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Rainbow Scarf

The knit Rainbow Scarf.

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For my daughter's third birthday party, she said she wanted a rainbow theme. One of the things I did to decorate was make rainbow pompom garlands for the tables, which meant I needed yarn in all the colors of the rainbow.

I didn't use a whole lot of each color, so I thought it would be fun to use it in other rainbow projects like this scarf. I initially meant this to be a project for a child to wear, but it works just fine as a shortish (5 feet long with the fringe) scarf for a grownup, too. Let it be a project for St. Patrick's Day and beyond!


  • about 20 yards each of medium weight yarn in the seven colors of the rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet); I used Red Heart Super Saver
  • one size 8 (5 mm) circular needle, at least 36 inches long
  • scissors


Gauge is not critical for this project, but I got 15 stitches per 4 inches (3.75 stitches per inch).


Finished scarf is about 4 feet long without fringe and 2.75 inches wide.

Knitting the Scarf:

This scarf is worked lengthwise in stripes. A tail of about 6 inches is left at the beginning and end of each row, meaning you have to cut the yarn at the end of each row. Then when you're done knitting you just tie the strands of the same color in a knot and you're done: no ends to weave in or fringe to apply!

  1. Leaving a 6-inch tail, cast on 200 stitches in red. I used the wrap cast on. Leave a 6-inch tail and cut the yarn.
  2. Rejoin the yarn, leaving a 6-inch tail and knit the row. Leave a 6-inch tail and cut yarn.
  3. Repeat. You have 3 rows worked in red.
  4. Repeat this process, working 3 rows in each color and leaving tails at each end, through orange, yellow, green, blue and indigo.
  5. Work 2 rows in violet, then bind off in violet, leaving tails at both ends.
  6. Tie the 3 strands of each color together for fringe on each end.

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