This Mini Granny Crochet Pillow is a fun project to make and would be a beautiful gift for someone special. It is a great way to use up scraps of cotton yarn and get creative with your colour combinations. I had lots of sports weight cotton yarn (or you could use a light DK weight yarn) in my stash that I used making baubles and decided to make a bright and cheery pillow using small squares. These were the colours I choose – some pink shades, 2 yellow, an orange shade, a bright red and my favourite, a deep wine red shade. I love the combination!
I really took my time making this project. Not every crocheter enjoys making mini squares….too many ends?! But I find it relaxing and mindful and added a few squares slowly to my pile every evening. There is a total of 49 mini granny squares, each 2 inches (5 cm) across in different combinations of my colours. If you choose 7 or 8 colours that work well together and include some strong contrast colours (that will pop!) you can be reassured that the final selection will be beautiful!
You may like to check out my other Pillow Patterns
To save time I just made the front panel of the pillow and then attached the crochet piece to the front of a store-bought pillow…..easy! No messing around with a fabric insert and zips. You can of course if you wish, make 2 panels and use an insert. I will be adding a Video to the pattern in a few days, showing you how I make my Mini Grannys, I hope some of you will find that helpful. Read on for more details and the instructions.
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- Scheepjes Catana or Yarn and Colors Must have (or any similar sport weight cotton yarn)
- You can use any sports weight or light DK weight yarn to achieve a similar effect. Cotton yarn is preferable
- 3.5mm Crochet Hook
- 17″ x 17″ [43 x 43cm] ready-made pillow from a store
- Yarn needle and strong sewing thread
Finished size – 17″ x 17″ [43 x 43cm]
Each square is approx. 2″ [5cm]
Abbreviations (US crochet terms)
yo – yarn over
ch – chain
dc – double crochet
sp – space
Mini Granny Square (make 49)
Each round is worked in a different colour
With first colour, make a magic ring
Round 1 (RS): Ch 5 (counts as 1 dc, ch 2 here and throughout), 3 dc in ring, (ch 2, 3 dc in ring) twice, 2 dc in ring, join with sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch. Fasten off.
Round 2: Join 2nd colour in any corner ch-2 sp, ch 5 (counts as 1 dc and ch-2), 3 dc in same sp, * (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch-2 sp; rep from * twice more, 2 dc in first ch-2 sp, join with sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch 5. Fasten off and weave in threads.
- I whip stitched my mini granny squares together using the same cotton yarn that I made my squares with – a contrast colour can look wonderful!
- Layout your squares in 7 rows with 7 squares in each row. Play around with your combinations until you have a result that you like
- Place right side (RS) of each square together and sew using back loops only for a neat finish
- Seams are worked by holding 2 squares with RS together and inserting the yarn needle through both back loops of each square and whip stitching loosely together
- The joining of the squares is done in continuous rows, square by square until an entire row is finished. You will only cut your yarn when you reach the end of a row. First, join all the horizontal rows of the piece and then join the vertical rows
Front of Pillow
Back of Pillow
Round 1: With right side facing, and using colour of your choice, join into any corner space. Ch 1 * (1 sc, ch 1, 1 sc) (corner made), sc in back loop only across side, making 8sc on top of each square, to next corner; repeat from * until four corners and four sides have been made. Join with a sl st to beg ch 1. Fasten off yarn.
Round 2 : Join next yarn in any st, ch 1, sc (in both loops) in each st around pillow, making (1 sc, ch 1, 1 sc) in each corner ch-1 space. Join with a sl st in first sc. Fasten off yarn.
Round 3 – 8: Repeat round 2.
I did ‘1 sc, ch-1, skip a stitch’ for round 7 to give a different effect but it will look great if you don’t!
Remove the pillow insert. Lay your square on one side of your pillow and pin it in place around all sides. Using a strong cotton sewing thread, whip stitch around. Put your insert back in your pillow, fluff it up and enjoy!
You can see pictures of how I attached the front of a previous pillow in this post Boho Pillow
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