I have always made little embellishments for gift bags and as appliques for blankets or "plain-looking" projects.
Going through my craft room I came across these very quick and easy to make granny stars made last year (takes longer to sew in the tails than it does to make the stars!)
A print friendly version of this pattern can be found HERE
GRANNY STAR PATTERN
My patterns are all written in US TERMS
I have made this little conversion chart to make it easy for my UK readers to also follow the pattern
Raeesah Cotton Soft DK
(This is a matter of choice - as gauge does not really matter here, you could use anything from cotton floss to t-shirt yarn, depending on how you are going to use your stars)
(here again use whatever hook you are comfortable with for your choice of yarn)
Foundation: 5ch, sl st into 1st chain to form a circle.
Row 1: 3ch into same place as sl st (counts as 1dc), 2dc into the circle, 3ch; (3dc into the circle, 3ch) x4; sl st into the top of 3ch at start to close; break off yarn.
Row 2: Join yarn in any 3ch sp; 3ch (counts as 1dc), 2dc, 3ch, 3dc into same place as join; (3dc, 3ch, 3dc into next 3ch sp) x4; sl st into the top of 3ch at start to close; break off yarn.
Row 3: Join yarn in any 3ch sp; 3ch (counts as 1dc), 2dc, 4ch, 3dc into same place as join; 1sc spike into top of "middle" dc on row 1; (3dc, 4ch, 3dc into next 3ch sp; 1sc spike into top of "middle dc on row 1) x4; sl st into the top of 3ch at start to close; break off yarn.
Row 4: Join yarn in space to the left of any sc spike; 1ch (counts as 1sc) in same sp as join; 1sc in space between next 2dc; 3sc into 4ch sp; 15ch, sl st into top of last sc; 3sc into 4ch sp; 1sc in space between next 2dc; (1sc into sp before dc spike; 1 picot; 1sc into sp after dc spike; 1sc in space between next 2dc; 3sc into 4ch sp; 1 picot; 3sc into 4ch sp; 1sc in space between next 2dc) x 4; 1 picot, sl st into 1ch at start to close; break off yarn
Note: A picot is formed by crocheting 3ch then sl st into the top of the last sc, in exactly the same way as the 15ch loop is made. The 15ch loop can be replaced with a 3ch picot if you want to use the star for an applique.
Work in ends
Depending on the yarn used and your tension you may need to block your star (a puff of steam and a gentle flattening with palm is usually sufficient)
(And a super fun way to use up those teeny tiny bits of yarn!)
(PS: This pattern was written and "tested" by me, myself and I - so if you find any little bloopers please do not by shy to point them out!)