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Rainbows Forever!

February 25, 2016
Vivid Blanket and Flax Pullover
This is the palette Emily used for Her Vivid blanket for baby Max

This is part of the Rainbow Heirloom palette Emily used for Her Vivid blanket for baby Max

As you may know, Emily and I love a good rainbow. One of our very first designs was the i heart rainbows sweater and it is still true today: we heart rainbows! And who doesn’t love a beautiful rainbow blanket? Emily, Emily Read, and I all love to create rainbow blankets, below are just a few of my favorites!

Above are a few Vivid blankets, one Chevron blanket, and a POP, all with slightly different rainbows.

Our new Bounce blanket, of course, lends itself completely to the idea of rainbow stripes. It is time to explore the world of rainbow palettes to choose from!


It may surprise you to find that there is more to rainbows than meets the eye. There are so many ways to customize the classic ROY G BIV rainbow. Choose a teal blue over a true blue, or a chartreuse over an emerald, and the whole vibe of the rainbow changes. You can work in citrus shades or jewel tones, pastels or neons, and each has it’s own mood and effect. Here is a little rainbow inspiration for you!


This crochet blanket Emily spied at Yarndale has a beautiful rainbow with peachy orange, frosty blue, and maroon. It doesn’t technically have a green, but the light yellow is more green than golden, giving it that rainbow feel! The yarn is from Mrs Moon and the pattern is Hartington.

Anyone who grew up in the 1980s will recognize this palette, Rainbow bright anyone?

Anyone who grew up in the 1980s will recognize this palette, Rainbow Bright anyone?

On the left we have a funky rainbow with teal, hot yellow, and chartreuse, with purple. On the right, without the purple. You can see the difference it makes if you remove just one color from the rainbow!

This rainbow has a deeper jewel tone to it. It always reminds me more of fall.

This rainbow has a deeper jewel tone to it. It has the feel of fall for me.

On the left we have a pinky rainbow (no red) without the yellow. On the right we have the same rainbow but without the green. Removing colors from the rainbow is a great way to come up with a nice tight palette.


When I asked Emily to take some pictures of Rainbow Heirloom palettes she went nuts! There are just so many fun combinations to choose from. I just love this pastel palette with peach pink and red, frosty and bright blues, chartreuse, buttery yellow, and a pinky purple. I just wanted to cast on as soon as I saw it!


A little purply red, peachy pink, golden yellow, frosty blue, and grey blue make for a great soft palette. The absence of green warms this palette.


Something funky and different! No reds or pinks makes this rainbow cool and fresh. I have been calling it ‘purple frost’

If you are looking for a little more rainbow inspiration you can check out our Pinterest board here:

So, go forth and create your perfect rainbow palette for your next blanket, sweater, or wild socks!

Rainbow inspired patterns from Tin Can Knits:

7 Comments leave one →
  1. February 28, 2016 5:34 am

    Rainbows are the best…I have in an old journal written all the meanings of the colors of the rainbow..

  2. knittedblissjc permalink
    February 26, 2016 4:16 pm

    ooh, I love all these yarny rainbow variations, I can’t get enough rainbows!

  3. February 26, 2016 10:54 am

    I need a rainbow! I have a classic rainbow palette of bulky yarn, just waiting to be turned into a cheerful baby blanket.

  4. February 26, 2016 3:44 am

    Oooh! A rainbow makes me feel like spring :)

  5. February 25, 2016 6:11 pm

    I was just thinking about my clothing ideals and thought ‘Rainbow Brite has a lot to answer for!’ – but I don’t mind. All the rainbows, all the time!

  6. February 25, 2016 8:50 am

    A really inspiring array of colours (and knits). A great post that makes me want to cast on even more!

  7. Sara Wutzke permalink
    February 25, 2016 7:09 am

    I had been looking at bounce for awhile and just bought it. I have a ‘Stripe It Yourself’ rainbow set I bought from Jill Draper almost a full year ago, but it’s fingering weight, 10 skeins (one per color) at a total of 2500 yards. I need to add in a contrast color but want to adapt it to be a throw for my couch-I will search ravelry but was wondering if you’d seen a fingering weight adaptation off-hand?

    Thanks! Sara

    SallyHP Knits Sent from my iPhone


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