Originally I called this the “Autumn Rainbow” but now that I see it on Zoe’s bedroom wall, it’s looking very bright! But I do love the muted colors from the Caron Simply Soft palette. I chose Country Peach, Persimmon, Sunshine, Sage, and Lavender Blue. This yarn is very light-weight and silky so it drapes nicely and isn’t too heavy to hang. There are so many color combos you could choose in the Caron Simply Soft line so have fun yarn shopping HERE!
– Caron Simply Soft (1 skein of each) in Country Peach, Persimmon, Sunshine, Sage, and Lavender Blue. Shop all colors HERE at Yarnspirations.com.
NOTE: Even though you don’t need more than 1 skein of each color, it does help to have two skeins of each color so they can be attached at the same time when making color changes. I did NOT carry my yarn through. I used two skeins of Country Peach just so I had two separate strands attached at all times on either side of my project, but used one skein of the rest of the colors and cut and re-attached when needed.
– Size H Crochet Hook
– Tapestry Needle
– .375 round dowel rod (3ft long) – purchase at Michaels Craft Store
– Rainbow Pixel Graph
26 long x 25 inches wide (without tassels – just the crocheted piece)
8 inch tassels
34 long x 25 inches wide with tassels
I followed a pixel graph that I created by converting an image to pixel art easily on www.pixel-stitch.net. This is honestly the site we have been looking for all this time! The conversion was so easy and you could literally use any image or logo to create your graph! I am providing the rainbow graph below.
But a couple of things first. Don’t feel like you need to count out every single little box in the graph. Keep in mind that the rainbow is a mirror image of itself so what I did was count half way (on the rows with color changes) and then I repeated that number for the second half of that particular row. And once you get past the curve of the rainbow, the color changes are consistent. So you can throw the graph to the side and just make color changes at the same point as the row before. For as long as you like actually! You could make this a very long wall hanging if you wish! So just to recap what I just said: the only counting you need to do is the part where the rainbow curves and on those rows, just count half way (it’s a mirror image) and then repeat that on the second part of that particular row.
Starting with country peach (working from the top down)
Chain 101, make a SC in second chain from hook and the rest of the way down chain, chain 1, turn
Row 2-17: SC in each stitch across, chain 1, turn
Row 18-39: refer to graph and make color changes according to pixel graph (this is the curve of your rainbow) use the SC stitch. Cut yarn re-attach when needed.
Row 40-95: These are your consistent color change rows. You are past the arc in the rainbow and you will make the same color changes in each row from here on out! Use the SC stitch.
Color changes as follows for these rows:
5 peach, 9 dark pink, 12 yellow, 11 blue, 26 purple, 11 blue, 12 yellow, 9 dark pink, 5 peach
Fasten off and weave in ends.
If you don’t carry your yarn (I did NOT carry my yarn) you will have loose ends to weave in. Don’t freak out, it is only bad right where the arc is assuming you carry your yarn up from the previous row on the straight color changes or have multiple skiens/balls attached.
Cut 3 strands of yarn about 2ft long, fold in half and push a little bit through SC stitch at the bottom of your piece. Now put the tails of your strand through the little loop you have created and pull tight.
Do this on EVERY OTHER stitch along the bottom of your project. Coordinate colors.
Trim to 8 inches when finished.
How to Hang it:
Fold top of piece over the dowel rod and with your tapestry needle and a long strand of peach yarn, stitch the edge of your project to connect with about row 4 or 5.
Cut 6 strands of peach yarn about 4 ft long. Tie a double knot with ends of the yarn on either side of the dowel rod. Hang on wall!
PEACE, LOVE, AND RAINBOWS!!