.
Begin with the outer colours of the rainbow and work your way in. Start just underneath the top of the DC stitches of the second round, about halfway down the circle. You should be able to fit the first 3 colours within the height of the DC stitches of round 2. The last 3 rainbow colours should fit within the height of the DC stitches of round 1. Work your arches about halfway around to the other side, so the ends of the rainbow are even. If the back is messy, no worries! It will be hidden inside.
Assembling Your Rainbow:
Place your circles together with the wrong sides in, facing each other. Ensure your rainbow is outwards. Cut a piece of white yarn approximately 20 inches long and use your yarn needle to stitch the edges together with your preferred method. A few stitches before finishing, add a few small fluffs of polyfil stuffing inside. Continue to sew your edges together. Fasten off and weave in your ends.
Into the top of the DC stitch from round 2, in the middle top of your rainbow, join the white yarn with a SS. CH 16 and SS back into the top of the DC stitch that you joined to. Fasten off and weave in ends.
Making 3 groups of each colour, cut 8 inch pieces of each colour used in your rainbow. With the first group, fold it in half so the ends are at the bottom. Use your crochet hook to pull the middle of the folded strands through the DC stitch directly at the bottom of your circle, to the back. The loop of your strands should be at the back and the ends should be in the front. Carefully pull your ends back through your loop and tighten gently [see photo below]. Repeat for the other two groups, placing one on either side of your first tassel.
Great job! Your Mini Whimsy Rainbow is complete! For more fun and creative designs, be sure to check out the Free Pattern section of my blog. Ad free, printer friendly versions can be found in my Etsy and Ravelry shops. Happy Crocheting!
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