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Aran Rainbow Baby Blanket (pattern)

 

muted highland rainbow blanket muted rainbow swirlIf you’re going to knit an heirloom blanket for a baby, this strikingly beautiful pram blanket or throw is certainly different and special!

A muted rainbow of stripes combine with a variety of textures and different aran-style patterns to make this just as pretty knitted in one colour as in 6.

It’s knit using approx 6 x 50g balls of DK yarn (approx 600 – 700 metres of yarn in total) in one piece with 4.5mm knitting needles. Its optional, simple crochet border uses a 4.5mm hook.

Measuring approx 28 x 18 inches (70 x 46cm) when finished, it’s aimed at knitters who are already confident using a cable needle and working with colour.

The knitting pattern is a 2MB pdf that’s available to download immediately after payment. To try to accommodate all preferences, I’ve provided both written and charted instructions. I’ve also laid out the knitting pattern so that you only need to print the specific pages that you need, depending on whether you prefer your instructions row-by-row, or as individual stripe-patterns.

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Bird Crochet Mittens (pattern)

Using one basic pattern, you can crochet owl, puffin or rockhopper penguin mittens to fit all ages, from toddler – adult. Five different sizing options are given, to fit hands from 4.5” to 8.5” wide (when measured around the palm above the thumb).

Mittens are crocheted top-down from the finger tips to the wrist. A hidden little wristband of crocheted ribbing on the inside helps the mitten cling to the hand, and allows the sleeve of your jacket to sit neatly between the mitten wristband and gauntlet, minimising draughts. Eyes are crocheted separately and sewn on at the end, and beaks embroidered.

The basic pattern is intermediate in difficulty: you work in the round, in continual circles as well as back and forth. You need to know how to do basic crochet stitches and how to join a round with a slip stitch. If you work your mittens in more than one colour, you need to know how to strand the unused colours.

The pattern is written in UK crochet terms; however it’s simple to translate to US terms, and US equivalents are given.

You’ll need approx 110 yds of main colour DK (light worsted) weight yarn for the smallest size (toddler) up to 275 yds for the largest size (man). You’ll also need between 30 – 50 yds of contrast yarn for eyes if you’re making the puffin or owl versions, plus scraps for beak embroidery.

Pattern uses 4mm and 3.5mm crochet hooks.

Your purchase includes 2 PDFs: a written pattern with detailed instructions and photographs, and a print-friendly version.

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Rainbow Multi-Cable Beanie (knitting pattern)

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rainbow cable beanieThis knitting pattern will teach you how to knit a stunning multi-coloured cable beanie, in sizes baby – adult (47cm – 58cm head circumference).

You’ll need chunky (bulky) weight yarn and 6mm needles.

This pattern is aimed at knitters who are confident working with colours and / or using a cable needle, however full written instructions and detailed photo tutorials are given.

Each size is listed on separate pages of the PDF to make it easier for you to follow.

To buy, put the pattern in your shopping cart, go through the checkout. You’ll be taken to PayPal. Go right through the process and make sure you come back to the Rainbow Knits website to confirm your purchase. You’ll then automatically be given a hyperlink to download the 10 page PDF (1MB) instantly; an email with the hyperlink will be sent to you, too.

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Rainbow Star Striped Beanie (pattern)

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The unusual texture of the star stitch really shows off the beautiful rainbow colours of this beanie.

Directions given for sizes 47cm – 52cm (approx age 1-8 years), for intermediate – advanced knitters (or beginners who’re confident about knitting into the front and back of 3 stitches at once!)

Pattern is for chunky (bulky) weight yarn and uses 5mm knitting needles.

Note that this sale is for a knitting pattern, not for the beanie itself. Knitting pattern is available immediately after purchase as an electronic download (530kB pdf file) via hyperlink. You can only download it twice, so do save it!

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Simpler Rainbow Mary Jane Booties (pattern)

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This 8 page electronic knitting pattern (1.1MB pdf) for beautiful mary jane style booties is aimed at ‘experienced beginners’ level knitters: you must be able to knit, purl, cast-on, cast-off and sew up a seam.

Detailed photo tutorials are provided to teach you how to:

  • increase and decrease stitches
  • work with colour
  • finish off your work
  • darn ends away neatly, professionally and invisibly.

It also describes 3 different ways to fashion a button-hole or loop, so is the perfect pattern for fairly new knitters who are ready to try something a bit more taxing than straight, shapeless knitting!

Instructions given for foot lengths 9, 11 and 13cm (approx ages newborn – 1 year), and for 2 style-variants of the booties, for double-knit yarn thickness.

Note: this sale is for a knitting pattern, not a knitted item! You will be able to download it in PDF form immediately on payment using the link on the confirmation screen. Another link will be provided with the payment confirmation email. You will be able to download the file twice only, so please save it.

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Advanced Rainbow Mary Jane Booties (pattern)

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This 7 page electronic knitting pattern (950kB pdf) for beautiful mary jane style booties is aimed at advanced-level knitters: you must be able to knit, purl, increase and decrease stitches, all in the round, whether with a circular needle or double-pointed needles. If you can do Turkish cast-on too then your booties will be entirely seamless, though it’s not essential.

The pattern includes a detailed photo tutorial demonstrating how to finish off your work and darn ends away neatly, professionally and invisibly. It also describes 3 different ways to fashion a button-hole or loop.

Instructions given for foot lengths 9, 11 and 13cm (approx ages newborn – 1 year), and for 2 style-variants of the booties, for double-knit yarn thickness.

Note: this sale is for a knitting pattern, not a knitted item! You will be able to download it in PDF form immediately on payment using the link on the confirmation screen. Another link will be provided with the payment confirmation email. You will be able to download the file twice only, so please save it.

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Rainbow Cable eSock (pattern)

This knitting pattern is for a cute little mobile phone cover in the form of a ribbed sock with a multi-coloured cable on the front.  Although it’s aimed at experienced knitters who are already confident knitting in the round and cabling, a detailed photo tutorial is provided as well as written instructions.

The pattern gives directions to fit:

  • iPhone 3GS (pictured)
  • iPhone 4 series
  • iPhone 5.

As it’s so stretchy, it will also comfortably fit most:

  • MP3 players (including iPod)
  • mobile phones
  • calculators
  • compact cameras.

It only needs 30 – 35m of double-knit yarn, so it’s a fast, easy stash-buster. Maybe the perfect homemade Christmas presents…?!

Knitting pattern is in PDF form (890kB) and you’ll receive a hyperlink for immediate download after you’ve been taken to PayPal to pay and confirmed your purchase back here on Rainbow Knits (please remember to do this last part!). You’ll also receive a hyperlink for file download in your payment confirmation email.

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Rainbow Brim Muff or Handwarmer (pattern)

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  • Warmer than mittens or gloves?  Check.
  • Stays on without straps, clips or choke-hazard neck-cord?  Check.
  • Big enough not to lose, but small enough to be unobtrusive?  Check.
  • Colourful and quirky without being garish?  Check.

This pretty and practical handwarmer met the demanding requirements of my active little daughters, so I hope it’s just right for you, too.

The knitting pattern uses chunky yarn and 5.5mm knitting needles. It has directions for 2 sizes: child (approx age 2-6) and teen (approx age 8-adult).

The 6 page knitting pattern (725kB pdf) has 2 sets of instructions within it: you can either knit it in the round and then graft to achieve an entirely seam-free garment, or you can knit it in one piece and seam it as directed.  This is why the pattern is suitable for all levels, from beginner to advanced: you just need to be able to increase and decrease stitches.  And whichever version you choose to knit, it will look stunning, especially teamed with the Rainbow Brim Beanie, whose pattern is also for sale.

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Rainbow Brim Beanie in chunky, all ages (pattern)

If you already know how to knit, purl and decrease by knitting 2 stitches together, then let me help you extend your skills into learning to work with colour or knitting in the round with this simple beanie!

The knitting pattern is available to download instantly after payment. It will teach you how to knit a classic, seamless beanie with a rainbow brim for all ages from 1 year old up to adult – I give directions for 5 sizes between 47cm – 58cm head circumference.

The pattern includes a detailed photo tutorial of how to darn in colour tails neatly, invisibly and professionally. I show you how to adapt the pattern to fit. Pattern includes directions for knitting the beanie either flat or in the round.

You’ll need:

  • 1 x 50g ball of chunky yarn in your main colour (about 45m in length)
  • scraps of coloured yarn for the rainbow brim (approx 4m each)
  • a pair of 6mm straight OR double-pointed OR circular knitting needles.

Note: this is for the knitting pattern only. If you’d prefer the ready-knitted beanie, then I sell them in my shop, for children and adults.

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Rainbow Bobble Muff or Hand Warmer (pattern)

Far warmer than mittens or gloves alone, this clever handwarmer or muff is knitted in chunky yarn and double-layered with an insulating air-gap and *no need* for a choke-hazard neck cord. This knitting pattern has full instructions for sizes from age 2 years – adult.  It also has 2 sets of instructions within it: you can either knit it in the round and then graft to achieve an entirely seam-free garment, or you can knit it in one piece and seam it as directed. This is why the pattern is suitable for all levels, from beginner to advanced. And whichever version you choose to knit, it will look stunning, especially teamed with the Rainbow Bobbles Beanie, whose pattern is also for sale.

Knitting pattern is a 360kB pdf that can be downloaded immediately after payment.

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