Tulip Stitch at Twilight: A Crochet Baby Afghan

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I have a secret. My most favorite color in the world just might be every shade of purple in this delicious Tulip Stitch at Twilight Crochet Baby Afghan. It might just be my favorite Tulip Stitch Crochet Pattern of all time!
Tulip Stitch Crochet Baby Afghan in purple yarnThis tulip stitch crochet pattern with its bits of grape-y goodness reminds me of a gorgeous summer evening just as it’s drifting into the darkness of night. And this stitch. Sigh. The Crochet Tulip Stitch just might be my go-to baby afghan pattern stitch from now on. Why? Because this stitch pattern NATURALLY forms this little scalloped border on all sides. What?! You say?! YESSSS…. I know.. mindless crochet project just got even better.

corner of crochet blanket

Here is a complete Tulip Stitch tutorial you might enjoy following to learn this stitch before diving into this cute crochet tulip stitch blanket. This stitch pattern features simple stitches like single crochetchain and double crochet worked in a special way to form that amazing scalloped border!

crochet tulip stitch in blue yarn with purple hook

Is it awful that my favorite crochet projects are the ones that I can do while watching TV and chatting with my people? You know the kind I mean–the easy crochet stitch that just gets that hook flying!

I get immense satisfaction out of my hook darting in and out and the yarn flowing through my fingers while the stitches fly off my hook.  And then.. to NOT have to crochet a border on it?!  Be still my heart!

If you feel the same way, you are really going to love this crochet stitch pattern!

Red Heart Ombre Yarn might be my new favorite for baby afghans.  I love the way the color transitions, especially in a smaller project like a crochet baby afghan.  This is my 4th baby afghan with this delectable line of yarn.  First we had the Sedge Stitch Baby Afghan, then the Strawberry Lemon Peel Baby Blanket and then the Beneficent Bella Baby Blanket.

And NOW this Tulip Stitch in Twilight Crochet Baby Blanket made with Red Heart Ombre Yarn in violet color. 2 Skeins to the perfect tulip stitch crochet pattern!

Purple Tulip Stitch Crochet Baby Afghan

You might remember that several months ago my teen nieces and I cooked up a brilliant idea.  I would design a pattern and supply them with yarn and they would crochet baby blankets to donate.  They get service hours–and more importantly (in their words) FREE YARN.  And I get an extra set of hands or two for more projects on the blog!  Win Win for all!

This sweet Crochet Tulip Stitch in Twilight Baby Afghan was crocheted by my niece, Hannah.  Perfection in an explosion of purple!  A huge ‘thanks’ to both my nieces (her sister Arabella crochet the Beneficent Bella Baby Blanket). I’m blessed to have such sweeties in my life and that they are willing to share their beautiful talent!

Folded purple Tulip Stitch Crochet Baby Afghan

More Free Baby Crochet Patterns

If you love this Tulip Stitch in Twilight Crochet Baby Afghan pattern, you might also like to check out these other free crochet patterns for babies.  You can find all our Baby Crochet Patterns here.

Three crochet baby afghans in pink, blue and coral colors

1. Beneficent Bella Baby Blanket //   2. Sedge Stitch Baby Afghan //  3. Strawberry Lemon Peel Baby Blanket

And now… to crochet your new love… this sweet, Tulip Stitch at Twilight Crochet Baby Afghan, a Tulip Stitch Crochet Pattern you are sure to adore!

Purple Tulip Stitch Crochet Baby Afghan

Purchase an ad-free printable version of the Tulip Stitch at Twilight Crochet Baby Afghan here

Tulip Stitch at Twilight Crochet Baby Afghan

Here is what you will need:

Resources and tutorials you may find helpful in following this pattern: Crochet AbbreviationsUS to UK Crochet Conversion Chart.  Find links to stitches on the “Tutorial” menu: Getting Started will show basic stitches including the single crochet stitch and double crochet stitch used in this pattern.  And the Crochet Stitch Dictionary shows our growing collection of crochet stitch tutorials.

Finished baby blanket is approximately 28″ square.   If you’d like yours larger, add stitches in multiples of 4.

Crochet Tulip Stitch Baby Blanket

Ch 128

Row 1: dc in 3rd ch from hook, ch 2, sc in next ch, *skip 2 ch, 2dc in next ch, ch 2, sc in next ch.  Repeat from * across row, turn.

Row 2:  ch 2, skip 1st stitch.  (2dc, ch 2, sc) in ch-2 space. *skip 3 stitches (2dc, ch 2, sc) in ch-2 space.  Repeat from * across row, turn.

Tulip Stitch Crochet Baby Afghan in purple yarn

Repeat row 2 until the blanket is square (or to desired length).

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Tulip Stitch Crochet Baby Afghan in purple

Purchase an ad-free printable version of the Tulip Stitch at Twilight Crochet Baby Afghan here!

I love seeing your finished projects!  If you enjoyed making the Crochet Tulip Stitch at Twilight Baby Afghan I’d love to see yours on Instagram, be sure to tag me @crochet365knittoo.  If you are on Facebook, stop over to the Crochet 365 Knit Too Facebook page or pop over to the Crochet365KnitToo Club and share a photo!  I’d love to see your work!

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  1. Your niece did a wonderful job crocheting the blanket. My favorite color also is all shades of purple. Have a nice Easter.. Keep up all your wonderful ideas and funny remarks.

  2. How do you add the scallop onto the starting edge? The rest scallops due to the stitch but you are left with that first straight edge.

    1. Because of how the pattern stitch is worked the first row, it pulls up and forms a soft scallop on the chain edge. If you look closely at the photos you can see what I mean.

      1. Sadly my beginning end doesn’t how the scallop edge. Is there a way to have it show on the chain beginning ?

        1. The scallop at the beginning is not as prominent. You could try chaining with a larger hook and see if that helps.

  3. This looks amazing! I’m always drawn towards anything purple and like you I like to multitask in front of the TV. I will certainly be giving this ago. Thank you for sharing

  4. I was wondering if you could tell me what the number of chains I need for a Afghan? I have tried to figure it out and gave up.Thanks in advance.

  5. I love your patterns, but I have a question. You use Red Heart Super Saver or ombres quite often. I’ve never cared for it because it’s so rough. Do you have a trick for softening it up? I love their color selection and price, but hate to use it.

    1. I feel like the Ombre yarn doesn’t feel quite as stuff as their normal line. It also helps if you work in a larger hook to give the blanket more drape. I view blankets with this yarn more as a ‘cover up to stay warm’ kinda blanket rather than a ‘swaddle your baby for a Christening’ kinda blanket…if that makes sense. So I don’t do anything to soften them up at all. I HAVE heard others say that washing helps and adding fabric softener in the wash helps too. So you could try those things.

  6. I’m having a problem with the sides of the blanket being wider than the middle of the blanket. What could I be doing wrong?

    1. The blanket ends up being scalloped on the sides–just making sure I’m understanding that your blanket is doing something else on the edges… Usually when a blanket starts meandering it means that the stitch count has gotten off at the beginning and/or end of the work. Make sure that your stitch count is consistent. Also be mindful to use even tension throughout. Hope that helps!

    1. It’s 14 oz for 28×28, so you might only need 18oz for 36×36. Each skein is 10oz so you may not need another skein. Best of luck!

  7. I have a beginning crochet question. Does the chain two at the end of the row count as a stitch, do I need to work into it when I come to the end of the row?
    I would love to try and make this pattern.
    Thank you for sharing your talent,
    Vicki lee

    1. You don’t work into the top of the chain 2, but the chain 2 creates part of the “space” you work into when you come back to it on the next row.

  8. I Love Love all your patterns & would love to see more of the Tulip stitch pattern in a shawl pattern if possible ! Thank you so much

  9. I also love all the hues of purple! This is such a beautiful baby blanket to seem to be so simple to make. Thank you for sharing this lovely design!

  10. I love this pattern. However, I am using an H hook and Red Heart Super Saver yarn in white. I crochet baptism blankets for our church. I find that 128 chain is 42 inches. I am a pretty accurate crocheter with my gage. I adjusted down to 100 to get to about 30 inches. Any feedback would be appreciated. Thank you.

    1. Different crocheters and yarn and hook size will all affect gauge. This afghan was crocheted by my niece and it’s possible that her gauge is a bit tighter than others. It is also possible that your yarn choice is slightly different than the yarn she used at the time, even though it is the same brand. The solution is the same.. either decrease hook size to get a smaller gauge or do as you did, and change the number of the starting chain. Since yours is so different, though, if you haven’t done so already, I would make sure to work a small gauge swatch and measure to make sure you’re happy with the expected size before moving forward.

  11. I too am a big fan of purples and Red Heart Ombre colors! Thank you for all the great baby afghan ideas. I just found out I am getting another grandbaby!

  12. Hi Cheryl, I’ve been wanting to post a comment and am finally getting to it. This is the first time I’ve been crocheting in hot weather, being inspired by your blog. I enjoy all your writing but want to thank you for the info on AI. I had no idea how it can interfere so it is disturbing for sure. I will try your tulip stitch on the throw I’m crocheting. Thank you for such an enjoyable blog! Joan