This crochet afghan square is part of the Traveling Crochet Afghan and I’m so excited to share the 3rd pattern! My design is inspired by my home country the Netherlands, aka Holland, and features the tulip crochet stitch. I tried to keep the pattern as easy as possible with simple repeats, so it will be a fun project for both beginning and advanced crocheters. Scroll down for my free pattern and more information on this fun international Traveling Afghans project!
Traveling Crochet Afghan Square #3
About the Traveling Crochet Afghan project
The Traveling Afghan Project is a crochet-along sponsored by Lion Brand Yarn which runs from January 2020 till December 2020. The blanket travels to a new designer every two weeks who will add a 10″x10″ square before sending it off to the next person. In total 49 designers from 7 different countries are participating.
All patterns will be available for free on our blogs so you can follow along and create your own crochet afghan. For your convenience you can also purchase a kit with all the yarn you’ll need to make the entire blanket. Read more about this project on this page.
About this design
I was born and raised in the Netherlands (aka Holland) and tulips in the Netherlands are a big thing. It’s one of the things we’re famous for (besides Gouda cheese). We even have an ‘Amsterdam Tulip Festival’ each year. 🌷
Therefore I decided to use the tulip crochet stitch which is a fun and beautiful stitch. The tulip stitch is made of 2 rows: 1 row with V-stitches and 1 row with puff stitches. Together they really look like tulips. Amazing, huh?
Simplicity is important to me as I want this square to be a fun project for both beginners and advanced crocheters. I tried to make a simple row repeat and only used basic stitches. It turned out to be a super simple and beginner-friendly pattern.
Hi! I’m Wilma, 25 years old and I design crochet patterns which I share for FREE on this blog. I especially like to make garments, shawls and hats. Currently I’m working on a special series of patterns which are inspired by and dedicated to my ‘extended family’; people with the same rare tumor as I have.
For more than 22 years my doctors did not know what was going on. In 2017 I finally got diagnosed with an ultra rare condition. I immediately started searching for other people and so far I’ve found about 40 people in the whole wide world. It’s amazing how many similarities we have and how much we look alike. Many of my upcoming patterns will be special designs inspired by my new ‘extended family’.
Crochet Afghan Square #3 pattern
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– 1/2 skein Lion Brand Wool-Ease (weight 4/medium, 197yds/180m, 3oz/85g), or approx 100yds/90m of another worsted weight yarn. You can purchase a kit which includes all the yarn you need for the Traveling Afghan crochet blanket.
– Crochet hook 6mm (J/10)
10 x 10 ” / 25.5 x 25.5 cm
14 dc and 8 rows equal 10 cm x 10 cm / 4” square
Stitches & abbreviations
– st: stitch
– ch: chain
– dc: double crochet
– puff: puff stitch (yarn over, pull up a long loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over, pull up a long loop in same st (5 loops on hook), yarn over, pull up a long loop in same st (7 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through all 7 loops on your hook, chain 1 to secure the stitch)
– v-st: v stitch (1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc in one st)
– This pattern is written in US terminology
– This project is worked in rounds with the right side facing you
– Beginning and ends of rounds will take place within the same corner
– Slip stitches do not count as a stitch
Below you can find a video tutorial of this pattern.
* Click here to watch the video on YouTube
Ch 4, sl st to first ch to form a ring. You can also begin with a magic circle.
Ch 5 (counts as your first dc and ch 2 here and throughout),
[1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc, ch 2] 3 times,
1 dc, ch 1, sl st in 3rd ch, sl st into corner (4 sets of 2 dc / 1 v-st)
*(1 puff, ch 2, 1 puff) into corner, ch 1,
[1 puff in next ch-sp, ch 1] repeat across,
repeat from * 3 more times, sl st in 1st puff, sl st into corner (4 sets of 3 puff)
ch 5, 2 dc into corner, 1 dc in next puff,
*[2 dc in next ch-sp, 1 dc in next puff] repeat across, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) into corner,
repeat from * 3 more times but replace last corner with 1 dc into corner before beginning ch-5, sl st in 3rd ch, sl st into corner (4 sets of 11 dc)
ch 5, (1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc) into corner, skip next 2 st,
*[(1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc) in next st, skip next 2 st] repeat across, (1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc) into corner,
repeat from * 3 more times but replace last corner with (1 dc, ch 1) into corner before beginning ch-5, sl st in 3rd ch, sl st into corner (4 sets of 10 dc / 5 v-st)
Repeat round 2 (4 sets of 7 puff)
Repeat round 3 (4 sets of 23 dc)
Repeat round 4 (4 sets of 18 dc / 9 v-st)
Repeat round 2 (4 sets of 11 puff)
You can make your square bigger by repeating row 3, 4 and 2 as many times as you want.
Make sure to block all your afghan squares before attaching them to the blanket. The measurement of each square should be 10 x 10″. In short, blocking means you make your square wet and pin in the correct shape, for example on a bed or foam blocks. It will dry and stay in the shape you pinned it. You can find my blocking tutorial here.
Join squares with an invisible seam
I’ve made a photo and video tutorial on how to join squares using the invisible seam method. You can find my tutorial here.
If you have any questions about this crochet afghan square, feel free to join my Facebook Group. I created this group for you to share pictures/ progress, ask questions and to help each other out.
Share a picture!
If you’re traveling along and finished my afghan, please share a photo! Tag us on Instagram @wilmawestenberg & @mylifeinyarn and use the following hashtags for full exposure: #wilmade #travelingafghans #mylifeinyarn #lionbrandyarn #travelingcrochetafghan.
All Traveling Afghans
#1 – by Alexandra Tavel of Two of Wands
#2 – by Cecilia Losada of Mamma DIY
#3 – by me!
#4 – by Lindsey Newns of Lottie and Albert
#5 – by Kimberley Giggie of Lakeside Loops
#6 – by Lee Sartori of Coco Crochet Lee
#7 – by Janine Myska of Knits n’ Knots
#8 – by Abigail Ellazar of Knits and Knots by AME