This month I’ve been teaching three consecutive beginners crochet classes. It’s been brilliant fun spreading the crochet word and seeing people come to love it as much as I do. I’ve met some lovely ladies (gentlemen you are most welcome to join a class…) and am delighted that all of them have signed up for future classes. Several of the ladies were keen to have a go at making a butterfly so I’ve written this pattern for them. I’ve tried to make it as easy to follow as possible so that people who are new to crochet can have a go. Enjoy!
Step one: choose your yarn and matching hook size! I chose to use Stylecraft Classique cotton yarn which is DK weight and therefore I used a 4mm hook, you could also experiment with a 3mm hook for a tighter finish. With a 4mm hook and DK weight yarn the finished butterfly is approx 12cm wide. For a smaller butterfly try 4 ply yarn or for a larger butterfly you can try aran or even chunky!!
NB This pattern is written in UK crochet terms.
To make a ring:
Make a slip stitch in first chain to make a ring (Put hook through the first chain you made and pull yarn back though that chain and through the loop on your hook).
chain 3 then make 2 trebles into the ring, *chain 2, make 3 trebles in the ring**, repeat from * to ** 6 more times (so that you have 8 groups of 3 trebles with 2 chains in between each), chain 2 and slip stitch to the third of the initial 3 chain to complete the round, fasten off.
Change colour by joining in any 2 chain space from round one (hold new colour behind work, pull a loop through the space with your hook then make one chain to secure)
Make 3 trebles in the same 2 chain space, chain 2, make three more trebles in the same space, skip to next 2 chain space and in this space make *3 trebles, chain two, 3 trebles**, repeat from * to ** in every 2 chain space around, join with a slip stitch to first treble, fasten off.
Change colour by joining in any 2 chain space from round two (hold new colour behind work, pull a loop through the space with your hook then make on chain to secure)
Make 6 trebles in same space, chain 3, then make 6 trebles in the same space as the first 6, *slip stitch in the space between the two sets of three trebles from round two, in the next 2 chain space make 6 trebles chain 2, 6 trebles** repeat from * to ** all the way around, slip stitch in the final space then slip stitch in the first treble that you made in this round. Fasten off.
Weave in ends
Fold in half- you now have your butterfly shape!!
Chain 20 to make the body of the butterfly, snipping the ends off near to the knots, wrap it around the butterfly wings and tie a knot at the top to form the two antennae. Secure with a stitch or two.