This is another of my disaster knitting patterns. I came up with this after Hurricane Katrina and tweaked it recently so it can be knit or crocheted square by square rather than in strips. This could be made very quickly by a group. It takes me just shy of an hour, given the usual interruptions, to finish a square. Let me know what you think, could you?
Windows Full of Rainbows
Materials: White yarn, your choice, about fifteen yards (that's probably more than you'll need)
About four yards of each of seven rainbow colors (red, orange, yellow, green, turquoise or lighter blue, darker blue and purple; you may choose either pastels or brights, but I wouldn't necessarily mix them.)
Gauge does not matter except as it suits the yarn.
CO 21 sts with white yarn. Work four rows of garter stitch. Begin stripes. Work in stockinette stitch, breaking off each color when finished with it:
Rows 5-8: Orange
Rows 13-16: Green
Rows 17-20: Blue
Rows 21-24: Indigo (or a darker blue)
Rows 25-28: Violet
With white, work four rows of garter stitch. Bind off.
Using white yarn, pick up 27 stitches evenly spaced along side of piece. Work four rows garter stitch and bind off. Repeat for other side.
Ch 22. Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across (rows will all have 21 sc.) Work even in sc: three rows with red, three with orange, three with yellow, three with green, three with blue, three with indogo and three with violet. Fasten off.
For edging: join white in corner, work 3 sc in same spot as joining, sc in every sc or row to next corner, 3 sc in corner...around. Join with sl st in first sc, ch 1, sc in BACK LOOP ONLY all the way around, having 3 sc in the center sc of each corner. Repeat this row twice.
To join squares:
Sew together along edges, keeping rainbows aligned (or not, if you like them otherwise). With 6" strands of multicolored yarn, tie bows at the corners if desired.
NOTE: I am aware that there is a second meaning to rainbows, and that doesn't offend me. If you want this to be a pride flag afghan, leave out the indigo and pick up three fewer stitches.