Rainbow Blanket

Crochet rainbow blanket with zig zag design
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When I first learned how to crochet I made a blanket. It was huge. I started with a chain way too long and it just spiraled from there. I think it scarred me. It took forever. It is a very nice blanket though, warm and big! I’ve only made a handful of blankets since then, most of them baby-sized, and I have a couple in progress (and have been that way for years at this point). I do, however, sometimes enjoy the repetitiveness of them. They are good when I feel like crocheting but not thinking much, which over the last couple of weeks has been a lot. 

The weather here has been ridiculous. A couple weeks straight of cloudy, rainy days kind of put me in a funk. I was asked to make a Unicorn Hat and Diaper cover for a new baby. I forced myself to do that, then got excited and made a little Unicorn plush. I found after that I still had a lot of this pastel rainbow colored yarn left over. I’ve been really trying to utilize the large amount of yarn I have already acquired so I had hoped that between those two projects I would have used more of each skein. Alas, I was left with a lot. So, much to my chagrin, a blanket seemed like the best way to use it up. I wanted to come up with a simple pattern that wouldn’t tax my brain too much but would also be more than just a plain stitch. I decided on using a simple DC and chain space to create zig-zag lines (I could also say Chevron, since that’s so popular now). 

This pattern is actually from a second attempt. My first blanket turned out much longer and narrow. It’s a good size for a crib maybe but not exactly the proportions that I would have liked. So I made a couple of adjustments and ended up with this one. It’s a good size for a baby blanket and is super cute! 

You could definitely make this in a solid color or larger color blocks. I wanted to use the rainbow colors to match the Unicorn hat and plush. I’d love to see what color combos you choose!

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A couple of disclaimers: This pattern is intended for personal use only. You are welcome to use the pattern to make and sell products, to keep for yourself, or to give away as gifts. I would appreciate receiving credit and a link back to the site, however. Please do not republish or distribute the pattern in any way, or use my photos in your listings. 

I am not a robot, so if you find any typos, errors, or places that need clarification, please let me know so that I can fix my mistakes or explain things differently. 🙂

I hope you enjoy this crochet pattern. If you have any questions or comments you can leave them below OR email me at auburnelephant@gmail.com OR through the contact page on this site. I’d also love to see your finished creations! 🙂

Rainbow Blanket

Supplies Needed:

J/10 6.0mm Hook

Worsted Weight (4) Yarn in Pink, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple, Darker Pink, and White. (I used Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn.)

Needle for weaving ends

Stitches Used:

Ch- Chain

DC- Double Crochet

SC- Single Crochet

Shell- SC, skip 2, 5 DC in same stitch, skip 2, repeat.

Notes: To increase blanket width, begin with a multiple of 8 + 2. To increase blanket length, continue repeating rows 2-4 until you reach the desired length.

Each row will end with a Ch 3 and turn. Chains do NOT count as stitches.

Chain 90 (or Multiple of 8 +2)

1) DC in 2nd chain from hook, DC, *Ch 1, Skip 1, DC 7* Repeat from * to * across. DC in the last 5. 

2) DC 4, *Ch 1, Skip 1, DC 7* Repeat from * to * across. DC in last 3. 

3) DC 4, *Ch 1, Skip 1, DC 7* Repeat from * to * across. DC in last 3. 

4) DC 2, *Ch 1, Skip 1, DC 7* Repeat from * to * across. DC in last 5. 

5-55) Repeat rows 2-4. If you are doing the Rainbow colors like I did, you’ll change colors every 5 rows.

Feel free to make adjustments to the width and length based on the size of the blanket you are going for. As I made it, it comes out to about  32 x 36 inches. A good baby-sized blanket.

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Edging

In White

1) Chain 3, DC in each stitch across. 3DC in corner stitch. DC evenly along the side. (Should be 2 DC for each row, around the starting chain or ending DC).  3DC in corner stitch. DC in each stitch across. 3DC in corner stitch. DC evenly along the side. 3DC in corner stitch. Join with SS to beginning DC. 

2) Repeat Round 1

3) Shell stitch across. The shells round won’t be exact so you’ll have to adjust a little (skip only one instead of 2 to get where you need to.) In the Corner shells do 8 DC. 

Finish off.

How cute is this as a set?!? Would make a great gift package for a little one. Get the patterns for the Plush and Unicorn Hat and Diaper Sets too!

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