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.

Crochet creations

Remember how I said I was going to crochet some hairnets to find the right design for Eleanor's caul? Well I have been crocheting snoods, varying the sizes, getting distracted by extant boudoir caps, making beanies because it's cold, had a few 'that's not right' moments and I've learnt a lot.

crochet snoods, Juliet caps, bonnet

  • left and top left: blonde snoods - when I choose the yarns for these 2 they looked nearly identical inside their plastic wrap, the results couldn't be more different. 
  • the browns from top to bottom: brunette snoods in plain, pearl beads and gold thread - although the same brown yarn was used for all 3 of them, the addition of pearl beads and gold thread really makes a difference to the look and feel. 
  • bottom: Juliet caps in fine white crochet cotton, the large one on the left has gold thread incorporated and worked the best, next to that is an attempt at a smaller mesh with silver thread and below that a plain cotton with pearl beads but without the metallic thread it doesn't hold it's shape as well as the others. 
  • top right: a hair bun net that I turned into a small reticule, not quite finished until the ends are stitched in and drawstring added. 
  • far right: My early Victorian cap interpretation, I made the pattern up as I went inspired by extant examples. Also not quite finished.

beaded snood

Cap 1850 - 1860 National Trust
ca. 1860 cotton American
 referenced to the Met Museum via Pinterest
however I could not find it in
their on-line collection records

early Victorian cap interpretation
Yes her head is on backwards - thank you for noticing.

failed boudoir cap
Some attempts worked better then others, this thingo was supposed to be a boudoir cap.  I haven't undone yet because it was soo much work and I haven't decided if I should turn it into a giant flower or something. What would you do with it?

Monochromatic beanie for hubby
I also made hubby a beanie.

But deviations aside, I've almost got the mesh design for my interpretation of Eleanor's caul.


  1. I bet that these would be very popular in school. Girls like different and this would be different. I love the one with the backward head. lol.

  2. I bet that these would be very popular in school. Girls like different and this would be different. I love the one with the backward head. lol.


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