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Over the Rainbow: 40 Colorwork Knit Patterns

Give your life and knit patterns some color!

By: Megan Noone, Editor,
Over the Rainbow 40 Colorwork Knit Patterns

We all remember the first time we bought a skein of multi-colored yarn or that day we discovered how to change yarn colors in the middle of a project. Gone were the days of single colored hats and one skein washcloths, and suddenly your to-knit list had filled with a dozen rainbow knit patterns. 

Some were just classic colorwork knit patterns, creating that ROYGBIV rainbow that we've known since preschool in scarf form. Sometimes the patterns allowed us to get really wacky and challenged us to see how many scraps of color we could fit into one knit afghan pattern. A whole new world had opened up, one with enough color to rival the real rainbows peeking out from behind gray rainclouds.

This list aims to recapture that appreciation of bright color schemes, even though they may seem obnoxious sometimes. Forget powdered blues and pinks for baby showers, give them a rainbow knit baby blanket to dazzle their eyes and stimulate their minds. Why pair a beige hat with your winter coat when you can stand out against the white snow with a colorful knit cowl pattern?

Learn to love rainbows with the same intensity you did as a child with these 40 rainbow colorwork knit patterns!

Rainbow Knit Afghan Patterns

A good blanket will keep you warm and look good draped across your couch. A great blanket will keep you warm even on the coldest nights and help brighten your darkest days with a bit of color and cheer. Make yourself a great blanket and check out these knit afghan patterns

Bright Knit Patterns for Babies

Bright colors may be hard on your eyes, but your baby absolutely adores them! With these knit baby patterns your child is sure to be as mesmerized with himself or herself in the mirror as you are with them on a daily basis. 

Gorgeous Knit Hand-Warmer Patterns

You'll never lose another mitten again! With colors these bright, you'll spot your dropped hand-warmer from a mile away. Keep your hands toasty and pretty to look at with these amazing knit fingerless glove patterns and knit mitten patterns

Insanely Colorful Knit Hat Patterns

You'll never get lost in the crowd again with these cheerfully bright knit hat patterns! Forget black and beige, forget red or pink, just go with the whole color wheel and part the crowds when you go out.

Multicolored Knit Scarf Patterns and More

Go big or go home as they always say. Don't just knit little rainbow odds and ends, make a soft and luxurious rainbow knit scarf pattern and be proud of your love of all things bright and colorful. Not that into scarves? No worries! We have a few colorful knit shawl patterns and cowl patterns with the same gorgeous colorwork. 

Where would you wear your bright new rainbow wardrobe? 

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