Traveling Crochet Afghan Square #3

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

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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.

Lionbrand traveling afghan project square 1, 2 and 3

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.

Lionbrand Traveling Afghan Square nr 3 with tulips

About me

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’.

> Read more about me
> Read more about this special series of patterns

Wilma Westenberg Traveling Afghan Blanket

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)

– Tapestry needle

– Scissors

Finished dimensions

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


** Note: You can purchase the ad-free PDF version of this pattern on Etsy and Ravelry. The PDF is designed for printing and this way you can support me! **

Ch 4, sl st to first ch to form a ring. You can also begin with a magic circle.

Round 1:
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)

Traveling Afghan Square crochet tutorial row 1
Round 2:
*(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)

Traveling Afghan Square crochet tutorial row 2

Round 3:
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)

Traveling Afghan Square crochet tutorial row 3

Round 4:
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)

Traveling Afghan Square crochet tutorial row 4

Round 5:
Repeat round 2 (4 sets of 7 puff)

Round 6:
Repeat round 3 (4 sets of 23 dc)

Round 7:
Repeat round 4 (4 sets of 18 dc / 9 v-st)

Round 8:
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.

Traveling Afghan Square crochet tutorial row 5 - 8


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 so far

#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
#9 – by Arica Presinal of Skeinsnsticks
#10 – by Meghan Ballmer of Meghan Makes Do
#11 – by Nicole Riley of Nicki’s Homemade Crafts
#12 – by Bailey Williams of Hooked on Tilly
#13 – by Jess Coppom of Make & Do Crew
#14 – by Emily Davies of Hooked Hazel
#15 – by Jennifer Pionk of A Crocheted Simplicity
#16 – by Melissa Fisher of Woods and Wool
#17 – by Toni Lipsey of TL Yarn Crafts
#18 – by Vincent Williams of Visuvio’s Crafts
#19 – by Tia Edwards of Simple Things Crochet
#20 – by Ashleigh Kiser of Sewrella
#21 – by Rohn Strong of Rohn Strong
#22 – by Jessica Benvenuto of Fly the Distance
#23 – by Brianna Iaropoli of Life and Yarn
#24 – by Teresa Carter of Debrosse
#25 – by ChiWei Ranck of 1 Dog Woof

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  • Reply
    Judith Steacy
    11 February 2022 at 5:45 pm

    Thank you for your generosity in sharing your patterns. I love them. I crochet a lot but I have no imagination. I need a pattern and yours are lovely.
    I just read your story about your tumor so wanted to let you know that when I was a very young child (now 70 yr.) my grandmother took me to visit one of her dear friends often. This lady had a tumor on her left cheek that was very much larger than yours. She was was very shy because of it. I am happy to see that you are not letting this stand in your way because you are a beautiful young lady.

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    25 July 2021 at 12:45 am

    Thank you so much for the nice design and video

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    25 May 2021 at 5:10 pm

    Hi, thank you for the beautiful pattern. I’m plan to make a baby blanket, making 9 squares (30 x 30). What type of border do you suggest?

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      Rosario Cespedes
      20 August 2021 at 2:45 pm

      Hola Wilma…mi nombre es Rosario…amante del crochet….te felicito por tus proyectos ….a mi me quedo hermoso….gracias por compartir….saludos cordiales desde chile

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    Tammy Reeves
    21 March 2021 at 6:55 pm

    Hello Wilma! I came across this square looking for an interesting but easy texture to make a lap blanket for my grandmother who will be turning 100 next month. She taught me to crochet when I was 8, so I thought it would be fitting. Thank you for sharing!

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    18 March 2021 at 9:43 pm

    Hi Wilma! So beautiful! Love your granny square a lot! Wished all the patterns would be offered in crochet script too so anyone could read it no matter what language s/he speaks.

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    Bobbi McCullough
    5 January 2021 at 5:15 am

    Sorry Wilma – I’ve already emailed you re these squares. How do I get the pattern for #1 and #2? Are there more than 3 different patterns for this “travelling afghan”?

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      Tammy Reeves
      21 March 2021 at 6:57 pm

      Scroll up to the list. Click on #1 – by Alexandra Tavel of Two Wands and that takes you to the designer of #1. Etc.

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    kim gaudette
    15 November 2020 at 5:52 am

    I was wondering when the other 6 patterns would be available I am excited about doing all 25 squares as I am donating the afghans to the hospital in my city to the cancer patients. So far all the squares look awesome.

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    18 October 2020 at 5:55 pm

    I saw your video. You explained it very clearly. I’m excited to start. I’ll use it as a center square in my square aphgan!!! Can’t wait to put color to it!!!

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    Sarah Simon
    15 September 2020 at 3:26 pm

    This is such a beautiful granny square. Where would I find the pattern for the other squares

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    9 August 2020 at 2:20 am

    Is it possible to make these with fingering weight yarn and a smaller hook?

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    1 April 2020 at 1:55 am

    I am making this square and I wanted to thank you so much for recording the tutorial. It is very helpful!

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    30 March 2020 at 10:27 pm

    Thanks for a great pattern.

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    Irma Rosa
    23 March 2020 at 6:34 pm

    Hi Wilma
    I would like to use the traveling for a granny square sweater I saw. I love free patters. My mom taught me to crochet. She made her patters. I’m almost 74 yrs Hispanic from Houston, TX, love to crochet, but sometimes can’t afford to buy yarn. So I do what I can with what I have. Thus, the granny square . Thank you.

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    22 March 2020 at 8:54 pm

    Hi Wilma, Just discovered the travelling afghan and love the idea. Just wondering if this is going to be affected by the corona virus or if the “travelling” part is actually only digital? Also could you give an idea of how much yarn is needed to do the whole crocheted piece, since I want to make sure to get the same dye lot. Thanks for your work, and for your response.

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    Debra Scott
    12 March 2020 at 12:57 am

    Love this square so much I’m thinking of doing a blanket with just this square. Thanks

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    4 March 2020 at 3:26 pm

    Am going to start the traveling crochet blanket. Just wanted to know approximately how many scans of yarn I should get for the whole Afghan.

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    Shelly Heaton
    28 February 2020 at 7:37 pm

    Hi. I haven’t started this yet. What do we do if we cant knit to save our lives! So how do ee finish the travel along

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      29 February 2020 at 2:35 pm

      Hi Shelly, there are 2 blankets: a knit version and crochet version. My square is part of the traveling crochet blanket!

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    Tracy King
    13 February 2020 at 3:06 pm

    Thanks Wilma!!!

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    Kayla Mullins
    11 February 2020 at 2:30 am

    I too had to watch the video to learn ur puff. What I’m having issues with is round 4. Do you skip two stitches after the final DC in the corner? I can’t get my counts right

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    Deirdre Magner
    8 February 2020 at 2:41 am

    Hi! Greetings from the USA. Thank you for this wonderful tutorial/video! It was so easy to follow and I love this block. It is beautiful and so easy and fast!

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    8 February 2020 at 1:58 am

    Thank you for Square 3. I’ve just finished mine. I enjoy squeezing the puffs; they feel like soft little cocoons. Like Rosieg, I would recommend written directions for the puffs, but the video was clear and I was able to figure them out. My only problem was of my own making — I chose a loosely-spun yarn from my stash, and making the puffs was a little tricky because the yarn wants to split. No reflection on the designer, I’m sure they would have worked better in Wool-Ease! I also enjoyed seeing the photo of the first 3 squares joined together.

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    7 February 2020 at 3:19 am

    What color yarn did you use? Your squares are beautiful!!

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    AmeL - Los Angeles
    5 February 2020 at 8:51 pm

    Beautiful Tulip square! it represents your Holland tulip. Clear instruction, well explained and easy tutorial video to follow.

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    4 February 2020 at 10:11 pm

    Beautiful square. Just finished the square, thank you

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    4 February 2020 at 1:54 am

    Where are the instructions for making the puff stitch? I cannot watch videos on my cell phone due to excessive buffering, and I cannot afford internet at home.

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    Marie W
    2 February 2020 at 7:14 pm

    I think your Ravelry link leads to a different granny square pattern, not the Traveling Afghan one.

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    2 February 2020 at 7:11 pm

    Your video was great!!! I was able to follow along no problem and everything was so clearly explained! Thank you, the square is beautiful, I’m on row 5 at the moment 🙂

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