Knitted Rainbow Window Hanging

This colorful Boho Rainbow Knitting Pattern is inspired by nature and favorite design trends. This whimsical fiber art decor brightens any room with a relaxed, joyful, natural touch! These Rainbow Window decorations are giving hope to everyone around the world.

Enjoy knitting a variety of color combinations, textures, and mixing them up to create your own designs. It’s a fun quick knit project for experienced beginners who enjoy knitting flat on straight needles. I love changing textures and colors, which this pattern allows us to do frequently. These boho rainbows look sweet in baby nurseries and kid’s bedrooms. Great gift idea for Birthdays and Baby Showers!

Boho Rainbow Wall Hanging by Studio Knit


WATCH KNITTED RAINBOW VIDEO OVERVIEW


RAINBOWS OF HOPE WORLDWIDE TREND

The rainbow trend has gone viral with children and families hanging cheerful homemade creations in their windows. Decorating outside the home expresses your positivity to your neighbors while lifting your mood, too. These Rainbows of Hope are believed to have originated in Italy to spread optimism for a better tomorrow during this time of social distancing. In Montreal, the French phrase “Ca va bien aller” (translation: “It’s going to be okay”) is often accompanied with these colorful creations.


FINISHED SIZE OF KNITTED RAINBOWS OF HOPE

Small Size Boho Rainbow Wall Hanging by Studio Knit

Finished Rainbow Size: 6″ x 6″ 

This cute, small-sized decoration’s finished size is 6 inches by 6 inches when knitting with 4 layers. Want to make a bigger rainbow? You can continue to add longer rows to make this as large as you’d like. As you can see, I really had fun with this project and made one for our home that’s 3 feet wide!

Boho Rainbow Window Hanging Large


KNITTING TOOLS AND MATERIALS

Boho Rainbow Materials with Rope, Wire, and Tools

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RAINBOW MATERIALS

Yarn – Bulky Weight #5 
My Rainbow Sample was knit in Pantone X Caron Yarn
Total Yarn: 40g/1.40 oz, 48 meters/52 yards
4 Colors: 10g/0.35 oz, 12 meters/13 yards per color
This is a great yarn buster! Feel free to use any fiber and colors of your choice. 

100% Natural Cotton Rope
My Rainbow was made with rope from PYJTRL

5mm (1/5 inch)
Total Rope Length: 80 inches

Craft Wire – 18 gauge wire
My Rainbow was created using wire from Mandala Crafts

KNITTING TOOLS

Straight Knitting NeedlesSize 7 US (4.5 mm)

Tapestry Needle

Scissors


KNITTING TECHNIQUES

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Materials to Knit Boho Rainbow Wall Hanging by Studio Knit


BOHO RAINBOW WINDOW DISPLAY
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5 STEPS TO KNIT A RAINBOW WINDOW DISPLAY

Boho Rainbow Wall Hanging by Studio Knit

Getting Started: To begin, gather all of your knitting tools and materials. Have fun designing with different yarn color combinations. When knitting with more than one yarn color, it’s advisable to write down your design plans for Colors A, B, C, and D in your notes or the printed knitting pattern.

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STEP 1: KNIT 4 SWATCHES

layers of knitted swatches

Feel free to make each layer in any of the Knit Stitch Patterns of your choice. In this example, I knitted each of my layers in the following lengths, starting with the smallest:

Layer A: 4 inches in length (Stockinette Stitch)
Layer B:
6 inches in length (Garter Stitch)
Layer C:
8 inches in length (Stockinette Stitch)
Layer 5:
9 inches in length (Bobble Stitch)

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STEP 2: INSERT ROPES 

Inserting rope into knitted swatch

  • Place 2 rope strands within swatch.
  • Use a tapestry needle to sew seams together.
  • Weave in ends and cut yarn.

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STEP 3: INSERT WIRE 

inserting wire into knitted layer

  • Insert craft wire into your rainbow layer.
  • Cinch wire ends around knitted seams.

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STEP 4: CREATE LAYERS

knitted rainbow layers

  • Bend knitted piece into a rainbow shape.

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STEP 5: FINISHING

Knitted Rainbow Wall Hanging

  • Attach layers by tacking together on the wrong side of work.
  • Unravel rope.
  • Cut rope ends as desired.
  • Add a hanger by sewing a strand of yarn at the top.

KNIT STITCH PATTERN INSTRUCTIONS

GARTER STITCH PATTERN

Cast On 8 Stitches

Row 1 (Right Side): Knit All

Row 2 (Wrong Side): Knit All

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until your piece is the length you desire.

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STOCKINETTE STITCH PATTERN

Cast On 8 Stitches

Row 1 (Right Side): Knit All

Row 2 (Wrong Side): Purl All

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until your piece is the length you desire.

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BOBBLE STITCH PATTERN

Cast On 8 Stitches

Row 1 (Right Side): Knit All

Row 2 (Wrong Side): Purl All

Row 3: Knit All

Row 4: Purl All

Row 5: Knit All

Row 6: Purl All

Row 7: K3, KFBF into 4th Stitch + Turn, P3 + Turn, K3 + Turn, P3 + Turn, K3Tog, K last 4 Stitches

Row 8: Purl All

Repeat Rows 1 – 8 until your piece is the length you desire, ending with Row 6.


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