This beginner-friendly free easy crochet butterfly pattern is super simple and takes less than 5 minutes to make. These crochet butterflies also perfect make great pins and appliques for crochet projects. Besides, this tiny butterfly can also be used to decorate garments or as home decorations. So what are you waiting for? Let’s make beautiful crochet butterflies for personal use or as a wonderful gift for a loved one today.
In fact, this crochet butterfly pattern is an update from an old post! This time it is an improved version of my crochet butterfly, flower, and leaf post from more than a decade ago. Can you imagine? It’s been a decade of crocheting together! Thank you, friends, for the constant support and kind messages y’all leave me on the post, Facebook page and Instagram. I love being tagged and seeing your creations online, as it motivates me to work harder to create more beautiful free patterns.
FREE CROCHET BUTTERFLY PATTERN
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CRAFT SUPPLIES FOR THE BUTTERFLY CROCHET PATTERN
4 things! That’s right, you heard it right. This free crochet pattern only utilizes 4 items: yarn, a crochet hook, a tapestry needle, and scissors. Feel free to use your leftover yarn from previous crochet projects as this design requires small amounts of yarn. For the hook, you should choose a hook size that corresponds to the type of yarn you are using. Do check out this video tutorial for more explanation on yarn weights and hook sizes.
I used crochet thread yarn as the yarn of my choice. For the tools, I used a 1.75 mm crochet hook and a tapestry needle. Generally, a smaller hook works best for thinner weights of yarn. Furthermore, lighter or thinner yarn produces smaller butterflies, whereas thicker yarns make a larger butterfly.
Some knowledge of basic crochet stitches is required, such as chain stitch, single crochet stitch, double crochet stitch, treble or triple crochet stitch, stitch, and slip stitches (sl st) and also the know-how on fasten off. However, if you’re unfamiliar with these terms, you may check out my guide to crochet for beginners. The guide not only explains the crochet abbreviations but also talks about the different types of yarn, such as acrylic yarn, cotton yarn, worsted weight yarn, and so on. In addition, there are also written instructions on how to choose crochet hook sizes, yarn, tapestry needles, and many additional crochet tools.
IDEAS FOR CROCHET BUTTERFLIES
One of the ways you can style this beautiful butterfly is to make a butterfly crochet applique for hats and wearables. Pair this free pattern with crochet leaves and crochet flowers to make a flourish design. You can use them to decorate a Mother’s Day card like I did or place them on your scrapbook pages. Furthermore, you may attach a hairpin behind this pretty butterfly and wear it as hair clips. This would make the perfect gift for a friend who loves to accessorize.
Also, instead of clothespins & hair clips, try making them for hair bands, earrings, necklace pendants or rings. They will work just as well. In addition, you may also make a butterfly brooch with safety pins. Make a few of these crochet butterflies with various color combinations and pin them on bags, crochet hats, and notebook covers to spice up these everyday items. I also made a couple for myself and placed them in my favorite books to use as bookmarks.
If you prefer to make the crochet butterfly for a bigger project, I would recommend building a swamp of butterflies on the wall. I have a plan to replace the paper butterflies in my daughter’s room that I showed you some years ago with these crochet butterflies. With various shades of colors and yarn weights to create different sizes of colorful butterflies swamp, I am sure this wall decor idea will produce a stunning design.
Happy crochet, and I hope you enjoy this easy butterfly crochet pattern!!!
- Yarn (I used crochet thread)
- Crochet hook
- Tapestry Needle
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
tr = treble or triple crochet
st = stitch
slst = slip stitch
Crochet Butterfly Pattern
- Round 1: sc 6 in magic ring or magic circle, slst to the first st.
- Round 2:
Left Forewing - slst in next st, ch4, tr 2 times in same st, dc 2 times in next stitch, ch3, slst in same st.
Left Hindwing - slst in next st, dc in same st, picot (ch3, slst in the dc top loop), ch3, slst in the same st.
Right Hindwing - slst in next st, dc in same st, picot (ch3, slst in the dc top loop), ch3, slst in the same st.
Right Forewing - slst in next st, ch3, dc 2 times in same stitch, tr 2 times in next st, ch4, slst in same st.
- Fasten off.
- Antennae - use a tapestry needle to bring the yarn tail at the magic ring to the area between the 2 forewings. Tie the end to make a knot, trim away excess yarn. Repeat the same for the other antennae.
Crochet the butterfly pattern with different colors to make a beautiful swarm of butterfly kaleidoscope.
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