Melu Crochet: Free Chase the Rainbow Pattern

I’m loving the ‘chase the rainbow’ pictures, paintings and other art work that people are displaying in their windows at the moment. My daughter suggested I do something in crochet and I gladly took up the challenge! So here is my pattern for you to make your own rainbow, display it for others to see as they pass by and hopefully we can spread a little joy in these testing times.

My daughter’s painting in our window now joined my my Rainbow!

I’d love to see your rainbows! Use #melucrochet to share them!

Abbreviations

ch chain

sts stitches

dc/sc double crochet (UK Terminology) single crochet (US terminology)

Bobble *Yarn over, insert into indicated stitch, yarn over, pull through, yarn over, pull through 2 (two loops left on hook) Repeat * four more times until there are 6 loops on your hook, yarn over, pull through all loops on hook. See the Melu Crochet Bobble Stitch Guide for step by step photos.

For help with changing colour, take a look at my Bobble Stitch with colour changes guide

Size

The pattern will work with any yarn size, use the hook size that has been recommended for your yarn. Finished size will depend on your type of yarn, size of hook and your tension. 

For my rainbow, I used DK yarn, with a 4mm hook which gave a finished measurement of approx 28cm x 15cm

How to read a bobble stitch Chart

The grid represents stitches and rows of crochet. The white squares are double crochet and the coloured squares represent a bobble stitch.

MeluCrochet Chase the Rainbow right handed bobble stitch pattern

The coloured squares on my bobble stitch charts are a guide for adding colour, You may find it easier as a beginner to just use one colour while you are getting the hang of it, if you choose to do this then just add a bobble stitch whenever you come to a square that isn’t white.

Refer to the Melu Crochet Bobble Stitch Guide with colour changes for help with changing colour.

The background has been left white to represent a double crochet, but any yarn colour can be used for your background.

  • Chain (ch) a foundation chain the same number as the width of your pattern, plus 1 for turning: Ch38. 
  • Working into 2nd chain from hook Start at stitch 1, row 1 at the bottom right corner of the chart and then crochet along the row, adding a Double Crochet (Dc) if its a white square or a bobble stitch if its a coloured square. Each row will have a stitch count that is the same as your pattern width (37). 
  • Chain 1 at the end of each row and turn – this is a turning chain and does not count as a stitch throughout the pattern. 

Top Tip for beginners: Count your stitches as you go!

If you prefer to use written instructions here they are!

Start with your background colour

Foundation Ch 38, when starting at row 1 dc/sc into 2nd chain from hook.

Row 1: (Dc/Sc) x 37  

Row 2: Dc/Sc, red bst, Dc/Sc, O bst, Dc/Sc, Y bst, Dc/Sc, G bst, Dc/Sc, B bst, Dc/Sc, I bst, Dc/Sc, v bst, (Dc/Sc) x 9, v bst, Dc/Sc, I bst, Dc/Sc, B bst, Dc/Sc, G bst, Dc/Sc, Y bst, Dc/Sc, O bst, Dc/Sc, red bst, Dc/Sc  

Row 3: (Dc/Sc) x 37  

Row 4: Dc/Sc, red bst, Dc/Sc, O bst, Dc/Sc, Y bst, Dc/Sc, G bst, Dc/Sc, B bst, Dc/Sc, I bst, Dc/Sc, v bst, (Dc/Sc) x 9, v bst, Dc/Sc, I bst, Dc/Sc, B bst, Dc/Sc, G bst, Dc/Sc, Y bst, Dc/Sc, O bst, Dc/Sc, red bst, Dc/Sc  

Row 5: (Dc/Sc) x 37  

Row 6: Dc/Sc, red bst, Dc/Sc, O bst, Dc/Sc, Y bst, Dc/Sc, G bst, Dc/Sc, B bst, Dc/Sc, I bst, Dc/Sc, v bst, (Dc/Sc) x 9, v bst, Dc/Sc, I bst, Dc/Sc, B bst, Dc/Sc, G bst, Dc/Sc, Y bst, Dc/Sc, O bst, Dc/Sc, red bst, Dc/Sc  

Row 7: (Dc/Sc) x 37  

Row 8: Dc/Sc, red bst, Dc/Sc, O bst, Dc/Sc, Y bst, Dc/Sc, G bst, Dc/Sc, B bst, Dc/Sc, I bst, Dc/Sc, I bst, Dc/Sc, v bst, Dc/Sc, v bst, Dc/Sc, v bst, Dc/Sc, v bst, Dc/Sc, I bst, Dc/Sc, I bst, Dc/Sc, B bst, Dc/Sc, G bst, Dc/Sc, Y bst, Dc/Sc, O bst, Dc/Sc, red bst, Dc/Sc  

Row 9: (Dc/Sc) x 37  

Row 10: Dc/Sc, red bst, Dc/Sc, red bst, Dc/Sc, O bst, Dc/Sc, Y bst, Dc/Sc, G bst, Dc/Sc, B bst, Dc/Sc, I bst, Dc/Sc, I bst, Dc/Sc, I bst, Dc/Sc, I bst, Dc/Sc, I bst, Dc/Sc, I bst, Dc/Sc, B bst, Dc/Sc, G bst, Dc/Sc, Y bst, Dc/Sc, O bst, Dc/Sc, red bst, Dc/Sc, red bst, Dc/Sc  

Row 11: (Dc/Sc) x 37  

Row 12: Dc/Sc, red bst, Dc/Sc, red bst, Dc/Sc, O bst, Dc/Sc, Y bst, Dc/Sc, G bst, Dc/Sc, G bst, Dc/Sc, B bst, Dc/Sc, B bst, Dc/Sc, I bst, Dc/Sc, I bst, Dc/Sc, B bst, Dc/Sc, B bst, Dc/Sc, G bst, Dc/Sc, G bst, Dc/Sc, Y bst, Dc/Sc, O bst, Dc/Sc, red bst, Dc/Sc, red bst, Dc/Sc  

Row 13: (Dc/Sc) x 37  

Row 14: (Dc/Sc) x 3, red bst, Dc/Sc, red bst, Dc/Sc, O bst, Dc/Sc, Y bst, Dc/Sc, G bst, Dc/Sc, G bst, Dc/Sc, G bst, Dc/Sc, B bst, Dc/Sc, B bst, Dc/Sc, G bst, Dc/Sc, G bst, Dc/Sc, G bst, Dc/Sc, Y bst, Dc/Sc, O bst, Dc/Sc, red bst, Dc/Sc, red bst, (Dc/Sc) x 3  

Row 15: (Dc/Sc) x 37  

Row 16: (Dc/Sc) x 5, red bst, Dc/Sc, red bst, Dc/Sc, O bst, Dc/Sc, Y bst, Dc/Sc, Y bst, Dc/Sc, G bst, Dc/Sc, G bst, Dc/Sc, G bst, Dc/Sc, G bst, Dc/Sc, Y bst, Dc/Sc, Y bst, Dc/Sc, O bst, Dc/Sc, red bst, Dc/Sc, red bst, (Dc/Sc) x 5  

Row 17: (Dc/Sc) x 37  

Row 18: (Dc/Sc) x 7, red bst, Dc/Sc, red bst, Dc/Sc, O bst, Dc/Sc, O bst, Dc/Sc, Y bst, Dc/Sc, Y bst, Dc/Sc, Y bst, Dc/Sc, Y bst, Dc/Sc, O bst, Dc/Sc, O bst, Dc/Sc, red bst, Dc/Sc, red bst, (Dc/Sc) x 7  

Row 19: (Dc/Sc) x 37  

Row 20: (Dc/Sc) x 9, red bst, Dc/Sc, red bst, Dc/Sc, O bst, Dc/Sc, O bst, Dc/Sc, O bst, Dc/Sc, O bst, Dc/Sc, O bst, Dc/Sc, O bst, Dc/Sc, red bst, Dc/Sc, red bst, (Dc/Sc) x 9  

Row 21: (Dc/Sc) x 37  

Row 22: (Dc/Sc) x 11, red bst, Dc/Sc, red bst, Dc/Sc, red bst, Dc/Sc, red bst, Dc/Sc, red bst, Dc/Sc, red bst, Dc/Sc, red bst, Dc/Sc, red bst, (Dc/Sc) x 11  

Row 23: (Dc/Sc) x 37  

I hope you enjoy giving the bobble stitch a try, remember to tag your makes! #melucrochet

How to add tassels

You can add some rainbow coloured tassels like mine!

Click here for tassel instructions
Quick hair cut!

How to create a window hanging

If you would like to turn your rainbow into a window hanging, take a look at this MeluCrochet Guide: How to crochet a wall hanging which includes instructions for crocheting over the dowel rod and how to make the hanging cord.

MeluCrochet Guide: How to crochet a wall hanging

I hope you enjoy making your project.

I’d love to see your rainbows! Use #melucrochet to share them!

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