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.

My Earliest Costume Memory

Pink Splendor Barbie - Limited Edition - 1996

I'm not a Barbie fan but
I did have a Barbie when I was 5 or 6 and I lost her almost immediately. She was a much yearned for present from Santa (thanks Mum!). I remember her having a hot pink, frilly ball gown with shimmery scratchy fabric, wide skirts and amazing jewellery. 

But perhaps I remember incorrectly, because I've never found the Barbie of my memories. 

Crystal Barbie 1983

I remember being awed by the frills on the gown displayed all around the box - much like Crystal Barbie.

Crystal Barbie has the right jewels and a shimmer to her fabric and the frilly stole around her shoulders that I remember, but I don't remember the fan and the skirt shape is not what I remember, not at all Scarlet O'Hara-ish enough. And of course there's the colour. I think she might be a little later then the one I remember too, perhaps she was my consolation barbie which I have vague recollections of being rather disappointed by.

Pink and Pretty 1981

I thought she was called 'Pretty in Pink', and whilst those jewels seem right in my memory the rest of the outfit doesn't - 1981 would be closest to the right date but she might have been earlier. (I bet your doing the math on how old I am right now.)

She certainly didn't have a microphone.

 So adored by Barbie fans Peaches 'n Cream was re-released in December 2009 

I remember Peaches 'n Cream being released in 1985 and that she was similar but her skirt wasn't as full and the necklace didn't have the drop pendant. Yes, I do remember making that comparison.

1990 Holiday Barbie

And this is pretty close to the shade of hot pink I remember, perhaps a shade or two darker. This Barbie is so much later and whilst the fullness of the skirt is close to what I remember it's just not right at all and about 10 years too late.

I remember loving my pink Barbie dress - it was the dress not the Barbie I was in love with and that mattered to me - I was devastated when I lost her and cried and sulked for ages. Years later when Peaches 'n Cream came out a part of me still had pangs over my lost Barbie even though I felt I was 'too old for Barbie' by then.

The funny thing is though that I had completely forgotten about this whole Barbie thing until recently when I was trying to recall my earliest costume memory so I could blog about it.

I don't like Barbie and I don't like pink. Obviously this early experience impacted upon my tastes from there on in. I never stopped loving amazing dresses though!

My best friend thinks I need to get over my dislike of pink. Remembering my Barbie story has helped me to feel less repulsion toward pinks - especially 'Barbie' pinks (as I quite like mushroom shades). So I'm dedicating this post to my oldest and bestest friend, an amazing woman with the wisdom of a Greek Goddess.

And that is the story of my earliest memory of falling in love with a costume. Do you remember your first costume romance?

*All images in this post have been sourced from Pinterest or Google search. I have no association with the makers of Barbie and this is not an affiliate link.


  1. Oh, I was SO in love with Pretty In Pink Barbie! Thank you for the little walk down girly memory lane.... and for your celebration of all things PINK!
    PS: My earliest costume romance would have to be the glorious tutus I saw at the ballet when I was a wee girl.... amazing... and I am still a tulle freak to this day

  2. Ohhh the magic of ballet, So flirtatious it is hard to resist falling in love with. I had a tutu but only did one lesson. (no it wasn't pink)


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