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.

How To Clean A Rug Without Vacuuming

Carpets are just not practical with all of our pets so we got rid of them all, the carpets that is, not our furbabies.

We do have one little rug. It's for the cats, they like to sit on it and use it to sharpen their claws.

rug covered in cat fur

Because they're cats, any purpose specific item never gets used (like a proper cat scratching post) so a rug it is.

However, it does have to be cleaned. I am not pulling out the vacuum cleaner for one small rug. It's just too much hassle lugging the stupid machine out and finding a power outlet and changing the attachment and having Freki shout at it for being such a noisy intruder and....well by then I just can't be bothered doing the vacuuming at all.

Vacuuming is only partially effective when it comes to cat fur at this time of year anyway with Sacha shedding her winter coat as the weather warms up (well they all are but she seems to have more then her fair share).

rug covered in cat fur

Here's how I clean the cat's rug. I use a scrubbing brush and I brush the rug.

scrubbing  brush

Revolutionary huh? I'm imagining you nodding earnestly, even though I know your probably giving one of those looks that says 'Is she for real?'

Well, whatever your thinking, here's what it looks like half way. Easy right?

half the rug cleaned

Except apparently it needed a thorough inspection. 

both dogs inspecting the rug closely

Geri the wonder dog thinks half done is good enough to lay on

Freki didn't think much of my cleaning efforts but Geri gave it her approval.

She got tired of me poking a camera in her face so she moved and I could finish scrubbing the other half. 

 Tadaaaa! There you have it. A clean rug, no vacuuming.

What do your cats use to sharpen their claws?