Right now, I think we could all use a cozy rainbow crochet blanket, right? Something to remind us that after every storm, there is a rainbow.
Plus all those April showers bring May flowers. And that’s the theme of this cuddly quillow. Yes, I said quillow.
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A quillow is a quilt with a reversible pocket strategically places so it can be folded to fit inside the pocket, making a pillow. Brilliant right?
These are great for a movie night or kids’ sleepover. Check out the rainbow crochet blanket in action with the video below.
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- 10 mm (N/P) hook
- Yarn Needle
- Sewing Thread & Needle
- Row Counter
- 3 Buttons either 1 inch or 1 ¼ inch
- Craft 9×12 Felt Sheets in Colors:
- White, Dark Blue, Light Blue, Black; For Heart design: White, Pink, Dark Pink; For Flowers Design: Pink, Dark Pink, Light Green, Dark Green, and Yellow
- Quick Dry Fabric Fuse Permanent Adhesive
- Caron Simply Soft Worsted in Colors 2 skeins of each color:
- Color A: Lavender Blue
- Color B: Soft Blue
- Color C: Pistachio
- Color D: Sunshine
- Color E: Persimmon
- Color F: Strawberry
- sc- single crochet
- dc- double crochet
- ch- chain
- sl st- slip stitch
- Sizes in inches:
- Baby: 38 x 38
- Child: 42 x 47
- Throw: 52 x 60
8 dc stitches by 4 ½ dc rows
= 4 inches x 4 inches
Skill Level: Easy
As long as gauge is met, these yarns can be substituted:
Red Heart Super Saver or Simply Soft
Big Twist Value
Caron One Pound Yarn
Loops and Threads Impeccable Yarn
Knit Picks Mighty Stitch
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Notes for the Rainbow Crochet Blanket:
This blanket will be worked holding two strands of yarn at once. BUT, a colossal helper here. Use the excellent method shown in the video below. Yes, you can create bulky yarn from one skein and avoid tangles!
This will make the blanket extra bulky, but if you have some do weight yarn around, this will work great as another option. Just be sure to match gauge!
Changing Yarn with the Special Method:
Rainbow Crochet Blanket Instructions:
This blanket will be worked using two strands of yarn.
|1||With Color A –purple, chain (Baby 70, Child 78, Throw 98), dc in third chain from hook and in each stitch across An alternative is to foundation sc (68, 76, 96)||68, 76, 96|
|2||Turn and ch 2, dc in each stitch across Repeat this row 4 more times for Baby, 5 more times for Child, and 8 more times for Throw||68, 76, 96|
|3||Turn, change to Color B –blue, ch 2 and dc in each stitch across||68, 76, 96|
|4||Turn and ch 2, dc in each stitch across Repeat this row 5 more times for Baby, 6 more times for Child, and 9 more times for Throw||68, 76, 96|
|5||Turn, change to Color C –green, ch 2 and dc in each stitch across||68, 76, 96|
|6||Turn and ch 2, dc in each stitch across Repeat this row 5 more times for Baby, 6 more times for Child, and 9 more times for Throw||68, 76, 96|
|7||Turn, change to Color D –yellow, ch 2 and dc in each stitch across||68, 76, 96|
|8||Turn and ch 2, dc in each stitch across Repeat this row 5 more times for Baby, 6 more times for Child, and 9 more times for Throw||68, 76, 96|
|9||Turn, change to Color E –orange, ch 2 and dc in each stitch across||68, 76, 96|
|10||68, 76, 96|
|11||Turn, change to Color F –red, ch 2 and dc in each stitch across||68, 76, 96|
|12||68, 76, 96|
|13||Attach Color G -white, ch 1, single crochet in same stitch, continue to sc around the outside edges of blanket, place 2 stitches on corners and 2 stitches per row along sides, and join with first stitch. (This is also the right side of blanket facing.)|
|14||Ch 1, sc in each stitch around outside edges, placing 2 stitches on corners, join (repeat section 14 one more time)|
|Fasten off and weave in ends.|
Crochet Pillow Pocket
|1||With Color H –light blue, chain (Baby 29, Child 31, Throw 41) starting in third chain from hook and sc in each stitch across An alternative is to foundation sc (28, 30, 40)||28, 30, 40|
|2||Turn and ch 1, sc in each stitch across Repeat this row 38 more times for Baby, 42 more times for child, and 48 more times for Throw||28, 30, 40|
|3||Turn and ch 1, sl st in the the first 5 stitches, ch 1 and sc in same, sc until the last 4 stitches, leave the last 4 stitches unworked||20, 22, 32|
|4||Turn and ch 1, sc in each stitch across (repeat section 4 two more times for 3 total rows)||20, 22, 32|
|Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing onto blanket body.|
Attaching Pocket to Blanket
Using a yarn needle, hand sew the corner cutout edges together. This will form the pocket/base when folding into a pillow. Then hand sew or whip stitch the pocket to the center bottom of the blanket on the wrong side of the blanket over the Color A and Color B rows.
Felt Rainbow Blanket Pieces:
Assembling Felt Pieces:
Cut out all cloud pieces at the end of the pattern. I recommend using permanent glue and needle and thread to stitch the pieces together and to the blanket.
For the inside of the pouch, there are two options to choose from: a heart design or a flower design. Pick with applique to put on the inside of the pouch.
Flower Applique Option:
Cut out flower pieces. Using a needle and thread, stitch along the bottom straight side of the flower shape.
Gently pull sewing thread until flower forms and fasten into place. Using glue and a sewing needle, secure small and large flower pieces together. Place the button in the center of a small flower.
Cut out green leaf and stem pieces and secure to the blanket. Place flowers at the top of the stems and secure the flowers and buttons to the blanket by gluing and stitching.
Cut out bee pieces and glue pieces, as shown in the picture. Turn the bee, so the backside is facing and cut the excess black felt that extends over the body of the bee—secure bee to the blanket by gluing and stitching.
Heart Applique Option:
Cut out heart pieces, glue together and stitch onto blanket.
How to fold a Quillow:
Place the blanket on a flat surface with the pocket side down.
Fold the sides of the blanket toward the middle, overlapping the long edges.
Turn the pocket over the bottom end of the blanket.
Fold the remaining end of the blanket into thirds and into the pocket to form a pillow.
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