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.

Flannelette Tampico Inspired Bustle

I'm quite pleased with the final results from the flannelette version of the Tampico style bustle.

The ruffles are stiffer then I expected from the soft fabric and they have a lot more structure then the blue and purple one without the corded edge.  That one may end up in the UFO pile yet until I can face more of the horrid synthetic fabric, aaaand I've been distracted by other projects, which I will tell you all about soon.

Sorry about the poor lighting in the photos, I don't have the photography 'studio' set up at the moment because it's being used as my project work space instead.

It turned out to be larger then I expected, slightly too big for me, so I'll probably sell this one. I'll make a few changes the next time I make it so the front doesn't overlap so much and the pleat at the sides go the other way, but overall I'd call it a success.


  1. looks great. So amazing you figured out the pattern from photos and written descriptions. I do that some with crochet patterns. If it had fit, what would you have worn over it?

    1. Thank you. It can be fun working out the pattern from pictures but sometime it takes a lot of trial and error, do you find that with crochet patterns? I have a specific 1870's gown in mind for wearing with this kind of bustle. In retrospect I think I need to rework the dimensions to get this bustle closer to the original and I have some new fabric that I think should behave like the fabric used in the (I hope).


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