QP May 2021 Rainbow Inspired Dishcloths

Rainbow Inspired Dishcloths

May 2021 QuickProjects

Skill Level: Easy-Intermediate | Hook: Size H or 5mm | Gauge: N/A | Dimensions: N/A

This month’s feature project is inspired by rainbows! We all need a little brightness in our lives so this is perfect for brightening up your kitchen. There are seven colors in the rainbow but this box only contains five colors (close enough!) to keep the pattern easy enough to manage. The final dimensions are up to you as well since you can continue the base pattern to make the dishcloths larger if desired or you can make multiple smaller ones! Happy Crocheting! ~Lauren

In this box, there is: 

  • Five skeins of Lily Sugar’n Cream The Original in 5 colors- $15
  • Collectible and exclusively designed for QuickProjects Boxes monthly sticker- $4
  • Exclusive Pattern and Support- $10

Note about hook– there is no hook included in the box since it is a very common hook size AND you can make the dishcloth tension as desired with a smaller or larger hook. This means, if you want a TIGHTER fabric, use a smaller hook than recommended size below. If you want your dishcloth to be looser, use a larger hook. 

Crochet rainbow inspired dishcloths

Spiral Rainbow

Skill Level: Easy-Intermediate | Hook: Size H or 5mm | Gauge: N/A | Dimensions: N/A

Work in the following color order to be in the correct rainbow order: Yellow, Pink, Purple, Blue, Green. 

 

The pattern is worked continuously so keeping track of the rounds are a little harder but here are some suggestions:

  • Use stitch markers so that your work is not undone with the other 4 colors while you’re working with the color of the moment. 
  • The next round for that color starts when the number of stitches between 2-hdc clusters increases by 1. 
  • For each color, the same number of stitches between clusters increases repeats twice- meaning you would complete (1 hdc in next x spaces, 2 hdc in same sp) twice before adding one more to x. 
  • Each round total stitches always increases by 10. 
  • The yarn WILL get tangled with the turning of the work, every few rows, untangle the strands to make it easier to pull yarn from skeins. 

 

Round 1: 

  1. With the Yellow yarn, make a magic ring. Ch 2 and complete 2 hdc in ring. Drop loop from hook.
  2. With the Pink yarn, sl st into ring next to the yellow sts, ch 2 and complete 2 hdc in ring. Drop loop from hook.
  3. With Purple yarn, sl st into ring next to the pink sts, ch 2 and complete 2 hdc in ring. Drop loop from hook.
  4. With Blue yarn, sl st into ring next to purple sts, ch 2 and complete 2 hdc in ring. Drop loop from hook.
  5. WIth Green yarn, sl st into ring next to blue sts, ch 2 and complete 2 hdc in ring. Drop loop from hook.

Stitches count: 10 hdc in magic ring, 2 of each color

 

Round 2: 

  1. With the Yellow yarn, 2 hdc in next 2 sp (pink yarn hdc sps). Drop loop from hook.
  2. With the Pink yarn, 2 hdc in next 2 sp (purple yarn hdc sps). Drop loop from hook.
  3. With Purple yarn, 2 hdc in next 2 sp (blue yarn hdc sps). Drop loop from hook.
  4. With Blue yarn, 2 hdc in next 2 sp (green yarn hdc sps). Drop loop from hook.
  5. With Green yarn, 2 hdc in next 2 sp (yellow yarn hdc sps). Drop loop from hook.

Stitches count: 20 hdc, 4 of each color

 

Round 3: 

  1. With the Yellow yarn, (1 hdc in next, 2 hdc in next sp) twice. Drop loop from hook.
  2. With the Pink yarn, (1 hdc in next, 2 hdc in next sp) twice. Drop loop from hook.
  3. With Purple yarn, (1 hdc in next, 2 hdc in next sp) twice. Drop loop from hook.
  4. With Blue yarn, (1 hdc in next, 2 hdc in next sp) twice. Drop loop from hook.
  5. With Green yarn, (1 hdc in next, 2 hdc in next sp) twice. Drop loop from hook.

Stitches count: 30 hdc, 6 of each color

 

Round 4: 

  1. With the Yellow yarn, (1 hdc in next 2 sp, 2 hdc in next sp) twice. Drop loop from hook.
  2. With the Pink yarn, (1 hdc in next 2 sp, 2 hdc in next sp) twice. Drop loop from hook.
  3. With Purple yarn, (1 hdc in next 2 sp, 2 hdc in next sp) twice. Drop loop from hook.
  4. With Blue yarn, (1 hdc in next 2 sp, 2 hdc in next sp) twice. Drop loop from hook.
  5. With Green yarn, (1 hdc in next 2 sp, 2 hdc in next sp) twice. Drop loop from hook.

Stitches count: 40 hdc, 8 of each color

 

Round 5: 

  1. With the Yellow yarn, (1 hdc in next 3 sp, 2 hdc in next sp) twice. Drop loop from hook.
  2. With the Pink yarn, (1 hdc in next 3 sp, 2 hdc in next sp) twice. Drop loop from hook.
  3. With Purple yarn, (1 hdc in next 3 sp, 2 hdc in next sp) twice. Drop loop from hook.
  4. With Blue yarn, (1 hdc in next 3 sp, 2 hdc in next sp) twice. Drop loop from hook.
  5. With Green yarn, (1 hdc in next 3 sp, 2 hdc in next sp) twice. Drop loop from hook.

Stitches count: 50 hdc, 10 of each color

 

Continue with the pattern until the desired size is reached, increasing the number of stitches prior to a 2 hdc sp by 1 each round. Note– If warping occurs, do a round with NO increases prior to the warp occurring. 

 

Finishing:

After you complete the last round, complete the following for each color: 

  1. sc in next sp
  2. sl st in next sp
  3. Fasten off
  4. Weave in end securely.

 

Make as many as desired until the yarn runs out! 

Additional Spiral Pattern Notes

The great thing about the above pattern is it’s VERY modifiable to accommodate variations on the spiral for MANY other projects like wall hanging, coasters, pillow covers, blankets, and more! 

 

The main thing with adding or removing color with different yarns is testing out the first couple rounds for warping. The pattern above can be modified to either sc or dc as needed to maintain flatness. Below are some general guidelines

  • You can make spirals with 3 to many colors (8-12 is probably the maximum dependent on yarn, tension, and stitch of choice). The number of stitches at the center will need to be adjusted for the number of colors.
    • 3 colors: start with 3 or 4 sts of each color at center (9 or 12 sts)
    • 4 colors: start with 3 sts of each color at center (12 sts)
    • 5 colors: start with 2 sts of each color at center (10 sts)
    • 6 colors: start with 2 sts of each color at center (12 sts)
    • 7-12 colors- 1 st of each color at center 
  • Test out stitch needed (sc, hdc, or dc) prior to getting too far into the work. 
  • The center is setting up the colors in the order desired
  • With sc and hdc work, round two is started easily by just starting work in the following color sp. With dc, you may need to do stitches in the beg ch THEN the top of the st. For example: 2 dc around beg ch column, then 2 dc in first sp. In this case, the beg ch stitches count as the first round. 
  • To make a thicker spiral with thinner ones next to it, have two strands of the same color next to each other and work as normal.

Pattern Declaimer

This is a paid pattern originally designed for a Yarn Bits Shop subscription box. 

You have permission to sell any item made from this pattern. However, you are not allowed to resell, distribute, duplicate, or share this pattern or downloads in any printed or digital form (in full), or to claim the pattern as your own original design. If you want to sell or share a picture of your work from this pattern, please clearly credit the design to me: Lauren Samar of Yarn Bits Shop (with link to the website when applicable). 

Occasionally a mistake or typo falls through, please report them via email (help@yarnbitsshop.com) and the pattern will be updated accordingly.