Rainbows are very happy - I mean with all those bright, fun colors striping together right next to one another in a curvy little arc... what more could you ask for color happy!
A rainbow comes at the end of a rain when the sun is peeking out again - that's pretty happy.
So, I'm sharing a bit of crochet rainbow happiness with you today. For my crochet booth (see this post at my failed attempt at selling crochet) I made some happy little rainbow arches. They are part of my Happy Hanger series. What's a Happy Hanger? Well, it's just a little something to hang around the house in a place you can enjoy it for no other reason than just looking at it might make you happy.
Here's my design, instructions and photo tutorial. Enjoy.
First - I'm using Knit Picks Dishie Cotton Yarn. I love this Dishie!!! (however, the yellow is a bit dull and they often run out of colors - but the shipping is fast and the price is right). That said, in this example, I substituted Knit Picks CotLin dk for the yellow (canary). The CotLin dk works up about the same as the Dishie - clearly making the Dishie a very very light worsted. I used They say it's a worsted weight but I'd call it a slightly heavy dk if anything. It's much thinner than any worsted here in the US. I made rainbow Happy Hangers using E, F and G hook sizes... the small-ish hook makes for a nice tight rainbow that is good and firm. For my photo tutorial, you can see I've used an E (3.5mm) hook. You can of course vary the hook and yarn to your liking. The tutorial instructions should work out the same.
Start with a magic ring. Chain 2, make 10 hdc (American Crochet Terms) in ring. Join ring with slip stitch and pull tight to close.
Join the next color (mine is orange).
Ch 2 and hdc in same stitch. 2 hdc in remaining stitches from round 1. (20 hdc). Finish off orange and join next color. (mine is yellow)
NOTE: There is a great tutorial on making a flat circle from my all time, most favorite crochet gal - Lucy at Attic24. Go here for her tute. It's a common method for circle making but she describes and shows it very well and in great detail.
For the yellow round, ch 2, hdc in same stitch then hdc in next stitch *2hdc in next stitch, hdc in next stitch. Repeat from * to end. Join with sl stitch. Add on next color (mine is green).
For the green round, ch 2, hdc in same stitch. *hdc in next 2 stitches. 2hdc in next stitch. Repeat from * to end of round, join w/ slip stitch. Finish off.
Join next color (mine is blue). ch 2, hdc in same stitch. *hdc in next 3 stitches. 2 hdc in next stitch. Repeat from * to end of round, join w/ slip stitch. Finish off.
Join next color (mine is purple).
Make purple round the same as previous rounds but make hdc in 4 stitches and then 2hdc in next stitch and repeat that pattern to end. Always join w/ a sl st and finish off. OR.. use any joining method you like. Sometimes I finish off and join each new round in a totally new place so I don't have a whole line of joining stitches in a row. Sometimes I pull a new color thru to complete my sl st on the joining stitch. There are a bunch of ways to join a new color when crocheting in the round - use your favorite method.
Next, join a final color (mine is pink).
Continue in same method. Increase a stitch every 5 stitches. You can increase more or less if your circle starts to curl or ripple. At the end of this round, finish off.
I often weave ends in as I go. In this circle I weave some ends in and others I don't. The good thing about the rainbow hanger is that you don't have to weave the ends in. They just live inside the rainbow - see the next photo.
Tuck all the strings in and fold the rainbow circle in half to form an arc.
To close the rainbow I use red. I like to start and finish the rainbow with red. Use a single stitch to join the two sides of the circle. Go under both stitches (four loops), join the red yarn and then complete a single stitch. Tuck the end inside the rainbow and continue single stitching around the arc.
To make a hanger loop, join the red by putting the hook under both loops of the center stitch on the sc row.
Make as many chain stitches as you wish or until the length of your hanger is at it's desired height when folded in half.
Join by making a sc in the same stitch where the yarn was joined.
Finish off the red. I usually tie the ends in a tight knot then weave them in pulling the knot down into the top of the rainbow so it can't be seen.
TA DAH! Your rainbow hanger is ready to make you happy!
Enjoy - Sher
Stay tuned for a few more Happy Hangers...