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.

Caul - how many bobbins was that?

It's taking forever but my first plaited caul is nearly finished. I keep running out of bobbins and have to finish off sections so I can use the bobbins in other sections.

And if you're wondering, I added the pearls which is a part of the reason it is taking so long to finish, adding beads really slow things down.  I haven't added the beads on the outside edges this time, which makes it easier to tie off the bobbins and meant I didn't have to start over completely. I can't wait to see what it looks like and to see which finishing technique works the best (I've tried a few).  So far I've used 153 pearl beads, 50 gram ball of perle no. 5 cotton and 88 bobbins, 40 of which have been removed and reused. The other 8 bobbins are still on my picot practice project on the bolster pillow, I thought I might have to use them but it turned out I didn't need to after all .

I wonder if there is a better way? I have an idea for a different pattern, and if I can figure it out will mean more economical yarn usage which will be important when using more expensive metallic fibres, as well as fewer bobbins and endings. If you have any ideas do let me know, as a complete novice to this bobbin lace stuff I can use all the advice and help I can get. 


  1. wow that is a lot of bobbins! I haven't tried bobbin lace, looks complicated! Can't wait to see it done :)

    1. For years I was scared of trying it because it looks so complicated, I'm so glad I gave it a go, it's so much simpler then it looks.


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