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You’ll love making this beautiful crochet butterfly with the free step by step crochet pattern. If you prefer to print your patterns, you can get PDF formatted for easy printing right here.

colorful butterflies that are crocheted

About the Crochet Butterflies

Aren’t they just the cutest?

I got the idea to crochet butterflies as I realized my daughter’s room has inadvertently become butterfly themed. It’s fun to add touches of crochet to our decor so I set out to make butterflies that I can string as a garland and hang on her wall.

I’m not sure if I have had any other patterns go through as many iterations as this pattern did, but I think all the trial and error was worth it, don’t you?

They’ve become one of those projects, like the hearts, stars, and flowers, that I just keep making over and over again.

Besides being used for garlands, these butterflies will work great as appliques, magnets, and hair clips. I am sure there are more great uses that I am just not thinking of right now.

If you’d like to use the crochet butterflies as hair accessories, I paired them with these clips available on Amazon. You can place a little hot glue to hold them on or simply secure the butterfly by use the chain at the back of it.

These craft magnets on Amazon have good reviews overall and look like they’d work perfectly to make crochet butterfly magnets.

back side of a crochet butterfly clip

Yarn for the Crochet Butterflies

The great thing about these butterflies is that they don’t take much yarn (scrap amounts) and they can be made with almost any yarn in any color.

For the multicolored butterflies, I used Caron X Pantone yarn which is so perfect for this project! I was able to make 11 butterflies – 9 multicolored and 2 neutral. It was so nice to not have to stress over color combos for the butterflies, since it was already done for me.

The smaller butterflies were made with Premier Cotton Fair in Coral using a F/5-3.75 mm hook and came out to be about 2″ tall by 2.5″ wide.

girl with a crochet butterfly barrette in her hair

Stitches used for the Crochet Butterfly

As you can tell, the butterfly is quite puffy and, as you guessed it, is made mostly of puff stitches.

Chains, slip stitches, and one single crochet also make importance appearances in this pattern.

If you don’t already know how to do a magic circle, I would highly encourage you to learn that first. I have a great magic circle tutorial that’ll get you started.

You can try chaining 2 and working the first round in the 2nd chain from the hook if you aren’t a fan of the magic circle. I haven’t tried this yet but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. You will have a hole in the center of the stitches but as long as it isn’t too large, it’ll be covered by the chain that makes the body of the butterfly.

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crochet butterflies in a circle on a table

Uma Beautiful Butterfly Free Crochet Pattern

Skill Level: Easy

Materials:                            

US size H/8, 5.0 mm crochet hook

0.3 oz Caron X Pantone (5 Bulky) in Strawberry Chill

Large Eye Yarn Needle

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Abbreviations:

ch (s): chain(s)
st(s): stitch(es)
puff: see notes
sl st: slip stitch
MC: Main color
CC1: Contrasting color 1
CC2: Contrasting color 2
sp: space
sc: single crochet

Gauge: gauge is not critical

Finished Size: approx. 3.75” wide by 2.5” tall

Notes:

Puff st: (yarn over, insert hook into the st and pull up a loop) 3 times, yarn over and pull through all 7 loops on the hook.

You will not chain 1 to close each puff stitch. If “ch 1” is not written after the puff stitch, then you will leave the puff stitch open and start the next puff stitch.

The smaller butterflies were made with Premier Cotton Fair in Coral using a F/5-3.75 mm hook.

4 crochet butterflies in neutral colors

Crochet Butterfly Pattern Instructions:

Start with a magic circle with MC

Round 1: ch 2, puff st, ch 1, puff st, ch 3, puff st, ch 1, puff st, ch 1, sl st in ring- do not join, tighten to close. (4 puff sts)

Round 2:

Wing 1 – worked in chain 1 space between the first 2 puff stitches of round 1

Join CC1 in ch-1 sp, (puff st, ch 2, 2 puff sts, ch 1) in ch-1 sp,

Wings 2 and 3 – worked in chain 3 space between puffs 2 and 3 of round 1

(sl st, puff st, ch 2, puff st, ch 2, sc, ch 2, puff st, ch 2, puff st, ch 1) in ch-3 sp,

Wing 4 – worked in chain 1 space between the last 2 puff stitches of round 1

(sl st, 2 puff sts, ch 2, puff st, ch 1, sl st) in ch-1 sp.

(10 puff sts)

Round 3:

Wing 1– worked in chain 2 space between puffs 1 and 2 of round 2

Join CC2 in ch-2 sp, (3 puff sts, ch 3, 3 puff sts, ch 1) in ch-2 sp,

sl st in ch-1 sp (between puffs 3 and 4),

Wing 2– worked in chain 2 space between puffs 4 and 5 of round 2

(sl st, 2 puff sts, ch 3, 2 puff sts) in ch-2 sp,

ch 2, sl st in sc, ch 2,

Wing 3– worked in chain 2 space between puffs 6 and 7 of round 2

(sl st, 2 puff sts, ch 3, 2 puff sts, ch 1) in ch-2 sp,

sl st in ch-1 sp (between puffs 7 and 8),

Wing 4– worked in chain 2 space between puffs 9 and 10 of round 2

(sl st, 3 puff sts, ch 3, 3 puff sts, ch 1, sl st) in ch-2 sp.

(20 puff sts)

Fasten off and weave in ends

Body: with MC, ch 24, secure ends of chains with knots. Pull the chain between puffs 5 and 6 of round 2 and line up so the ends are even at the top of the butterfly. Tie/knot chain and cut ends.

Optional: pin antennae and in the ch-3 spaces and lightly steam block being careful not to melt your yarn if you are using acrylic yarn.

How to crochet a butterfly photo tutorial

butterfly crochet picture with puff stitches numbered

Round 1: Magic circle, ch 2, puff st, ch 1, puff st, ch 3, puff st, ch 1, puff st, ch 1, sl st in ring- do not join, tighten to close. (4 puff sts)

four puff stitches how to crochet a butterfly

Round 2:

Wing 1 – worked in chain 1 space between the first 2 puff stitches of round 1

Join CC1 in ch-1 sp,

(puff st, ch 2, 2 puff sts, ch 1) in ch-1 sp,

more puff stitches added

Wings 2 and 3 – worked in chain 3 space between puffs 2 and 3 of round 1

(sl st,

puff st, ch 2, puff st,

crocheting around adding more puff stitches to butterfly

ch 2, sc,

crocheting around adding more puff stitches to butterfly

ch 2, puff st, ch 2, puff st, ch 1) in ch-3 sp,

crocheting around adding more puff stitches to butterfly

Wing 4 – worked in chain 1 space between the last 2 puff stitches of round 1

(sl st,

crocheting around adding more puff stitches to butterfly

2 puff sts, ch 2, puff st, ch 1, sl st) in ch-1 sp.

(10 puff sts)

2 colors and rounds of puff stitches finished for butterfly

Round 3:

Wing 1– worked in chain 2 space between puffs 1 and 2 of round 2

Join CC2 in ch-2 sp,

adding 3rd color of butterfly wings

(3 puff sts, ch 3, 3 puff sts, ch 1) in ch-2 sp,

crocheting around adding more puff stitches to butterfly

sl st in ch-1 sp (between puffs 3 and 4),

crocheting around adding more puff stitches to butterfly

Wing 2– worked in chain 2 space between puffs 4 and 5 of round 2

(sl st,

crocheting around adding more puff stitches to butterfly

2 puff sts, ch 3, 2 puff sts) in ch-2 sp,

crocheting around adding more puff stitches to butterfly

ch 2, sl st in sc, ch 2,

Wing 3– worked in chain 2 space between puffs 6 and 7 of round 2

(sl st,

crocheting around adding more puff stitches to butterfly

2 puff sts, ch 3, 2 puff sts, ch 1) in ch-2 sp,

crocheting around adding more puff stitches to butterfly

sl st in ch-1 sp (between puffs 7 and 8),

Wing 4– worked in chain 2 space between puffs 9 and 10 of round 2

(sl st,

crocheting around adding more puff stitches to butterfly

3 puff sts, ch 3, 3 puff sts, ch 1, sl st) in ch-2 sp.

(20 puff sts)

Weave in ends.

crocheting around adding more puff stitches to butterfly

Body: with MC, ch 24, secure ends of chains with knots. Pull the chain between puffs 5 and 6 of round 2 and line up so the ends are even at the top of the butterfly.

adding chain body to crochet butterfly

Tie/knot chain and cut ends

how to crochet a butterfly finished picture

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4 crochet butterflies in neutral colors

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