Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Happiness is...Rainbows!

Inspired by the Deramores Blog Competition I couldn't resist my own take on the Rainbow Colours trend blogged by Heather at The Patchwork Heart.

I don't think there's many people that can resist a rainbow!!  My house is definitely full of rainbow accents - whether it be wooden toys, stained glass hangers or the kids Molo rainbow clothes.  My knitting is by no way immune to the Rainbow Revolution.  There is just something immeasurably cheerful about rainbow knits and they have the added bonus of working well with whatever colour you're wearing too!

To date I've made several rainbow shawls (with yet another on the needles)  The first was a LightWaves by Susan Ashcroft.  I fell in love with this pattern with it's cheerful rainbow accent and stunning yet simple wave pattern.  Using Kauni EQ the colour changes take care of themselves and the whole mood of the knit can be changed dependant on the main colour you use.  I went for a grey which is a colour I think combines beautifully with Rainbows.

The second of my rainbow shawls uses the same Kauni EQ yarn but has a completely different look.  Koi Gardens Shawlette by CrystalRose is an entralac shawl and I love the colour transitions of the Kauni EQ with the entrelac technique!

Last, but by no means least of my Rainbow Shawls, is my current WIP - Pop Spots by Juju Vail.  This was a project I had in the planning for ages!  After adding it to my Ravelry queue, I finally decided to dye my own yarn to make a rainbow shawl combined with a white/undyed main colour for a really spring like feel.

I'm making the large size which means three rows of "spots" in each colour and am currently halfway through the blue spots.  The lace edging will be completed after the purple spots in the same red as the initial spots. It's such a cheerful knit and I can't wait to wear it! Better still, I will have LOADS of yarn left over to make more rainbow shawls!!

Of course, rainbow aren't necessarily limited to the classic colour combinations - or my knits to shawls.  I've even managed a (rare for me!) crochet rainbow project with these gorgeous summery Stripy Mitts by Sandra Paul.
In contrast these Easy Handspun Mitts by Vera Brosgol have a distinctly autumnal feel and really show how you can incorporate rainbows into your spinning as well as your knitting/crochet.   There's such endless possibilities that I don't think I'll ever bore of making rainbows!!

This post is my submission to the Deramores Craft Blog Competition 2015. Deramores is the UK’s number one online retailer of knitting and crochet supplies. Visit www.deramores.com for more details.


  1. So many beautiful colours :) I love your entrelec shawl

    1. entralac even. Brain clearly switched off for the night ;)

    2. Hehe thanks - it was a technique I'd admired for ages and was shocked at how easy it was!!