Tulip Square Dress

This Tulip Square Dress is made out of squares and triangles slip stitched together. Length can easily be adjusted by adding or removing extra squares at the bottom. This granny square dress pattern is available in size XS up to 5XL including step by step video tutorial.

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Granny Square Dress for women size XS-5XL - free crochet pattern

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About this pattern

After the success of my ‘Tulips from Holland‘ square, I decided to turn this popular stitch pattern into a cardigantriangle shawlcrop topshrug, poncho, sweater, bag, bag with handles, and now a dress!

This granny square features chains, double crochet and puff stitches. It’s called the Tulip Square as the stitch resemble tulips, which is a symbol of my country: the Netherlands.

My pattern is available in size XS-5XL and a video tutorial can be found below.

Tulip Square Dress - free crochet pattern size XS-5XL

About the yarn

For this granny square dress I’ve used Lionbrand Coboo which contains 50% cotton and 50% Bamboo. It feels very soft and has excellent drape and stitch definition. It’s one of my favorite yarns and I often use it for shawls and garments.

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Tulip Square Dress
free crochet pattern

Materials

Lion Brand Coboo (Weight 3/light, 232yds/3.5oz, 212m/100g)
4 (6, 6, 7, 8) (8, 8, 10, 10) balls in color white [835-100]
or 390 (520, 585, 620, 780) (780, 780, 905, 950) grams of similar yarn.

Grab the Lion Brand kit which includes all the yarn you need for your size

– Crochet hook 6mm (US J/10) for sizes S, L, 3XL, 5XL.
Crochet hook 5mm (US H/8) for sizes 2XL, 4XL.
Crochet hook 4.5mm (US 7) for sizes XS, M, XL.

– Measuring tape

– Tapestry needle

– Scissors

– Blocking mat + pins (optional)

Sizes & Measurements

  • For reference, model is 1.63m / 5’4″ tall with a 34” bust and wearing the dress in size S.
  • If you’re in between sizes, size down.
  • You can use a smaller hook to create slightly smaller squares resulting in a smaller dress.
  • If you want to change the length, add or remove squares at the bottom.
  • Another tip for making the dress longer, is by adding a border at the bottom.
  • Optionally you can wear a belt to give your dress a little more structure and upgrade your look.
INCHXSSMLXL2XL3XL4XL5XL
To fit bust size30-3234-3638-4042-4446-4850-5254-5658-6062-64
Actual measurement at bust323640444852566064
Length30.533.5343436.538.538.540.542.5
Armhole88991010101111
CMXSSMLXL2XL3XL4XL5XL
To fit bust size30-3234-3638-4042-4446-4850-5254-5658-6062-64
Actual measurement at bust8191102112122132142153163
Length78858787939898103108
Armhole202023232626262828

Gauge

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

Stitches & abbreviations

– r: round

– st: stitch

– ch: chain

– ch-sp: chain space

– sl st: slip stitch

– sc: single crochet

– dc: double crochet

– v-st: v-stitch: (1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc) in one st

– puff: puff stitch (yarn over, pull up a long loop (3 loops on hook), [yarn over, pull up a long loop in same st] 2 times (7 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through all 7 loops on your hook, chain 1 to secure the 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

– This pattern is written in US terminology

– Dress is made out of squares and triangles joined together.

– Pattern contains instructions for size XS with (S, M, L, XL) (2X, 3X, 4X, 5X) in parentheses. When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes.

– Hook size varies between sizes.

Video tutorial

Below you can find a video tutorial of this dress.

Click here to watch the video on YouTube

Written pattern

** An ad-free PDF version is available 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
– Beginning and ends of rounds will take place within same corner
– Sl st does not count as a stitch
– Video tutorial of this square can be found here 

Size S/L/3XL/5XL: use a 6mm hook.
Size 2XL/4XL: use a 5mm hook.
Size XS/M/XL: use a 4.5mm hook.

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)

Size XS: fasten off, weave ends. Square should measure 4.25 x 4.25” / 11 x 11 cm. Make 53 squares.

Size S: fasten off, weave ends. Square should measure 4.5 x 4.5” / 11.5 x 11.5 cm. Make 53 squares.

Traveling Afghan Square crochet tutorial row 4

Round 5:
Repeat round 2 <4 sets of 7 puff>

Size M: fasten off, weave ends. Square should measure 5 x 5” / 12.5 x 12.5 cm. Make 47 squares.

Size L: fasten off, weave ends. Square should measure 5.5 x 5.5” / 14 x 14 cm. Make 41 squares.

Round 6:
Repeat round 3 <4 sets of 23 dc>

Size XL: fasten off, weave ends. Square should measure 6 x 6” / 15 x 15 cm. Make 41 squares.

Size 2XL: fasten off, weave ends. Square should measure 6.25 x 6.25” / 16 x 16 cm. Make 41 squares.

Size 3XL: fasten off, weave ends. Square should measure 6.5 x 6.5” / 16.5 x 16.5 cm. Make 35 squares.

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

Size 4XL: fasten off, weave ends. Square should measure 7.25 x 7.25” / 18.5 x 18.5 cm. Make 35 squares.

Size 5XL: fasten off, weave ends. Square should measure 8 x 8” / 20 x 20 cm. Make 35 squares

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

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
– Video tutorial of this triangle can be found here 

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> 

Size XS/S: fasten off, weave ends. Make 12 triangles.

Row 5:
Repeat row 2 <14 puff>

Size M/L: fasten off, weave ends. Make 12 triangles.

Row 6:
Repeat row 3 <46 dc>

Size XL/2XL/3XL: fasten off, weave ends. Make 12 triangles.

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

Size 4XL/5XL: fasten off, weave ends. Make 12 triangles.

Assembly

Arrange all squares and triangles as indicated by diagrams below with the good sides facing upwards. Slip stitch everything together. Use a loose tension.

Slip stitch tip: insert your hook in the front loop of the square on top, and in the back loop of the square below.

Assembly

Fold dress in half and slip stitch all remaining squares and triangles on the side together.

Shoulders

Use a tapestry needle to sew both front straps to the back panel.

Neckline

Decide how deep you want your v-neckline to be. Use a tapestry needle to seam up a few stitches to make your v-neckline less low.

Round 1:
attach yarn to right shoulder and work a round of single crochet around entire neckline. Stitch count is not important here, just try to keep a consistent tension. Make sure to end with a multiple of 3 stitches.

Round 2:
*1 puff in next st, skip next 2 st* repeat around, sl st in 1st puff. Fasten off, weave ends.

Tip: mini puff stitches look nice as well: pull up 5 loops instead of 7.

Armhole

Use a tapestry needle to seam up a few stitches, leaving 8 (8, 9, 9, 10) (10, 10, 11, 11)” / 20 (20, 23, 23, 26) (26, 26, 28, 28) cm open for the armhole. Repeat on the other side.

Round 1:
attach yarn to arm pit and work a round of sc around entire armhole. End with an even number.

Round 2:
*1 puff in next st, skip next st* repeat around, sl st in 1st puff. Fasten off. Repeat on the other side.

Tip: use mini puff stitches by pulling up 5 loops instead of 7.

Sc along bottom

Attach yarn at the bottom and work 1 round of single crochet evenly around. Stitch count is not important, try to keep a consistent tension. Fasten off, weave all ends.

Blocking

You can (steam) block the dress to help smooth the joined granny squares.

End of pattern.

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    Johanna
    23 November 2022 at 6:54 pm

    I can’t wait to make this! Did you line it?

  • Reply
    Vicki
    31 August 2022 at 1:36 pm

    Hi
    I am from the UK, what alternative yarn/wool would you recommend ?

  • Reply
    Diane
    8 August 2022 at 4:17 am

    Is it possible to add sleeves to the tulip square dress?

  • Reply
    Reesa
    5 August 2022 at 6:43 pm

    How beautiful! Maybe not for me, but certainly for someone in my life. I’m looking forward to making this gorgeous dress!

  • Reply
    Caroline Fisher
    5 August 2022 at 6:23 pm

    I love this dress! I may make it shorter as a top.

  • Reply
    Sharon
    5 August 2022 at 2:08 pm

    This dress is gorgeous! You have outdone yourself again. I love your designs.

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