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.

31 Things in 31 Days - Day 8: trial and error

Long forgotten first attempt at open work on linen and needlemade lace

Today I found things I'd forgotten I'd even tried. 

  • A first attempt at openwork on linen...and then the needle and thread required to finish it.
  • Another first attempt at some needle-made lace.
  • That last picture is a couple of bits of silk that were being lined with linen, all hand stitched. I'm not sure if it was going to be sleeve decorations or garters or what they were meant to be. I doubt I'll ever finish them. 

tins, box, pouch, paper bag

I also found more containers I don't need;

  • tins;
  • a box, 
  • a paper bag, and 
  • up the top there is a, now discoloured, cream silk pouch. 
  • I'm not keeping the silk kerchief either. 

macrame, crochet, lucet cord, scraps

More first attempts; 


  • Macramé, 
  • crochet circle, 
  • a crochet thing that might have been intended to end up as a skirt - that's the puke olive green thing there. 


  • More scraps both fabric and wool (they breed I tell ya!), 
  • disintegrating lucet cord or spool knitting, and in that last picture, 
  • more scraps
  • an orange crochet thing that got nowhere, 
  • and a different bit of macramé you might be more familiar with being referred to as 'friendship band'.

Who's counting? Have I hit 31 things yet? It doesn't matter, every day I'll be trying to ditch more.