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Super Easy Butterfly Motif, or applique

Posted by on February 27, 2014

Crocheted Butterfly using a granny circle 😉

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I have been challenged with making a butterfly afghan in pink and purple for my youngest granddaughter, Rosie.  Put my thinking cap on and spent a few hours working this out last night. Posting the butterfly here so I can remember it when I think of the rest of the blanket 🙂 Sharing is also caring, spread your wings and come up with other ways to implement this project.

 Materials:

Small amounts of Worsted Weight yarn

Size G (4.25mm) Hook

Darning needle and scissors

Gauge:

Finished Butterfly is approximately 3 inches tall and 4 inches wide

Stitches Used:

ch = Chain

ss = Slip Stitch

sc = Single Crochet

dc = Double Crochet

picot = chain 2, ss into top of dc made prior to the chain2.

Begin:

Ch 5 – ss to make a circle.

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Round 1. Ch 3, 2dc, ch2, 3dc, *3dc, ch2, 3dc*- repeat * to * six more times and ss to join round. (8 chain 2 spaces made)

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Round 2. Ch2, into chain 2 spaces from last round: (3dc, 2ch, 3dc) x 7; in last chain 2 space (3dc, 2ch, 2dc), ss to beginning ch2 to close. (8 clusters made.)

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Round 3.

variation 1: (8dc in ch2 space, ss into space between clusters of last round) x 8, break yarn and weave ends. (8 clusters made)

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variation 2:  (4dc, picot, 4dc in ch2 space, ss into space between clusters of last round) x 8, break yarn and weave ends. (8 clusters made)

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variation 3: (4dc, picot, 4dc in ch2 space, ss into space between clusters of last round) x 1,  (8dc in ch2 space, ss into space between clusters of last round) x 2, (4dc, picot, 4dc in ch2 space, ss into space between clusters of last round) x 2, (8dc in ch2 space, ss into space between clusters of last round) x 2, (4dc, picot, 4dc in ch2 space, ss into space between clusters of last round) x 1, break yarn and weave ends. (8 clusters made)

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Let’s put it together! 

Cut a length of string that is about 10 inches long, tie the ends together in a knot leaving a bit at the ends for the “antennae”. I used black here for a demonstration but you can mix and match anyway that suits your project 😉

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Lay the motif on a surface with the wrong side facing you and fold in half from top to bottom, if you are using variation 3 make sure the picot points are at the top and bottom.

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Wrap the string loop you made around the center and hook the knot into the bottom of loop to secure.

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Voila! Done. You can really use anything that is bendable in place of the string to hold the shape that suits your design or needs. This was made in worsted weight yarn because my intent is for a blanket; however, you could also use any string and adjust your hook size appropriately. Have fun and embellish your life.

 

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© 2014 Cass Dodge

Do to individual crafting techniques, I am giving instructions in good faith. Your results may differ from mine – and to me that is brilliant! Please be kind and do not reproduce this pattern or sell pattern. You are free to sell items made using this pattern, I only ask that you include my design name and link to my blog: www.knitfree.cassdodge.com in your online listings. Thanks!

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