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Rainbow Cloud Decoration- free crochet pattern

We love spotting all the rainbow decorations people are hanging in their windows at the moment. My little ones made some simple cardboard rainbows recently which inspired this quick and easy crochet pattern. I hope you like it and have fun spotting the rainbows in your local area.

You can use any type of yarn you like with a hook size to suit. I've made these in dk yarn with a 4mm hook and chunky yarn with a 6mm hook for a slightly bigger cloud. For the fluffy textured look I used vanilla truffle yarn from King Cole held together with a cream acrylic dk to make it easier to see the stiches. The tassels are made from leftover scraps of 4 ply for the smaller cloud and acrylic dk for the larger size. It's a great stash busting project, just use what you already have and get creative mixing different colours and textures.

Pattern written in UK terms.
Worked in the round after row 3
3 dtr= 1 dtr in each of the next 3 sts
2 tr in next st= 1 increase

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