Free Pattern: Somewhere Over the Rainbow

My Christmas gift crafting had yet to start and I had planned on going all in this weekend. The overwhelming sadness that took over on Friday changed that. Driving to pick up my 6 year old after work on Friday and listening to the latest updates on the Newtown shooting, I knew there were many parents who would not be picking up their 6 year olds from school ever again. It had not happened in Colorado. It happened just an hour away.

Saturday morning when I woke up I started looking through Ravelry to try to get going on those Christmas presents, but I couldn’t stop thinking about all of those who the day before were sent Somewhere Over the Rainbow. So in memory of them, I made a painted crochet version of the See My Stitches Color Party Throw called Somewhere Over the Rainbow.

My son curled up on top of it and fell asleep as I added the fringe. It was impossible not to cry.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow Throw

Somewhere Over the Rainbow Throw


19mm Crochet Hook

7 skeins of Red Heart Super Saver Solids (worsted weight yarn in 364 yd skeins). 1 skein in each of the following colors: Hot Red (Red), Pumpkin (Orange), Bright Yellow (Yellow), Paddy Green (Green), Blue (Blue), Royal (Dark Blue), Amethyst (Purple).

Yarn Needle

Abbreviations (US terms used):

Ch = Chain

HDC = Half Double Crochet

FHDC = Foundation Half Double Crochet

BLO = Back Loops Only

Somewhere Over the Rainbow Pattern:

Final size is 54″ x 62″ not including the fringe.

You will be working this blanket from side to side.

Hold 3 strands of yarn together throughout the pattern. The painted crochet technique creates an ombre effect by changing the color of one of the three strands at a time. You will be repeating each color combination for two rows, then dropping one strand and picking up a new color strand.

Before you start, make balls around 44 yards of each color make 1 ball of each color around 44 yards long. When you need two strands of a color, pick up from both ends of the skein. When you need the third strand of the same color, add the ball you just made.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow Throw

Somewhere Over the Rainbow – Full Image

Row 1: Using 3 strands of Purple, Ch2, 65 FHDC
(super easy alternative for Row 1: if you are afraid of the Foundation Half Double Crochet, you can Ch 67, then starting in 3rd chain from hook, 65 HDC)

Row 2: Turn, Ch 2 (does not count as a stitch), 65 HDC in BLO

Row 3: Drop one strand of Purple and pick up one strand of Dark Blue. Repeat Row 2.

Row 4: Repeat Row 2.

Rows 5-6: Repeat Row 3 then Row 2. You now have 1 Purple and 2 Dark Blue strands.

Rows 7-8: Repeat Row 3 then Row 2. You now have 3 Dark Blue strands.

Row 9: Drop one strand of Dark Blue and pick up one strand of Blue. Repeat Row 2.

Row 10: Repeat Row 2

Rows 11-12: Repeat Row 9 then Row 2. You now have 1 Dark Blue and 2 Blue strands.

Rows 13-14: Repeat Row 9 then Row 2. You now have 3 Blue strands.

Row 15: Drop one strand of Blue and pick up one strand of Green. Repeat Row 2.

Row 16: Repeat Row 2

Rows 17-18: Repeat Row 15 then Row 2. You now have 1 Blue and 2 Green strands.

Rows 19-20: Repeat Row 15 then Row 2. You now have 3 Green strands.

Row 21: Drop one strand of Green and pick up one strand of Yellow. Repeat Row 2.

Row 22: Repeat Row 2

Rows 23-24: Repeat Row 21 then Row 2. You now have 1 Green and 2 Yellow strands.

Rows 25-26: Repeat Row 21 then Row 2. You now have 3 Yellow strands.

Row 27: Drop one strand of Yellow and pick up one strand of Orange. Repeat Row 2.

Row 28: Repeat Row 2

Rows 29-30: Repeat Row 27 then Row 2. You now have 1 Yellow and 2 Orange strands.

Rows 31-32: Repeat Row 27 then Row 2. You now have 3 Orange strands.

Row 33: Drop one strand of Orange and pick up one strand of Red. Repeat Row 2.

Row 34: Repeat Row 2

Rows 35-36: Repeat Row 33 then Row 2. You now have 1 Orange and 2 Red strands.

Rows 37-38: Repeat Row 33 then Row 2. You now have 3 Red strands.

Add fringe. I added 1 fringe for each color combination, 19 fringes each side. For each fringe I cut 8 strands and incorporated any ends into the fringe.

Weave in any ends in the body of the blanket.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow Closeup

Somewhere Over the Rainbow Closeup


21 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Amy
    Dec 20, 2012 @ 11:54:17

    I love this blanket! Thank you for sharing.


  2. mzklever
    Dec 30, 2012 @ 17:55:41

    What a lovely way to honor those lost. I love this pattern, and will likely make one for my daughter, as the rainbow is the symbol for gay pride. I’m pretty sure I have all these colors in my stash 😉


  3. Jane
    Jan 06, 2013 @ 11:59:34

    Beautiful! My son asked me to make this for his high school graduation present!


  4. Connie
    Feb 01, 2013 @ 07:36:35

    I love this afghan pattern and would like to make one but the pattern says you used a 19mm hook. What size is this? It’s not listed on my chart of hook sizes. The largest hook I have is an N and it says 9 mm.


  5. Carmen B
    Mar 15, 2013 @ 12:27:13

    I just bought the yarn to make this blanket. I’m so excited to begin. Thanks for sharing.


  6. Rachael
    Mar 23, 2013 @ 15:14:10

    Do you have a suggestion for making the 44 yard ball of yarn for the third strand? I’m thrilled to start this blanket! I’m buying my yarn today!


    • Can't Stop Crocheting
      Mar 25, 2013 @ 19:53:53

      Use an armlength for the measurements. Pull an armslength worth of yarn, figure out how long that is and see how many you need for 44 yards. Pull 5-10 armlengths at a time and roll them as you go.


  7. michael
    Jun 14, 2013 @ 22:26:15

    Saw this and had to make it in honor of gay pride month…..thank you for an amazing pattern…..i added 2 more colors and it fits a twin with overhand or a full with no overhang……great idea!!!!!! Took 12 hrs


  8. Ericka
    Nov 26, 2013 @ 20:20:04

    Thank you for the pattern and thoughts on the foundation chain. It gave me the confidence to make a ribbed scarf for my son 🙂


  9. Alyssa
    Mar 05, 2014 @ 20:16:31

    Hello I’m just curious if you had any yarn left over from your skeins when you were finished with each colour? Thanks Beautiful blanket


    • Can't Stop Crocheting
      Mar 06, 2014 @ 08:03:40

      Hello and thank you.
      I’m sure I did have some yarn left over, but I’ve done multiple projects with the same yarn colors so I’m not sure how much, or I may have just added it into the tassels. I’ve also seen comments from some people that they found it easier to buy 2 skeins of each color instead of making the additional ball of yarn. Then you can just pull from two ends of one skein and add in the third.


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  11. Cyn
    Dec 17, 2014 @ 16:56:34

    Do you happen to have a downloadable pdf version of this pattern please?


  12. Lisa Blackwell
    Jan 04, 2015 @ 14:15:02

    Can you use a size Q hook for this pattern?


    • Can't Stop Crocheting
      Jan 04, 2015 @ 14:50:02

      Yes, but you will end up with a smaller blanket.
      Assuming your hook is 15.75, you can adjust the pattern accordingly by adding 20% more stitches and 20% more rows. You can add 2 more colors/shades to add more rows and start with 78 stitches.


  13. Kat DeLash
    Mar 19, 2016 @ 11:11:00

    Love this pattern! I used an N hook, added light purple and pink to either end, and added more fringe bundles (because fringe!!). I wish I could figure out how to post a picture to this comment!


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