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 v1.1 - Finished!

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Yes, the bobbin lace Caul is really
truly finished.

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When I wrote about my incomplete projects I was re-motivated to finish my bobbin lace caul project version 1.1.

bobbin lace caul knotted ends

At first I tried tying the ends off with a knot which is a common method used for finishing lace, an acceptable finishing technique when using the fine threads that lace is usually made with, however this project used a heavier crochet pearl thread and the knots were awful.

I tried 'sewings' to finish the ends but I could tell they wouldn't hold the ends fast and could easily be pulled out with a bit of a stretch or tug of the caul.

bobbin lace caul ends sewn in

I ended up working all the ends in using a needle, and I think it might be enough to hold under strain. Only time will tell. That meant I handled each thread at least twice and with over 100 bobbins that's a lot of handling.

bobbin lace caul ties

The new pattern I have planned for my next caul version should reduce that considerably. I don't think I will add beads until I have the pattern figured out as adding beads slows things down enormously. It should also prove to be more economical with thread and be faster to work as there will less bobbins added midway.

My mannequin head is in storage so next time she comes out I'll get some photos of what the caul looks like being worn.

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Have you finished any projects in the last week?


  1. This looks amazing! Can't wait to see what it looks like on. So, this would be used in an old movie or a play?

    1. It sure could be used for theatre arts, however they would probably be just as happy with a crochet copy, it's the historical re-enactorments at events, museums, and hobby groups who would probably be most interested in an 'accurately created' version.


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