Friday, July 29, 2011

Grandma's Crochet Butterflies

So we've been cleaning out my step-grandmother's house, as she recently moved off to Texas with her daughter. It was fun to go through all the crafty things and see how times have changed! In all the digging, I found several little crochet butterflies. They were attached to flower pots and things, as decorations.

Britney recently posted a blog with her method of making a crochet butterfly, but I thought I'd deconstruct one of these to share this other idea as well.

Here's how I did it!

I used a G hook, but his could be made in any size, according to your preference. :)

Ch. 8. Sl st in first ch to form ring.

Round 1.  Ch 2 (this is the first dc). 2 dc, ch 2. *3 dc, ch 2. Repeat from * around 7 times. Sl st into the first dc of round 1.

(This is round 1, completed.)

Round 2. Sl st 2. (Now you should be at the first ch 2 sp.) Ch 2 (this is the first dc). 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in first space. Ch 2. *3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 2. Repeat from * around in each ch 2 space. Sl st in first dc of round 2.  (You can actually fold it in half here and have a cute little butterfly if you like.) You can either weave in your ends here, or sl st backward to the beginning of the previous ch 2 sp if you are continuing in the same color.

(This is round 2, completed.)

(This is round 2, folded in half for a small butterfly.)

Round 3. (I changed yarn colors here for the purple & pink butterfly. For the teal one, I left the color the same. My step-grandmother used variegated yarns. You can do whatever you like! It’s YOUR butterfly.) *10 dc in first ch 2 sp. Sc in next ch 2 sp. Repeat from * around. Join with sl st to top of first dc. Leave about a 3 inch tail. Fold flower shape in half, matching scallops. Weave in ends to the bottom, sewing the 2 layers together, only at the bottom middle. This allows the two layers of the butterfly wings to still have volume.

(This is round 3, completed.)

(This is round 3, folded in half.)
For the next step, a pipe cleaner was used on the original butterflies. I used black yarn. Do what you like! I cut about 18 inches of black yarn and wrapped it around the center several times, tying and leaving two long tails at the top, as the antennae.

Next up, I made a dc foundation chain to serve as a headband. I slipped it underneath the black center portion of the butterfly and joined it together, weaving in the ends. Voila!

(This is how a dc foundation chain is made, in case you were wondering - Ch 3, yarn over, insert hook in first ch and *pull up a loop. Yarn over, and pull through one loop LOOSELY (chain). Yarn over and pull through two loops twice (dc). You now have one foundation stitch. Yarn over and insert hook in ch of stitch just made. Repeat from * until you have desired number of stitches.)

PS - Use this pattern as much as you like for yourself or your friends, but please don't use it for items to sell! :)

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