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Crochet Butterfly Applique Tutorial

This crochet butterfly applique is easy to make and fun to learn!

As a kid, I have fond memories running around my garden, butterfly net in hand, chasing butterflies as fast as I could —until one day I caught one. The brighly colored wings mesmerized me: brushes of orange and black with spots of white. It was like nothing I had seen before and I was sad when I had to let the butterflies go. I know I can’t be the only one who admires these creatures. That’s why I’ve always had a soft spot for the Butterfly Garden Skirt from I Like Crochet magazine. Doesn’t it just scream summer? As a special treat for you, the editorial team has pulled out the butterfly crochet applique so you an create your own crochet butterflies for free. There’s so many ways to use these adorable motifs — from crochet headbands, to bootie toppers, to even a baby mobile. Let your imagination run wild!


Crochet Butterfly Applique Tutorial


Light weight yarnYarnTahki Yarns Cotton Classic (100% Mercerized Cotton; 108 yards [99 meters]/50 grams):  3402 Dark Orange (C, 1 ball), 3449 Bubblegum Pink (D, 1 ball), 3533 Bright Yellow (E, 1 ball)

Hook: US size G/6 (4.25 mm)

Notions: Tapestry needle,  sewing needle and matching thread.

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Butterflies (make 8 (10, 12, 14) each using C, D and E as MC. Use another color for body and antennae)

With MC, ch 4, sl st into first ch to form a ring.
Rnd 1: *Ch 3, 3 tr into ring, ch 3, sl st into ring, ch 3, 3 tr into ring, ch 3, sl st into ring, ch 2, 3 dc into ring, ch 2, sl st into ring, ch 2, dc 3 into ring, ch 2, sl st into ring.

Fasten off, leaving a tail approx. 8″ long.

Cut a strand of another color 12″ long. Wrap around Body 3 times and tie a square knot between triple crochet clusters for head. Tie an overhand knot in each end about ½” away from head for antennae, then trim ends.

These little butterflies are used to make the Butterfly Garden Skirt! Join the Gold Club today to access this pattern.

Where will you use your crochet butterflies? Tell us in the comments!

    • Nicola P.

      Hi Jeralyn! Tr means treble crochet or triple crochet. Hope this helps! – Nicola, Editor

  • Cathy B.

    Making a solid colored baby blanket. These will be perfect to sew onto the blanket to add a bit of color!

  • Dorothy P.

    I have long wanted to crochet a lace tablecloth that has butterflies on it, as a gift for my sister-in-law who uses butterflies as her signature on the stunning quilts she makes. Having never found a pattern for one, I was thrilled to see this. I will crochet these with crochet cotton, then add them as appliqués on a tablecloth I crochet.

  • I used a similar pattern with a scripture on it and our Prayer Shawl team at church give them out to nursing homes, awhite ones at funerals and muti colors for other occasions.

    People are always grateful

  • Lesley-ann B.

    I am keen to make a bunch and stitch them onto a tulle throw for my dining table. Protecting our meals from bugs!

  • Fay C.

    I think these are great! Awsome to embellish some very cute tops I have been creating for myself. Thankyou Fay

  • Marcia P.

    I was thinking I might appliqué it to a plastic canvas sunglasses case for a friend.

  • Jennifer S.

    I just completed a small market tote for the little one in my life and even though I was so happy with it, I really felt like it needed something ? This butterfly is exactly what it needs !!! Can’t wait to see how it looks when it’s finished ! Thank you !!! ????


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