Rainbow scarf tutorial

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It’s super cold here today, the coldest day of the year so far by a long shot. It has been snowing in all kinds of places across the country (places where it doesn’t usually snow!), fortunately we are all cosy inside with the fire going.

You will remember the rainbow fingerless mitts I made a little while ago for Maia? Well after much pestering here is a crochet rainbow scarf to match.  I really love this colour combination, so bright on these cold winter days, and perfect for wrapping around a little neck to keep out the chill!

Maia rainbow scarfVery easy crochet rainbow scarf pattern.

Using DK (8ply) yarn of your choice and a 4mm crochet hook.

Leave a long end (approx 15cm) and chain 150 in pink. Turn.

Half double crochet back along your foundation chain. Fasten off, change to red and leave a long tail end on both the last colour (pink) and the new colour (red), these long ends will become your tassels.Turn.

Chain 2 and half double crochet along length. Fasten off, change to yellow and leave a long tail end on both the last colour (red) and the new colour (yellow).Turn.

Chain 2 and half double crochet along length. Fasten off, change to green and leave a long tail end on both the last colour (yellow) and the new colour (green).Turn.

Chain 2 and half double crochet along length. Fasten off, change to light blue and leave a long tail end on both the last colour (green) and the new colour (light blue).Turn.

Chain 2 and half double crochet along length. Fasten off, change to dark blue and leave a long tail end on both the last colour (light blue) and the new colour (dark blue).Turn.

Chain 2 and half double crochet along length. Fasten off, change to dark purple and leave a long tail end on both the last colour (dark blue) and the new colour (dark purple).Turn.

Chain 2 and half double crochet along length. Fasten off, change to light purple and leave a long tail end on both the last colour (dark purple) and the new colour (light purple).Turn. Chain one and single crochet along length. Fasten off and leave a long end in light purple.

Tassles 1Tassles 2Tassles 3Tassels.  You should have long ends at both ends of your scarf. Tie the two closest long ends together and secure each ‘tassel’. Cut two 30cm lengths of each colour of your rainbow stripes. Matching your stripes to you additional tassels, lay the additional pieces of yarn over your tassels and tie together.

Cut tassles

Cut the tassels so they are all the same length (obviously you don’t really need a photo to show you how to do this, but here is one anyway…)

Maia Scarf 2Enough of photos, Im ready to get outside with the others, Mum…Maia Scarf 3Enjoy! Love Janette x x

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54 thoughts on “Rainbow scarf tutorial

    PJ said:
    August 16, 2011 at 2:09 am

    My Love…That is an beautiful photo of our beautiful daughter!

    Harriette said:
    September 16, 2011 at 5:17 am

    Is the stitch the US half-double? It looks like it, but want to make sure before I print out the instructions for my beginner granddaughter.

      Janette responded:
      September 16, 2011 at 8:05 am

      Hi Harriette, yes all crochet terms are US. I hope your granddaughter likes it! Janette

    Ella Swift said:
    September 16, 2011 at 5:41 am

    Making the set for Xmas gifts. We have Great-grand daughters who will love them.

    Ella Swift said:
    September 16, 2011 at 5:42 am

    Your clock is off…

      Janette responded:
      September 16, 2011 at 8:07 am

      Hi Ella, in New Zealand the time is just right! Janette

    florence said:
    September 30, 2011 at 7:02 am

    I have 6 granddaughters , I think this will be the perfect surprise gift for the winter!!!!!
    Thank you,

      Janette responded:
      September 30, 2011 at 8:28 am

      So glad you liked the pattern Florence, I hope your granddaughters love them as much as my daughter loves hers. Id love to hear how they turn out. Janette

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    Ailene Esquer said:
    October 16, 2011 at 7:05 pm

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    melanie said:
    November 19, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    The 150 stitches don’t seem to make the scarf as long as it appears in the photos. Mine turned out to be about 3′ so I added some stitches. Also I don’t really get what you are doing with the fringe.

      Janette responded:
      November 20, 2011 at 7:25 am

      Hi Melanie, I’ve just recounted the scarf and it’s definitely 150. Maybe your yarn is not as thick as mine… I’d just make the chain as long as you’d like it to be. The fringe is really easy just thread through your tassel then tie it on using your long ends left from the crocheting. Hope that helps! Janette :)

        melanie said:
        November 20, 2011 at 7:42 am

        what length is your scarf without the tassels?

        Janette responded:
        November 24, 2011 at 2:56 pm

        Hi, its about 115cm long. J

    shawn said:
    January 8, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    hello my name is shawn and i am new to your site and was just wondering if you could send me a copy of you fingerless mitts i would love to make some for my kids thank you for your time to read this message and if you write me back then thank you for your time to respond to me

      Janette responded:
      January 8, 2012 at 5:13 pm

      Hi Shawn, you can find a copy of the pattern on the site – here is the link: http://thegreendragonfly.wordpress.com/2011/08/07/rainbowmitts/
      If you want to print it I suggest you copy and paste the text into a word document which makes it much better for printing. Hope this helps, Id love to see a photo of the mitts if you make some :) Janette

    Christina said:
    March 15, 2012 at 8:02 am

    Is this Rainbow scarf easy enough for a very beginner

      Janette responded:
      March 15, 2012 at 8:20 am

      Yes, it’s just straight so should be fine :)

    Joanne Kelly-Anderson said:
    March 16, 2012 at 4:52 am

    So cute and I am defiantely going to give this a go. I use to make baby blankets from a simple pattern and I find these ideas can be intimidating. I just love how you make this fun and the ends are so cute. I think I can. I think I can. :)

    debbie said:
    April 3, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    what a pretty, pretty scarf!!! Love all the colors!!! You are truly taleneted and thank you for sharing!!

    Kathleen Blout said:
    May 3, 2012 at 9:50 am

    I love this scarf with bright colors. I am going to order the yarns and make the scarves for my grandgirls. Thank you so much…

      Janette responded:
      May 3, 2012 at 1:32 pm

      Lovely idea, I hope they love them as much as my daughter!

    Kathleen Blout said:
    May 3, 2012 at 11:12 am

    What size of crochet hook/ Is it G size or what.. Please reply… Thank you… I love this scarf and I am going to order the colorful yarns for my two granddaughters. XOXO

    Kathleen Blout said:
    May 3, 2012 at 11:20 am

    what kind of yarns should I order through the company.. Thank you Please reply asap so we can order via email to the company for them to mail us the yarns..

      Janette responded:
      May 3, 2012 at 1:28 pm

      Hi Kathleen, with a scarf like this it doesn’t really matter what type if yarn you use so long as use an appropriate hook. I used a 4mm hook and 8ply (dk) yarn – all different types from my stash. Hope this helps, Janette

    Faten Dyab said:
    July 17, 2012 at 4:29 am

    So cute!!!

    Cons said:
    September 13, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    migrated to a cold country and is now in need of all things warm including scarves. Stumbled upon your blog on pinterest, thanks for sharing this! Its a wonderful blog which will be visited regularly :)

    Sara Jo said:
    September 18, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    I just found your blog and made this precious scarf last night for my granddaughter. It turned out beautiful. Thank you from sunny Florida, USA.

    therecamethiswoman said:
    September 29, 2012 at 5:38 am

    Thanks for the “like”! That scarf is so fun….and your photos are very beautiful!

    Mish said:
    October 7, 2012 at 11:16 am

    I only have long ends on one end of the scarf. I don’t understand what I’m doing wrong? :(

      Janette responded:
      October 7, 2012 at 12:13 pm

      You must have crocheted two rows in each color- it doesn’t really matter though. Where you don’t have long ends just thread the appropriate colors through the stitch above and tie together to make your tassels.

        Mish said:
        October 10, 2012 at 7:51 am

        Thanks so much! I figured it all out and it turned out beautifully, but I didn’t use rainbow colours. Wish I could show you a photo. :)

        Janette responded:
        October 10, 2012 at 11:18 am

        I’m so glad it turned out well!!!! I’d love to see a photo!

    gentlestitches said:
    October 7, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    Thank you for this wonderful idea. I love “yarn stash busters” I am going to make a set in Autumn colours even though it is actually spring here in Melbourne.

    Lisa said:
    October 14, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Love this scarf, I just made three for Christmas gifts! Now I need a matching hat pattern!

      Janette responded:
      October 14, 2012 at 5:08 pm

      So glad you liked them! Just make the autumn and spring hat using a different color for each round :)

    rockmelon recycled said:
    October 22, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    lovely scarf, beautifully photographed. I live in Queensland where we are having 32 degree days already… maybe next year it will be my winter project!

    thegrangerange.wordpress.com said:
    October 24, 2012 at 7:41 am

    Lovely scarf for a lovely girl, I like the fingerless mittens too. The weather is just turning chilly here so it will soon be time for gloves.

    Melanie said:
    November 21, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Absolutely adorable!!!

    Cheryl said:
    December 14, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Am going to add this to the list of the things I want to make… very cute idea, thanks for sharing.

    Bek @ Justfordaisy said:
    April 7, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    Oh wow! This is just beautiful! :) I love it! :) Now just to learn to crochet!

    hack coc said:
    July 8, 2013 at 8:34 am

    Hola! I’ve been reading your website for a long time now and finally got the bravery to go ahead and give you a shout out from Lubbock Tx! Just wanted to tell you keep up the good work!

      Janette responded:
      July 9, 2013 at 9:19 am

      Hello in Lubbock Texas! You know I’ve visited Lubbock, A long time ago when I went to school at OU! Lovely of you to leave a message, and I look forward to hearing from you again ;) xx

    Jo C said:
    July 24, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    Hello from Manchester UK! I’m a complete beginner and my son has requested a rainbow scarf for my first project. This pattern looks just perfect. I want to make one each for my two boys. Can you inform how much yarn I should buy of each colour? (I’m going to leave out the pink btw, as boys don’t like pink according to my little man ;)

      Janette responded:
      July 25, 2013 at 9:59 am

      Hello Jo! These scarves will only take a very small amount of yarn, so I’d suggest you choose colours you love and are likely to use in the future for other projects. Here in NZ the smallest balls you can buy are 50g, you won’t use a ball to make the whole scarf let alone one with multiple colours. Hope that helps, Janette xx

    Carol said:
    September 17, 2013 at 9:24 am

    I love, love, love the colors!!! I’ve noticed that several crochet patterns haven’t stated that amount of yarn to use and when they do they don’t put it in the measurements we use in the USA. I would appreciate it if you could let us know how much to use in USA terms and also the size of the crochet hook by size rather than mm’s. Thank you.

    Terrie said:
    October 20, 2013 at 7:26 am

    love this pattern! i have 2 little girls (2 & 4) who will love this! also going to make the mitts to complete a set!

    caroljs said:
    October 30, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    Thank you for the great pattern. I have made this and the mitts. I blogged about it here http://www.lipstickandlace.co.uk/2013/10/look-what-i-made-scarves-and-wrist.html

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