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Last-Minute Granny Square Gifts: 6 Charming Projects Made from 1 or 2 Granny Squares

I was hard at work on an everlasting blanket of colorful crocheted granny squares when I realized I barely had enough for a crib-size baby blanket.

I couldn’t bear the thought of making 3-12 times as many squares to get the size I wanted and having to stitch them all together.

You know what I needed?

Instant gratification.

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I started playing around with the squares I had to see what I could make with them as they were.

It was fun and yielded some ideas for this little series of gifts you can make from just 1 or 2 squares plus some extra yarn for the seaming and small details.

YARN, HOOK, & TOOLS

I used Hobby Lobby I Love This Cotton! yarn in many, many colors and a size F (3.75 mm) crochet hook to make each of my squares. The Clover Amour crochet hook set is my go-to for every project but any old hook will work, of course!

Various other tools include a yarn needle, scissors, spray starch, fabric steamer, the odd button, a smidgen of sewing thread, headband elastic, wings, prayers, etc.

Please note that all of these tools are optional except the yarn needle and scissors.

NOTES

  • I finished each project with a gentle steaming to polish the stitches and make corners lie flat and smooth instead of curling. And a little spray starch wouldn’t go amiss on items like mug mats and tiny envelopes! I don’t usually starch items for wearing.
  • If you are new to granny squares, check out this link for help learning to make grannies. My grannies were made with 2-chain corners and 1-ch between each set of 3 dc along the sides. I changed colors for each round, and simply attached my yarn at any corner to get started.
  • Try to work over yarn tails whenever possible to cut down on the number of tails you need to weave in at the end.

One-Square Gifts

Tiny Envelope

Use this little pouch for giving gift cards, keeping love notes or holding business cards!

Materials:

  • 1 7-round granny square
  • button
  • sewing thread

Instructions:

Lay one 7-round granny square out  as a diamond with RS up. Fold lower three corners into center and crochet or sew seams to close. Turn right side out. Sew on a button at the bottom front of the envelope, fold top point down using the top corner eyelet as the buttonhole. Stuff with a love note and give!

Mug Mat

This little charmer is just a 5-round granny surrounded by a single round of single crochet. Give one as a mug mat or 4-8 as a coaster set!

Materials

1 5-round granny square (more if you want to make a coaster set gift)

Instructions:

Join contrast yarn at corner and work 3 sc in the corner, and 1 sc in each st; rep 3 times more around granny. Join with slip stitch and fasten off. Break yarn and weave in yarn tail.

mug mat

Bows, Bows, Bows!

Adorn a headband, a gift, a hat, or ear warmer with these sweet bows.

Materials:

1 4-round granny square

Instructions:

Pinch one 4-round granny square neatly in the center (adjust the pinch to make the bow folds even. Tie a length of about 20″ contrast color yarn into a square knot at the back of the granny to hold the bow shape with 10″ tails. Now wrap each tail around the bow center 8-10 times to reinforce and cover the gather, tie another knot at the back to hold the yarn wraps. Weave in both tails.

Other ideas: decorate gifts, make Christmas tree ornaments, baby bow ties, sew onto brooches or hot-glue onto hair clips. Try with smaller grannies to make them even more twee!

Two-Square Gifts

Arm Warmers

These colorful mitts will keep your mitts warm this winter. They are nice for texting, but for warmth you can also wear them over those cheap, stretchy $1 gloves to fancy them up a bit and extend the cuffs. Hate that chill that creeps in between my coat cuffs and short gloves, don’t you?

Materials

  • 2 8-round granny squares (I chose to make my 8th round in the same color yarn though my squares did not match)
  • Extra matching yarn to extend the cuff edge and sew up seams.

Instructions:

With RS facing, fold granny square so that 2 opposite edges line up and sew a seam from bottom for 4th ch-sp opening. Fasten off and break yarn leaving a 6″ tail. From the opposite (top) end, sew a seam to the 2nd ch-sp opening. Fasten off and break yarn leaving a 6″ tail. Weave in yarn ends. Turn RS out.

Rnd 1: Join yarn at bottom edge seam and pull up a loop. Work hdc in seam and each st or ch-sp around cuff, join rnd with a sl st.

Rnd 2-3: Ch 2, *hdc betw next 2 sts; rep from * around.

Fasten off. Break yarn leaving a 6″ tail. Weave in yarn ends. Steam lightly to finish.

Repeat for second arm warmer.

Fancy Gift Bag/Trinket Pouch

Fill this colorful little drawstring bag with marbles, candy, special soaps or any small gift.

Materials

  • 2 7-round granny squares
  • Extra yarn for seaming, making bag top, and braiding drawstrings

Instructions:

Lay 2 squares out with RS facing, lined up evenly. Sew or crochet a seam around 3 edges, leaving the 4th edges open to form the mouth of the pouch. Fasten off, break yarn leaving a 6″ tail. Turn pouch right side out. Join extra yarn at a side seam and crochet one granny round around the mouth of the pouch as follows:

Edge Round: Ch 3, dc in next ch-sp, *ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-sp; rep from * to other seam, work 1 dc in last ch-sp, 1 dc in seam, 1 dc in next ch-sp; rep from * across other side. Join with a sl st to close round.

Braid drawstrings (make 2)

Cut 3 lengths of 20.” Tie a knot at one end and make a 12″ braid. Pinch to hold braid in position and tie another knot. Trim knotted ends evenly.

Thread both drawstrings in 2nd row of eyelets and tie to close pouch.

Pixie Bonnet

Sizes: Baby (Toddler, Child)

Note: The sizing is quite free for this design. The size shown was made for a toddler but modeled on a 4-month old baby.

She’s cute, isn’t she?

Yes, I am her mother.

Materials:

  • 2 7-round (8-round, 10-round) granny squares
  • Extra yarn for seaming and colorful braided ties
  • Optional adornment such as a bow, flower, or other doo-dad. Doo-dad is a technical term.

Lay grannies out lined up evenly with right sides facing. Sew a seam along 2 adjacent edges, fasten off, break yarn leaving a 6″ tail. Turn bonnet right side out and join yarn at a seam corner.

Edge Round: Work granny row (3 dc in each ch-sp, ch 1 betw dc shells) along 4 open edges and join rnd with a sl st to close.

Make chin straps:

Cut 2 30″ lengths of yarn in 3 different colors (6 lengths of yarn total).

Thread yarns through chin corners of bonnet and pull until even. Create 3 sections of 2 strands each. Mix the colors as you like. Work a 7 (8, 10)” braid and tie off in a knot. Trim knotted yarn neatly. Repeat  for opposite chin strap.

Finishing

Weave in all yarn ends. Push the top corner seam outward for maximum pointiness–the more point, the more pixie. Steam lightly.

Decorate with optional adornment. Put on the nearest child and take adorable, winter-wonderland type Instagram photos.

I hope you enjoyed this series of gift ideas. Let me know! #lastminutegrannysquaregifts

Happy Stitching,

Sara Kay

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Butterfly Nursery Mobile

Our baby girl is due in 11 days and the word of the hour [day, week, month] is “nesting.”

Butterfly mobile

I took inspiration from Pinterest, of course. I feel that Pinterest is a kind of Oracle of Delphi for today’s DIY-er and consult her frequently.

The mobile is made from the inner ring of a cheap bamboo embroidery hoop.

Side note: to salvage the outer ring of the hoop for another project, I bent the metal fasteners back and forth until they popped neatly off and scotch-taped the hoop closed to form a complete circle. I’ll make something else out of it later like a trendy dreamcatcher or a piece of awesome wall art. Score.

hoop with tape

Back to the mobile.

Instead of wrapping the yarn around the hoop as recommended by the Oracle, I thought: “But–I’m a CROCHETER and I want to CROCHET, not wrap yarn!”

I raised my trusty size G [4.0 mm] hook into the air with hubris (not pictured).

And proceeded to single-crochet around the hoop. Which is kind of a tension nightmare until you’ve done it for awhile and get a rhythm going. I had to stop frequently to squish the stitches together so they’d actually cover the hoop. It seemed to take forever.

sc around the hoop

I ended up despising the wiggly, messy seam it created along the edge and no matter how I pinched and fussed with it, would show when I held the hoop aloft and looked at it. I considered tearing it out in a frenzy of pique.

Instead I took a walk to let the healing balm of nature soothe and inspire me. I guess it worked.

butterfly

I stitched double crochet shells (7 sts) with a 3-st center picot evenly around the hoop and you know what? I liked it.

Hurrah! Crochet again rules the world!

The shape reminds me of a merry-go-round or a big top circus tent with its bunting trim.

picot shells

On a previous visit to the Oracle, she delivered this darling free pattern for butterflies (it uses British crochet terminology, so watch yourself!). I made a few as written, squealed with delight, and began to play fast and loose with the pattern.

To make the smaller butterflies, I left off the final round of crochet on some. On others I used half-double crochet instead of double crochet to make them shorter and more compact. More Butterflies

I added long picots to the bottom wings to create some swallowtails on a few butterflies. For some, I made taller stitches–trebles and double-trebles–in the middle of the wing to round out the upper or lower wings more, give them some extra flair. Did the same at the bottom of some of them along with the picots to make more pointed fantails.

Butterflies

I hit them with a little spray starch and put a press-cloth over them before pressing with a steamy iron to get them good and flat.

I was ready to attach them and I knew it might be tricky. The Oracle had been silent on the matter of how exactly one ought to string one’s mobile charms, and it made me nervous.

Truth? During my pregnancy I have never missed alcohol more than when I was attempting to hang these butterflies.

In spiral formation.

At the right height.

Evenly.

Using skinny, weightless sewing thread.

Sigh.

More frenzies of pique as I worked on stringing butterflies while watching the dark, depressing second season of True Detective with my husband.

But I enjoyed the irony.

And I looked exactly like this.

true detective

In the end, it came together, and I feel charmed each time I walk into the nursery and see this.

finished mobile

Totally worth the aggravation.

Thanks for visiting!

♥ knit, crochet, love; rep from ♥ forever,

Sara Kay