9 Colorful Crochet Rainbow Patterns to Brighten Up Your Life

Crochet a rainbow of brilliant colors with these lovely and eye-catching rainbow patterns. We’ve featured free crochet patterns for brightening up your wardrobe, your kitchen, your home and your life.

1. Rainbow Crochet Granny Square

A Free Crochet Pattern

You Can Crochet the Basic Granny Square in All the Colors of the Rainbow.
You Can Crochet the Basic Granny Square in All the Colors of the Rainbow.

You can crochet granny squares in every color of the rainbow. Simply take any basic granny square pattern and crochet each round in a different color.

Pictured here is a granny square that features dark blue as the first round, light blue as the second round, green as the third round, yellow as the fourth round, orange as the fifth round and a lovely red color as the scalloped edging (you can grab the free scalloped edging pattern right here) and a round of orange slip stitch added overtop where the red and yellow colors touch each other. You could use that exact color sequence if you like — or you could simply raid your yarn stash for scrap yarn colors and come up with your own rainbow color sequence using whatever leftover yarns you happen to have on hand.

2. Rainbow Outlines Crochet Granny Square Pattern

A Free Crochet Pattern

If you’d like to add a bit of color to your crochet, but you don’t want the rainbow effect to be so bright that it’s blinding, this pattern is a fantastic choice. The rainbow-themed granny square features little touches of color on neutral background that could be off white, tan, camel, beige or any other color of your choice.

You could also choose colors that are suitable for making baby blankets out of these squares. If you choose a pastel as the main color — say, for example, a pastel pink, blue, or mint green — you could transform your squares into a magnificent baby blanket. I was thinking of crocheting this design with a lovely light pink yarn as the main color. I think my daughter would love it.

This is also a fantastic scrap yarn pattern. You can ditch the rainbow and, instead, raid your yarn stash to use up whatever random yarns you happen to have on hand. For the accents, simply grab a bunch of different colors that look nice together. I tried a version of this design that isn’t a rainbow at all; it has mint green as the main color and various shades of blue, green and yellow as the accents. I LOVE the results! I think the mint green colorway would make a lovely baby blanket, child’s blanket or adult-sized blanket.

3. Rainbow Crochet Fingerless Gloves

A Free Crochet Pattern

These pretty fingerless gloves suit a variety of different fashion personalities. Whether your style is hippie chic, bohemian, kawaii cute or eclectic, these fingerless gloves are likely to find a happy home in your wardrobe.

4. Double Rainbow Crochet Square Pattern

Double Rainbow Crochet Square Pattern
Double Rainbow Crochet Square Pattern

A Free Crochet Pattern

Use this easy crocheted square to make baby blankets, afghans, dishcloths, pillow covers, or any other type of project that can be built out of crocheted squares. The focal point here is a double rainbow design, with red in the center and stripes of orange, yellow, green and blue radiating outward.

5. Rainbow Tapestry Crochet Scarf Pattern

This colorful scarf is based loosely on the rainbow, but I’ve introduced a bunch of subtle differences that make it interesting to crochet. Vivid colors are combined with a neutral tone to make the design more wearable. Instead of crocheting solid stripes or bands of color, the brights are alternated with the neutral color using the tapestry crochet technique.
Rainbow Kitchen Accessories

6 and 7. Rainbow Kitchen Accessories: Potholders and Dishcloth

Coordinating Free Crochet Patterns

Color Mix Afghan Stitch Crochet Projects: Kitchen Set With Potholders and Dishcloth
Color Mix Afghan Stitch Crochet Projects: Kitchen Set With Potholders and Dishcloth

This red, yellow and blue kitchen set features color blends that create an intriguing rainbow effect if you look closely.

8. Vintage Barbie-Sized Rainbow Top for 11.5 Inch Fashion Dolls

A Free Crochet Pattern

Crochet Rainbow Fashion Doll Top -- Fits Vintage Barbies Made Before 1997 and Other Fashion Dolls. Here You Can See the Top Being Modeled on a Creata Flower Princess Doll.
Crochet Rainbow Fashion Doll Top — Fits Vintage Barbies Made Before 1997 and Other Fashion Dolls. Here You Can See the Top Being Modeled on a Creata Flower Princess Doll.

Dress vintage Barbies or other 11.5 inch fashion dolls in this playful crocheted rainbow top. This top is sized to fit the older style Barbie dolls that were made in 1997 or earlier (the Barbies that came after that are different sizes, and you may need to adjust the pattern slightly if you want this top to fit any of them.) The top also fits some other similar fashion dolls. Here you can see it being modeled on a vintage Creata Flower Princess doll which I think is from the late 1980s.

9. Rainbow Crochet Baby Blanket Pattern

From the Book Self Striping Projects by Bonnie Barker, Published by Leisure Arts

Rainbow Crochet Baby Blanket Pattern by Bonnie Barker, From the Book Self-Striping Projects, Published by Leisure Arts
Rainbow Crochet Baby Blanket Pattern by Bonnie Barker, From the Book Self-Striping Projects, Published by Leisure Arts

If you want to crochet a rainbow without hassling with bunches of color changes, you have the option to choose a rainbow colorway of a self-striping yarn. That’s the recommended way of making this beautiful baby blanket, which was designed by Bonnie Barker. If you want to crochet this blanket, you’ll find the pattern for it in Bonnie’s affordable crochet pattern book called Self Striping Projects.

You Can Make Almost Any Plain Crochet Pattern a Rainbow Pattern

Most plain crochet patterns can be transformed into rainbow patterns fairly easily. Instead of working in a solid color, you can change colors every few rows to create your rainbow. Here’s an example of a plain Tunisian crochet potholder (click here for the free crochet pattern) that I transformed into a rainbow pattern by simply using colorful variegated yarns and changing colors every few rows.

Those are 9 of my top picks for crochet rainbow patterns. I hope you’ll enjoy crocheting these projects and wearing or using the colorful results you come up with. Happy crocheting!

About the Author: Amy Solovay is a freelance writer with a background in textile design. She has been crocheting and crafting since childhood, and knitting since she was a teenager. Her work also appears at AmySolovay.com, knittingandcrochet.net and Crochet-Books.com. Amy sends out a free knitting and crochet newsletter so interested crafters can easily keep up with her new patterns and tutorials. If you’re already an Instagram user, Amy also invites you to follow her on Instagram.

This page was last updated on 6-23-2019.

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