Tulip Square Shrug

A comfy, lightweight crochet shrug that is perfect for layering. The Tulip Square Shrug is available in size S-5XL and features a large granny square on the back, textured sleeves and a collar ribbing. I turned my most popular ‘Tulips from Holland‘ square into a simple shrug! Scroll down for my free crochet pattern and step by step video tutorial of the Vintage Tulip Shawl.

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About the pattern

After the success of my ‘Tulips from Holland‘ square, I decided to turn this popular stitch pattern into a bag, triangle shawl, crop top and now a shrug!

The pattern starts with a large granny square on the back. Then we make 2 front panels with double crochet stitches. Front panels are folded to the center and seamed together leaving a few stitches open for the armholes. Sleeves are worked separately: 2 simple rectangles folded in half, seamed into tubes and sewn onto armhole. Lastly, a ribbed collar is worked in continuous rounds.

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About the yarn

For this granny square crochet shrug I’ve used Lion Brand Touch of Alpaca, a soft, silky, affordable luxury yarn. It’s similar to sheep’s wool but warmer, softer, and hypoallergenic. Touch of Alpaca combines top quality natural fiber with durability and washability and is available in 16 colors.

Click here to grab the kit which includes all the yarn you need for your size and a PDF version of this pattern +

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Materials

Lion Brand Touch of Alpaca (Weight 4/medium, 207yds/3.5oz, 190m/100g).
4 (4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 7) skeins in color 150 Oxford Grey
or 330 (360, 410, 450, 550, 585, 640, 690) grams of similar yarn

** Click here to grab the kit which includes all the yarn you need for your size + a PDF version of this pattern! **

Crochet hook 8 mm (L/11)

– Tapestry needle

– Scissors

Gauge

Main pattern gauge: 9 dc x 5 rows = 4 x 4″ / 10 x 10 cm

Sleeve gauge: 10 hdc x 6 rows = 4 x 4″ / 10 x 10

Stitches & abbreviations

– st: stitch

– ch: chain

– sl st: slip stitch

– sc: single crochet

– hdc: half double crochet

– hdc blo: half double crochet worked in the back loop only

– hdc 3rd loop: half double crochet worked in the 3rd loop only (loop furthest away from you)

– dc: double crochet

– ch-sp: chain space

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

– 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), 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 stitch)

* *: repeat what is between the asterisks as many times as directed

< >: amount of stitches you should have at the end of a row

Finished dimensions

S M L XL 2XL 3XL 4XL 5XL
To fit bust 34-36 38-40 42-44 46-48 50-52 54-56 58-60 62-64
Actual measurement at bust 34 38 42 46 50 54 58 62
Length 24.5 24.5 24.5 24.5 28.5 28.5 28.5 28.5
Armhole 5 5.5 6 6.5 7 7.5 8 8.5
Sleeve (forearm) length 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11

For reference, model is 1.63m/5’4″ tall with a 34” bust and wearing the shrug in size S.

Graphs / measurements

Notes

– This pattern is written in US terms

– Pattern starts with a large granny square worked in rounds, continuing with front panel a without breaking yarn, then rejoining for fr0nt panel b on the other side. Front panels are folded in half and seamed together leaving a few stitches open for the armholes. Sleeves are worked flat, seamed into tubes and sewn onto armhole. Lastly, ribbed collar is worked in continuous rounds.

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

Video

Below you can find a video tutorial of this Tulip Granny Square Shrug.

Click here to watch the video on YouTube

Pattern

** 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! **

SQUARE

– Squares are worked in rounds with the right side facing you

– Beginning and ends of rounds will take place within same corne

– Puff stitches are made by pulling up 5 loops instead of 7

– Sl st does not count as a stitch

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)

Traveling Afghan Square crochet tutorial row 5 - 8

Round 9:
Repeat round 3 (4 sets of 35 dc)

Round 10:
Repeat round 4 (4 sets of 26 dc / 13 v-st)

Round 11:
Repeat round 2 (4 sets of 15 puff)

Round 12:
Repeat round 3 (4 sets of 47 dc)

Round 13:
Repeat round 4 (4 sets of 34 dc / 17 v-st)

Round 14:
Repeat round 2 (4 sets of 19 puff)

Round 15:
Repeat round 3 (4 sets of 59 dc)

Size S/M/L/XL

Square should measure 22 x 22”. Don’t fasten off, continue with front panel A.

Size 2X/3X/4X/5X

Round 16:
Repeat round 4 (4 sets of 42 dc / 21 v-st)

Round 17:
Repeat round 2 (4 sets of 23 puff)

Round 18:
Repeat round 3 (4 sets of 71 dc)

Square should measure 26 x 26”. Don’t fasten off, continue with front panel A.

FRONT PANELS

  • Front panels are worked flat; turn your work at the end of each row
  • Ch 3 at beginning of a row does not count as a stitch

Front panel A

Row 1:
ch 3, 1 dc in each st across, turn <59 (59, 59, 59, 71, 71, 71, 71) dc>

Repeat row 1 until row 8 (10, 13, 16, 16, 18, 21, 24) or until panel measures 6 (8, 10, 12, 12, 14, 16, 18)”.

Fasten off and leave a long tail end for sewing.

Front panel B
With wrong side facing you, rejoin yarn on the other side of the square with a slip stitch.

Row 1:
ch 3, 1 dc in each st across, turn <59 (59, 59, 59, 71, 71, 71, 71) dc>

Repeat row 1 until row 8 (10, 13, 16, 16, 18, 21, 24) or until panel measures 6 (8, 10, 12, 12, 14, 16, 18)”.

Fasten off and leave a long tail end for sewing.

Total width of Panel A + Square + Panel B should measure 34 (38, 42, 46, 50, 54, 58, 62)”.

ASSEMBLY / ARMHOLES

Lay rectangle flat with good side facing you. Fold the corners inward to the center, see photo below.

Use a tapestry needle to seam the sides together. Work from the corners to the folded crease. Seam up to 19 (18, 17, 16, 21, 20, 19, 18) stitches, leaving 21 (23, 25, 27, 29, 31, 33, 35) stitches or 5 (5.5, 6, 6.5, 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5)” open for the armhole opening. Repeat on the other side.

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SLEEVES (MAKE 2)

  • Sleeves are worked flat, lengthwise, and seamed into tubes
  • Turn your work at the end of each row
  • Ch 2 at beginning of a row does not count as a stitch

Ch 30

Row 1:
1 hdc in 3rd ch from hook and each ch across, turn <28>

Sleeve length should measure approx. 11”.

Sleeve should fit around your forearm; you can make your sleeve longer/shorter by adding or removing stitches.

Row 2:
ch 2, 1 hdc blo in each st across, turn <28>

Repeat row 2 until row 13 (15, 17, 19, 21, 21, 23, 25) or until width measures 8 (9, 10, 12, 13, 13, 14, 15)”

Sleeves can be made wider by adding as many rows as needed.

Seaming sleeves into tubes
Fold sleeve in half lengthwise. Make sure the stitches are lining up and starting chains are facing you.

Ch 1 and work 28 slip stitches. Insert your hook through starting chains and hdc blo (loop furthest away from you).

Leave a long tail end for sewing. Do not fold sleeves inside out.

Assembly

Use your long tail end to seam sleeves to arm holes. Use a loose tension.

Turn sweater right side out.

RIBBED COLLAR

  • Ribbed collar is worked along the edge of the shrug in continuous rounds starting bottom right corner.
  • When working 2 hdc in a row (see row 1), try to evenly space the stitches.

Rejoin in the bottom right corner (ch-2 space of the square).

Round 1:
2 hdc into ch-2 sp,
1 hdc in next 59 (59, 59, 59, 71, 71, 71, 71) dc,
2 hdc into next ch-2 sp,
2 hdc in next 16 (20, 26, 32, 32, 36, 42, 48) rows,
2 hdc into next ch-2 sp,
1 hdc in next 59 (59, 59, 59, 71, 71, 71, 71) dc,
2 hdc into next ch-2 sp,
2 hdc in next 16 (20, 26, 32, 32, 36, 42, 48) rows,
<190 (206, 230, 254, 278, 294, 318, 342) sts>

Round 2:
1 hdc in 3rd loop in each st to end of round <190 (206, 230, 254, 278, 294, 318, 342) sts>

Repeat round 2 until round 5 or until ribbed collar measures 2.5”. You can make the ribbed collar wider by repeating round 2 as many times as needed.

Fasten off, weave in all ends.

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Mafalda Carvalho
    29 November 2021 at 8:14 pm

    Hi.
    What are the measures of the rectangle and the sleves in cm?

  • Reply
    Gramz
    13 November 2021 at 3:00 pm

    This is so nice. Thank you for sharing your pattern,

  • Reply
    Michelle
    24 October 2021 at 4:45 pm

    I have to tell you that you do an excellent job on your video. You don’t talk to much and you show just the right amount of repeats for explanation. Really enjoyed it!!

  • Reply
    Bernice Henson
    21 September 2021 at 5:51 pm

    I just love how this is made. Thank you for such a creative pattern.

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