I am super excited to announce the release of my next pattern, the Purple Rain Wind Spinner. I dreamed this pattern up as I rode a charter bus full of fifth grade students and chaperones to Atlanta, Georgia for an all day field trip. Yikes! I’m sure you can imagine the commotion and young energy going on that day. Crochet therapy for the win!
As I was wrapping up this pattern later on and making the raindrops, I made a few light purple and a couple of them aqua blue. I couldn’t decide which ones to attach and where they were going to go. But as I attached the purple raindrops to the cloud, the Prince song, ‘Purple Rain’ popped into my head and I knew exactly what to name this pattern! Goes to show that you never know when inspiration will strike!
This pattern is a choose your own adventure style pattern. I made my wind spinner in multiple cheerful spring colors but it can be made in one, two or three colors. The wind spinners length can be customized by adding or subtracting your starting chain so make it as short or long as you would like! The cloud is constructed by making two identical clouds and joining them together. You can stuff it if desired to make it super fluffy or leave it flat as well. Make as many raindrops as you’d like and attach them to the cloud, the bottom of the wind spinner or attach to a ring like one of my testers opted to do. Really the options are endless!
You can find pattern pdf of my Purple Rain Wind Spinner in my Ravelry Store or for free here on my blog! Enjoy!
Medium (4) yarn (worsted, Aran)
Yardage: Approximately 175 yards
Spinner: About 100 yards
Cloud: About 50 yards
Raindrops: About 25 yards
4 mm hook
Single crochet (sc)
Double crochet (dc)
Foundation single crochet (fsc)
Magic Circle (MC)
Slip Stitch two together (slst2tog)
· Advanced beginner
· Written in US crochet terms
· Finished Size: 36” long
· Gauge: Not necessary
Before you start
· Spinner is worked in rows starting at the same end and worked in the same direction for each row.
· Change colors at the beginning of each row if desired.
· Cloud is worked in rows,
· Raindrops are worked in the round.
· Ch 1 does not count as a stitch.
· Ch 3 counts as a stitch.
· You can use any size yarn and hook for this project, just note that the dimensions and yarn requirements will be different than listed above.
· Increase or decrease the length by adding or subtracting starting chains.
*Add or subtract chains to your starting row to make your wind spinner shorter or longer.
*It is helpful to place a marker at the beginning of the row so you can know where to start each row and differentiate the top from the bottom for assembly.
Chain 66, turn.
Alternatively, fsc 65 and skip row 1.
Row 1: sc in 2nd chain from hook and each stitch across. Fasten off leaving a long tail. (65)
Row 2: starting at the same place as row 1 started, attach yarn with slip stitch, ch 3, dc 1st stitch, 2 dc in each stitch across. Fasten off leaving a long tail. (130)
Row 3: starting at the same side as row 2 started, attach yarn with slip stitch, ch 3, 2 dc in 1st stitch, 3 dc in each stitch across. Fasten off leaving a long tail. (390)
Row 4: starting at the same side as row 3 started, attach with slip stitch, ch 1, sc in each stitch along the spiral. Fasten off leaving a long tail. (390)
Tie long ending tails together and cut to desired length.
Cloud (make 2)
Row 1: Ch 4, sc in 2nd chain from hook and each stitch across. (3)
Row 2: Ch 1, sc 2, inc, turn. (4)
Row 3: Ch 1, inc, sc 3, turn. (5)
Row 4: Ch 1, sc 4, inc, turn. (6)
Row 5: Ch 1, inc, sc 5, turn. (7)
Row 6: Ch 1, sc 6, inc, turn. (8)
Row 7: Ch 1, dec, sc 6, turn. (7)
Row 8: Ch 1, sc 5, dec, turn. (6)
Row 9: Ch 1, inc, sc 5, turn. (7)
Row 10: Ch 1, sc 6, inc. turn. (8)
Row 11: Ch 1, inc, sc 7 (9)
Row 12: Ch 1, sc 9, turn. (9)
Row 13: Ch 1, dec, sc 7, turn. (8)
Row 14: Ch 1, sc 6, dec, turn. (7)
Row 15: Ch 1, dec, sc 5, turn. (6)
Row 16: Ch 1, sc 4, dec, turn. (5)
Row 17: Ch 1, dec, sc 3, turn. (4)
Row 18: Ch 1, sc 2, dec, turn. (3)
Row 19: Ch 1, sc 3, turn. (3)
Row 20: Ch 1, sc, dec, turn (2)
Round 1: Ch 1, sc evenly around, working an (sc, ch 1, sc) in the corners and a sc2tog in the indentions of the cloud. (46 sc, 2 sc2tog, 4 ch)
*Add stuffing if desired between the two clouds as you work round 2.
Lay clouds one on top of the other, making sure to match up the bumps of the cloud.
Join the two clouds together with sc evenly around in each sc and ch space, join. (52 sc)
Fasten off and weave in ends.
Attach cloud to top of wind spinner using beginning tails of wind spinner.
Raindrops (make any number)
MC or Ch 3 and join.
Rd 1: 6 sc in MC (6)
Rd 2: 2 sc in each st around (12)
Rd 3: (Inc, sc) repeat around (18)
Rd 4: (Dec, sc) repeat around (12)
Rd 5: (Dec, sc) repeat around (8)
Rd 6: (Dec, sc 2) repeat around. (6)
Rd 7: (Dec, sc) repeat around. (4)
Rd 8: Dec (2)
Rd 9: Slst2tog (1)
Do not fasten off.
Slip stitch ending tail of raindrop to bottom of cloud and/or wind spinner, weave in ends.
For hanging loop
- Attach a 12” length of yarn to the top of the cloud and tie the ends together.
- Sc onto a wooden ring or shower curtain ring.
Congratulations, your Purple Rain Wind Spinner is complete!
I would love to see your projects on Instagram or Facebook by tagging @owensvillachick or using the hashtag #purplerainwindspinner #owensvillachickdesigns #ovcdesigns.
A special thank you to my testers for making this pattern amazing!
Check out the awesome wind spinners they created!
Until next time, Happy Crocheting!
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