Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Crochet Butterfly Applique

I spent several hours searching for a good butterfly applique pattern. None satisfied me. They either had a giant hole in the middle, or it looked more like a flower instead of a butterfly. I finally found a photograph of one that I liked, and came up with this pattern. This butterfly is a little complex than most. But it is also better than most.
Works out to be 1 inch wide using size 10 thread and size 7 crochet hook.

You start with a Ch 5, and the 3rd ch from the hook is like the center of the butterfly, and the wings are worked in a round.
Ch 5, leaving a long tail.
3 Dc in 3rd ch from hook, ch 1, sl st in next ch (We will call this ch the CENTER CH), ch 1, 3 dc in next ch, ch 2, sl st to CENTER CH. [FINISHED BOTTOM WINGS]
ch 7, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook, 1 tr in next 2 ch, 1 dc in last 2 ch, sl st to CENTER CH. [FINISHED ONE TOP WING]
Ch 5 for first antenna. Fasten off. Pull tail from beginning through first ch of antenna. Ch 4, fasten off.
Weave in ends, or trim.


  1. Thanks so much for thia quick, easy & realistic looking butterfly. I just finished my first one and it turned out great. When making the anteni, I left tails of a few inches and wove them back through the anteni chains. I then used the tails to tack the anteni in place on the body. Thanks again for sharing. :-)

  2. This is fabulous! This is the BEST butterfly pattern I have crocheted. Good design! Thank you.

  3. Is tr a triple? I can't figure out what it is, cause all can find is trtr?

    1. Deena, it is a treble crochet. If you need help with this stitch here is a link:

  4. Hi gorgeous pattern thanks for sharing, is this written in USA or UK term?

  5. Love love love this -- I've been making different butterflies all day, try to get one I liked for my free-form project and this is perfect! Instead of antenna, I wrapped the yarn around the middle a few times to make a cute body! Thanks again!

  6. Sweet little butterfly, lovely easy instructions to follow...many thanks


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