Tulip Towel – Crochet One for Yourself

Tulip Towel – Crochet One for Yourself
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Whether you use this as a hand towel or tea towel, keep it or gift it, the tulip towel is a great pattern to work up!

I knew when I made the border for the Bouquet of Flowers Afghan CAL that I wanted to use this in other designs. It’s the perfect accent to simpler patterns.

I do have both left and right handed video tutorials for the tulips section both of which are linked below!

The perfect accent
Tulip Towel

It wasn’t the pattern I started making!

When I sat down to design something with the tulip border pattern, a hand towel wasn’t actually what I started making! It was supposed to be a placemat. However, because the 3D effect of the flowers is fairly pronounced I decided against it for practical reasons to use in a placemat.



So I kept on going with the textured section and created a towel instead.

Then came the apron to go with it so you can make a kitchen set that is perfect for yourself or as a gift!


More ideas and inspiration

And while I had the apron on my mannequin (who I call Heidi) I just knew that I also needed to turn this one into a skirt. What do you think?

A Tulip Skirt is on it’s way!!

Unfortunately, the skirt will wait until next year to be released. But I promise it is coming!!


PDF Pattern links

You can purchase the inexpensive, ad-free pdf version of the tulips towel pattern in my shops. Just click the button for your preferred shop below:

What you will need:

I would ALWAYS recommend cotton yarn when making towels, washcloths and other items for the kitchen. It is a lot more robust than most yarn fibres – it doesn’t melt like acrylic will if put on a hot surface, it is strong and durable so will cope with the heavy use. It is easy to wash and care for, even at higher temperatures. And let’s not forget, cotton looks great!



For my Tulip Towel I used Drops Paris – 5 skeins in white (82 yards each) and small amounts of green and pink.


Pattern Specifics:

Gauge – Not essential for this project, but 18sts and 12 rows of textured section = 4” on my towel.


Sizing – This pattern is written for 2 sizes.

11” wide by 21.5” long for the narrower version

16” wide by 21.5” long for the wider version


Abbreviations –

  • Ch – chain
  • Sk – skip
  • SC – Single Crochet
  • HDC– half double crochet
  • DC – double crochet
  • TC – triple crochet
  • 3TCCl – 3 triple crochet cluster
  • FO – fasten off

Pattern Notes

  • Written in US terms
  • This pattern is not reversible 

Video Tutorials

I have video tutorials for both left and right handed versions of the tulip section.

Special Stitches for the Tulip Towel

3TCCl – 

This is the 3 treble crochet cluster. To work this stitch you will:

YO twice, insert hook into indicated stitch, YO and pull through, YO and pull  through 2 loops on hook twice, *YO twice, insert hook into same stitch, YO and pull through, YO and pull through 2 loops on hook twice, and repeat from * once more, YO and pull through all 4 loops on hook.



Row 1 – FSC 49 (73)


              CH 50 (74), SC in second CH from hook and each CH across

Row 2 – CH 1 (does not count), turn, [SC, HDC, DC] in first st, *SK 2 sts, [SC, HDC, DC] in next 

  st. Rep from * until you have 3 sts left, SK 2 sts, SC in last st. 

Row 3 – Repeat row 2

Row 4 –  CH 1 (does not count), turn, SC in first st and each st across. (49 (73))

Row 5 – This row creates the leaves and stems so I changed to green here

Turn, CH4 (counts as a TC), SK2 sts, *3TCCl in the next st, CH2, TC in next st (note, we 

are not skipping any here), CH2, 3TCCl in the next st, CH1, SK5*. Repeat from * to * 

until you have 3 sts left. TC in last st.



Row 6 – Note: the 5DC in this row creates the buds so I worked these stitches in pink and the

 SC in champagne white. By the end of this row you will have 6 or 9 buds depending on 

what width you are making.

CH1 (does not count), turn, SC in top of TC from previous row, *sk the CH1, SC in top 

of the 3TCCl, 2 SC in CH2 space, 5DC in next st, 2SC in next CH2 sp, SC in top of next 

3TCCl, sk CH1 space, SC in the top of the 3TCCl*. Repeat from * to * across omitting the last SC of the repeat, and place a SC in the top of the CH4 from the previous row.

Row 7 – CH1, turn, SC in first 4 sts (these are the SC from the previous row), CH1, SK the 5DC, 

*SC in the top of each of the next 6 sts (again these are the SC from the previous row), 

CH1, SK the 5DC* Rep from * to * across. SC in last 4 sts.

Row 8 –For this row I worked all of the top of the buds in the pink and the rest of the stitches

 in white. 

CH1 (does not count), SC in first 2 sts, SC2tog in next 2 sts, **SC into the first 

of the 5DC from row 5, *CH3, SS into next st from the 5dc* repeat from * to * across all of the petals on your bud, SC in last of the 5DC set,  SC2tog, SC in next 2 sts, SC2tog.** 

Rep from ** to ** across until you have 4 sts left, SC2tog, SC in last 2 sts.

FO pink. The rest of my towel from here is white.

Row 9 – CH1 (does not count), turn, SC in first 3 sts, *CH3, SK the petals from the previous row, 

SC in next 4 sts.* Repeat from * to * across.

Row 10 – CH1, turn, SC in first 3 sts, *4SC in CH3 space, SC in next 4 sts*. Rep from * to * across.

Row 11 – CH1 (does not count), turn. SC in each st across.



Row 12 – CH 1 (does not count), turn, [SC, HDC, DC] in first st, *SK 2 sts, [SC, HDC, DC] in next st. Rep from * until you have 3 sts left, SK 2 sts, SC in last st. 

Row 13 – Repeat row 2 for 59 rows

Row 14 – CH1 (does not count), turn, SC in each st across. (49 (73))


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