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Published on June 25th, 2015 | by Angie


Top 5 rainbow knitting patterns

Continuing with the bright and beautiful rainbow theme, we chose 5 stunning rainbow knitting patterns that were created by our independent designers. 

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1. Equality Stripe baby cardigan by Bex Hopkins

Top 5 rainbow knitting patterns: Equality Stripe baby cardigan by Bex Hopkins


Designed with multiple sizes to fit babies from newborn to 8 years old, this super cute cardigan is knit in one piece from the top down – no picking up stitches for neck or button bands! You will need 4 buttons and 4 ply yarn in every shade of the rainbow. We love DMC Natura Just Cotton, a machine washable, 100% cotton yarn that’s to die for! Check out Prune (59), Prusian (64), Pistache (13), Golden Lemon (43), Safran (47), and Passion (23), as seen here.

DMC Natura Just Cotton: perfect for the Equality stripe rainbow baby cardigan knitting pattern!


2. Rainbow’s End blanket square by Vikki Bird

Top 5 rainbow knitting patterns: rainbow blanket square by Vikki Bird


This 10 inch (25 cm) square block would be a fantastic addition to a blanket; it could also be used as a face cloth! The intarsia pattern could also be pulled and used in a variety of projects, including sweaters, scarves, and more. This bold block uses DK weight yarn – we recommend Stylecraft Classique Cotton DK, a powerhouse yarn that’s machine washable and content to be tumble dried, which is perfect for blankets! For this block, you would need one ball each of Wisteria (3664), Azure (3671), Leaf (3097), Sunflower (3662), and Poppy (3672), as seen here.

Stylecraft Classique Cotton DK yarn: recommended for the rainbow blanket square pattern!


3. Rainflower Unicorn by Amanda Keeys

Top 5 rainbow knitting patterns: Rainflower Unicorn by Amanda Keeys


These furry friends stand about 14 inches tall and are knitted in pieces in the round, and seamed up when stuffed. (Don’t forget your toy stuffing!) For these unicorns, we love Drops Nepal, a worsted, aran weight that’s spun with a blend of wool and alpaca. This yarn is available in a huge range of shades, click here to check them out!

4. Vivid rainbow blanket by Tin Can Knits

Top 5 rainbow knitting patterns: vivid rainbow blanket by Tin Can Knits


This gorgeous blanket is the project of a lifetime, with the delicate lacey flower petal designs and endless color combinations. This blanket can be knit in any weight of yarn with the appropriately sized needles. Knit in sock weight yarn, the squares will measure 7.5 inches; you’ll get a 9 inch square with DK weight yarn, and an aran or worsted weight yarn will yield a 10.5 inch square. The pattern includes line by line instructions and a lace chart. Take a look at our huge range of yarns to get inspired to make this project!

5. Endless Rainbow shawl by Martina Behm

Top 5 rainbow knitting patterns:endless rainbow shawl by Martina Behm


This funky fresh shawl is perfect as a gift or to make as a gift for yourself. This triangle shawl is knitted in the very fashionable and delightfully textured garter stitch. Using a clever method, the designer teaches you how to use a crochet hook to only have 4 ends to weave in at the end. The designer recommends Debbie Bliss Rialto 4 ply in White (001) for the base, and Lang Yarns Mille Colori Baby for the colored stripes. Check out 0055, 0058, and 0018 – click on the image below to view all available shades!

Lang Yarns Mille Colori Baby for the rainbow shawl by MArtina Behm


Love these rainbow knitting patterns? Tell us in the comments below!

To purchase the designs featured here: click on the image of the design you wish to purchase; this will take you to the page where you can add the pattern to your basket. You can then continue shopping or check out using the normal checkout process. Happy knitting!


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9 Responses to Top 5 rainbow knitting patterns

  1. GERT says:

    Wish the rainbow shawl was for a lap or afghan!

  2. Donna says:

    I adore colour! At the moment I am in a shawl knitting frenzy and my stash prize is 6 balls of Noro Silk Garden Lite.
    I have scoured my books and patterns for the right shawl for this yarn but haven’t found the right one so far.
    I have considered the Dreambird and Wingspan patterns but I have some Lang Yarns Mille Colori Baby for those projects.

    I would love to hear suggestions from anyone who knows of a shawl pattern that requires long colour changing yarn.

    I would say I have advanced knitting skills and I am at my best when I can use a pattern as a guide to adapt to my taste.

    • Margaret Tatro says:

      Take a look at Judy Marples (featured on this website) Dovetail. It is a great pattern. It looks super complicated but is really simple. My only negative about it is that the shape is not optimum. I like a longer narrower triangle so I blocked this very aggressively to make it a little longer – if I did it again I would get more yarn and do additional repeats to make it longer. I used Noro Silk Garden Sock and a solid color Shalimar fingering.

  3. Margaret Tatro says:

    I am working on an Endless Rainbow (Martina Behm) shawl now and I would highly recommend it. It is easy, there are no ends to weave in and her little crochet hook trick is very clever. I happened to have a skein of the same Pure yarn that she used so I used the same color scheme of natural and rainbow — I am loving it.

  4. Evelyn Amos-Wyatt says:

    Please could you let me know how to get the Rainbow knit book and how much yarn for two jackets. Size 7 yr and 5 yrs. And the cost would be. Thanking you in anticipation.

    • Angie says:

      Hi, Evelyn!

      For the 7 year old’s sweater, you would need one ball of each shade when using the DMC Natura Cotton yarn. Same thing for the 5 year old! To download the rainbow sweater pattern, click on the image in this post, or click here. Happy knitting!

  5. Dorothy Evans says:

    Hi. Please can you tell me whether the Rainbow Blanket squares are knit using Two needles. I don’t want to buy the pattern if it’s made on four needles and I can’t decide which it is. I really like the pattern and would love to make it. Thanks a lot.

    • Angie says:

      Hi Dorothy!

      If you are talking about the Rainbow’s End squares, they are knitting on 2 single pointed needles, nothing out of the ordinary there! If you are talking about the Vivid blanket, it is also knit on 2 single pointed needles. Hope that helps! Happy knitting!

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