Crochet & Fiber Arts

Crochet Rainbow Afghan

My goodness!  These weeks have just flown by.  Each day I’ve been meaning to update, and suddenly the day has come and gone in a flurry of laundry, dishes, cooking and cleaning up messes, until the next morning has already dawned and I fall asleep in a heap of exhaustion.  Such are the days of a busy mother, I suppose, but at times, it makes me look back and wonder where the heck the past two months went!

We started homeschooling again this week, too.  And like every year, I start off utterly motivated and organized – hoping to sustain that a little longer with this year.   Anyway, with all the hustle going on, I’ve only been working on bits and pieces of crochet work.  So instead of going over those little bits, I thought I’d go back and share with you one of my most favorite crochet afghans that I’ve ever made – my Rainbow Afghan.

Crochet Rainbow Afghan

I had come across and had my eye on this afghan for years.  It had been in my “crochet” bookmarks folder way back to when I was pregnant with my first (who is now in first grade!)  So that should give you an idea of how dedicated I was to the idea of making it.

It wasn’t until one snowy January, a few years ago, when I was going through my yarn and realized that I had all the colors of the rainbow that I thought to myself, just make it!  And so that month was spent happily crocheting up these rainbows.  I mean happily in a sense that I never got bored with the project.  If you’re an afghan maker, you might identify with the feeling that I get when I’m a little over halfway done with something… but still see how far I have to go.  Sometimes it can be a little bit of a chore to overcome that repetition of making the same pattern over and over (and over… and over…)

Crochet Rainbow Afghan

The best thing about this rainbow afghan is that it was an absolute joy to crochet.  Not only did I not get bored with it, but I seemed to have finished in in record time – the whole thing was completed in under a month.

This was also my first work of crochet that I donated.  A local fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis was calling out for art donations, and seeing that rainbows are a sign of hope, along with having a friend whose son suffers from CF, it felt like the right fit; like I had made the afghan for that purpose.  I donated the afghan and it ended up being the grand prize for a raffle that ended up earning a respectable amount of money for a family with CF and CF research.  I am humbled to have helped.

I plan, someday, to make another rainbow afghan just like this one.  Who knows, maybe I’ll make two or three.  Perhaps they will go to another very important cause who needs to keep the hope alive.  It certainly was a fun project to make.

Crochet Rainbow Afghan

I altered my afghan somewhat from the original, reversing the order of the colors (the pattern calls for violet down, I did red at the top and went down instead.  I also took out the extra puff of white at the top, and I added a chevron zigzag in rainbow colors at the bottom.  Why not?  If you like the pattern, you can find it free here, and check out my Ravelry page here.

Have a wonderful Wednesday!


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  1. That is beautiful! I love rainbows! I think you made the right call changing the color order. I looked at the original pattern, and the violet on top doesn’t feel right.

    I bet this brightened someone’s day. :) It did mine. It’s getting added to my queue right now. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Thanks Anna, for all your kind words! :) Your comment brightened my day as well!

    2. I agree with Anna: it was a good change Mellie. I’ve been looking forward to making this blanket for ages too; I’m glad you actually accomplished it. Yours looks great, and I like the zig-zag edging. Nice touches.
      One day, my rainbow-dreams will come true too!

      1. mellie says:

        Thank you, Abby. And when you do get around to starting yours, do keep us updated with photos – I’d love to see how yours turns out! :)

  2. Meredith says:

    I wish I knew how to crochet, I want one of these sooooooooooo bad!! Gotta find someone who knows how to crochet to make me one :) This is sooooooooooooooooooooooooo awesome! Job well done!

    1. Thanks! It’s actually a pretty easy pattern if you were thinking of learning to crochet :) I charge for my afghans and I’m pretty booked through the spring, but if you can’t find anyone to make you one, let me know and we can make some kind of arrangement.

  3. susan sloan says:

    such beautiful work and the colors I just love it, it is pretty just to look at

    1. Thank you so much! It was so enjoyable to make, too! :)

  4. Kimberly Jones says:

    Hi. I have a friend who wants to make this afgan too and we both love the border you made on it but she isn’t sure she can do it without a pattern for that part. Is there any way you can help make a pattern for that part for her to add on to the rest of it so it looks like the one in your pictures above? Thanks so much! :)

    1. Hi Kimberly. I don’t have this afghan anymore to refer to, but what I did is followed along the natural zigzag of the rainbows (they come to a point). Just like a ripple pattern, at the tips (bottom point) of the zigzag, you’d crochet a few extra stitches (so for example, dc in 10 stitches, then 3 or 5 dc in the point, depending on how pointy you want it) and then make up those stitches in the highest point of the zigzag by dc3tog or dc5tog. That way, you keep the same number of stitches per row but start making a zigzag. Then you’d follow that pattern for the rest of the ripple, row after row. That’s all I really did, though I’m sorry I don’t have the exact number of stitches anymore. And at the bottom of each point, I put a fringe on. Hope this helps, let me know if I can explain anything more.

  5. Do you have instructions on the ends of the rainbow afghan if so please email them to me.

    1. Do you mean the chevron stripe? I made that up as a I went along. Unfortunately, since I no longer have the blanket and didn’t take good notes at the time, I don’t have the exact pattern. But chevrons are pretty easy to work with. Depending on how wide you want the chevrons, count the number of stitches across and plan accordingly. I’m pretty sure for this one I used all dc, dc3tog for the dip, dc along to the next tip, and then 3 dc in the tip. Hope this helps!

  6. Saroj Madan says:

    I made all the pieces but having a real hard time putting it together. Can you guide me how to put it together especially the edge pieces? How many pieces in a row.
    Thanks in advance for the quick response.

  7. Ruth says:

    Such a beautiful blanket! Love it.

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