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.

Night Flower

Every year our cacti flowers. Every year I miss the flowers.

This year there are more flower buds then ever before.

cacti flower buds

cacti flower bud the afternoon they will flower

I was determined to catch the flowers and not forget to go and look.

I had to keep a very keen eye on those flower buds.

Thursday I was hopeful but too early.

 Friday looked more promising, the vigil had begun.

cacti flower bud just about to open

Cacti flower opening for it's brief moments of beauty

Fully open cacti flower

By morning the flowers were spent. 

spent cacti flower approx 12 hours after opening

It was mentioned on My Sunday Shot this week (where I shared my favourite cacti shot, it was really hard to choose) that you're not supposed to use flash when photographing flowers.

Lucky for me I didn't know that. 

Today I thought I should show you why I had to use flash. 

Here's a shot without flash. 

And the same shot with maximum fill light applied. Not so special.
the short lifecycle of the cacti flower


  1. Beautiful! I've never seen a cacti flower before. I'm glad you captured it this time. Happy WW!

    1. Cati do the most amazing flowers but they don't last long enough!

  2. Beautiful pictures ! The cactus flower looks amazing !

    1. They are so pretty, I wish they lasted longer.

  3. Wow ... such beauty. Really amazing captures. Simply exquisite. I'd like to own a camera that takes these kinds of pictures, and I'd like to have the photography skills that takes these kinds of pictures. :-) Thanks for sharing. #SingleMotherAhoy Wordless Wednesday

    1. I hope you get the chance to use a DSLR one day. Thanks for your kind words and the great party.

  4. Beautiful! I love how fleeting they are - one of those don't-blink-situations.

    1. Sure is! I've seen freshly spent buds every morning this week but I haven't remembered to go out and take a look at them just before bed and I've missed them all.


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