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.

Hair Pin Hoarder

bobby pins

I'm a hair pin hoarder.

I don't mean I have a gazillion hair pins.

I mean I horde them as though another bobby pin will never come my way again.

I'll go to use some bobby pins and I will be struggling to find ones that match.

Many shades of bobby pin

Struggling to find pins that aren't all scratched up or missing their little nobby bits so they don't scratch your head.

nothing worse then a bobby pin that's missing it's it nobby bits

I keep them all - you know - for just in case. For three and and a half bob I could replace the lot.

So why do I think they're really expensive?

Why did I even buy the el-cheapo nasty $2 shop ones that are so flimsy they're useless?

El-cheapo bobby pins aren't worth the bother

So why do I think I have to keep using the decade old ones that don't even match my current hair colour?

I decided this was silly thinking and I've purchased new ones.

lovely new bobby pins!
What state are your hair pins in?

Don't you deserve nice new hair pins?


  1. Hi Stella, my daughter uses hair pins and is a bugger for leaving them lying round. She takes them out and just leaves them wherever she happens to be and how many times have the got stuck in the vacuum cleaner (mumble, mumble).

    I've noticed that quite a few of hers are missing the nobby bits and are starting to rust from where she's left them in the bathroom. If I bought her more that would just fuel her bad habit of leaving them lying around.


    1. I've learnt that bobby pins and hair ties seems to breed and spread all over the place, it's best to offer little corralling stations in the most prolific areas in the hopes of stopping them from straying into vacuum territory. There's always at least one pesky little pin that escapes, but it does seem to reduce the escaping instances!

  2. When it comes to bobby pins (I almost wrote booby pins LOL) my Mom is the hoarder. She used them to curl our hair when we were little but that was many many moons ago. I don't have any bobby pins because they somehow always disappear. But you are right. You absolutely deserve to have nice hair pins.

    1. Oh my gosh, I can't even imagine children sitting still long enough for pin curls these days. I'm in awe of your mum.

  3. We're just the opposite - we never have enough of them. I've stopped buying them because it's just flushing perfectly good money!

    1. I guess that's why I hold onto all the old scrappy ones.

  4. ummm don't use them, never have. i hear you can use them to pick locks though.

    1. They're also really good for stringing cords through pants and other sewing related tasks.

  5. Stella, yay for you!! I'm proud of you for placing value on yourself, and your comfort (and matching your hair!!)
    Now, the big question: Did you toss the old ones?? Inquiring minds want to know!
    PS I call them bobby pins too.

    1. I was tempted to hold onto them to retake the photos, but out they went!

  6. LOL I'm smiling because I actually have a very(!) long hair, and I do use pins all the time. I definitely have many and different kinds :)

    1. I bet your hair accessories are extensive! I wish I was more skilled at hair do's.


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