Tiny Happy Crochet: 8 Darling Motifs to Make for Little Ones

Oh Crocheters, I have the dearest thing to share with you today!

Tiny Happy Crochet Collage with Label

Tiny Happy Crochet is a collection of eight darling crochet motifs that will sweeten up any project for little ones! You can sew them to simple garments and accessories for a touch of whimsy, create charms for precious buntings and nursery mobiles, or attach them to hair clips and greeting cards for a dear handmade touch. My three-year-old daughter enjoys playing with them fresh off the hook. They’re just fun to have around!

You can buy this ebook style pattern with ad-free written instructions and crochet charts for only $2 in my Ravelry Shop.

Some Introductory Remarks About Yarn…

YARN
For my colorwork projects, I love to work with a single brand or line of yarn that offers a wide range of colors to draw from. Many brands have color cards that are developed together to offer harmonious hues and simplify the issue of differing gauges and yarn textures creating motifs that look tied together.

With that said, you can mix, match, and blend weights, textures, and colors to your heart’s content! It is all good. This is a project to play and have fun with!



Yarns Used:
Baby Bee Sweet Delight (60% Acrylic/40% Polyamide; 377 yds [345 m];4 oz [115 g]): 1 skein each…
Sand Castle #404 (beige)
Bashfull #76 (peach)
Pooltime #59 (seafoam green)
Flannel Marled #402 (light heather gray)
Naked #11 (cream)
Sunkisses #16 (light yellow)
Boo Pink # 40 (baby pink)
Sugarplum #60 (lavender)
Surf Baby # 66 (light aqua blue)

 

 



 

Yarn Substitutions:
Various amounts and colors of #3 Light (DK weight) yarn. Feel free to use any weight yarn you desire. Just change to an appropriate hook size—check yarn label for guidance on recommended hook sizes if you are unsure.

Yarn Quantities:
You need very small amounts of yarn for the individual motifs. I recommend buying an assortment of colors, and have fun playing around! You’ll get LOTS of motifs from a few skeins of yarn.

 

 

 

CROCHET HOOK
Size F/5 [3.75 mm]
See Yarn Substitutions above for guidance on hook sizes. As with any crochet project, you should adjust hook size until you are happy with your fabric.

ABBREVIATIONS
Abbreviations and any Special Stitches used follow each Sweet Motif along with a crochet symbol chart and chart key.

Little Blossom (2 colors)


This Little Blossom is a dear little doodad with endless possibilities for applique onto garments and accessories. String them as a bunting. You could sew them together to create a beautiful scarf or scatter a few as a table decoration for a tea party.

 



 

INSTRUCTIONS
With Color A:
Make adjustable ring.
Round 1: Ch 2, 2 dc cl in ring (counts as 3 dc cl), ch 1, (3 dc cl, ch 1) 5 times in ring, sl st to top of first cluster to join round. Pull beginning yarn tail to close blossom center. Do not turn…6 clusters; 6 ch-sps made.
Fasten off; break yarn leaving 6” [10 cm] tail.
Join B in top of any cluster and pull up a loop.
With Color B:
Round 2: Ch 1, 3 dc-ch 1-sl st to top of same cluster, *sl st in next cluster, (ch 1 – 3 dc – ch 1 – sl st) in same cluster; rep from * around, sl st to top of first cluster to join rnd.

Fasten off. Break yarn leaving 6” tail. If you have any gaps between petals, use a yarn tail to tighten that area before weaving it in.
If you plan to applique this motif to another crocheted item, leave 1 or 2 yarn tails unwoven and use them to sew the motif to the background piece. Weave in yarn ends.

Little Blossom Chart and Key

 



 

Abbreviations/Special Stitches

“ inches
cm centimeters
2 dc cl 2 double crochet cluster
Instructions: Yo, insert hook in st or sp indicated, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull through 2 loops on hook, yo, insert hook in same st or sp, yo, pull up a loop,, yo, pull through 2 loops on hook, yo, pull through all 3 loops on hook.

3 dc cl 3 double crochet cluster
Instructions: Yo, insert hook in st or sp indicated, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull through 2 loops on hook, (yo, insert hook in same st or sp, yo, pull up a loop,, yo, pull through 2 loops on hook) twice, yo, pull through all 4 loops on hook.
ch chain
ch-sp chain space
dc double crochet
sl st slip stitch

Itty Bitty Blossom (2 colors)



The Itty Bitty Blossom may be my favorite of this whole collection, if I could choose one. Such a speedy way to add a tiny pop of pretty wherever it may be needed. We couldn’t resist turning them all into hair clips, but I think these would be darling sewn all over a baby sweater!

INSTRUCTIONS
With Color A:
Make adjustable ring.
Round 1: Ch 1 (counts as sc), 9 sc in ring, pull beginning yarn tail to close ring, sl st to ch to join round, do not turn…10 sc.
Fasten off. Break yarn leaving 6” tail.
Join B in any sc, pull up a loop.
With B:
Round 2: Ch 1, (sc-hdc-sc) in same st, *sl st in next 2 sc, pull up a loop, (ch 1, sc-hdc-sc) in same st; rep from * 3 times, sl st to first ch to join round.
Fasten off. Break yarn leaving 6” tail.


 



 

Abbreviations

“ inches
cm centimeters
ch chain
hdc half double crochet
sc single crochet
sl st slip stitch
sts stitch(es)

Little Cloud (1 color)


My family loves Winnie-the-Pooh so I think of this cloud motif as the Little Cloud that Pooh Bear sings about in Chapter 1.

How sweet to be a Cloud
Floating in the Blue!
Every little cloud
Always sings aloud.
-Winnie-the-Pooh, A. A. Milne

I use this design as an applique with Tiny Raindrops (below), as base clouds for my Bright Rainbow applique (below), and as nursery mobile charms! Imagine how cute it would be to sew clouds all over to a fuzzy blue baby blanket. Baby would love to touch and feel all the Little Clouds.

INSTRUCTIONS
Round 1: Ch 5, 3 dc in first ch, sk 1 ch, sl st in next ch, 5 dc in same ch, sk 1 ch, sl st in next ch, 8 dc in same ch, working on bottom side of foundation chain, sk 1 ch, sl st in next ch, 5 dc in same ch, sk 1 ch, sl st in first ch worked to close round.
Fasten off; break yarn leaving 12” [30.5 cm] tail.
Use yarn ends to sew as an applique or weave in yarn ends. If your cloud has any gaps in the center, you can use the yarn tail to invisibly sew it closed from the back.

 

 

Abbreviations

“ inches
cm centimeters
ch chain
dc double crochet
sk skip
sl st slip stitch

Tiny Raindrops (1 Color)

cloud drops
Designed to make a sweet raincloud when paired with my Little Cloud motif (above), the Tiny Raindrops are quick and cute!

 



 

 

INSTRUCTIONS
(make 3-5 raindrops if using with Little Cloud pattern above)
Make adjustable ring.
Row 1: Ch 2, dc in ring, ch 2, sl st in ring. Pull beginning yarn tail to close ring. Fasten off. Break yarn leaving 6” [15 cm] tail.
Use yarn ends to sew the raindrop in place on your background fabric. Weave in remaining yarn ends.

Another Idea: An assortment of small blue buttons also make charming raindrops that fall sweetly from your Little Cloud instead of the crocheted Tiny Raindrops. Always use care when working with buttons on projects for small children since they can be choking hazards.

 

 

 

Abbreviations
“ inches
cm centimeters
ch chain
dc double crochet
sl st slip stitch

Bright Rainbow (6 Colors)

Sighting a rainbow is always special and fills me with joy!

Important Note: Fasten off and break yarn color after each row; join next color with Right Side of Rainbow facing throughout.

 

 



 

INSTRUCTIONS
Row 1: Ch 9, 2 sc in 2nd ch from hk, 2 sc in each ch across, do not turn…16 sc. Fasten off, break yarn leaving 6” [15 cm] tail.

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in each sc across, do not turn. Fasten off, break yarn leaving 6” [15 cm] tail.
Row 3: Ch 1, sc in first sc, 2 sc in next sc, [sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc] 3 times, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc, [2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc] 3 times, do not turn…24 sc. Fasten off, break yarn leaving 6” [15 cm] tail.

Row 4: Ch 1, sc in each sc across, do not turn. Fasten off, break yarn leaving 6” [15 cm] tail.

Row 5: Ch 1, sc in 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, [sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc] twice, sc in next 6 sc, [2 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc] 3 times, do not turn…30 sc. Fasten off, break yarn leaving 6” [15 cm] tail.

Row 6: Ch 1, sc in each sc across, do not turn. Fasten off, break yarn leaving 12” [30.5 cm] tail.

Single Crochet Rainbow Motif

Attach Clouds (optional)
Make 2 Little Clouds (pattern above) from white or ivory yarn using the same yarn weight and hook size you used for the Bright Rainbow so the proportion is correct. Use the yarn tails from the Little Clouds to sew the clouds to the bottoms of the rainbow applique.

 



 

Abbreviations
“ inches
cm centimeters
ch chain
RS right side
sc single crochet

Tiny Hearts (3 sizes)

Tiny Hearts are irresistible! Glue to cards to make valentines, hair clips, string for a bunting, or sew to anything for a little shot of love! Here are three sizes—all tiny!

INSTRUCTIONS
TINY HEART (large size)
Make adjustable ring.
Round 1: Ch 4, work following stitches into ring (3 dtr – 3 tr – dtr – 3 tr – 3 dtr), ch 3, sl st into ring. Fasten off. Break yarn leaving 6” [15 cm] tail. Pull beg yarn tail tight to close ring.

 



 

TINIER HEART (medium size)
Make adjustable ring.
Round 1: Ch 3, work following sts into ring (3 tr – 3 dc – tr – 3 dc – 3 tr), ch 2, sl st into ring. Fasten off. Break yarn leaving 6” [15 cm] tail. Pull beg yarn tail tight to close ring.

TINIEST HEART (small size)
Make adjustable ring.
Round 1: Ch 2, work following sts into ring (3 dc – 3 hdc – dc – 3 hdc – 3 dc), ch 1, sl st into ring. Fasten off. Break yarn leaving 6” [15 cm] tail. Pull beg yarn tail tight to close ring.

Bitty Bows (1 Color)


Bows are timeless for little girls, and these Bitty Bows add a precious tiny touch to baby hats, headbands, clothes or booties.

 



 

INSTRUCTIONS
Make adjustable ring using a long length (about 12” [30.5 cm]) of yarn to leave a long beginning yarn tail.
Round 1: Ch 6, 6 dtr in ring, ch 6, sl st in ring, ch 6, 6 dtr in ring, ch 6, sl st in ring.
Fasten off. Break yarn leaving 6” [15 cm] tail.
Use beginning yarn tail to wrap around the center of the Bitty Bow several times to form a gather. Weave yarn end through the back of the wrapped yarn to secure and weave to opposite short end of Bitty Bow. Use yarn ends to sew applique to background fabric. Weave in all ends.

 

 

Baby Bear Ears (1 or 2 Colors)


Sew these bear ears to the crown of any baby hat to instantly make it a bear hat! Adorable. Make the ears in the same yarn you used for the hat.

INSTRUCTIONS
Make 2 ear motifs.

Make an Adjustable ring.
Row 1: Ch 3 (counts as dc), 9 dc in ring, pull beg yarn tail to close ring, turn…10 dc.
Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in same st, dc in next 8 dc, 2 dc in last dc, turn…12 dc.
Fasten off. Break yarn leaving 8” [20.5 cm] tail.

Baby Bear Ears Chart KeyBaby Bear Ears Chart

Sew Ears
Lay finished hat flat on work surface with the joining seam centered in back. Position ears (Right Side facing up) on the fold at the crown of the hat so the center of the ear is lined up with the center of Row 5 if you are using my Soft & Sweet Baby Beanie pattern. Use both yarn tails to sew ear securely in place between Rows 3-7. Rep for second ear. Weave in remaining yarn ends. Block lightly if desired.

Color Variation: I love to add Baby Bear Ears to my Classic 2-Color Stripe version of my Soft & Sweet Newborn Beanie. To make Baby Bear Ears for this striped hat, work Row 1 in Color A and Row 2 in Color B using the colors used to make the beanie.

Mix and match because it’s all cute!

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Sending you happy crocheted love today!

Yours in Stitches,

Sara

 



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

granny square gifts

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.

crochet

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