FREE PATTERN: How to Make the Boho Rainbow Rattle!

This adorable Boho Rainbow Rattle is a great beginner amigurumi crochet project as well as an excellent way to use up your yarn scraps! Perfect for your little one, as a gift, or a way to welcome your rainbow baby into the world! There are two different options to sew the amirgurumi together and both are thoroughly outlined and included in the pattern. One option uses the “no seam” method and the second uses the traditional seamed method.

Full instructions are detailed below, but if you prefer a downloadable PDF version, you can check out my shop, Etsy, or Ravelry.

I had originally released this pattern back in 2017 and had been wanting to update it for quite sometime. When the stay-at-home orders from the Coronavirus pandemic started rolling out, I realized it was a perfect time for me to update the pattern because all you need are yarn scraps!

Now I want to make them in ALL the different color combinations and use up all of my scraps. It only takes about 30 minutes to make, so they are easily whipped up.

To make this baby rattle, you will need:

MATERIALS (WITH CLICKABLE LINKS)

 

STITCH KEY

US Crochet Terms Used

  • ch – Chain

  • st/sts – Stitch/Stitches

  • sl st – Slip Stitch

  • MR – Magic Ring

  • sc – Single Crochet

  • BLO – Back Loop Only

  • FLO – Front Loop Only

  • MC – Main Color

  • CC1 – Contrast Color

  • CC2 – Contrast Color 2

  • CC3 – Contrast Color 3

  • CC4 – Contrast Color 4

GAUGE

9 sc sts = 2”

12 rows = 2”

Finished size is 3.5” x 2”

BEFORE YOU START

  • The ch 1 does not count as a st.

  • When switching to a new color, change your color on the last pull through of the last st in the first color

  • There are 2 options to seam the top of the rattle. Option 2 is for those that prefer to sew the piece on, and Option 1 is for those that want to crochet the two sides together without seaming.

  • There is a full video to help you make the rattle. You can watch it here. The time stamp for seaming Option 1 is 13:28.

Alright, let’s go!

 

SIDES OF RAINBOW RATTLE

With MC

Row 1: MR, 10 sc into ring, pull tight (10 sts)

Row 2: Switch to CC1, ch 1, turn, sc 1 in next 9 sts, skip last st, turn (9 sts)

Row 3: ch 1, sc 1, *2 sc in same st, 1 sc in next*, repeat across, turn (13 sts)

Row 4: Switch to CC2, ch 1, sc across, turn (13 sts)

Row 5: ch 1, sc 1, *2 sc in same st, 1 sc in next*, repeat across, turn (19 sts)

Row 6: Switch to CC3, ch 1, sc across (19 sts)

Row 7: ch 1, sc 1, *2 sc in same st, 1 sc in next*, repeat across, turn (28 sts)

Fasten off. Make 2. On the second one, do not fasten off. Switch to CC4 and proceed to “No Seam Top of Rainbow” section or fasten off and proceed to “Seamed Top of Rainbow” section

 

NO SEAM TOP OF RAINBOW (OPTION 1)

Crochet the top of the rainbow onto Sides 1 & 2. Each BLO sl st acts as an “anchor” to connect the 2 sides and finish the row. The FLO sl sts act as a beginning ch 1 to get the height for the next row.

Row 1: with CC4 connected to Side 2, ch 3

sl st 1 into BLO of the 1st st on Row 7 of Side 1

turn counterclockwise (if you turn counterclockwise you won’t get as clean of a seam)

sl st 1 FLO in 2nd st of Side 1

sc 1 into each of the ch sts making sure you skip the 2 sl sts

sl st 1 into BLO on Side 2

turn counterclockwise (3 sts)

Row 2: sl st 1 into FLO

sc across

sl st 1 BLO on Side 1

turn (3 sts)

Row 3: sl st 1 into FLO, sc across, sl st 1 BLO on Side 2, turn (3 sts)

Repeat Rows 2 & 3 across (28 total).

Fasten off.

SEAMED TOP OF RAINBOW (OPTION 2)

With CC4, ch 29

Row 1: sc into 2nd ch from hook, sc across, turn (28 sts)

Row 2: ch 1, sc across, turn (28 sts)

Row 3: ch 1, sc across (28 sts)

Fasten off and leave a long tail. Use the tail to sew top onto Sides 1 & 2.

 

BOTTOM OF RAINBOW

With MC, attach to bottom right of rattle on CC4 or the “Top of Rainbow”

ch 17, sl st to opposite side of rattle

sl st into next st

Row 1: skipping the sl sts, sc into the 1st ch st and across, sl st into 2nd st of CC4 (17 sts)

Row 2: sl st into 3rd st, sc across, sl st into CC4 (17 sts)

Fasten off and leave a long tail

ASSEMBLY OF RAINBOW RATTLE

Step 1: Weave in tails except your long tail for seaming the bottom closed

Step 2: Whip st one of the side openings closed

Step 3: Whip st other side 1/2 way and insert toy rattle and polyfil

Step 3: Finish sewing other side of the bottom onto rattle

Step 4: Weave in end

Finished!

Someone suggested hanging these rainbow rattles in your window during this pandemic as a way to say “Thank You” to the healthcare workers as well as to provide some sunshine and happiness for “after the storm passes”. I couldn’t love that more! If you do, make sure you tag me on Instagram so I can see!

Use @cozynooksdesigns and #BohoRainbowRattle on Instagram for a chance to be featured! 😊

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