Small Rainbow Applique | Free Crochet Pattern


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I swear that today’s free pattern was meant to be born! I was playing around with some yarn and the play developed into a little rainbow applique….then when I went to pick up my girls from nursery / school would you believe what appeared…if that’s not a sign for me to share it with you guys then I don’t know what is!

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Applique’s are great little embellishment’s to have in your crochet toolkit as they can be added to cushions, blankets, bags, hats or dresses! Or why not add to a badge or a key chain, or make into a magnet – so many options! Top tip: If you’re attaching a crocheted applique to something use sewing thread for a neater join-ability!

Small Rainbow Applique

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Yarn

Scraps of yarn in each of the following colours:

  • YARN A – Blue
  • YARN B – Green
  • YARN D – Yellow
  • YARN C – Orange
  • YARN E – Red

Hook: 4mm hook (US size G)

Difficulty: Easy / Intermediate

Size: 7cm (2.8in) long x 4.5cm (1.8in) high

Gauge: 5dc/sc = 2.5cm (1in)

Establishing the correct gauge is not critical to this pattern. Pattern will work in other yarns though gauge/size will be different.

Abbreviations: 

  • st(s) = stitch(es)
  • sp = space
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • ch(s) = chain  
  • dc/sc= UK double / US single crochet
  • BLO – Back Loop Only

Stitch Guidance:

  • Slip Stitch (sl st): Insert hook in st indicated, yarn over and pull through all loops.
  • Double Crochet/Single Crochet (dc/sc): Insert hook in st indicated and pull up a loop (two loops on hook), yarn over, pull through both loops on hook.
  • Back Loop Only (BLO): Insert your hook underneath the back loop and the 3rd loop of the stitch to make the stitch as indicated (see picture below) – this is to ensure there are no unsightly gaps.

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Instructions:

Notes: The ch1 at the beginning of each row does not count as a st

  • Row 1: (RS) With YARN A ch8, 1dc/sc in second ch from hook, 1dc/sc in each st to end, turn. 7sts. Fasten off and weave in ends
  • Row 2: Attach YARN B in the BLO of the first st of the previous row, 1ch, 1dc/sc in same st as beg. ch, 2dc/sc in the next st, 1dc/sc in the next st, 3dc/sc in the next st, 1dc/sc in the next st, 2dc/sc in the next st, 1dc/sc in the last st. 11sts. Fasten off and weave in ends
  • Row 3: Attach YARN C in the BLO of the first st of the previous row, 1ch, 1dc/sc in same st as beg. ch, 1dc/sc in the next st, 2dc/sc in the next st, 1dc/sc in the next 2 sts, 3dc/sc in the next st, 1dc/sc in the next 2 sts, 2dc/sc in the next st, 1dc/sc in the last 2 sts. 15sts. Fasten off and weave in ends
  • Row 4: Attach YARN D in the BLO of the first st of the previous row, 1ch, 1dc/sc in same st as beg. ch, 1dc/sc in the next 2 sts, 2dc/sc in the next st, 1dc/sc in the next 3 sts, 3dc/sc in the next st, 1dc/sc in the next 3 sts, 2dc/sc in the next st, 1dc/sc in the last 3 sts. 19sts. Fasten off and weave in ends
  • Row 5: Attach YARN E in the BLO of the first st of the previous row, 1ch, 1dc/sc in same st as beg. ch, 1dc/sc in the next 3 sts, 2dc/sc in the next st, 1dc/sc in the next 2 sts, 2dc/sc in the next st, 1dc/sc in the next st, 2dc/sc in the next st, 1dc/sc in the next st, 2dc/sc in the next st, 1dc/sc in the next 2 sts, 2dc/sc in the next st, 1dc/sc in the last 4 sts. 24sts. Fasten off and weave in ends

And that’s it!

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I hope you enjoy this little applique. I can’t wait to see how you use it! Make sure you link me your finished projects on Ravelry  or  your favourite social media  (Facebook Twitterand Instagram) and if you are featured in my newsletter you could win a pattern of your choice!

And if you are now looking for another fun applique with Halloween coming up you might like to try next my Quick ‘n’ Easy Skull Applique.

Until next time; keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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