Tulip Square Spencer

The Tulip Square Spencer is made out of squares and triangles slip stitched together. This granny square spencer pattern is available in size XS up to 5XL including step by step video tutorial.

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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 cardigan, dresstriangle shawlcrop topshrug, poncho, sweater, bag, bag with handles, and now a spencer!

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.

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

About the yarn

For this granny square spencer I’ve used Lion Brand Color Theory which is a new collab between Alexandra Tavel of Two Of Wands and Lion Brand. Alexandra carefully curated the colors and Color Theory lets you mix and match hues with ease. It’s my first time using this yarn and I’m hooked!

Tulip Square Spencer - free granny square spencer crochet pattern
Tulip Square Spencer - free granny square spencer crochet pattern

Tulip Square Spencer
free crochet pattern

Materials

Lion Brand Color Theory (weight 4/medium, 246yds/212m, 3.5oz/100g)
5 (7, 9, 11) balls in color Raisin [619-144U]
or 450 (630, 890, 1050) grams of similar yarn.

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

– Crochet hook 6mm (US J/10)

– 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 spencer in size XS/S.
  • Spencer is oversized and designed with 2-12” of positive ease so it fits nice and comfy.
  • If you’re in between sizes, size down.
  • You can use a smaller hook to create slightly smaller squares resulting in a smaller spencer.
INCHXS/SM/LXL/2X/3X4X/5X
To fit bust size30-3638-4446-5658-64
Actual measurement at bust40465866
Width20232933
Length22253135
Armhole910.513.519.5
CMXS/SM/LXL/2X/3X4X/5X
To fit bust size30-3638-4446-5658-64
Actual measurement at bust102117147168
Width51587484
Length56647989
Armhole23273450
Tulip Square Spencer measurements

Gauge

With hook size 6mm: 15 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

– sl st blo: slip stitch worked in back loop only

– 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

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

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

– Spencer is oversized and designed with 2-12” of positive ease so it fits nice and comfy.

Video tutorial

Below you can find a video tutorial of this spencer.

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 

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/S: fasten off, weave ends. Square should measure 6 x 6” / 15 x 15 cm. Make 27 squares.

Traveling Afghan Square crochet tutorial row 4

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

Size M/L: fasten off, weave ends. Square should measure 7 x 7” / 18 x 18 cm. Make 27 squares.

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

Size XL/2X/3X: fasten off, weave ends. Square should measure 9 x 9” / 23 x 23 cm. Make 27 squares.

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

Size 4X/5X: fasten off, weave ends. Square should measure 10.5 x 10.5” / 26.5 x 26.5 cm. Make 27 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 14 triangles.

Row 5:
Repeat row 2 <14 puff>

Size M/L: fasten off, weave ends. Make 14 triangles.

Row 6:
Repeat row 3 <46 dc>

Size XL/2X/3X: fasten off, weave ends. Make 14 triangles.

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

Size 4X/5X: fasten off, weave ends. Make 14 triangles.

Assembly

Arrange all squares and triangles as indicated by diagram below with the good sides facing upwards. Sl st everything together using 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.

Put the back panel on top of the front panel and sl st all remaining squares and triangles together.

Ribbing

– Use loose tension when working ribbing
– Measure ribbing on a smooth surface
– Make sure to always end with an uneven amount of rows

Armhole ribbing – make 2

With hook size 6mm, ch 5

Row 1:
sl st in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across, turn <4 sl st>

Row 2:
sl st blo in each st across, turn <4 sl st>

Repeat row 2 until row 95 (111, 143, 207) or until ribbing measures 18 (21, 27, 39)” / 45 (58, 68, 99) cm.

Tip: optionally you can seam up a few stitches to make a smaller arm hole. Adjust ribbing length accordingly.

Neckline ribbing

With hook size 6mm, ch 6

Row 1:
sl st in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across, turn <5 sl st>

Row 2:
sl st blo in each st across, turn <5 sl st>

Repeat row 2 until row 173 (207, 253, 293) or until ribbing measures 30 (36, 44, 51)” / 76 (91, 112, 129) cm.

Hemline ribbing

With hook size 6mm, ch 9

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

Row 2:
sl st blo in each st across, turn <8 sl st>

Repeat row 2 until row 217 (251, 317, 361) or until ribbing measures 40 (46, 58, 66)” / 101 (117, 147, 168) cm.

Ribbing assembly

For each ribbing, sew ends together using sl st: insert hook in front loop of beginning ch and back loop of sl st.

Use your tapestry needle to sew ribbing to spencer. You can use stitch markers to prevent ribbing from moving.

Tulip Square Spencer assembly

Blocking

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

End of pattern.

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3 Comments

  • Reply
    Charlene Lyle
    26 October 2022 at 3:52 pm

    Hi Wilma,
    I’m not usually a fan of granny squares, but this vest caught my eye and I just have to try it! I got the pattern from Etsy and have plenty of yarn so I can’t wait to get started! It’s perfect for cooler weather here in the upstate of South Carolina. Thanks for sharing!
    Charlene

  • Reply
    kam beaver
    26 October 2022 at 1:41 am

    absolutely wonderful items & so many i want to create, all thanks to you. many thanks

  • Reply
    Patty
    14 October 2022 at 3:13 pm

    Hello Wilma!
    I have admired this tulip square for a while and decided this is the pattern I will make. I followed your link to Lion Brand and purchased the kit. I am looking forward to making this vest and wearing it this winter as ankther layer to keep warm.
    Take care,
    Patty

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