Which Stitch Markers Are Best

When I first took up crochet I didn't have any stitch markers, I didn't even know stitch markers existed. It wasn't long before I knew about them and I learnt the value of using stitch markers, aka stitch savers. That first frustrating experience of when a project accidentally unravels because there's nothing holding onto the stitch to stop it coming undone or your crochet circle grows in ways it isn't supposed to and the worth of this tiny tool became obvious very quickly. But there are so many styles of stitch marker to choose from, locking, circle, coil-less, plastic, safety pins, thread, 3D printed... does it really make a difference which one you use? Is it just how pretty they are? I walk you through a dozen different stitch markers from items you have lying around your home to the fancy artisan styles. I share with you what features to look for and those that don't really hold up to the task.

Perfect Granny Square Crochet Pattern

Perfect Crochet Granny Square
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.

Perfect Crochet Granny Square Pattern


Perfect Crochet Granny Square Pattern

Pattern Difficulty

Moderate

Hook

4mm  Blue Porcelain Look Crochet

Yarn 

Brand: Moda Vera Ombre Delights
Weight/Ply: Not stated - equivalent to 8 ply | double knit
Composition: 100% acrylic
Colour: Peacock Blue
Quantity: 1 x 50 gram ball

Stitches - US terms

SS - Slip Stitch
Ch - Chain Stitch
DC - Double Crochet
Ch-lessSDC - Chainless Starting Double Crochet


Perfect Granny Square

Foundation Row

Ch 4, SS into first chain made to form a ring.


Row 1

Working into the ring just made work a Ch-lessSDC, 2 DC, Ch 3, 3 DC, Ch 3, 3 DC, Ch 3, 3 DC, Ch 3, SS into the Ch-lessSDC to join.

If you don't already know it you will need to familiarise yourself with the chainless starting double crochet as it is the stitch that makes for such a seamless, perfect looking granny square.

TIP

Work over your tail so you can pull the ring tight later or alternatively sew the tail into the ring and then pull tight. 

Row 2

Working into the Chain space just before the slip stitch make a Ch-lessSDC, Ch 1, *Skip 3, work into the next chain space 3 DC, Ch 3, 3 DC, Ch 1, repeat from * twice, Skip 3, work into the next chain space 3 DC, Ch 3, 2 DC, SS into the Ch-lessSDC to join.
To make the pattern easier to follow working into the chain spaces and skipping stiches will not be specified in the following rows and is to be assumed. 

Row 3

SS 1 to the Ch1 space, Ch-lessSDC, 2 DC, Ch 1, corner [3 DC, Ch 3, 3 DC], *Ch 1, 3 DC, Ch 1, corner [3 DC, Ch 3, 3 DC], repeat from* twice, Ch 1, SS into the Ch-lessSDC to join.

Row 4

Working into the chain space just before the slip stitch make a Ch-lessSDC, Ch 1, 3DC, Ch 1, *corner [3 DC, Ch 3, 3 DC], Ch 1, 3 DC, Ch 1, 3 DC, Ch 1, repeat from * twice, corner [3 DC, Ch 3, 3 DC], Ch 1, 2 DC, SS into the Ch-lessSDC to join.

Row 5

SS to the Ch1 space, Ch-lessSDC, 2 DC, Ch 1, 3 DC, Ch 1, *corner [3 DC, Ch 3, 3 DC], Ch 1, 3 DC, Ch 1, 3 DC, Ch 1, 3 DC, Ch 1, repeat from* twice, corner [3 DC, Ch 3, 3 DC], Ch 1, 3 DC, Ch 1, 2 DC, Ch 1, SS into the Ch-lessSDC to join.


Perfect Crochet Granny Square Pattern, Seam Free


Comments

  1. your Granny Square looks really PERFECT! for sure next time I will use your pattern and advices - thank you for sharing!

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