17 May 2015

crochet butterfly

In my last post I showed photos of my half granny shawl, which I made for the SIBOL challenge. Each shawl or blanket sent to the Homes is decorated with a butterfly, so I wanted to include some with my finished shawl. I had a look on the Internet and found one I liked, on You Tube ....a tutorial by Yolanda Soto Lopez, click here
I had to watch it over and over again and I wrote down the pattern as I find it easier to follow written instructions. The video uses US crochet terms but I have translated it into UK terminology.

Crochet Butterfly 
based on a video tutorial by Yolanda Soto Lopez click here 
uses UK crochet terminology

rd: round
rpt: repeat
st(s): stitch(es)
sl: slip
ch: chain
dc: double crochet
tr: treble

dk/8ply yarn - two contrasting colours
4.00mm hook 

Make a magic circle with yarn and sl st into circle. 

Rd 1: 3ch, (1tr, 1ch) rpt 14 times. 
(3ch, 15tr  1ch in between) 
To join the rd, sl st into 2nd ch of the third ch in rd 1.
Pull magic loop tight with the yarn end.

Rd 2: (3ch, 1dc into space between trebles in rd 1,
          7ch, 1dc into space between trebles in rd 1).
Rpt all the way round ending with a 7ch.
To join the rd, sl st into 1st ch of the 3ch in rd 2.
(eight 3ch loops and eight 7ch loops)

Rd 3: sl st into three ch loop in rd 2 ,
Inside seven ch loop, sl st, 5tr, 3ch, sl st into fourth ch from end (forms point on wing), 5tr.

Rpt all the way round.
Sl st to join the rd, (8 points).

Fasten off.         
Darn yarn ends away and fold in half to form butterfly shape.

Using a contrasting yarn, ch 8.
Wrap round middle of wings, sl st into first chain.

Pull loop through and cut yarn.
Using the loop and two ends tie knot twice to form head.
Trim two ends to form antennae and loose the other two ends.

If you want to have a go at one of the butterflies, it might be useful to use both the written instruction and the video.

 Have a great week, Ali.


  1. Gorgeous butterfly. Thanks for the tutorial. I'm definitely going to make one!

  2. OOh pretty butterfly Ali - I am always amazed how the butterfly shape appears when the original is folded in half!
    Cool tutorial too!
    Hope you have many more flutterbies - they are mesmerising once you get going!
    Ali x

  3. Gorgeous butterfly, thanks for taking the time to translate to UK terms. Also thanks for the email, I enjoyed finding new blogs to follow. Jean

  4. Anonymous18/5/15 23:10

    Clever Girl! Well done...Beautiful. Onya Ali

  5. Your little butterfly is beautiful, Ali x
    Happy Sunday!
    Susan x


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