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Free Rainbow Appliqué Crochet Pattern

    Free Rainbow Appliqué Crochet Pattern
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    Rainbow appliqué description

    Thanks for checking out my free rainbow appliqué crochet pattern. I’m currently working on a granny square blanket for my daughters. I plan to fill each square with a different appliqué until I have a big blanket full of the things they love most! This rainbow appliqué is part of my Sun showers appliqué bundle. Keep checking back on my appliqués page to crochet along.

    The rainbow appliqué measures 10cm wide by 6cm high. I used 5 different colors to crochet the rainbow appliqué. You can use your appliqué to brighten up almost any of your crochet projects, I’d love to see what you done with yours!

    How to crochet a rainbow applique

    The rainbow appliqué crochet pattern easy skill level. You’ll need to know basic crochet stitches, simple increases and how to colour change. To make the rainbow appliqué I used 5 colours of DK (weight 3) yarn and a 4mm crochet hook. The whole appliqué uses just 3g (10yds) of yarn.

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    Hook sizes

    4mm crochet hook


    DK yarn 3g/10yds

    I used King Cole Pricewise DK in the following colours :

    A – Lemon

    B- Baby pink

    C – Baby peach

    D – Lilac

    E – Candy



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    the following abbreviations are for all the patterns in the Sun showers applique bundle.

    ch – chain

    MR – magic ring

    sl st – slip stich

    st / sts – stitch / stitches

    sc – single crochet

    hdc – half double crochet

    dc – double crochet

    tr – treble crochet

    sc3tog – decrease (single crochet 3 together)

    inc – increase (2 stitches in one space). use the same stich you previously used.

    2hdc / 3hdc / 5hdc – increase (2/3/5 stitches in one space)

    Gauge / tension

    Gauge is important as everyone crochets with a different tension. Therefore, if your 2” swatch doesn’t match up you can change your hook size to suit your tension.

    4mm hook – 2” x 2” = 7 rows of 9 hdc

    Finished size – 10cm x 6cm

    Pattern notes

    I do not count chains in my stitch count.

    Numbers in brackets are the number of rows/stitches.

    Stitches separated with a comma are to be made in separate spaces. eg. (sc, inc) would mean sc in first stitch then inc increase in next stitch. eg. (sc x2, inc) would mean sc in first stitch, single crochet in second stitch, then increase in next stitch.

    Make all colour changes at the end of the previous row.

    When fastening off leave a long tail for sewing if you are attaching the appliqué to something. If you are not sewing the appliqué to anything weave in ends.


    You will need the following supplies to complete the crochet project (links will take you directly to my recommended supplies) 

    – Crochet hooks 

    – Tapestry needle

    – DK Yarn

    – Stitch markers (optional)

    – scissors

    – Tape measure

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    Rainbow applique – free crochet pattern


    Row 1

    Use colour A (lemon)

    • ch x9 then start in 2nd ch from hook 
    • (inc, hdc) 4 times

    (12 sts)

    Row 2

    Use colour B (baby pink)

    • ch 1 & turn

    • (inc, hdc x 2) 4 times

    (16 sts)

    Row 3

    Use colour C (baby peach)

    • ch 1 & turn

    • (inc, hdc x 3) 4 times

    (20 sts)

    Row 4

    Use colour D (lilac)

    • ch 1 & turn

    • (inc, hdc x 4) 4 times

    (24 sts)

    Row 5

    Use colour E (candy)

    • ch 1 & turn

    • (inc, hdc x 5) 4 times

    • Fasten off

    (28 sts)