I think this has got to be my favourite thing to make for my craft fairs and to give as gifts!
Those of you that already know me, will know that I’m a massive fan of vibrant colors, so these beautiful rainbows give me so much joy to make!
I’ve been asked so many times by fellow crocheters what my best selling craft fair items are, and I’m always very happy to share that with anyone that wants to know.
I love our community of crafters, and I’m fortunate enough to have been able to help hundreds, if not thousands of people, turn their passion into profit!
Now I’m on a mission to write down all the crochet patterns that I’ve been using for the last twenty or so years that have been my best selling crochet items.
Whenever I can, I also record a video to go along with the pattern, because I know not everyone likes to follow a written pattern.
My Best Selling Crochet Rainbow Keyring
This crochet rainbow keyring has been my consistent best seller for the last five years (even now when I don’t do as many craft fairs)
They are so quick and easy to crochet, they only use a small amount of yarn, and they are very eye catching as customers are walking around the craft fair.
Things You Will Need To Make A Crochet Rainbow Keyring
- A Keyring – I buy these from Amazon and these
- A crochet hook – I used a 3.5mm
- Darning needle
The Yarn Colors Of The Rainbow I Use
The yarn I use is Paintbox Cotton DK which I get from LoveCrafts, I really do love this yarn, because it’s so lovely and soft, it’s not splitty, and it comes in so many beautiful colors… Including these 7 colors of the rainbow I’m using here.
- Tea Rose
- Kingfisher Blue
- Grass Green
- Buttercup Yellow
- Blood Orange
- Pillar Red
You can use whatever yarn you prefer to make yours, but I have found this yarn type and color selection to be the most popular with my customers… And I have tested a lot of different varieties!
I also used this yarn to crochet The Happy Flower Garland, which you might also be interested in
My Free Pattern To Make A Crochet Rainbow
The stitches used are in US crochet terms;
Single Crochet – sc
Slip Stitch – sl st
Chain – ch
*—–* – repeat the sequence between the * to the end of the round.
The numbers in the () is the total number of stitches in the round.
We’re going to be using a magic circle, but if you prefer, you could chain 4, and then slip stitch into the first chain and work into the circle it creates
To keep it simple, I’m going to refer to the colors from the list above, but if you are using different yarn then follow the colors of the rainbow starting from the bottom color which is violet.
The first 2 rounds are done in the same color – Tea Rose
To start, we’re going to do a magic circle in the color Tea Rose, and ch1.
Round 1 – Do 8 sc into the magic circle, then sl st to the first sc of the round. (8)
Round 2 – ch 1 and do 2 sc in each stitch around, then sl st to the first sc of the round. Snip off the yarn, but leave the loop on the hook to attach the next color. (16)
Round 3 – Color Jam – Pull a loop of this color through the loop from the previous color, then *do 2 sc in the first stitch, 1 sc in the next stitch.* Repeat between * to the end of the round, and then sl st into the first sc of the round. (24)
Round 4 – color Kingfisher Blue – Join this color in the same way as the previous round. (we will be using this way of joining for all the color changes)
*Do 2 sc in the first stitch, 1 sc in the next 2 stitches.* Repeat between * to the end of the round, and then sl st into the first sc of the round. (32)
Round 5 – Grass Green – join as before, then *do 2 sc in the first stitch, 1 sc in the next 3 stitches.* Repeat between * to the end of the round, and then sl st into the first sc of the round. (40)
Round 6 – Buttercup Yellow – join as before, then *do 2 sc in the first stitch, 1 sc in the next 4 stitches.* Repeat between * to the end of the round, and then sl st into the first sc of the round. (48)
Round 7 – Blood Orange – join as before, then *do 2 sc in the first stitch, 1 sc in the next 5 stitches.* Repeat between * to the end of the round, and then sl st into the first sc of the round. Snip the yarn and fasten off (56)
Round 8 – Pillar Red – This round is going to be a bit different, instead of joining the red to the previous color, we’re going to fold the work in half.
Note – You will be able to see where the colors were joined at the start and end of each round, make sure that these joins are on the crease of the fold so they aren’t so visible.
Once you have folded the rainbow in half, we’re going to start at one end and join the two edges together by doing single crochets through both sides of the work… This will join them and also create the last color in the rainbow.
That’s our rainbow completed!
These also look great as home decor bunting… just doo a row of chains across the tops joining the rainbows as you go, snip the yarn at the end, and then do a row of single crochet across the chains to give it a bit of strength.
I’ve attached mine to two different type of key-rings which I buy from Amazon
I’ve just made a big batch of these and I’m going to place them around my village for people to find and take home with them as Random Acts Of Kindness (RAKS)
I’m in a crochet group called Random Acts Of Crochet Kindness and there are lots of ideas on other things to make on there.
Keychain Display Cards For Craft Fairs
These are the printable display cards I’ve been using for years to display my own handmade crochet keychains, so when I made a video and this article with the free crochet pattern for my rainbow keychains, I decided to make these available for everyone to use.
You can find the printable PDF in my Etsy Store
Video Tutorial For A Crochet Rainbow Pattern
If you need further help with this pattern, click on the video below and see exactly how I make mine