Free Pattern – Rainbow Cake

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Fluffy, textured layers of vivid colors are separated by thin bands of white. This delicious baby blanket is as irresistible as the rainbow layer cakes that it looks like. The stitch pattern is easy and works up quickly, and best of all, it’s completely calorie free – so go ahead, dig in! It’s made in Red Heart Baby Hugs yarn, which has been tested to be free from harmful levels of over 300 substances, so smooshing your face in it is perfectly acceptable too.

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Rainbow Cake

4-medium 
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Materials:

 

Difficulty:

Easy: Repetitive stitch pattern, worked mostly into chain spaces.

Size:

About 36 inches square as written.

If you would like to adjust sizing and/or striping pattern:

  • Start with a multiple of 3 chains.
  • Work an even number of rows in each color.
  • Edging stitches: If you’re still making a square, follow the pattern for the top and bottom edges, and work the same number of stitches for the side edges. If you’re not making a square, see this edging tutorial for tips on calculating how many stitches you will need on the side edges.

Gauge:

 12.5 sc x 13 rows = 4 inches. Exact gauge is not critical.

Abbreviations used:

  • ch = chain
  • sc = single crochet
  • hdc = half double crochet
  • dc = double crochet
  • st(s) = stitch(es)
  • sp(s) = space(s)
  • sk = skip

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Instructions:

With orange, ch 135 (multiple of 3)

Row 1 (RS): hdc in 2nd ch from hook, sk next ch, (sc, ch 1, dc) in next ch, *sk next 2 chs, (sc, ch 1, dc) in next ch, repeat from * across to last 2 chs, sk next ch, hdc in last ch. (44 sps)

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, hdc in first st, * sk next dc, (sc, ch 1, dc) in next sp, sk next sc, repeat from *  across to last st, hdc in last st. (44 sps)

Rows 3-12: Repeat row 2, changing to white at end of row 12.

Row 13: With white, ch 1, turn, sc in first st, *sk next dc, 3 sc in next sp, sk next sc, repeat from *  across to last st, sc in last st. (134 sc)

Row 14: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across, changing to yellow at end of row. (134 sc)

Row 15: With yellow, ch 1, turn, hdc in first st, sk next st, (sc, ch 1, dc) in next st, *sk next 2 sts, (sc, ch 1, dc) in next st, repeat from *  across to last 2 sts, sk next st, hdc in last st. (44 sps)

Rows 16-26: Repeat row 2, changing to white at end of row 26. (44 sps)

Rows 27-28: Repeat rows 13-14, changing to green at end of row 14 instead of yellow. (134 sc)

Rows 29-40: With green, repeat rows 15-26.

Rows 41-42: Repeat rows 13-14, changing to blue at end of row 14 instead of yellow. (134 sc)

Rows 43-54: With blue, repeat rows 15-26.

Rows 55-56: Repeat rows 13-14, changing to purple at end of row 14 instead of yellow. (134 sc)

Rows 57-68: With purple, repeat rows 15-26.

Rows 69-70: Repeat rows 13-14, changing to red at end of row 14 instead of yellow. (134 sc)

Rows 71-82: With red, repeat rows 15-26.

Edging: 

Rnd 1 (RS):

  • With white, ch 1, turn, sc in first st, *sk next dc, 3 sc in next sp, sk next sc, sk next dc, 2 sc in next sp, sk next sc, repeat from *  across to last st, sc in last st. (112 sc)
  • Ch 2, working in sides of rows, work 112 sc evenly spaced to bottom corner. (112 sc)
    Note: This works out to 17 stitches in each color section, plus 2 stitches in each white section.
  • Ch 2, Working in bottom of row 1, sc in first st, sc in next sp, sk next st, *2 sc in next sp, sc in next st, sc in next sp, sc in next st, repeat from * across to last sp, 2 sc in last sp, sc in last st. (112 sc)
  • Ch 2, working in sides of rows, work 112 sc evenly spaced to top corner, ch 2, join with sl st to first st. (112 sc)

 

Rnd 2 (RS): Do NOT turn. Ch 1, (sc in each sc across to next sp, 3 sc in sp) 4 times, join with sl st to first st, fasten off. (448 sc)

Weave in all ends.

 


I hope you enjoy the pattern. Thanks to HooksofLove, Melissa Carl, and luannfarmer for testing it. Also thanks to Red Heart for providing the wonderful Baby Hugs yarn!

A downloadable pdf of this pattern is also available in my Craftsy store or on Ravelry, for a small fee. The fee for the pdf format is to offset the advertising revenue lost when you print or download the pattern rather than viewing it online.

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