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.

Blue Porcelain Look Crochet Hook Review

 Blue Porcelain Look Crochet Hook Review

I may have a crochet hook or two. My husband says I have a gross amount of hooks, to be honest I probably have more, but who's counting?

From time to time I will indulge in buying a few more hooks.

These crochet hooks made it from my wish list into my cart and back again quite a few times as I changed my mind about colour quantity and accessories. What I really desired for a set of hooks in this style I couldn't find anywhere. I searched high and low for a colour coded hook set that came in the large and small sizes with all the goodies in a pretty case, in the end it was the pretty carry case that swayed my choice.

I'm sharing some *affiliate links to make it easy if you want to check out the hooks I was so undecided about or you just want to grab these hooks for yourself. This pretty blue porcelain hook set also comes in floral pink, black, colour coded (large sizes only), with extra goodies, or just the larger hooks on their own. I'll include images of each at the bottom so you can see what I'm talking about.

Inspecting the Nooks & Crannies - Hook Review, blue porcelain style

Let's face it, the nooks and crannies of a hook determines how pleasant it is to use so let's take a closer look.

Inspecting the Hooks and Grannies

Case

Water resistant outer, zipper opening, velvet touch interior.

Sizes

The 2.5mm hook is in both the larger set and the smaller set.
  • smaller sizes:  1.0mm, 1.25mm, 1.5mm, 1.75mm, 2.0mm, 2.25mm, 2.5mm, 2.75mm
  • larger sizes: 2.5mm, 3.0mm, 3.5mm, 4.0mm, 4.5mm, 5.0mm, 5.5mm, 6.0mm

Materials

  • steel (smaller sizes)
  • aluminium (larger sizes)
  • plastic, rubber (handles)

Numbering method

The numbers and decoration are printed onto the plastic handle.

Numbering unit

Metric measurements only.

Colour

  • white plastic handle featuring printed blue numbers and a pretty design of a pond, flowers and tree although the design is a little hard to discern
  • blue thumb grip
  • gold tipped (smaller sizes)
  • blue anodised finish (larger sizes)

Head Shape

Rounded.

Throat

Tapered.

Shank

That's the bit between the grip and the throat of the hook.

Some minor variation depending on how each one was glued in. The larger sizes have a shorter shank as the throat and head require more room.

Grip

Soft rubber or plastic.

Handle

Plastic, flat.

Glide rating

Good.

Hand Feel and Overall Impression 

I was really excited to try these hooks because they are a similar shape to the bamboo crochet hooks, which are some of my favourite hooks, and the heads on the smaller sizes look just like the ones I like so much on my ergonomic crochet hooks. Although I had some reservations based on previous experience with other crochet hooks I've used. I half expected the printed pattern and numbers the anodised finish and gold tips to wear off with use.

The plastic handle feels light in my hand and the length is comparable with my other hooks, perhaps a millimetre or two shorter. I did take a nail file to the tiny bit of flashing at the very end of one or two of the hooks, which took about 3 seconds to smooth over. The soft grip is thin and doesn't seem as though it would add or detract from performance.

The case is great on the outside, it's spill proof which I really like. The inside of the case is padded with individual slots for every hook and a velvet like finish that attracts every bit of dust.

I have whipped up 50 crochet cotton squares with 16 rows each using the 2.5mm hook and it shows no sign of wear at all. The anodising and the printed design are still perfect. The little thumb rest does actually help especially when crocheting for long periods of time.

I used the 6mm hook to make a linen floor rug and again the hook looks brand new after completing the project. These are quickly becoming my go-to hooks!

My set of blue porcelain look crochet hooks

This post is not sponsored and was made possible by my wonderful husband who bought these hooks for me.

*I love to bring you free crochet patterns, reviews and share my projects with you. In order to cover some of the expense of doing this, please note that when you click links and purchase items, often (not always) these are affiliate links and I may receive a commission. I always give my honest opinion. 

Ultimately this pretty blue set was the one I chose because it came with both large and small sizes all in a handy case.


Perhaps pinkish-purple floral design is more your thing? It makes a great set for carting to your craft group and on holidays without having to worry is something might happen to your premium hooks.

Of course a few extra goodies, stitch markers, needles, snips, measuring tape, stitch counter and stitch savers never go astray, this is the perfect option if you haven't ventured into discovering just how useful these little tools are.  If you're craft room is already bulging with accessories you can probably skip the extras and go for a more minimal option.

The simplicity of Black and White has it's own allure, especially if you have your own favourite case. This set comes in the larger sizes only but if you don't do a lot of thread work you won't miss the smaller range.

There is a lot to be said for colour coded crochet hooks. Knowing that you're go to size is bright yellow can save a lot of digging around in the bottom of your hook container, or if the size marking rubs off with age you will still easily be able to identify your hook sizes. Take a photo for later reference.

Like the floral set but don't want all those smaller sizes, you can just grab the larger hooks.

Or perhaps you're after the larger sizes in the blue design. Let me know in the comments which set you would choose.




Blue Porcelain Look Crochet Hook Review - diving into the details

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