FREE Written Crochet Pattern: Rainbow Summer Shorts

FREE Written Crochet Pattern: Rainbow Summer Shorts
June is Pride Month, and in honor of this annual occasion, I have created Rainbow Shorts!! This pair of shorts is perfect for wearing as a swimsuit bottom cover-up or cute plain shorts paired with a summer top. I have seen increased crochet trends, and one of the most fun patterns I have seen is crocheted shorts. These shorts follow a simple pattern to create this rainbow look. You can apply this same pattern to your favorite colors and create stripes in whatever fits your vibe. You can also use one solid color which can also be fun!
I have provided patterns in sizes from adult children so you can make a “Mommy and Me” or “Daddy and Me” set! I used Worsted Weight (size 4 medium) scrap yarns to create these fabulous shorts, but you can use any yarn to make yours. These are quite versatile and very fashionable! Check out my written pattern and make sure to also follow the video tutorial to make your pair today! Be sure to post and tag me when you make yours! I cannot wait to see what everyone creates! We at YARNutopia are an ally and work to achieve a world where every person in our LGBTQ+ community can live freely and safely. Hatred and bigotry will not be tolerated. For us, Pride is every day.
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Designed by Nadia Fuad
You *may* sell items made from my pattern, but please reference my website
Please do not copy, sell, and/or post this pattern and claim it as your own.

Materials you will need:
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–Size 4 Medium Worsted Weight yarn (I used scrap yarns for this project)
Size H-5.00mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle

-Use a smaller hook to make these smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make these bigger
-You can use any size 4 medium, worsted weight yarn for this project
-You can check out to see yarn substitutions that are equal to the yarn I used in this project.
-The shorts I demonstrate in the video tutorial and what I’ve written the pattern for are for a US size 4 Toddler. The stitch counts don’t necessarily matter as long as you do measurements as you go.



Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sl st: slip stitch
SK: Skip
SC: Single Crochet
DC: Double Crochet
FPDC: Front Post Double Crochet
BPDC: Back Post Double Crochet



If you have any confusion or difficulty with reading this pattern, please watch the video tutorial that is linked above in this blog post to have visual instructions.


I changed color every row but you do not have to. I am not writing the pattern with the color changes.

Ch any EVEN number that measures around the hips and waist of the subject you are making these for
I chained 70 for the small toddler size and I chained 100 for the mommy size for myself.

Without twisting chain, sl st to first ch to form a large circle.

Rnd 1: (RS) Ch 2 (does not count as anything), DC in each Ch around, Sl st to first st. TURN (70)

Rnd 2: (WS) Ch 2, * FPDC on next st, BPDC on next st, repeat from * around, Sl st to first st. TURN

Rnd 3: Repeat Rnd 2

Rnd 4: Ch 2, DC in each st around, Sl st to first DC, TURN.

Rnd 5: Ch 2, 2 DC in first st, DC in each st until 1 st remains, 2 DC in last st, sl st to first st. TURN. (72)

Rnd 6-13 or however long you need to cover the backside (butt): Repeat Rnd 5 (increase repeating Rnd 5 until your piece comes to the base of the backside of your subject) for the Mommy size I made, I did 20 rnds of Rnd 5, for the Toddler size, I did 9 total increase rnds. Once your piece is as long as you want and you’re ready to make the leg holes, go onto Rnd 14 instructions.

First Leg Hole:

Rnd 14: Mark the halfway point from the back of your work to the front so you know where each leg hole goes (see video tutorial for visual instructions on location) Ch 12, Sl st to the st that the Stitch Marker is in, Ch 2, DC in each st around and in each Ch of the first leg hole, sl st to first st, TURN.

Rnd 15: Ch 2, DC in each st around leg hole, Sl st to first st. TURN.

Rnds 16-18: Repeat Rnd 15 for however long you want your leg to be.

Fasten off, weave in ends. Move onto 2nd Leg hole.

2nd Leg Hole

Rnd 14: Attach yarn to any st, Ch 2, DC in each st around and at the base of each foundation chain between leg holes (see video tutorial for visual instructions), Sl st to first st, TURN.

Rnd 15: Ch 2, DC in each st around leg hole, Sl st to first st. TURN.

Rnds 16-18: Repeat Rnd 15 for however long you want your leg to be.

Fasten off, weave in ends.


Chain an amount that is DOUBLE your original chain length for the waistband of your shorts. Weave it in and out of Rnd 1.


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The yarn provided for this pattern is courtesy of Lion Brand Yarn, WeCrochet, and Paintbox Yarns