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.

String Theory

Have you ever wondered about string theory?

Ada cat and a string tote bag

Or more correctly the theory that string would be a good idea to use to crochet shopping bags? 

I made this bag ages ago however it is still technically a UFO.

crochet bag shoulder strap with string end not yet woven in

Even this end bit of string attests to it's unfinished status.

crochet shell stitch

I always had plans of crocheting a drawstring for the top to keep things from falling out. But I couldn't find the rest of the string.

jute string in natural brown and dyed green

This string right here, which obviously I eventually found.

But not before this nasty black stuff happened. I had this bag hanging on the laundry door handle....

oil damaged shoulder strap

....for a very looooong time. Long enough that the oil from internal workings of the door handle has been soaked up by the jute twine and begun to wear away at it. 

The safety pins were added simply because it seemed like a handy spot to put them one day when they showed up in the laundry. 

crochet tote bag

I guess I should try to finish this bag. That means undoing the shoulder strap. And in case you're wondering jute is very scratchy and I would not recommend using it for a string bag. Go for cotton string instead. 


  1. I have a lot UFO in my craft drawers. Some, well, they will get finished, and some, well, they will never get finished as intended but will probably be turned into something else. That's kind of how it goes around here. Thanks for the post.

    1. This is the year of reduce the UFO's for me. So far I'm not doing very well.

  2. Wonderful work! I love your bag and the sweet kitten! Visiting from Hookin On Hump Day Link Party! Thank you for sharing!
    Hope you have a wonderful day!
    Hugs and love from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft

  3. Posts like this make me feel Oh so much better about my bags full of UFOs and random things left around the place!
    I made a crochet shopping bag years ago and more by luck then judgement I used cotton string, It has been great and is still going strong, I do save it for the odd shaped groceries though, mostly fruit and veg as it squishes things like bread way too much.

    1. Those UFO's pile up don't they? I've get to keep going through them, there's so many still left to go. I'm going to have to do a nice cotton string shopping bag I think.

  4. I bought some twine a while ago to make a shopping bag and I haven't got around to it yet! Actual string theory is what I use as a cure for insomnia :) Your cat is very cute.

    1. Oh that's so funny, I think actual string theory would put me to sleep. Insomnia is hard to live with though, I read until I fall asleep.


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