This easy crocheted square features a double rainbow design, with red in the center and stripes of orange, yellow, green and blue radiating outward. This square is a great way to use up scrap yarn. You might enjoy recoloring it using any random yarn colors you happen to have on hand. Turn those bits and pieces of scrap yarn into something useful!
Skill Level: Easy
Worsted weight yarn in 5 different colors.
Yarns Used to Crochet the Sample Square:
I used kitchen cotton yarns in the following colors:
- Red -- Peaches & Creme
- Orange -- Sunburst, Peaches & Creme
- Yellow -- Peaches & Creme
- Hot Green -- Lily Sugar 'n' Cream
- Light Blue -- Peaches & Creme
The cotton yarn is a good choice if you want to use this square as a dishcloth. If you'd like to use this pattern for making afghan squares, you might want to crochet the design in wool or acrylic instead; this weight of cotton yarn would be excessively heavy for an afghan. Feel free to experiment with other fibers if you like.
Size H / 8 - 5.0 mm
Tapestry Needle for weaving in ends
The finished square measures 6 inches x 6 inches.
4 sts = 1 inch; 10 rows = 3 inches.
For most purposes, gauge is not going to be crucial for achieving success with this project. If for some reason you need each square to measure exactly 6 inches, be sure to match this gauge exactly.
Abbreviations Used in This Pattern:
You'll work this square entirely in front loop single crochet stitch. This stitch is simple; crochet the foundation chain and the first row as you normally would for single crochet. Then, starting with row 2, you just work your single crochet stitches in the front loops only. This is explained in more detail in my article about single crochet stitch variations, and in my tutorial for single crochet stitch.
You'll need to know how to change colors in single crochet stitch. Anticipate your color changes at the end of the row before you want your new color to appear.
Using blue, ch 25.
Striped Color Pattern:
Row 1: Using blue yarn, sc in second ch from hook, and in each st across the row.
Row 2: Work this row, and every row after, in front loop sc. This row is worked in blue yarn; at the end of the row, change colors to green.
Row 3: Work in green yarn.
Row 4: Work in green yarn; at the end of the row, change colors to yellow.
Row 5: Work in yellow yarn.
Row 6: Work in yellow yarn; at the end of the row, change colors to orange.
Row 7: Work in orange yarn.
Row 8: Work in orange yarn; at the end of the row, change colors to red.
Row 9: Work in red yarn.
Row 10: Work in red yarn
Row 11: Work in red yarn.
Row 12: Work in red yarn; at the end of the row, change colors to orange.
Row 13: Work in orange yarn.
Row 14: Work in orange yarn; at the end of the row, change colors to yellow.
Row 15: Work in yellow yarn.
Row 16: Work in yellow yarn; at the end of the row, change colors to green.
Row 17: Work in green yarn.
Row 18: Work in green yarn; at the end of the row, change colors to blue.
Row 19: Work in blue yarn.
Row 20: Work in blue yarn.
End off. Weave in ends. Block the square if desired. Use it in the craft project of your choice.
I did not give this square an edging, but you might want to put an edging on it. Find a list of free edging patterns.