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.

The Zip of Christmas Past

Decluttering the sewing room was great! Except now I can't find my zipper.

Christmas Past

Just before Christmas 2012 I decided it was time to get to know my sewing machine's embroidery stitches.

I also thought it would be a good opportunity to try and use up some remnants.

I ended up learning a lot about getting a digital machine to behave itself for embroidery but I'll tallk about that another day.

What I ended up with was some really pretty embroidered bits of fabric most of which became Christmas gifts for my family.

embroidery sampler pencil case

I had 2 pieces that I decided to keep for myself and one of them I turned into a cute little pencil case.

zip closure on embroidery sampler pencil case

I like to keep all of my metallic gel pens in it.

pens I like to use for writing on cards

The other I intended to do exactly the same with but I didn't add the zip that day for some reason, maybe it was furbaby dinner time - I don't remember - but for whatever reason the zip didn't get added.

For the last 2 years that zip was knocking around with my other embroidered fabric scrap waiting to be sewn in.

Christmas Present

And then I cleaned the sewing room. (sinister Jaws style music playing in the background)

I put that zip away somewhere. Somewhere sensible most likely.

But now I can't find it!

embroidered scrap waiting for it's zip

This is a regular occurrence for me. We joke about it.

Me: 'I tidied it!'
Hubby: 'Ohhh.' in that final way that means 'Well, that's the end of that then.'

Me: 'I put it somewhere safe....'
Hubby: 'Very safe!.' (So safe it will never been found again.)

Christmas Future

The zip is found! Hurrah!!! (beautiful harp music of happiness)........

.......Me: 'Where is that fabric I wanted to stitch the zip to?' (silence)


One day I'll have a place for everything and everything in its place.
(Christmas Future: 'Hahahahaha.' Me: 'Okay, you can stop laughing now, pffft!')

Disclaimer: Yes, this is a poor attempt at a Dickens reference. I suggest you read Dickens if you're after real literary classics.


  1. Love the reference to Dickens! You definitely made me smile tonight!

    1. Thank you Christie! Your comment has totally made my day xx

  2. This is great! I can't even tell you how many things I have lost by putting them in a safe place! I love things to look tidy but I know where they are some how when they are all floating around on the table in random piles. Your pencil bag is super cute!

    1. I know right! It's crazy how that works. I lost a crochet hook for 5 years because I put it away.

  3. Thanks for linking up at Two Uses Tuesday! Glad you found your zipper. I'm excited for the inspiration. Both my mom and MIL have the digital machines and now I'm itching to make pencil cases and pillow covers like this.


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