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.


On the 17th of September I took some shots of the nesting laughing dove we thought might be sitting on eggs. Ten days later we got to see an eyeball peak out over the edge of the nest for the first time.

2 days after that on the 29th the little squab was sitting up a bit while the parents were out and I did my best to get a clear shot through the foliage.

I snapped a few quick shots but didn't want to scare the parents off by being too nosey at this critical stage. It was nearly impossible to get the angles right and the above photo is the best of a disappointing bunch.

By the 2nd of October they were becoming far more curious about the world around them, the parents were away and the sun was shining. I was determined to get some real shots to share with you.

The parents weren't that far away though. A close eye was being kept on the nosey photographer.

A day later and they had flown the nest. Today the dove's are back for in the nest preparing for round 2 of squab raising.


  1. What beautiful birds - and great photos.

  2. Such lovely photos, it is like a little insight into their private lives.

  3. Great photos, you get amazing detail and so close up

    Thank you for linking up

  4. I almost hate to ask this, Stella. Do people eat them? We eat squabs, I just don't know if the word has the same meaning here.

    1. According to wikipedia: 'In culinary terminology, squab is a young domestic pigeon, typically under four weeks old, or its meat. The meat is widely described as tasting like dark chicken.'

      I would assume that pigeon destined for the food table are appropriately farmed in sustainable ways.

      These are young laughing doves and although the term dove and pigeon are often used interchangeably they are different. They both belong to the same family, Columbidae of which there are over 300 species. The young of the Coumbidae family are called squabs.

      This particular species would not be found on your dinner table.

  5. Great photos, I love how the photos are slightly obscured, it really adds depth to the shot #MySundayPhoto


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