Spring time is here! When I think Spring, the first thing I think is flowers, and tulips are one of my favorite flowers. So, of course I had to write up a quick tutorial for you all on how to crochet the tulip stitch.
What You’ll Need
- Crochet Hook
- Yarn in three colors: I used I Love This Yarn! Solids in Brown (A), Jelly Bean (B), and Pink (C).
- Stitch Markers
Stitches & Terms to Know
There are four different stitches used to create this fun flower. They are as follows:
- Single Crochet (SC): Insert hook into stitch, YO (yarn over) and draw up a loop. Yarn over and pull through both loops on your hook.
- Double Crochet (DC): YO, insert hook into stitch and draw up a loop. YO and pull through the first two loops on your hook. YO and pull through both loops on your hook.
- Shell: Double crochet, ch (chain) 1, double crochet
- Cluster (CL): YO, insert hook in stitch and draw up a loop. Repeat this 4 times total. YO and draw through ALL the loops on your hook.
- Right Side (RS): For this stitch pattern, the right side starts with Row 1. Pay attention to this as there are some rounds where you will not turn your work. If it helps, you can put a stitch marker in the first stitch of your first row so you know where you started.
Starting Chain – How to Crochet the Tulip Stitch
To start your Tulip Stitch, you’ll need a chain in multiples of 3. So, you can make a small sample with just about 9 chains, or you can make a huge afghan. Whatever you want to make, you need a starting chain with a multiple of 3.
How to Crochet the Tulip Stitch
Starting with color A, make your beginning chain.
Row 1: sc in the 2nd chain from your hook, and in each remaining chain. Ch 1. Turn.
Row 2: sc in each stitch of the row. Change to color B at the end of your row. Turn. (The right side will now be facing you.)
Row 3: Ch 4. (This counts as a dc and a ch 1 space.) Skip the next stitch, remembering that your chain counts as a dc in the first stitch. Shell stitch in the next stitch. * Skip 2 stitches. Shell stitch in the next stitch. * Repeat between *s until you get to the last two stitches in your row. Skip the next stitch. dc in the last stitch. Drop color B and DO NOT turn. (The right side should still be facing you.)
Row 4: With color C, slip stitch into the 3rd chain in your chain 4 on the right. Ch 4. (This counts as a dc and ch 1 space.) *Cluster stitch into the ch 1 space of the next shell stitch. Chain 2. * Repeat between *s until you get to the last shell. CL into the last shell. Ch 1. Dc into the dc at the end of the row. Drop color C and DO NOT turn. (The right side will still be facing you.
Row 5: With color A, join into the 3rd chain in your chain 4 on the right. Ch 1. sc in the same chain. sc into the next ch 1 space. * sc in the CL stitch. 2 sc in the chain 2 space. * Repeat between *s until you get to the last CL. sc in the CL stitch. sc in the ch 1 space. sc in the dc stitch. Ch 1. Turn.
Then, repeat the pattern starting at Row 2 if continuing with this stitch pattern throughout your project.
What projects are best with this stitch?
You can search all over Pinterest to find projects to complete with the Tulip Stitch, but I think some of my favorite projects to practice how to crochet the tulip stitch would be:
- Afghans: It might be tedious to make an entire afghan with this stitch, but you could either:
- Make an afghan with different squares; or
- Make a row of tulip stitches every now and then.
- Cup Cozy: Wrap your cup/mug in cute!
- Hats: How adorable would a tulip stitch hat be!
- Bags: Same with a bag! Imagine taking your tulip bag to the local farmer’s market!
- Baskets: Perfect for Spring. Make a basket to fit around one of your potted plants. So cute!
I’d love to hear what other ideas you have for practicing how to crochet the tulip stitch. You can share them here in the comments, or come join me in The Crafty Cabin. Find me all over the web by clicking on the signature below!