This adorable rainbow scarf knitting pattern has pretty rainbow stripes and soft fluffy cloud loop at one end that makes this scarf super easy to put on!
Well, I have to tell you that Baby V jumped up and down when she saw this rainbow scarf. She is in a big rainbow and unicorn phase and so this adorable kids scarf knitting pattern was a huge hit.
Personally, I love knitting in rainbow colors so I am perfect happy to make things like this over and over. There’s something so enjoyable about it!
This cute rainbow scarf knitting pattern is actually a loop scarf which means it has a loop at one end. To put it on, you put it around your neck and insert the rainbow end through the fluffy cloud loop and tighten until comfortable.
This makes it SUPER easy for kids to put on and it stays on really well while they’re playing outside. It’s like the perfect kids’ scarf (and we have my friend Amanda to thank for it!)
I knit the fluffy cloud loop using Bernat Pipsqueak yarn in the color “whitey white”. The vanilla color looks pretty similar. I have had one skein of this yarn for about 4 years and I’m still not out of it, it sure makes a great accent! But if you have a hard time finding that exact yarn, here are some substitutes!
Are you ready to make your own rainbow loop scarf?
Rainbow Scarf Knitting Pattern
Size: one size fits most kids age 3 and up
Finished Size: 32” x 3.75” (including folded cloud loop)
Note: Never put anything around the neck of a baby, or leave young children unattended with a scarf on. Please always use common sense in deciding if your child is old enough to wear a scarf.
Gauge: 17 st. & 32 rows = 4 inches
Rainbow Loop Scarf Supplies:
One skein each worsted weight yarn in 6
One skein white chenille yarn (mine is Bernat Pipsqueak)
US 8 (5 mm) 24″ circular knitting needles
US 8 (5 mm) straight knitting needles
(If you need help, my favorite knitting reference book for everyone from beginners to advanced knitters is THIS ONE!)
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Rainbow Scarf Instructions:
Because this scarf is knit lengthwise, you need to use long circular knitting needles to hold all of the stitches, but the scarf is knit flat. Using long-tail cast on, cast on 120 stitches onto your circular needles with the purple yarn.
The entire scarf is knit in seed stitch which is knit as follows:
Row 1 and all odd rows (RS): (k1, p1) repeat to the end of the row.
Row 2 and all even rows (WS): (p1, k1) repeat to the end of the row.
To create the rainbow stripes, cast on with purple yarn, then knit seed stitch for 4 more rows. Then switch to blue yarn and knit in seed stitch for 5 rows. Repeat 5 rows each of seed stitch for the green, yellow and orange yarn.
Then knit 4 rows in seed stitch with pink yarn. Finally, bind off in pattern with pink yarn. Weave in all ends on the wrong side.
To add the cloud loop & assemble the loop scarf:
To add the cloud loop, pick up 12 stitches evenly along the RS of one end of the scarf (2 stitches per color stripe) with the white chenille yarn and your straight needles.
Then knit all stitches for 45 rows. Bind off and leave a long bind off tail to sew the loop. Weave in the beginning end on the wrong side.
Lay the scarf out wrong side up and fold the white cloud section over on itself and line up the starting and bind off edges. Thread the bind off tail on a yarn needle and use it to stitch along where the cloud starting and bind off edges line up to create a loop.
To wear your loop scarf, put it around your neck and insert the rainbow end through the fluffy cloud loop and tighten until comfortable.
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