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.

Little Crochet Granny Squares

I had this enormous cone of yarn, it was more then 12 inches wide. It didn't get a dust cover while it was in storage and it ended up rather icky.

I couldn't bring myself to just toss it even though it is a funny slubby cotton.

washed yarn, cardboard centre, wound ball, 40 granny squares

I wound the yarn off the cone and washed it. After washing the yarn I would then wind it onto the cardboard centres from yarn I've already used. As you can see I'm not risking it getting icky again, I'm using zip lock bags to keep everything clean.

Initially I began working large granny squares but I had to abandon that idea as the yarn gets all twisty as you work it. Then I moved onto all sorts of fancy little squares when I realised how difficult they would be to fit together.

I've been slowly working my way through crocheting lots of little plain granny squares. 40 squares fit nicely into one large zip lock bag.

Although it was not my plan to be working on this project very much at all this winter - because I intended to work on my knitting UFO and the Tunisian crochet UFO - I have found myself gravitating towards working the little granny squares instead.

Working these little squares is very gratifying because I can work one up fairly quickly and feel as though I have achieved something. Working one little square gives me the satisfaction of doing some crafting without being so much that I aggravate my complaining joints. Being able to do even a little bit helps keep me sane.

I'm convinced I have some more of those granny squares somewhere, and it's driving me a little bonkers not being able to find them. I'm sure they will turn up as I start delving into decluttering the sewing and crafting stuff.

Crochet project

This is one more project to add to my Projects List.


  1. Glad you were able to salvage your yarn!
    I feel the same way about small granny squares. Love that they work up so quickly! ..joining them... another story! haha

    1. I find I don't mind joining so long as I use a different colour and there is a visual impact. Stitching them together bores me though.

  2. Good save! Small things give me instant gratification too. Sometimes I just don't have the ooomph for a long project!

    1. It's nice to just be able to say 'I achieved something today'. ;o)


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