Heehee, I have been waiting a long time to show you my Rainbow Ubuntu and now the time has come! If you have been following my photo tutorials for Ubuntu, you will have seen that I have been using a different colour for each round (apart from when I made the Banksia Border). By doing this, you are better able to see and interpret stitches and stitch placement as you work your way through the pattern. In essence (and theory), this should help you ‘read’ the stitches if you have a question about a part I have not included a landmark or tips for. This is one of the reasons I like using many different colours when I design.
Changing colours often can be a bit visually overwhelming, though. Some designs, like Charlotte’s Dream and Ubuntu, benefit from large blocks of colour, making for a bolder, calmer visual. Even so, I find it fascinating to see how the whole look of a design can change when we alter which colours we use and how/where we use them. Doing a Rainbow version of Ubuntu for the photos has given me an excellent opportunity to satisfy this curiosity.
I was not at all sure that the Rainbow Ubuntu would have the same feel as the ‘official’ three… and it doesn’t. It feels completely different and utterly wonderful. Where the official blankets feel calm and bold, the rainbow one feels playful and joyous. Where the other three feel like ladies dressed in their best frocks, waiting for their dance cards to fill, this one feels like skipping through wet grass with my dress hiked up above my knees. Oh dear, someone has been reading too many period dramas!
Not only does this Rainbow Version echo the ‘Be Someone’s Rainbow’ message on the button, but it also celebrates my motherland as the Rainbow Nation and the heart and soul of Ubuntu.
If you would like to make the Rainbow Version, you will be pleased to know that the colours have been worked out in such a way that it can be created using the Stonewashed Medium Kit (see Resources below) and the suggested hook size for the medium kit (or size needed to obtain gauge).
You will probably find it helpful to print out the printable bookmark for the CAL so that you can identify your colours easily. I have had this bookmark on my desk since the CAL started, and I refer to it often. You will also find the list of colours to use for each round under Resources below.
You will find all the links and information you need under ‘Resources‘ below. If you have stumbled on this post accidentally and don’t know what Ubuntu is, you can read more about it HERE (Information) and HERE (Concept).
- Official Scheepjes – International Group (English) or the Official Scheepjes – Nederlandse Groep (Dutch). You have to be logged into Facebook in order to access the link to the groups.
- Add the CAL to your Ravelry Queue
- If you are on Instagram, you can find me HERE. Please add your photos using #scheepjesubuntucal2018 or #scheepjesubuntucal.
- Special Stitches and Techniques (including a gauge square)
- **Printable Bookmark** – use this bookmark to reference the different colours used in the pattern.
- Medium Ubuntu Kits are available from most Scheepjes retailers:
- Wool Warehouse (International)
- Black Sheep Wools (International)
- Deramores (International)
- Caro’s Atelier (Netherlands)
- Knotty House (Canada)
- Jimmy Beans (USA)
- More Retailers
- **Rainbow Version** – Colours Per Round
Rainbow Ubuntu Photos Per Part
I’ve attached a quick gallery overview of the Rainbow Ubuntu at the end of each part. You can click on the relevant image to enlarge it. I will add the last two parts as they are released.
I sincerely hope that you have enjoyed/will enjoy this journey with me!
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I really want to make this gorgeous blanket. I have been searching for hours for the PDF of this pattern for Ubuntu. I am so frustrated because I can’t find the link anywhere. Could you please send me a link, I’d be ever so grateful. Thank you, Chrissy.
Hi Chrissy. All details can be found HERE and there is a Print Friendly link at the end of each section near Dedri’s signature.
Sheryl Ray says
The Rainbow Ubuntu is by far the most beautiful of all the Ubuntus. The colors are so vivid and cheerful. My first impression of it was WOW!!! That’s the one I want to make. You definitely have a winner with that one. Absolutely gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing.
Dedri Uys says
Hi Sheryl. I am so glad you like it x
I love the Rainbow Version and will be using my Medium Kit to make it. I hope it’s not too late to ask a few questions:
1) Are you using standing stitches (like from Sophie’s Universe) to start your rounds when switching colours?
2) I’ve noticed from your photos that you’re using a 4mm crochet hook for the medium size blanket. To get gauge I had to go down to a 3.25mm hook. Is your gauge still the same as the recommended measurements and weights?
Thanks so much!
Dedri Uys says
Hi Candice. If you start with new colours, I do suggest starting with standing stitches, but it is entirely up to you. My gauge is exactly as specified in the pattern, so if you need to use a 3.25 to meet it, you should stick with a 3.25 :) I am a very tight hooker. I hope you enjoy this journey :) Dedri
Andrea Schmidt says
wow, this is georgeous, the pattern comes more in front with rainbow colour choice, allthough they are the same as the ubuntu. more like this dedri
Carol Fraser says
I was so excited to read that the rainbow version was made using the medium kit, which I had waiting for me to start! I have just about finished all the part 1 diamonds, they are soooo pretty :)
Dedri Uys says
Oh yay. I can’t wait to see your progress. I hope you will share :)
Julie Peirce says
Making one of each size using my own yarn. My rainbow one will be a large size. Going to use as a rug. Lol
Amazingly lovely! ^^
My favourite, I like the rainbow one a lot more than the blocks of colour one, well done, Dedri, another masterpice.
The Eternal Traveller says
This version is so pretty and playful. The design is gorgeous.
Dedri Uys says
I’m glad you like it :)
I just love it! I have been thinking about doing one this way and I have 2 medium kits, to do still. I’m working on my XL, I love the yarn you picked also. Your patterns are amazing!
Thanks for all the hard work you put into your patterns
Dedri Uys says
Thank you Patrice :)