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Free Crochet Pattern - Delicate Crochet Butterfly

 


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This is a 1970s crochet pattern to make this beautiful decorative crochet butterfly. Use as is or as an appliqué on a shirt! I used a crochet hook size 7 & crochet thread off white size 10. Finished size is 7" x 4-1/4"

 

Body - Row 1 (Right side): Starting at lower end, ch 4, 3 dc in 4th ch from hook.
Row 2 - ch 1, turn, 1 sc in next 3 dc, 1 sc in 3rd ch at end - 4 sc.
Row 3 - Ch 1 , turn, 1 sc in each sc across (2 sc-rows form 1 pattern row).
Row 4 - Repeat Row 3.
Row 5 - Ch 1, turn, 2 sc in first sc, 1 sc in each of next 2 sc, 2sc in last sc - 6 sc.
Row 6 - Ch 1, turn, 1 sc in each sc across.
Row 7-19 - Repeat Row 6 thriteen times - 9 pattern rows on right side at end of Row 19.
Row 20 - Ch 1, turn, dec as follows: insert hook in first sc and draw up a loop, insert hook in next sc and draw up a loop, yo and through all 3 loops on hook, 1 sc in each of next 2 sc, work dec over next 2 sc - 4 sc.
Row 21 - Repeat Row 6.
Row 22 - Ch 1, turn, work dec over first 2 sc, work dec over next 2 sc - 2 sc.
Head - Ch 2, turn, work cluster as follows: retaining last loop of each dc on hook, work 2 dc in first sc and 3 dc in next sc, yo and through all 6 loops on hook, ch 1 to hold. Do not break thread.
Antenna - Ch 25, draw up a loop in 2nd ch from hook and in next 3 ch, yo and through all 5 loops on hook, ch 1 to hold. Fasten off. From right side attach thread in top of cluster toward right of first antenna, work second antenna the same.
Left Lower Wing - Row 1 - With wrong side facing, sk first dc-row and next sc-row at lower end, attach thread in next row, 1 sc in same row, * ch 5, sk 1 pattern row, 1 sc in next pattern row *; repeat from * to * once, ch 4, sl st in 3rd ch from hook - picot, ch 2, sk 1 pattern row, 1 sc in next pattern row; repeat from * to * once - 4 loops.
Row 2 - Ch 3, turn (counts as first dc), work 2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc all over first loop - shell, ch 4, sk picot loop, (work 3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc all over next loop - shell) twice.
Row 3 - Work picot turning ch as follows: ch 4, sl st in 3rd ch from hook, ch 2 - turn, work shell in ch-3 space of first shell ch 4 shell in next shell, ch 1, 7 dc over next ch-4 loop, ch 1, shell in last shell.
Row 4 - Work picot turning ch, shell in first shell,ch 1, sk next ch-1 space, 1 dc in each of next 7 dc with ch-1 between each dc, ch 1, shell in next shell, ch 2, 1 sc over center of next loop, ch 2, shell in last shell.
Row 5 - Work picot turning ch, shell in first shell, ch 3, sk next space, 1 sc in next sc, ch 3, work 3 dc, ch 5, 3 dc all in center of next shell, ch 3, sk next space, 1 sc between first 2 dc, * ch 3, 1 sc between next 2 dc; repeat from * 4 times, ch 3, shell in last shell.
Row 6 - Work picot turning ch, shell in first shell, ch 4, sk next space, 1 sc over next ch-3 loop, * ch 3, 1 sc over next loop; repeat from * 3 times, ch 4, sk next space, work (3 dc, ch 3) twice and 3 dc all in center of next shell - double shell, ch 4, sk next space, 1 sc in next sc, ch 4, shell in last shell.
Row 7 - Work picot turning ch, shell in first shell, ch 5, sk next space, 1 sc in next sc, ch 5, shell in first ch-3 space of double shell. Mark next ch-3 space of same shell.
Row 8 - Work picot turning ch, 6 dc in center of first shell, 1 dc in each of next 3 dc of same shell, 1 dc in each of first 3 dc of next shell, work 3 tr and 3 dtr (yo 3 times) all in center of same shell.
Row 9 - Ch 3, turn, sl st in first dtr - picot. Fasten off.
Left Upper Wing - Row 7 - From wrong side attach thread in marked space, ch 3 - counts as first dc of shell, complete shell in same shell, ch 5, sk next space, 1 sc over next ch-3 loop, * ch 3, 1 sc over next loop; repeat from * twice, ch 5, shell in last shell.
Row 8 - Work picot turning ch, shell in first shell, ch 5, sk next space, 1 sc over next ch-3 loop, * ch 3, 1 sc over next loop; repeat from * once, ch 5, shell in last shell.
Row 9 - Work picot turning ch, shell in first shell, ch 5, sk next space, 1 sc over next ch-3 loop, ch 3, 1 sc over next loop, ch 5, shell in last shell.
Row 10 - Work picot turning ch, shell in first shell, ch 5, sk next space, 1 sc over ch-3 loop, ch 5, shell in last shell.
Row 11 - Work picot turning ch, shell in first shell, ch 5, sk next space, 1 sc in sc, ch 5, shell in last shell.
Row 12 - Work picot turning ch, 6 dc in center of first shell, 1 dc in each of next 3 dc of same shell, 1 dc in each of first 3 dc of next shell, 6 dc in center of same shell.
Row 13 - Ch 3, turn, sl st in first dc - picot. Fasten off.
Right Wing: With right side of body facing, work same as Left Wing. Place sc's of Row 1 to correspond with first side. (Note: Upper Wing, Row 7, starts with right side facing.)

 

Source: Decorating with Crochet - Anne Halliday 1975, public domain.