Rainbows

Handmade Knitted Rainbow Finished Cushion Fitting in Knitting Children Craft Ideas
Rainbow Cushion

How to Knit a Rainbow

What you will need…

Total time – from 1 Hour 30 Minutes to 2 Hours 40 Minutes

Complete Size 22 cm Width, 12 cm height, Rainbow breadth 4 cm

4mm knitting needles (UK 8, US 6) for rainbow

3.25mm knitting needles (UK 10, US 3) for clouds

Double knitting yarn – Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet. White yarn for knitted clouds.

Sewing up needle

Scissors

Optional toy stuffing if making two rainbows to place back to back to form a 3D soft toy version.

Handmade Knitted Rainbow Finished Toy Fitting in Knitting Children Craft Ideas
Rainbow Toy

Before You Start…

Abbreviations

K = Knit   P = Purl   St = Stitch   Sts = Stitches

St-st = stocking stitch. Alternating a row of knit stitches (right side), with a row of purl stitches (wrong side).

G-st = Garter stitch. Every row knit.

K2tog = Decrease by knitting two stitches together, making one stitch from two.

Inc = Increase – by knitting into the front and the back of the same stitch, to make two stitches out of one.

Cast On – I use the thumb method

Cast off – K wise or P wise according to pattern. US – bind off

TOP TIP

If placing two knitted rainbow pieces together – Fasten each of loose row ends before placing them together. This is a little more time consuming but leaves a neater finish.

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Unicorn and Rainbow

How to Make it…

Made from one knitted rainbow piece and two knitted cloud pieces. Two separate knitted pieces may be knitted for each rainbow and cloud – sewing these together with a little bit of stuffing make a fuller cuddly soft toy version. Alternatively, place a small bit of stuffing at each end of the single rainbow to maje a quick flat version for a greetings card or picture.

Main Piece

Make 1 (or 2 pieces for the rainbow toy version)

Time – 40 Minutes Each Piece

Piece Size 17 cm x 9 cm

Needles 4 mm

Yarn Variable as per Rainbow

Beginning in violet cast on 36sts

Break off yarn and join on indigo

G-st 2 rows

Break off yarn and join on blue

K 11, inc Kwise twice, K 10, inc Kwise twice, K 11 (40sts)

K 1 row

Break off yarn and join on green

G-st 2 rows

Break off yarn and join on yellow

K 12, inc Kwise twice, K 12, inc Kwise twice, K 12 (44sts)

K 1 row

Break off yarn and join on orange

G-st 2rows

Break off yarn and join on red

K 1 row

Cast off Kwise

Clouds

Handmade Knitted Rainbow Cloud Fitting in Knitting Children Craft Ideas
Knitted Cloud

Make 2 or 4

Time – 30 Minutes Each

Piece Size 10 cm x 4.5 cm

Needles 3.25 mm

Yarn White

Cast on 4 sts

Inc Knit-wise into every stitch (8 sts)

Next row P

Continue in st-st a further 4 rows, Inc Kwise into the first and last stitch of all K rows (12 sts)

St-st a further 2 rows

Continue in st-st a further 4 rows, Dec Kwise at the start and end of all K rows (8 sts)

Continue in st-st a further 4 rows, Inc Kwise into the first and last stitch of all K rows (12 sts)

St-st a further 2 rows

Continue in st-st a further 4 rows, Dec Kwise at the start and end of all K rows (8 sts)

Continue in st-st a further 4 rows, Inc Kwise into the first and last stitch of all K rows (12 sts)

St-st a further 2 rows

Continue in st-st a further 4 rows, Dec Kwise at the start and end of all K rows (8 sts)

K2tog to end (4sts)

Cast off Pwise

Piece it Together…

Sewing-up time – 10 Minutes for single Rainbow

Sewing-up time – 30 Minutes for Two-Piece Rainbow

Sewing-up time – 20 Minutes for Clouds

Sewing Up

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Rainbow – Sew through each of the coloured loose ends through to the wrong side of the rainbow, and trim off as shown in the picture.

Handmade Knitted Rainbow Ends Finished Fitting in Knitting Children Craft Ideas

If knitting a soft toy rainbow, place wrong sides of rainbow pieces together and sew across one set of row ends and cast on/cast off edges. Stuff lightly through this remaining gap, then complete by oversewing these remaining row ends. Fasten off all loose ends.

Clouds – If making a single rainbow, pin and sew the one cloud piece into place at the end of the rainbow, slightly overlapping, with the right side of stocking stitch facing forward. Sew into place onto your cushion/picture as desired.

If knitting a soft toy version, place a second cloud piece onto the rear side of the rainbow (same end), with wrong sides of the clouds stocking-stitch together. Sew across one set of row ends of the cloud and both cast on/cast off edges, leaving a ‘rainbow-width’ gap in the seam. Stuff lightly, and leave open at this stage.

Sewing up Clouds

Complete this step for the other two cloud pieces at the other end of the rainbow.

Place one of these clouds over one end of the rainbow, slightly overlapping, and pin into place. Sew across the row ends of the cloud into the rainbow on both front and back, to close the gap. Fasten off all loose ends.

Sewing on Clouds

Make it Different…

Handmade Knitted Rainbow Cushion Fitting in Knitting Children Craft Ideas
Rainbow Cushion

A single piece rainbow can be great for several different creations – try a knitted rainbow to make a plain cushion a little more interesting, or make a knitted picture for the wall such as seen with the space scene picture. You can also make one to form part of a handmade greetings card.
A handle for a little basket is another idea, and an idea thanks to Ellie – maybe even extend it a bit, insert a headband, and there you have some earmuffs!

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Knitted Rainbow Earmuffs

Your finished knitted rainbow may also be decorated further if you fancy something different, such adding extra stitching for a child’s initials, or that little pot of gold on top of one of the clouds. A finger-knitted loop sewn into the top will also allow it to be hung from a drawer handle or picture book to use the rainbow as a room decoration.

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Wall Decoration

Reducing the number of cast on stitches then modifying accordingly, could also allow it to become a rainbow mane for a unicorn, or knitting a single rainbow and attaching the ends with a little button, can turn it into a cute little blanket cover.

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Adjust the pattern to make your own knitted rainbow, for example by making it larger by increasing the number of cast on stitches. If doing so, you will also need to calculate the number of bends you would like by spreading the “increasing” stitches evenly across a row. You could also adjust the clouds’ size and shape – make thinner or fatter clouds by changing the number of cast on stitches, make them longer by continuing to repeat the centre part of the pattern, or make them slimmer by reducing the number of increasing/decreasing stitches.

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Unicorn in Snowdrops

Add a unicorn to your rainbow – a favourite of most little girls I know!

Behind the Scenes!

These patterns are all made up as I go along, learning from mistakes along the way. Every time I create a new pattern, I record it in the Updates part of this site (effectively my blog…)  There is a story behind each creation, and this can help give you some more ideas and encouragement. See the Update info….

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Rainbow Toy
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Rainbow Cushion
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Space Scene Picture

All done?

Feel free to share your successes or any other tips or suggestions by contacting me. If it’s all gone swimmingly and you’re ready for your next challenge, have a look at what to try next! My next pattern!