Benny the butterfly

It’s the start of spring, so it seemed appropriate to make a butterfly. This pattern uses 4 ply wool and a 2 mm hook. It is written in American crochet notation. The finished butterfly is 6.5 cm long. You could turn the butterfly into a brooch, a hair clip, a key ring or a cat toy or use it as a child’s toy πŸ™‚

A crochet butterfly in its natural crochet habitat.

Wings (make two)

Bottom part of the wing

Round 1: 6 sc in a magic ring (6) (all pink)

Round 2: increase in each stitch (12) (2 pink, 4 yellow, 2 pink, 4 yellow)

Round 3: sc in the first stitch, increase in the next stitch – repeat (18 stitches) (4 pink, 5 yellow, 4 pink, 5 yellow)

Round 4: sc in each stitch (18 stitches) (4 pink, 5 yellow, 4 pink, 5 yellow)

Round 5 – 6: sc in each stitch (18 stitches) (1 yellow, 2 pink, 7 yellow, 2 pink, 6 yellow) (2 rounds)

Fasten off

 

Top part of the wing

Round 1: chain 10, sc 8 stitches along one side, increase in the last stitch, sc 7 along the other side of the chain, increase in the last stitch (19 stitches) (all pink)

Round 2: sc in each stitch (19 stitches) (1 pink, 7 yellow, 2 pink, 8 yellow, 1 pink)

Round 3: decrease the first two stitches together, sc in the next 15 stitches, decrease the last two stitches together (17 stitches) (1 pink, 6 yellow, 2 pink, 7 yellow, 1 pink)

Round 4: sc in each stitch (17 stitches) (1 pink, 6 yellow, 2 pink, 7 yellow, 1 pink)

Round 5: decrease the first two stitches together, sc in the next 13 stitches, decrease the last two stitches together (15 stitches) (1 pink, 5 yellow, 2 pink, 6 yellow, 1 pink)

Round 6: decrease the first two stitches together, sc in the next 11 stitches, decrease the last two stitches together (13 stitches) (1 pink, 4 yellow, 2 pink, 5 yellow, 1 pink)

 

All together now

Round 7: (we are starting at the beginning of the top wing round) decrease the first two stitches together, sc in the next 4 stitches on the top wing, (now start on a pink stitch on the bottom wing) 7 sc on the bottom wing, (decrease stitches together) x 2, 7 sc, 5 sc on the top wing, decrease the last two stitches together (27 stitches) (1 pink, 11 yellow, 2 pink, 12 yellow, 1 pink)

Round 8: decrease the first two stitches together, sc in the next 7 stitches, (decrease stitches together) x 4, 8 sc, decrease the last two stitches together (21 stitches) (1 pink, 8 yellow, 2 pink, 9 yellow, 1 pink)

Round 9: decrease the first two stitches together, 2 sc, (decrease stitches together) x 6, 3 sc, decrease the last two stitches together (13 stitches) (1 pink, 4 yellow, 2 pink, 5 yellow, 1 pink)

Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

 

Body

With purple wool

Starting at the tail

Round 1: 6 sc in a magic ring (6 stitches)

Rounds 2 – 7: sc in each stitch (6 stitches) (6 rounds)

Round 8: sc in the first stitch, increase in the next stitch – repeat (9 stitches)

Rounds 9 – 14: sc in each stitch (9 stitches)

Stuff

Round 15: sc in the first stitch, decrease the next two stitches together – repeat (6 stitches)

Round 16: sc in each stitch (6 stitches)

Decrease until the hole closes, fasten off and weave in the end.

 

Antennae

Insert the hook into an appropriate spot in the head and chain 3. Weave in ends.

 

Legs (make 6)

Round 1: 4 sc in a magic ring (4 stitches)

Rounds 2 – 3: sc in each stitch (4 stitches) (2 rounds)

Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing.

Look at his little legs πŸ™‚

 

Assembly

Sew the wings and legs onto the body.