Free pattern for Butterfly Garland

I am very happy to finally have finished writing out the pattern for these wee butterflies. This is the first pattern I designed back in 2014 when I was just starting out my crochet adventure and what a journey it has been! When I first started I somehow had lots of ideas involving butterflies – I imagined making very large and lacy ones to put on cushions, lampshades etc and making all sorts of variations.

Crochet rainbw butterflies

Well…. I designed two (the pattern for the larger one is available here) and kept the smaller one going, but have abandoned the larger one – certainly for sales purposes. The smaller one I still sometimes make for orders or for shops. I suppose I in some sense have moved on from designing butterflies… not that they are not lovely, but there is only so much butterfly one can have in ones life (though some would disagree, I am sure!) So my ideas no longer involve butterflies, but many and varied other things! Next up are some hexagons, knitted hat patterns, a mandala and more… the list of ideas is growing faster than I can execute them!

Rainbow butterflies - free crochet pattern

I make my butterflies with Patons 4 ply 100% cotton yarn (2.5 mm hook) or Scheepjes Catona 4-ply 100% cotton yarn (2.75mm hook), but any yarn can be used, just adjust the size of the hook to fit the yarn. I did try to make them with wool, but I found they become too floppy and a bit too furry for my liking, so I would recommend using cotton or linen or another shiny, firmer yarn. The pattern is written in UK terms.

You are welcome to sell what you make with this pattern, but please credit me as the designer or, if you sell online, post a link to my pattern. You may not sell or redistribute this pattern in any way or pass it off as your own work.

The butterfly pattern

  • 9 chain

  • Round 1: dc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 dc in 1 ch, 1 htr in 4 ch, 1 dc in 1 ch, (1 dc, 1 ch, 1dc) in last ch, 1 dc in 1 ch, 1 htr in 4 ch, 1 dc in 2 ch, 1ch, Ss in first dc.

  • Round 2: 1 ss in 1 dc, 10 ch, ss in 3 htr, 10 ch, skip 1 htr, Ss in 2 dc and ch sp, 4 ch, ss in 2 dc and 1 htr, 10 ch, skip 1 htr, ss in 2 htr and 1 dc, 10 ch, ss in 1 dc, 3 ch, Skip rest of st and ss in 1st ss.

  • Round 3: In 10 ch sp: (1 dc, 1ch, 1 tr, (2ch, 1tr) x 3, 1 ch, 3 dc). Skip 1 ss, ss in 1 ss, skip 1 ss. In 10 ch sp: (3 dc, 3 ch, 1 tr, 2 ch, 1 dtr, 2 ch, 1 tr, 3 ch, 3 dc). Skip 1 ss, ss in 2 ss, 6 dc in 4ch sp, ss in 2 ss, skip 1 ss. In 10 ch sp: (3 dc, 3 ch, 1 tr, 2 ch, 1 dtr, 2 ch, 1 tr, 3 ch, 3 dc). Skip 1 ss, ss in 1 ss, skip 1 ss. In 10 ch sp: (3 dc, 1 ch, (1 tr, 2 ch) x 3, 1 tr, 1 ch, 1 dc). ss in 1 ss, 5 dc in 3 ch sp, ss in ss

  • Round 4:

    • Lower wing: 1 dc in dc and ch sp, 2 ch, (2 tr, 1ch, 2 tr) in 2 ch sp x 3, 1 ch, ss in ch sp. Skip 3 dc and ss.

    • Upper wing: skip 3 dc. (1 ss, 1 dc, 1 htr) in 3 ch sp, (2 tr, 1 ch, 2 tr) in 2 ch sp x 2, (2 htr, 1 dc) in 3 ch sp, 1 dc in 3 dc.

    • Head: skip 1 ss. Ss in ss, 6 dc and ss. Skip 1 ss.

    • Upper wing: 1 dc in 3 dc, (1 dc, 2 htr) in 3 ch sp, (2 tr, 1 ch, 2 tr) in 2 ch sp x 2, (1 htr, 1 dc, 1 ss) in 3 ch sp. Skip 3 dc and ss.

    • Lower wing: skip 3 dc, ss in ch sp, 1 ch, (2 tr, 1 ch, 2 tr) in 2 ch sp x 3, 2 ch, 1 dc in ch sp and dc.

    • Abdomen: ss in ss and 3 dc, 2 ch, ss in 2 dc and ss. Fasten off.

  • Second colour

    • Start left upper wing: attach in 2nd dc from body. 1 dc in 2 dc and 2 htr, 1 htr in 2 tr, 3 tr in ch sp, 1 tr in 4 tr, 2 tr in ch sp, 1 htr in 2 tr, 1 dc in 1 htr and 1 dc, ss in 2 ss and ch sp, 1 dc in 2 tr, 2 htr in ch sp, (1 htr in 4 tr. 2 htr in ch sp) x 2, 1 dc in 2 tr, 2 dc in 2 ch sp, 1 dc in dc, ss in 1 dc. Fasten off.

    • Start bottom right wing: attach in 2nd dc from body, 2 dc in 2 ch sp, 1 dc in 2 tr, (2 htr in ch sp, 1 htr in 4 tr) x 2, 2 htr in ch sp, 1 dc in 2 tr, ss in ch sp and 2 ss, 1 dc in 1dc and 1 htr, 1 htr in 2 tr, 2 tr in ch sp, 1 tr in 4 tr, 3 tr in ch sp, 1 htr in 2 tr, 1 dc in 2 htr and 3 dc, ss in 1 dc. Fasten off and sew in all ends.

You will maybe have noticed that both the main pattern and the 2nd colour edging is not quite symmetrically done. This is because of how the stitches work – when I made the pattern completely symmetrical it looked wonky, so the only way of getting it straight was to make the pattern slightly asymmetrical.

Attaching new colours: I have worked out two ways of attaching a new colour when you are not actually changing colours during the round or row. One way is to make a loop around the hook with a knot in the same way as when starting the chains and inserting it through the stitch and make a slip stitch. The other is to pull the yarn through the stitch from the back to form a loop and make a chain. Both work.

The Garland

  • 6 ch. Ss in 1st ch to form a ring.

  • 1 ch. 12 dc in ring. Ss in 1st ch.

  • make a chain as long as is needed for the butterflies to hang well. For 5 butterflies I make a chain that is 1.5 meters long.

  • When the chain is long enough make another 7 chains and ss in the first of these 7 chains. Move the thread under the chain.

  • 12 dc in ring. Ss in 1st dc. Fasten off and sew in ends.

Now you can attach the butterflies with a bit of string to selected chains in the cord or make them into a string or mobile.

Have fun making!

 

© SARAPHIR QAA-RISHI

4 thoughts on “Free pattern for Butterfly Garland

  1. The above link will not let me load the butterfly pattern. Could you possibly e-mail it to me? I think it is the prettiest one I have seen, yet.
    Thank You
    Myra G.

    1. Hi Myra, thanks for getting in touch and for your kind words! I’ve put the pattern into the blog post, so you can see it on the actual page, I hope that makes it easier. Saraphir 😊

  2. Beautiful!!! And thank you for the pattern. I’ve almost finished the throw I’m working on and have been looking for a little something for the summer.

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