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
Yarn: Tahki 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.
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.