20 Rainbow Knitting Patterns
These free knitting patterns for beginners are a great way to instantly bring some color into your life. Check out our favorite rainbow knits right here!
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Picking what color of yarn to use can sometimes be one of the hardest decisions a knitter can make. If you can’t settle on just one color, why not use all the hues of a rainbow? These rainbow knitting patterns look fantastic and are a fun way to get knitting. There’s no need to limit yourself to one color when you can create a lively rainbow creation instead. These patterns are sure to add a hint of playfulness to your home or wardrobe, making them perfect for children’s rooms or as gifts for the young-at-heart.
From afghan knitting patterns to knit scarf patterns, these rainbow knits will inspire and enchant you. Some use variegated yarn of every color of the rainbow, while others are a little more complicated and involve color changing through the spectrum, so you can be sure to find the perfect pattern for your skill level in this list.
Rainbow Knit Afghan Patterns
Afghans are undoubtedly useful knitting projects. They double as home décor and blankets, allowing you to artfully drape them over sleeping children or the back of couches. These knit afghan patterns will be a wonderful addition to any room, but will look particularly charming when placed in a child’s room. The bright colors in these rainbow afghan patterns will bring a smile to anyone’s face. Though afghans are big projects, they have an equally big payoff. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of wrapping yourself in a blanket that you’ve made with your own two hands.
- Sherbet Surprise Afghan
Knit this beautiful Rainbow Rib blanket and bring all of the light spectrum colors into your home. This bold and beautiful knit blanket pattern is a great way to spice up any room in your house.
- Knitted Patchwork Recipe
Patterns like the Knitted Patchwork Recipe are perfect for knitters who can't bring themselves to throw away yarn, no matter how small the scrap. This knit afghan pattern draws its charm from its use of leftover yarn.
- Rainbow Lace Afghan
This free baby afghan knitting pattern is unlike traditional baby blankets. Instead of sticking to one color scheme, the Rainbow Lace Afghan decides to try them all!
- Lizard Ridge Afghan
Banish the doom and gloom of winter from your home by incorporating this lovely Lizard Ridge Afghan into your home. The beautiful wave stitch design makes for a fun and interesting knitting project.
- Nature's Palette Blanket
The Nature's Palette Blanket will add a slightly more subtle rainbow to your home, as the hues in this blanket are a bit more muted and subdued. We love this for a moody pop of color in any room, from a kid's room to a den, that whispers "rainbow" rather than screams it.
Check out this video tutorial to learn how to make your cotton yarn look like a rainbow - How To Tie Dye Cotton Yarn
Knitting Around the Home
There’s no need to limit the color in your house. Spread the love around with some of these rainbow home décor ideas. Use up leftover yarn to create a multi-colored pillow or a stunning tote bag. These easy knitting patterns are a marvelous way to brighten up your home. These rainbow knits are a great way to use up left over yarn, taking spring cleaning to the next level. You’re sure to get tons of compliments for your bright and fashionable rainbow knits that you’ll want to make tons of these stunning projects.
- Rainbow Market Bag
The best kind of free knitting pattern is one that you can take with you everywhere you go! This Rainbow Market Bag is perfect for literally everything - trips to the store, a fun night out with friends - you name it, this bag will be there.
- Stash Buster Cushion
Experience the colors of the rainbow with this knitted pattern. Place this pillow between your cushions. It will turn any drab room to fab!
- Thrifty Rainbow Welts Motif
Talk about a great knitting pattern for using up colorful scraps of yarn, this Rainbow Welts Motif is perfect for a beginner. Use whatever yarn you have leftover in your stash, and create this gorgeous motif made out of knit and purl stripes.
- Vibrant Mohair Knit Pillow
Here is a pillow knitting pattern that will add to your sitting room decor while simultaneously surviving the abuse of a comfortable pillow. One of the most resilient yarns available, mohair is a smart choice when working with knitting patterns for pillows.
- Stained Glass Dishcloth
A secret for making rainbow knitting patterns look cohesive and put-together in your home is to break up the colors with a neutral color like white or grey. The particular white lattice effect of the brick stitch on this dishcloth pattern takes away the haphazard look of the rainbow while still being unmistakeably colorful.
- Eye Popping Pinwheel
If you're looking for a challenge, something like this pinwheel is perfect for you. They make absolutely lovely table coverings or wall art, and are perfect for the eclectic or bohemian home. We recommend making an array of them for truly eye-catching decor!
Looking for even more colorful designs? Take a look at these Crazy Colors: 19 Free Afghan Patterns
Rainbow Knit Accessories
Why not let the color spread to your wardrobe? These colorful knitted accessories will make cute additions to any outfit. The knitted scarf patterns are especially handy for keeping away the chill and adding a little color to your outdoor outfits. Celebrate your memories of the spring and summer even on the darkest of winter days with a cute rainbow knitted scarf or pair of mitts. You’ll only need to take one look at these cheerful patterns to dispel a bad day. These easy knit patterns are a wonderful way to use up your stash and make wonderful gifts. Whether you’re hoping to keep yourself or a loved one warm, these rainbow knits will be a favorite with everyone.
- Rainbow Afternoon Shawl
Lovely enough for a movie star, this light as air striped shawl is knit from bottom to top in a drop-stitch garter pattern with a gathered peplum and shawl collar. Make your own shawl with or without a knit-in fringe.
- Cake Batter Cowl
As colorful in appearance as a freshly baked birthday cake that's loaded with rainbow sprinkles, this Cake Batter Cowl is too sweet to ignore. Bursting with various hues ranging from blue to orange, this delectable cowl knitting pattern is also sinfully simple to make.
- Entrelac Rainbow Mitts
If you've been trying to find a knitting pattern for fingerless gloves that has a little bit of attitude, these Entrelac Rainbow Mitts are just what you need. Created using the visually intriguing entrelac stitch, these mitts will stand out from other fingerless mitts.
- How to Make a Rainbow Dress
Check out these instructions for How to Make a Rainbow Dress for your child. This pattern is bright and fun and will look great on your daughter!
- Colorful and Chic Knit Shawlette
You won't be able to take your eyes off this Colorful and Chic Knit Shawlette! The intermediate knitting pattern incorporates the welt pattern stitch, resulting in a beautiful accessory that you will be so proud to wear.
- Rainbow Skies Baby Hat
As it turns out, the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow is the newest little baby in your life! A pastel multicolored hat is not only gender-neutral, but a thoughtful baby shower gift.
- Cityscape Knit Shawl Pattern
A shawl you can wear as a scarf is the perfect multifunctional accessory, especially for environments with constantly-shifting weather. We love the "grown-up rainbow" look of this particular shawl, making it perfect for the chic lady to show off her true colors.
- Rainbow Adventures Knit Hat Pattern
This hat is warm enough for the winter, but bright and cheerful enough to carry you all the way through spring! If you're one of those people who hate wearing hats because they're all just so boring, perhaps a cheery rainbow hat will convert you.
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