Perfect Granny Square Crochet Pattern

Learn how to create a seam free, single sided Crochet Granny square for perfect results every time.

The humble Granny Square is the crochet staple of Nanna's everywhere, which is how it came to be known as a 'Granny Square'. Originally it was just called a crochet square.

The Granny Square is often the very first thing we are taught when learning to crochet, so it would follow that it would be simple to have a perfect square every time and those new to crochet often get discouraged when this is not the case.

However, to get a perfect square actually requires a bit of experience, good fundamentals and advanced row starting techniques, otherwise you are left with seams, the reverse side of stitches showing every second row or even a slight spiral effect.

This granny square is made without turning your work and has a right and a wrong side.


Eyelets can be a little nerve racking, one misplaced hole and your done for. So remember ...

'Alwaies measure manie, before you cut anie.'

John Florio, Second Frutes 1591.

machine stitched eyelets

Once the eyelets were in I stitched the straps together then hand stitched the lining in. I didn't get a photo of the lining until after I'd actually finished the whole gown and taken final photos on the dress form which is why it no longer looks perfectly flat. It will once it's cleaned to remove the chalk markings. It's a good idea to clean garments once they're completed.

bodice lining

I've finished the skirt and remembered to get some photo's. First I stitched all the panels together with French seams, which I didn't remember to take photos of, oops.

Then I tackled the hem, it just goes forever, I couldn't even get it all into frame when I tried to photograph it. 

This photo has the hem folded in half then doubled over and even then it just fit the length of my table. That pile of fabric in the back of the shot is the skirt which is about to have the hem pinned to it, the satin piping is already attached to the skirt. The canvas interlining has been stay stitched to the facing.

hem facing with canvas interlining

Once the facing was attached, turned right sides out and pressed there was still the raw edge to finish on the inside. It got tucked over the canvas and stay stitched in place before stitching the top edge of the hem facing to the skirt.  

I found the best way to make sure everything behaved itself whilst doing this was to stitch from the right side of the garment, unconventional I know, but sometimes you've just got to tell convention to take a hike and get on with what works.

stitching the hem facing down with teeny tiny as invisible as possible stitches

I stitched the tuck in 2 parts. I started with the tuck in the train section before I joined the front and back to keep all that fabric manageable. It did make adding the facing a little more interesting but I think it was worth it. 

Which is why you can see the tuck in place in the above photo. The tuck at the front was done once the hem was finished. I used a herringbone stitch for the tuck which helps it to sit better around the curves, and will provide a little give in the stitching if the train gets stepped on.

inside the hem showing the top of the facing and the herringbone stitched tuck