Over the Rainbow Afghan

Stripes of bright color give this afghan the punch it needs to liven up a drab room. Have fun playing with multiple shades to get just the right effect.

Skill Level: Easy

Size: 45” x 56”

Gauge: 6 rows = 4 ¾”; Fan Shell, Ripple (5 dcs, Shell, 5 dcs) = 6 ½”

Materials

Yarn: Red Heart with Love (100% acrylic; 230 yards [211 meters]/198 grams): #1502 Iced Aqua (1 skein), #1704 Bubble Gum (1 skein), #1601 Lettuce (1 skein), #1252 Mango (1 skein), #1701 Hot Pink (1 skein)
Hook: US size H/8 (5.0 mm) hook or size needed to obtain gauge

Special Stitches

Fan Shell: ((dc, ch 1) 4 times, dc) in space or stitch as indicated in instructions.
Shell: (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in space or stitch as indicated in instructions.

Pattern

Row 1 (RS): With iced aqua ch 129, dc in 5th ch from hook, dc in each of next 4 chs, *skip 3 chs, fan shell in next ch, skip 3 chs, dc in each of next 5 dcs, shell in next ch, dc in each of next 5 chs,** repeat from * across ending last repeat at **, skip 3 chs, fan shell in next ch, skip 3 chs, dc in each of next 4 chs, 2 dcs in last ch, turn.
Row 2 (WS): Ch 3, dc in first dc, dc in each of next 4 dcs, *(sc, ch 3) in each of next 3 ch 1 spaces, sc in next ch 1 space, skip 2 dcs, dc in each of next 5 dcs, skip 1 dc, shell in ch 1 space of shell, skip 1 dc, dc in each of next 5 dcs**, repeat from * across ending last repeat at **, (sc, ch 3) in each of next 3 ch 1 spaces, sc in next ch 1 space, skip 2 dcs, dc in each of next 4 dcs, 2 dcs in 3rd ch of turning ch, turn.
Row 3 (RS): Ch 3, dc in first dc, dc in each of next 4 dcs, *skip next ch 3 loop, fan shell in next ch 3 loop, skip next (ch 3 loop, sc and dc), dc in each of next 5 dcs, skip 1 dc, shell in ch 1 space of shell, skip 1 dc, dc in each of next 5 dcs**, repeat from * across ending last repeat at **, skip next ch 3 loop, fan shell in next ch 3 loop, skip next (ch 3 loop, sc and dc), dc in each of next 4 dcs, 2 dcs in 3rd ch of turning ch, turn.
Rows 4-75: Repeat Rows 2 and 3 for a total of 72 rows as follows:
(6 rows each iced aqua, bubble gum, lettuce, mango, hot pink) 2 times,
6 rows iced aqua, 6 rows bubble gum

Edging

With hot pink work along right side edge start at bottom side edge (sc, ch 3, sc) in each dc across and fasten off.
Work along left side edge start at top side edge (sc, ch 3, sc) in each dc across and fasten off. yarn ball

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Comments
  • Why is only ONE of the TWO images here on the page showing up in the printed version? Is this an error, or is there a reason we cannot have both images? If we can only have one, I’d prefer to have the close-up (NOT the rolled up blanket image) in the printed version. TIA!

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  • It would be great to make this blanket for children in homeless shelter or a shelter for mother’s and their children, especially now that winter is well on it’s way.

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  • Sandi Sagerian

    Youtube has many great instructional videos for free & also offers on-line classes, some free, some at low cost. When you are working your pattern if you come upon a term you don’t understand, just go to youtube. There will be several videos offered for you.

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  • I relearned by going to hookedonneedles.com. She has great tutorial videos that very clear. It helped me learn how to do hats. 🙂

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  • I am trying to de-stash my yarn (all colors) and am tired of the pattern I’ve been using. Think I’ll try this one.

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  • Judy Flakne

    Simply put .. how to crochet shell stitch video (or what ever stitch you want to learn) in your search line and you should find several good videos.

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  • I’m totally confused & I went to YouTube ( something I don’t normally use) & I couldn’t find anything about how to crochet & I was told there was even a video, can anyone point me in the right direction. Thank you!!

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  • Diana Lindoff

    Linda, reading the pattern, I think you are correct. Row 1 is putting double crochets in the foundation chain row. I’d say just an oversight. Give it a try, I taught myself. If you get in a jam, stop by a yarn shop – they will be glad to help.

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  • Eva Freeman

    You can go to youtube.com and look up how to read crochet patterns. You.tube is how I learned to crochet.

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  • In row one directions say dc in each of next five dc. I guess they mean dc in each ch. Im being stupid i guess cause there are only ch on first row to crochet in. Btw its pretty,but imho i think it will be prettier in a solid color. Someone confirm that the dc go in the ch on row one please. Ty

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  • Katie Davenport

    My dad sent me this in an e-mail. It’s awesome and my style, but I am a beginner and don’t know how to read patterns

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  • Victoria Robillard

    This looks like a great afghan. Quick, easy and pretty!! Thank you!!

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