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Rainbow shawl crochet pattern

The story of the rainbow shawl

This rainbow shawl was born from darkness. There’s not much to say about the months I spent waiting to get this design from sample to finished pattern because I don’t remember much from them.

I created this design to celebrate life, diversity, love, equality, love of life and love of nature and colors. It embodies all the things that I have not been able to feel or experience for the past few years, deep in depression, anxiety and burnout. 

No, it was not pretty, but I had something nice to look forward to wearing and to sharing with you. It is a project of love and dedication even in spite of my lack of energy. 

Rainbows have always been special to me and they will always be. Not just because of what they symbolize, but because they exist in my internal and external world. I see them everywhere. 

I love watching light diffract in all walks of life, be it on a rainy afternoon or in a puddle, beside a roaring fountain or a rapid waterfall, in ice crystals, through thick panes of glass, or through mushroom spores.

Rainbows are truly magical and healing for me and I hope I can communicate even a little bit of that magic to you through this pattern.

Full double rainbow over mountains in Romania
Double rainbow over the Bucegi mountains

Exploring rainbow colors

Take this magical double rainbow above. It only fits in this photo because it’s in a panorama. Thankfully, it was bright and stable enough for me to take multiple snaps of it to make a panorama. It was beautiful beyond words. 

The photos for this image were taken way back in 2012 while I was attending a summer camp with fellow high-achieving students (yeah, we were the ones they called nerds… but hey, we got to visit the mountains for free, so that’s a plus in my book). 

You’ll notice that the rainbow above has multiple internal replicas. The main rainbow has red on the outside and violet on the inside. The replicas are identical. The double is reversed, however. Maybe it’s a Kouda Mushi 😆

Crochet Rainbow shawl showing the full crescent shape

I know the rainbow in this pattern is upside-down, but that’s because of the overall shape of the shawl, which is a crescent. I wanted to have the rainbow sit across the crescent and, since we wear shawls with the long edge across our shoulders, this rainbow ended up upside-down.

But you’ll notice that the colors are correct if you flip the shawl. On the outside, the rainbow has the longest wavelength color, red, while on the inside it has the purple/violet.

rainbow shawl on hanger

Trying the rainbow shawl crochet pattern

If you want to try out the new rainbow shawl crochet pattern that I’ve just finished testing and you’ve been waiting for this for the past several months, like I have, today is the day.

Fully tested in both US and UK terms, with a clear diagram and written instructions for all the rows, this is the most comprehensive pattern that I’ve published to date.

You can get it from my shop using the button below or from Ravelry.

In both places you have coupons to pay what you want for the pattern. This is my way of making my patterns available to people from all around the world.

Because I really want you to make this shawl, I even made a video. You can watch it below after getting the pattern and preparing your yarns and hooks and whatnot.

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It’s not complicated, in fact it’s so simple that even a beginner can make it, but the process of creating a pattern is much more than simply writing down the stitch combinations.

The best part about this pattern is that the shawl isn’t a half-circle like you’re used to. You could very easily take the pattern for half a circle, increase it until you get something big enough and call it a day.

I’ve seen countless patterns for such simple half-circles and it always makes me laugh when I find yet another pattern using the same-old basic circle shape. 

Sure, there are not many who take it to the extreme size of a shawl, because then you’d end up with half a dodecagon (a shape with 12 sides). You could vary the placement of the increases and get an actual circle, which would actually lead to a pretty decent rainbow shape.

But when you try to wear that half circle on your shoulders, or when you drape it around your neck, it doesn’t feel right. It doesn’t want to sit on the odd shape that is the human body because it’s a straight line and the human body is anything but made of straight lines (yes, it would be perfect as a window decoration).

Rainbow shawl crochet pattern - showing off the full size of the crescent shawl

This is where working on the bias comes in. In this particular pattern you won’t notice the bias construction as much as in the Blueberry Popsicle shawl pattern, for example, but trust me, it’s there.

By increasing a lot at the two corners and a little bit in the central wedge, you create a crescent shape that doesn’t resemble a half circle any more and sits very nicely on your shoulders. You can’t get this effect from triangular shawls either, as they also have the same straight edge as the half circle.

How do you wear this shawl?

It’s very simple, you just put it on your shoulders and maybe tie it at your back to create a soft, warm hug that stays with you the whole day.

Rainbow crochet shawl worn around the shoulders and tied at the back, showing off the beautiful colors

Or you wear it just like any triangular shawl, as a scarf around your neck, The compliments are sure to come. At least from your LYS owner (happened to me). 

Rainbow shawl worn as a regular scarf, wrapped around the neck, with the colors overlapping

Of course I’m joking, there is no right way to wear your shawl, I just really like how these photos came out and I needed a reason to show them off.

Now go forth and make your own and be sure to tag me @yarnandy on Instagram if you post any photos of it there.

Lots of love and lots of hugs,


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3 comments on “Rainbow shawl crochet pattern

dawnmfh hinnenkamp

Thank you so much for the patterns, I am currently on self quarantine due to C-19 virus. Actually it is my husband who cannot be exposed due to pneumonia, pleurisy and chronic back issues, but it also affects me. I really need a crochet intervention before I do something drastic! So thanks the patterns might keep me sane.


Dear Dawn,
I’m happy that you are staying at home to protect your loved ones. My patterns should keep you entertained for a while, but make sure you check out my Ravelry account, there are a few more patterns that I haven’t made available here yet. I’m working on that.
Thank you for reaching out and I wish you and your husband health and patience!


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