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I found  Jean Greenhowe’s site recently and I really enjoyed looking at all of her adorable knitting patterns. She has such a talent for turning everyday things into absolutely adorable knitted designs! She really tries to keep her patterns simple, she says, “There are no complications in my designs – if you can knit, purl, increase and decrease you can make everything in my publications.” Her designs “are so easy to knit that The Royal National Institute of the Blind has translated our patterns into Braille for the benefit of knitters with impaired vision.” And don’t forget, they are cute, too!!

These delightful, little rainbow babies are dressed for the snow and each has a little rainbow bag that they can be tucked into to sled down a snowy slope, or be used as a little blanket or bed. And they are extra special in that Jean designed them especially for humanitarian service. It says on her site:

Jean Greenhowe’s Rainbow Babies

“From our postbag we know that innumerable kind-hearted people knit my dolls and toys to raise much needed funds for charity and other worthwhile causes.

With this charity aspect in mind I have designed The Rainbow Babies as the first new and exclusive free pattern on our website. Ideal as fund-raisers, these sweet Babies are quick to knit and each one only requires 25 grams [less than 1 ounce] of yarn and the same amount of stuffing. The doll measures just 17cm [6¾ in] high without the cap. The feet, legs, body and head are knitted in one piece and the ‘babygrow’ garment is part of the doll. The only separately knitted pieces are the arms, cap and scarf.

You can make pink or brown Babies, but be sure to choose lovely bright colours for the rest of the design, in keeping with the rainbow theme. For extra play value I have also included a cosy rainbow pocket. Popped inside the pocket, every doll becomes part of the RAINBOW! The pocket measures 8cm by 9cm [3in by 3½in].

With your help I hope the Babies will create a beautiful RAINBOW all around the world.”

Click here to download the Rainbow Babies free pattern.