Free crochet butterfly pattern
Combine your love of nature and crochet with this free crochet butterfly pattern.
Sara Huntington’s pretty crochet butterfly pattern is a quick and easy project that you can hook up in an evening. We've included instructions for how to turn them into fabulous crochet butterfly magnets, but there's nothing to stop you getting creative and using them however you like! They'd make gorgeous crochet butterfly keyrings or beautiful butterfly embellishments on a bag! If you can't get enough of crochet butterflies, then you could also make our free crochet butterfly headband pattern too!
You will need
Oddments of DK yarn in the following shades (if you need some yarn you could try the bargain 20g balls of Sirdar Happy Cotton):
- Yarn A Light Blue
- Yarn B Turquoise
- Yarn C Blue
- Yarn D Orange
Felt circle, 2cm diameter
Wingspan 6.5cm (2½in)
You can find a full list of all abbreviations we use in our abbreviations and conversions guide. This free crochet butterfly pattern is written in UK terminology but you can easily convert it to US terms using the guide.
The three rounds make a flower shape which is folded in half to make the crochet butterfly. We've also included a chart for this free crochet butterfly pattern to help you with the shape.
Free crochet butterfly pattern
Using Yarn A, ch6, ss in 6th ch from hook to form a ring.
Round 1 Ch3 (counts as tr), 15 tr into ring, ss to top of ch-3 changing to Yarn B on yrh of the ss. [16 sts]
Round 2 Using Yarn B, ch3 (counts as tr), tr in space between 2 sts from Rnd 1, ch2, 2tr into same sp, skip 2 tr, working in the sp between tr sts work: *2tr, ch2, 2tr into same sp, skip 2 tr; rep from * 6 more times, ss to top of ch-3, ss in next tr, ss into the ch-2 sp changing to Yarn C on yrh of the ss. [8 ch-2 sps]
Round 3 Using Yarn C, ch3 (counts as tr), 6tr into same ch-2 sp, skip 2 tr, *ss into next sp between sts, 7tr into next ch-2 sp; rep from * 6 more times, ss to top beg ch-3. Fasten off and weave in ends.
Fold shape in half (WS tog) matching 7tr shells. Using Yarn D, ch9. Fasten off. Using Yarn D and tapestry needle, sew a ch st down centre of fold, starting at Round 3 edge. At top (Round 1 edge) secure the 9ch length through the 5th ch to form antennae. Fasten off.
Trim antennae ends. Glue felt and magnet to back of butterfly.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this free butterfly crochet pattern, don’t forget if you need any help with your crochet stitches you can always check out our crochet for beginners guide. And if you’re looking to treat yourself, check out our list of the best crochet hooks and the best crochet kits for beginners.
Crochet designer, teacher and Editor of Simply Crochet magazine, Sara Huntington is a legend in the crochet community. Sara started as a crochet designer for Simply Crochet before becoming the editor in 2015. She still regularly designs for the magazine as well as teaching crochet in her spare time. You can keep up to date with Sara on Instagram at @crochetdeli
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