Crochet Rainbow

I love seeing all the rainbows in windows at the moment. I spied a particularly good sewn one the other day, and knew I had to try my own version in crochet. This is a diddy (and rather cute) version that I intend to turn into a hanging decoration for the tree in my front garden.

You Will Need

  • Scheepjes Catona (100% cotton, 50g/125m) 1 ball of each Candy Apple (516), Peach (386), Lemonade (403), Apple Granny (513), Cyan (397), Lavender (520), Delphinium (113)
  • A 3.5mm (US E/4) hook
  • Toy Stuffing

Measurements

Approx 9x6cm

Notes

UK terms used. For US terms, substitute sc for dc.
Abbreviations list
Fasten off after each row of the Front until you get to Red, where you work the last row of the Front, 3 rows for the top and the first row of the Back. Fasten off after each row of the Back until you get to Violet where you work the last row of the Back and 3 rows for the bottom.
On each row of the Front there are 4 increases, and on each row of the Back there are 4 decreases. The positions of these increases/decreases are staggered throughout the rows. You can place these randomly yourself or follow the specific instructions below.

Instructions

Front

With Delphinium, ch13.
Row 1 (RS) Dc in second ch from hook, (2dc in next st, 2dc) 3 times, 2dc in next st, 1dc, turn. [16 sts]
Row 2 (WS) Join Lavender with a dc in first st. 2dc, 2dc in next st, 3dc, (2dc in next st) twice, 3dc, 2dc in next st, 3dc, turn. [20 sts]
Row 3 Join Cyan with a dc in first st. 2dc in next st, 4dc, 2dc in next st, 6dc, 2dc in next st, 4dc, 2dc in next st, 1dc, turn. [24 sts]
Row 4 Join Apple Granny with a dc in first st. (4dc, 2dc in next st) twice, 2dc, 2dc in next st, 4dc, 2dc in next st, 5dc, turn. [28 sts]
Row 5 Join Lemonade with a dc in first st. 1dc, 2dc in next st, 5dc, 2dc in next st, 10dc, 2dc in next st, 5dc, 2dc in next st, 2dc, turn. [32 sts]
Row 6 Join Peach with a dc in first st. 6dc, 2dc in next st, 5dc, 2dc in next st, 4dc, 2dc in next st, 5dc, 2dc in next st, 7dc, turn. [36 sts]
Row 7 Join Candy Apple with a dc in first st. 2dc in next st, 8dc, 2dc in next st, 14dc, 2dc in next st, 8dc, 2dc in next st, 1dc, turn. [40 sts]
Row 8 Ch1 (does not count as st throughout), dc in each st in front loop only to end, turn.
Rows 9-10 Ch1, dc in each st to end, turn.

Back

Row 11 Ch1, working in back loops only, 1dc, dc2tog, 7dc, dc2tog, 12dc, dc2tog, 7dc, dc2tog, 1dc, turn. [36 sts]
Row 12 Join Peach with a dc in first st. 6dc, dc2tog, 5dc, dc2tog, 4dc, dc2tog, 5dc, dc2tog, 7dc, turn. [32 sts]
Row 13 Join Lemonade with a dc in first st. 1dc, dc2tog, 5dc, dc2tog, 10dc, dc2tog, 5dc, dc2tog, 2dc, turn. [28 sts]
Row 14 Join Apple Granny with a dc in first st. (4dc, dc2tog) twice, 2dc, dc2tog, 4dc, dc2tog, 5dc, turn. [24 sts]
Row 15 Join Cyan with a dc in first st. Dc2tog, 4dc, dc2tog, 6dc, dc2tog, 4dc, dc2tog, 1dc, turn. [20 sts]
Row 16 Join Lavender with a dc in first st. 2dc, dc2tog, 3dc, (dc2tog) twice, 3dc, dc2tog, 3dc, turn. [16 sts]
Row 17 Join Delphinium with a dc in first st. (Dc2tog, 2dc) 3 times, dc2tog, 1dc, turn. [12 sts]
Row 18 Ch1, dc in each st in front loop only to end, turn.
Rows 19-20 Ch1, dc in each st to end, turn.

To join the Front to the Back, you can fasten off here and sew the last row to the sts of the foundation ch (easier), or you can work a ss seam to join the two rows. If you use this second method, do not fasten off at the end.

Ends

Rejoin Delphinium or cont with Delphinium if you worked a ss seam to join. Tuck the yarn ends inside and with RS facing, dc in each row end around Front, Back, top and bottom.
Working in front loops only, dc2tog around and cont until the hole is almost closed. Fasten off and use the tail end of yarn to sew the hole closed. You can add a hanging loop to the top if you want to use the Rainbow as a decoration. Fasten Candy Apple to the centre top, chain to the desired length and secure. Pass the tail ends of yarn to the inside.

Stuff with toy stuffing.
Rejoin Delphinium at the other end and repeat the instructions for the first end. Top up the stuffing before you sew the hole closed.

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