Follow the Rainbow

This rainbow scarf is dedicated to queerMaschen – – an LGBTIQ+ knitting and crochet group from Vienna – and queer knitters everywhere. With the proceeds from this knitting pattern the queerMaschen support the QueerBase.
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While the shawl pictured is knit in a variation of the tradtional 6 pride flag colors, the 12 contrast sections leave you plenty of room for customization: add more colors to your rainbow to create a Progress Pride shawl, or use the colors of the transgender, lesbian … pride flags. 

Are you not feeling very colorful? You can use anywhere between 1 and 12 contrasting colors, or go for a one-color version alltogether. Make it your own!

(This pattern is the remastered version of the New Beginnings shawl, which has been re-released in an extended rainbow version in support of the YarnPride fundraiser.)


Digital Knitting Pattern (PDF) in English and German

Price: € 6.00

Format: PDF (full/print/mobile)


All proceeds from the patterns will be 100% donated to QueerBase!

The campaign runs until the end of July 2022, then all collected proceeds will be handed over.
Even after the end of the fundraising campaign, you can still purchase the pattern, the proceeds will continue to donate to the Queer Base.

Click here for more info about YarnPride 2022 and all the projects and events that are taking place:


Follow the Rainbow is a triangular shawl in stockinette stitch with contrasting purl ridges and short-row sections in garter stitch. An I-cord surrounds the entire shawl – from the cast-on, to the edges, to the bind-off – for a neat and finished look.


1 main color (MC) + 6 contrasting colors (CC1-6)
of fingering weight yarn (about 366-400 m / 400-420 yd per 100 g)


948 m / 1036 yd in total

  • MC: 660 m / 722 yd
  • CC1 (red): 18 m / 20 yd
  • CC2 (orange): 37 m / 40 yd
  • CC3 (yellow): 47 m / 51 yd
  • CC4 (green): 58 m / 63 yd
  • CC5 (blue): 69 m / 75 yd
  • CC6 (purple): 59 m / 65 yd
Shown in:

2 skein of fingering weight yarn in a semi-solid cream (MC); various odds and ends of fingering weight yarn in pink (CC1), orange (CC2), yellow (CC3), green (CC4), blue (CC5), and purple (CC6)


240 cm / 94 ½” length, 72 cm / 28 ½” height at center


20 sts / 38 rows = 10 cm / 4” in garter stitch

Measured after blocking. Gauge has an influence on the size of your finished piece and your yardage! 


US 6 / 4 mm circular needles, 80-120 cm / 32-47” in length (or size needed to obtain gauge and optimal drape)


tapestry needle, 3 stitch markers, waste yarn & crochet hook for provisional cast on


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