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.

Will I Even Have To Make A Decision?

modern gloves and fan
I'm running out of time. I have the rest of today and tomorrow basically (because Saturdays are generally a write off) to get my HSM March projects finished if I am to wear them to Sunday's fair.

Ideally I would at least have the following ready to wear:
  1. Chemise
  2. Bloomers
  3. Stockings
  4. Corset
  5. Shoes
  6. Bustle
  7. Underskirt or two
  8. Skirt
  9. Over-skirt
  10. Bodice
  11. Basque
  12. Hat
  13. Gloves
  14. Jewellery
  15. Parasol
  16. Fan
  17. Hair pieces
I'm sure I've forgotten one or two things. Today here is what I have complete and ready to go:
  1. Shoes - modern but passable 
  2. Small Bustle 
  3. A corded farthingale that will hopefully work successfully as a corded underskirt.
  4. Skirt - hemmed and decorated but needs the opening and waistband to be finished.
  5. Corset - not yet completed
  6. Fan - modern, I have a period fan but it is in poor shape 
  7. Parasol - modern because I won't take my extant parasols.
  8. Jewellery - I have no idea 
  9. Gloves - maybe, somewhere, modern things I bought a very long time ago from Sovereignhill

corded farthingale

I don't have a bodice pattern drafted up yet, so at this stage it is looking very doubtful that I will have an outfit and if I do it will look very costumey.

The question then will be if I even want to wear it.

costumey skirt for early 1870's gown

My apologies for the photos of the skirts just being piles on the cutting table but I can't take the time to set up my dress stand and arrange it with skirts in an area where there is enough room to take photos (which would mean moving furniture) if I am to actually have a chance of stitching everything.

While I ponder my options I'm going to keep sewing because if I don't at the very least get the skirt, corset and bodice done I won't even have to make a decision.


  1. I'm looking forward to what you wear to the event.

    1. Well at this stage it's going to be jeans and a t-shirt! I'm making progress though. I've nearly got the bodice pattern complete, which I couldn't get started until the corset was done ( I cheated a little but that's allowed ) I do have some long term plans for this costume that you might be interested in though.


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