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Colourful Crochet: How to Crochet a Rainbow

Since the country has been in lockdown, children have been producing rainbow arts and crafts projects and displaying them in the windows of their homes to spread some joy and happiness during this sad and uncertain time. When I was out walking the dogs the other day, I came across this lovely chalk drawing in the park, and it did genuinely bring a smile to my face. And that's what we need in the world right now, simple gestures to spread some joy.

Many grown ups have also joined in with this colourful trend, and have been producing crochet rainbow window decorations; myself included. I made one for my mum to hang in her home office window. If you're interested in giving it a go, I've shared the pattern below. This pattern is great because you can use any scraps of coloured yarn you have lying around; the colours listed are just the ones I decided to use, so feel free to change them. Make sure you are familiar with how to change colours before you start this project.

Before we begin, I'll quickly go over the half treble crochet stitch (UK version) we will be using:

Yarn over and then insert your hook into the stitch you're working into.

Yarn over again, and pull the yarn through to create another loop (you should have 3 loops on your hook).

Yarn over one last time and pull the yarn through all 3 loops to finish your stitch. You should go back to having 1 loop on your hook.

Now, let's make a rainbow!


Crochet hook size: 6mm

Abbreviations:

Ch = Chain

Htc = Half treble crochet


Row 1: In purple, ch 22. 2 htc in the 3rd stitch from your hook. Then, 1 htc in the next 3 stitches. Repeat this sequence 5 times. Tie off and change to dark blue. (25 stitches)


Row 2: In dark blue, ch 2 and turn. 2 htc in the first stitch. Then, 1 htc in the next 4 stitches. Repeat this sequence 5 times. Tie off and change to light blue. (30 stitches)


Row 3: In light blue, ch 2 and turn. 2 htc in the first stitch. Then, 1 htc in the next 5 stitches. Repeat this sequence 5 times. Tie off and change to green. (35 stitches)


Row 4: In green, ch 2 and turn. 2 htc in the first stitch. Then, 1 htc in the next 6 stitches. Repeat this sequence 5 times. Tie off and change to yellow. (40 stitches)


Row 5: In yellow, ch 2 and turn. 2 htc in the first stitch. Then, 1 htc in the next 7 stitches. Repeat this sequence 5 times. Tie off and change to red. (45 stitches)


Row 6: In red, ch 2 and turn. 2 htc in the first stitch. Then, 1 htc in the next 8 stitches. Repeat this sequence 5 times. Tie off and finish. (50 stitches)

And there's your rainbow!


Secure the ends of your project by weaving them into your stitches and trim any excess yarn to create neat edges. Add some optional beads and a large loop at the top to hang it from your window and spread some joy in these unsettling times.


Please share photos of your finished rainbows to the Laetitia Facebook page (@LaetitiaEvents20) - I'd love to see them!


Ta ta for now!

#rainbow #stayhome #staysafe #joy






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