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Tulip Square Boho Cardi

Make a granny square boho cardigan using my free crochet pattern in size XS-5XL. The Tulip Square Boho Cardi is composed of squares and triangles that have been joined together using slip stitches. The collar is worked separately and then sewn onto the cardigan. Scroll down for my free pattern + video tutorial.

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About this pattern

This project was made using my Tulip Square pattern. The square features basic stitches such as chains, double crochet stitches, and puff stitches.

It’s named after the tulip, which is a symbol of my country, the Netherlands.

Lionbrand Traveling Afghan Square nr 3 with tulips
Tulip Square Collection

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About the yarn

For this Granny Square Boho Cardi I used Lion Brand Coboo, which I also used for the Tulip Square Shawl, Tank Top, Crop Top and Dress. Coboo is a blend of cotton and bamboo fibers that feels soft and is perfect for making garments.

Lion Brand Coboo Yarn White
Tulip Square Boho Cardi (size S-5XL) - free crochet pattern
Tulip Square Boho Cardi (size S-5XL) - free crochet pattern
Tulip Square Boho Cardi (size S-5XL) - free crochet pattern

Tulip Square Boho Cardi

Free crochet pattern


What you’ll need

  • 7 (7, 7, 9, 9) (11, 11, 11, 14) balls Lion Brand Coboo in color White [835-100]
  • (weight 3/light / DK, 232yds/212m, 3.5oz/100g)
  • or 650 (650, 650, 840, 840) (1080, 1080, 1080, 1350) grams of similar yarn

Sizes & Measurements

  • For reference, the model is 1.63m / 5’4″ tall with a 34″ bust and is wearing the cardigan in size XS/S/M.
  • If you’re in between sizes, size up.
  • You can use a smaller hook to create slightly smaller squares, resulting in a smaller cardigan.
  • If you want to change the length, add or remove squares at the bottom.
  • Another tip for making the cardigan longer is to add a border at the bottom.

INCH
Size: XS (S, M, L, XL) (2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL)
To fit bust: 28-30 (32-34, 36-38, 40-42, 44-46) (48-50, 52-54, 56-58, 60-62)”
Actual measurement at bust: 34 (34, 34, 44, 44) (56, 56, 56, 68)”
Length: 22 (22, 22, 28, 28) (25, 25, 25, 31)”
Armhole: 8.5 (8.5, 8.5, 8.5, 8.5) (10.5, 10.5, 10.5, 10.5)”
Sleeve length: 19 (19, 19, 19, 19) (19.5, 19.5, 19.5, 19.5)”

CM
Size: XS (S, M, L, XL) (2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL)
Actual measurement at bust: 86 (86, 86, 112, 112) (142, 142, 142, 173) cm
Length: 56 (56, 56, 71, 71) (64, 64, 64, 79) cm
Armhole: 21.5 (21.5, 21.5, 21.5, 21.5) (26.5, 26.5, 26.5, 26.5) cm
Sleeve length: 48 (48, 48, 48, 48) (49.5, 49.5, 49.5, 49.5) cm


Gauge

With a 6mm hook:
16 dc x 7 rows =
4 x 4” / 10 x 10 cm


Stitches & Abbreviations

  • st: stitch
  • ch: chain
  • ch-sp: chain space
  • ch-2 sp: chain space with 2 chains
  • sl st: slip stitch
  • sc: single crochet
  • sc blo: single crochet worked in back loop only
  • dc: double crochet
  • v-st: v-stitch: (1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc) in one st
  • puff st: 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), 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 stitch.
  • **: repeat what is between the asterisks as many times as directed
  • < >: amount of stitches you should have at the end of a row

Notes

  • The cardigan consists of squares and triangles joined together. The collar is worked separately and then sewn onto the cardigan.
  • This pattern is written in US terminology.
  • Pattern contains instructions for size XS with size (S, M, L, XL) (2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL) in parentheses. When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes.

Video

Written pattern

This pattern is also available as a PDF on Etsy and Ravelry.
It’s designed for printing and this way you can support me.

Squares


Square notes:
– Squares are worked in rounds with the right side facing you
– Beginnings and ends of rounds will take place within same corner
– Sl st does not count as a stitch
– Puff stitches are created by pulling up loops three times.
– Video tutorial of this square can be found here 

With hook size 6mm:
Ch 4, sl st to first ch to form a ring. You can also begin with a magic ring.

Round 1:
ch 5 (counts as your first dc and ch 2 here and throughout pattern),
[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>

Size 2X/3X/4X: fasten off

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

Size XS/S/M/5X: fasten off

Round 7:
Repeat R4 <4 sets of 18 dc / 9 v-st>

Round 8:
Repeat R2 <4 sets of 11 puff>

Size L/XL: fasten off

You can make the square as big as you want by repeating rounds 3, 4 and 2 as many times as needed.

Please refer to the body section and sleeves section to determine the number of squares and triangles required for your size.

Triangles


Triangle notes:
– Turn your work at the end of each row
– Turning chains do not count as a stitch
– You do not need turning chains for the first puff stitch in row 2, just pull up an extra long loop
– Puff stitches are created by pulling up loops three times.
– Video tutorial of this triangle can be found here 

With hook size 6mm:
Ch 4, sl st to first ch to form a ring. You can also begin with a magic ring.

Row 1:
Ch 3, (1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc) in ring, turn <4 dc / 2 v-st>

Row 2:
1 puff in 1st st, 
*ch 1, 1 puff in next ch-1 sp* repeat to center ch-2 sp, ch 1, 
(1 puff, ch 2, 1 puff) in center ch-2 sp,
ch 1, *1 puff in next ch-1 sp, ch 1* repeat to end,
1 puff in last st, turn <6 puff>

Row 3:
Ch 3, 3 dc in 1st puff,
*2 dc in next ch-sp, 1 dc in next puff* repeat to center ch-2 sp, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in center ch-2 sp,
*1 dc in next puff, 2 dc in next ch-sp* repeat to end,
3 dc in last puff st, turn <22 dc>

Row 4:
Ch 3, (1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc) in 1st st, skip next st,
*(1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc) in next st, skip 2 st* repeat to center ch-2 sp, 
(1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc) in center ch-2 sp,
*skip 2 st, (1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc) in next st* repeat to end, 
skip next st, (1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc) in last st, turn <20 dc / 10 v-st>

Row 5:
Repeat row 2 <14 puff>

Size 2X/3X/4X: fasten off

Row 6:
Repeat row 3 <46 dc>

Size XS/S/M/5X: fasten off

Row 7:
Repeat row 4 <36 dc / 18 v-st>

Row 8:
Repeat row 2 <22 puff>

Size L/XL: fasten off

Please refer to the body section and sleeves section to determine the number of squares and triangles required for your size.

Body


Size XS/S/M: For the body, you will need to make 10 squares and 19 triangles up to round/row 6. The square should have a diagonal measurement of 8.5″ x 8.5″ / 21.5 x 21.5 cm.

Size L/XL: For the body, you will need to make 10 squares and 19 triangles up to round/row 8. The square should have a diagonal measurement of 11″ x 11″ / 28 x 28 cm.

Size 2X/3X/4X: For the body, you will need to make 41 squares and 29 triangles up to round/row 5. The square should have a diagonal measurement of 7″ x 7″ / 18 x 18 cm.

Size 5X: For the body, you will need to make 41 squares and 29 triangles up to round/row 6. The square should have a diagonal measurement of 8.5″ x 8.5″ / 21.5 x 21.5 cm.

Sleeves


Size XS/S/M/L/XL: For the sleeves, you will need to make 12 squares and 8 triangles up to round/row 6. The square should have a diagonal measurement of 8.5″ x 8.5″ / 21.5 x 21.5 cm.

Size 2X/3X/4X/5X: For the sleeves, you will need to make 24 squares and 12 triangles up to round/row 5. The square should have a diagonal measurement of 7″ x 7″ / 18 x 18 cm.

Tip: If you want the sleeves to be smaller near the wrist, you can make the last few squares and triangles smaller by using a smaller crochet hook or working fewer rounds/rows.

Another option is to add a cuff ribbing to the end of your sleeves using the collar instructions below.

Questions

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Assembly


Body

Arrange all squares as indicated below, with the right sides facing upwards. Start with the body. Slip stitch everything together, following the directions indicated in the diagram below. Use a loose tension.

Tip for slip stitching: insert your hook in the front loop of the square on top and the back loop of the square below. You can find a tutorial here. You can also use the ‘invisible seam method’, you can find a tutorial here.

Flip the front panels over to the back panel. With the wrong sides facing upwards, seam up the sides using a tapestry needle. Leave a 8.5 (8.5, 8.5, 8.5, 8.5) (10.5, 10.5, 10.5, 10.5)” / 22 (22, 22, 22, 22) (27, 27, 27, 27) cm opening for the armhole.

Flip your work inside out so that the right sides are facing upwards again.

Sleeves

Join the squares and triangles for the sleeves. Refer to the graph below for directions. Close the final squares and triangles to form a tube.

Attach the sleeves to the armholes using a tapestry needle.

Collar


We will now work the collar separately and attach it along the length of the first front panel, across the back panel, and down the length of the other front panel.

Collar notes:
– Turn your work at the end of each row
– Turning chains do not count as a stitch

With hook size 5mm, chain 9

Row 1: 
1 sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across, turn <8 sc>

8 sc should measure 2” / 5 cm

Row 2:
ch 1, sc blo in each st across, turn <8 sc>

Repeat row 2 until row 209 (209, 209, 268, 268) (226, 226, 226, 271) or until collar measures 57 (57, 57, 73, 73) (62, 62, 62, 74)” / 145 (145, 145, 185, 185) (156, 156, 156, 188) cm.

Fasten off and weave in the loose ends. Sew the ribbing onto the body using a tapestry needle. Be careful not to stretch the collar; just keep it loosely.

Tip: You can use stitch markers to keep the collar in place while sewing.


End of pattern.

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