How To Crochet A Colorful Rainbow Baby Rattle – Free Pattern

Fully photographed crochet pattern showing how make a crochet rainbow rattle. Includes a video tutorial, step by step photos and written instructions.

Fully photographed crochet pattern showing how make a crochet rainbow rattle. Includes a video tutorial, step by step photos and written instructions.

If you liked the Crafty Rainbow Pillow crochet pattern then you are going to love the Crafty Rainbow Rattle!!

These little cuties work up in just an hour (maybe two), use very little yarn and would make a great, gender-neutral baby gift!

And for my maker-preneur friends, these are perfect for selling at craft shows or in your online shops becuase you can whip them up super quickly and you can market them to your customers as great gender-neutral baby gifts!

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Here’s what you will need to make a crochet rainbow rattle

Fully photographed crochet pattern showing how to crochet a rainbow baby rattle. Includes a video tutorial, step by step photos and written instructions.

Materials

Stitch Key (US Terms) 

SC = Single Crochet
CH = Chain
INC= Increase (Put two stitches in the same space. In this case, it will be two SC stitches.)
SL ST= Slip Stitch
*= To Be Repeated 

Special Stitches

Bobble: *YO, Insert hook into stitch and pull up a loop, YO and pull through 2 loops on your hook* Repeat 3 more times. Now you should have 5 loops on your hook. YO and pull through all 5 loops on your hook.

Back Bump: This is where you flip your starting chain over and insert your hook into the “back bump” of the chain and place your stitch there. If you are unfamiliar with this technique I would suggest watching this tutorial by Fiber Flux on YouTube. You do not have to use this technique, you can just single crochet as you normally would, but I feel like the back bump technique is cleaner.

How to change colors

Work your SC as normal but stop right before finishing the stitch, with 2 loops on your hook. Pick up your next color and pull it through the 2 loops on your hook, CH 1 and turn. Continue crocheting with your new color.

Watch the full video tutorial here

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Fully photographed crochet pattern showing how make a crochet rainbow rattle. Includes a video tutorial, step by step photos and written instructions.

BodyFront Piece 

Color 1

Make a slip knot and CH 11

Row 1: Skip the chain closest to your hook and SC 9 in the “back bump” of the chain. SC 6 in the last chain then SC 9 back down the other side of the starting chain. CH 1, turn. (24)

TIP: If you do not know how to crochet into the back bump of a chain please refer to the Youtube tutorial link provided under special stitches on the first page of this pattern. 

Fully photographed crochet pattern showing how make a crochet rainbow rattle. Includes a video tutorial, step by step photos and written instructions.

Row 2: SC 9, INC in the next 6 stitches, SC 9. CH 1, turn. (30)

Fully photographed crochet pattern showing how make a crochet rainbow rattle. Includes a video tutorial, step by step photos and written instructions.

Row 3: *SC 1, BOBBLE* 14 times, SC in last two stitches. Changing yarn to Color 2 on the last  SC. CH 1, turn. (30) 

Color 2

Row 4: SC 9, *INC in the next stitch, SC in the next stitch* 6 times. SC 9. CH 1, turn. (36)

Row 5: SC 36. CH 1, turn. (36)

Row 6: SC 9, *SC in the next 2 stitches, INC in the next stitch* 6 times. SC 9. CH 1, turn. (42)

Fully photographed crochet pattern showing how make a crochet rainbow rattle. Includes a video tutorial, step by step photos and written instructions.

Row 7: SC 2 *BOBBLE, SC 1* 20 times. Changing yarn to Color 3 on the last SC. CH 1, turn.    (42) 

Color 3

Row 8: SC 9, *INC in the next stitch, SC in the next 3 stitches* 6 times. SC 9. CH 1, turn. (48)

Row 9: SC 48. CH 1, turn. (48)

Row 10: SC 9, *SC in the next 4 stitches, INC in the next stitch* 6 times. SC 9. CH 1, turn (54)

Fully photographed crochet pattern showing how make a crochet rainbow rattle. Includes a video tutorial, step by step photos and written instructions.

Row 11: *SC 1, BOBBLE* 26 times,  SC in last two stitches. CH 1, turn. (54) 

Cut yarn and tie off.

Body: Back piece

The back piece is made exactly like the front piece except the whole thing is made with color 3 and there are no bobble stitches, just single crochets.

Fully photographed crochet pattern showing how make a crochet rainbow rattle. Includes a video tutorial, step by step photos and written instructions.

Color 3

Make a slip knot and CH 11

Row 1: Skip the chain closest to your hook and SC 9 in the “back bump” of the chain. SC 6 in the last chain then SC 9 back down the other side of the starting chain. CH 1, turn. (24)

Row 2: SC 9, INC in the next 6 stitches, SC 9. CH 1, turn. (30)

Row 3: SC 30. CH 1, turn. (30)

Row 4: SC 9, *INC in the next stitch, SC in the next stitch* 6 times. SC 9. CH 1, turn. (36)

Row 5: SC 36. CH 1, turn. (36)

Row 6: SC 9, *SC in the next 2 stitches, INC in the next stitch* 6 times. SC 9. CH 1, turn. (42)

Row 7: SC 42. CH 1, turn. (42)

Row 8: SC 9, *INC in the next stitch, SC in the next 3 stitches* 6 times. SC 9. CH 1, turn. (48)

Row 9: SC 48. CH 1, turn. (48)

Row 10: SC 9, *SC in the next 4 stitches, INC in the next stitch* 6 times. SC 9. CH 1, turn (54)

Row 11: SC 54. CH 1, turn. (54)

Do not cut yarn.

Assembly

Lay your top piece on your bottom piece (right sides facing out)

Insert your hook into the first SC stitch on your top piece and into the first SC stitch on the bottom piece, grab your yarn, pull through both stitches and chain 1.

SC 54 around making sure to go through both the front and back pieces of the rattle and keeping the stitches paired up.

Do not cut yarn

Sew in all your tails.

Separate your polyfill so that it’s not clumpy, and stuff your crochet rainbow rattle.

Insert your noise maker when your rattle is about half way stuffed, then stuff it the rest of the way.

Fully photographed crochet pattern showing how make a crochet rainbow rattle. Includes a video tutorial, step by step photos and written instructions.

Now we are going to crochet the bottom of the rainbow rattle closed.

Put 2 SC’s in the same space where you put your 54th stitch when attaching the front and back pieces of the pillow together.

Make your own spots and continue to SC across the bottom of the pillow, lining up your stitches.

Put 2 SC’s in the last stitch (where your first SC of the 54 went)

You should have about 25 SC stitches across the bottom of your rainbow.

Tie off and sew in your tail.

Fully photographed crochet pattern showing how make a crochet rainbow rattle. Includes a video tutorial, step by step photos and written instructions.

YOU’RE ALL FINISHED!!! How cute is your new Crafty Rainbow Rattle? Any parent would love to give this cutie to their little one!

Get creative with the color combos. If you are making these baby rattles to sell, try to research popular nursery color palettes, then when your customer sees a rainbow that matches their baby’s nursery they’ll HAVE to buy it ????.

I hope you guys love this pattern! Don’t forget to check out the Crafty Rainbow Pillow pattern (free) and the Bitty Boho Bib pattern (paid). I’m seeing some super cute, bobble-licious baby sets in your future!

If you make a Crafty Rainbow Rattle be sure to tag me on social media @ACraftyConcept. I would love to see your finished piece!!

Happy Crocheting
❤️Ashley

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