Rainbow smiles is a top down raglan sweater with a gentle v-neck. Made with simple stitches, it is close fitting with a chevron burst of rainbow colour.
Back during my 2018 visit to Yarndale, I picked up a set of sparkly rainbow 7 mini skeins from Eden Cottage yarns. I had been saving them for ‘something special’ (we all have that special yarn don’t we!) and began to shape the idea of a chevron rainbow sweater. The Rainbow smiles sweater was the result!
This is a great pattern for beginners looking to try their first garment.
You will need to know how to work basic crochet stitches, basic increases and decreases, work in the round and count!
Rainbow Smiles uses simple stitches all the way through and because it is worked using the top down method, it has no seaming.
Learn more about the advantages of top down method in this post demystifying top down crochet garment making.
The pattern calls for use of foundation chains (which are explained), but modifications are given if you prefer to work into a starting chain rather than use the foundation row technique
Using place markers (which translates as scraps of yarn for me!) is encouraged and the pattern guides you through where to put them
Hook: 4mm (US G/6)
Yarn:830-1500m 4ply / fingering yarn in total (approx 300g -500g depending on fibre)
The sweater pictured used Drops Nord (4ply) in Pearl Grey mix for the main colour (4, 4, 4, 5, 6, 6, 7 x 50g balls)
For the coloured yarn: As mentioned, I used my special Eden Cottage Yarns Nateby 4 ply mini, Rainbow Fade series but any coloured yarn of a similar weight will work. You will need less than 10-20g / 40- 80m of each colour depending on size selected.
Yarn Substitution Options: Any lightweight / 4 ply / sport or sock weight yarn which meets gauge can be used for this sweater. I would recommend wool / alpaca, acrylic or blend yarns but would probably avoid 100% cotton as the weight may cause additional stretch. A cotton blend should be fine!
You will also need: 5 Place Markers or scraps of yarn for corners, pins and a blocking board
The sweater is designed to be close fitting and the pattern is written in sizes XS through to 3X (bust 74-134cm)
However, because the pattern uses the top down method, you can easily adjust the fit as you go. I have added comments and guidance throughout the pattern on how you might tailor your sweater to the fit that is exactly right for you
The gauge is 15sts x 11rows in 10cm x 10cm of double crochet (US) lightly blocked using a 4mm hook or size needed to obtain tension.
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