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Free Tutorials Rainbow jumper

Published on February 20th, 2017 | by Kath Webber

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Crochet with Kath – Rainbow Applique

Weather is all we Brits talk about – so why not show your favourite weather ‘event’ on your clothing? Upcycle a plain sweatshirt with this bright motif – or use Kath Webber’s pattern to make a cute cushion or clutch!

You will need:

You Will Need

  • Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK (100% Cotton, 50g/125m) 1 ball each of Pillar Red, Seville Orange, Buttercup Yellow, Lime Green, Marine Blue, Midnight Blue and Tea Rose
  • 4mm hook
  • Sweatshirt
  • Sewing needle and thread

Abbreviations (all are in UK crochet terms):

  • Ch – chain
  • Htr – half treble
  • St(s) stitch(es)

Ready to hook? Let’s go!

1. The rainbow is a basic semi-circle, and starts from the centre with regular increases. With the Tea Rose yarn, make a magic loop to begin.

Step 1

2. Make 2ch (does not count as a st throughout), then make 5htr in the ring.

Step 2

3. Pull the ring tightly to close. Turn the work- this pattern is made in rows. For row 2, Make 2ch, then 2htr in each htr across. Turn. For row 3 make 2ch, then (1htr in next st, 2htr in next st) 5 times. Fasten off Tea Rose.

Step 3

4. Join in Midnight Blue yarn for row 4. Make 2ch, then (1htr in each of next 2 sts, 2htr in next st) 5 times. Turn. You’ll have 20 sts.

Step 4

5. Row 5 begins with 2ch, then (1htr in each of next 3 sts, 2htr in next st) 5 times. Turn. And for Row 6, make 2ch, then (1htr in each of next 4 sts, 2htr in next st) 5 times. Fasten off Midnight Blue and turn. You’ll now have 30 sts.

Step 5

6. Join in Marine Blue yarn. Now make 2ch, (1htr in each of next 5 sts, 2htr in next st) 5 times for row 7. Turn. You should have 35 sts.

Step 6

7. Continuing in Marine Blue for row 8, make 2ch, then (1htr in each of next 6 sts, 2htr in next st) 5 times. Turn. Row 9 is another Marine Blue row- make 2ch, then (1htr in each of next 7 sts, 2htr in next st) 5 times. Turn and fasten off Marine Blue. Join in Lime Green. For row 10, make 2ch, then (1htr in each of next 8 sts, 2htr in next st) 5 times, turn. Row 11 is 2ch, (1htr in each of next 9 sts, 2htr in next st) 5 times, turn, and row 12 is 2ch, (1htr in each of next 10 sts, 2htr in next st) 5 times, turn and fasten off Lime Green. You’ll now have 60 sts.

Step 7

8. Join in Buttercup Yellow for row 13, then make 2ch, (1htr in each of next 11 sts, 2htr in next st) 5 times, turn, then 2ch, (1htr in each of next 12 sts, 2htr in next st) 5 times, turn for row 14, and for row 15, make 2ch, (1htr in each of next 13 sts, 2htr in next st) 5 times. Fasten off Buttercup Yellow and turn. Join in Seville Orange for row 16, then make 2ch, (1htr in each of next 14 sts, 2htr in next st) 5 times, turn. For row 17 make 2ch, (1htr in each of next 15 sts, 2htr in next st) 5 times, turn and finally for row 18, make 2ch, (1htr in each of next 16 sts, 2htr in next st) 5 times. Turn and Fasten off Seville Orange. Your final three rows will be in Pillar Red. Join in the final colour in the first htr, make 2ch, then (1htr in each of next 17 sts, 2htr in next st) 5 times, turn for row 19. For row 20 make 2ch, (1htr in each of next 18 sts, 2htr in next st) 5 times, turn. The final row 21 begins with 2ch, (1htr in each of next 19 sts, 2htr in next st) 5 times. Fasten off Pillar red. You’ll have 105 sts.

Step 8

9. Lay the sweatshirt flat and position your Rainbow on the front, and pin into place, making sure you don’t pin through both layers of the fabric!

Step 9

10. Thread your sewing needle with some sewing thread and tie a secure knot. Pass the needle up from behind the sweatshirt, and slide the needle through the back of the crochet stitches, to hide them. Repeat this process, sewing the rainbow applique motif to the sweater using a basic running stitch or backstitch.

Step 10

11. Now stand back and admire your unique new sweater! It’s fully machine washable and is perfect for cool Spring days and the school run…

Rainbow sweater


About the Author

Kath has been a yarn fancier since 2008 when she crocheted her first granny square. Now a designer, mother, writer and prolific faffer, Kath spends her time stroking yarn and is still searching for the perfect mustard merino... Suggestions welcomed!




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