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.

Tampico inspired bustle progress

The stash yielded some counter-change polyester in a blueish shade and some purple which I used for bias binding. I played with a few different ruffle methods until I found one I was happy with. 


Working with polyester drives me a little nutty so at this point the polyester and I needed to spend some time apart so I delved back into the stash and found some cotton flannelet which is not at all ideal for this kind of project due to it's soft hand, but I decided to give it a go anyway.

Instead of binding the edges I made piping to add some stiffness to the ruffles. Once the piping was added I felt it could still use a bit more structure. To achieve this I couched some crochet braid along the edge, halfway through couching I realised I was going to run out of braid so switched from a double row to a single row ending up with 2 designs. Once that was done the hem of the ruffles were too stiff for the the rest to hold the shape well so I added some embroidery and put the pleats in....and then I remembered to take some photos.

piped, couched and embroidered strips 
ruffled strip has the double row of couching and
 the flat strip the single row of couching
Nice stiff ruffles
Next I'll attach the ruffles to the foundation pieces.

So, if you were wondering if you can make a bustle pad with all the 'wrong' types of fabric the answer is  yes, yes you can.  Have you ever attempted to make something with the 'wrong' fabric? How did it turn out?