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Making Dragonflies and Bug wings from yarn

Updated on May 24, 2011

Bugs and Butterflies

Sitting at my desk surrounded by the various mediums that I work with, crochet hooks, yarn and crochet thread, I thought I might try my hand at something new. Bugs! I had mentioned to a friend that I was making butterflies for my daughters graduating class this year. She said she loved Butterflies and Fireflies.

Butterflies represent change and I was in the hopes that if I could give these new graduates their first pair of wings, they could take life as far as they wished! They've all worked very hard for the last 8 months learning the in’s and out’s of becoming a Dental Assistant, along with donating 160 hours each of their time for an extern-ship. It is time for them to spread their wings and fly into a new life.

I have the Butterfly pattern down pat, time to move into a different direction!

Hmmm, I thought ‘Fireflies’? I wonder if I could do that?

So I began my quest in making a firefly, I had black and neon green yarn, I could do this! What I ended up with is something that looks like one of those green flies you see flying around it’s favorite poo-poo platter. But in the process I did teach myself how to make wings! It’s a good thing to know right? One never knows when one will need a pair of wings.

Wings - Alone they look like a moth

Pattern for Wings

So here is the pattern I have come up with for making wings for bugs.  First you must determine how big the wings will need to be.  I chose 1 ¼ inches.  

Using a smaller blend of yarn - Caron - Simply Soft and size F crochet hook.  (for demonstration purposes I used green so you could see the stitches) 

Chain 8 - slip stitch into the second chain (back loop only) from the hook and each of the rest of the chain back to the beginning. (6 stitches)  chain 1 turn.

Slip stitch into the 6 stitches chain 1 turn.

Skip 1st stitch and slip stitch into the next 4 stitches with single crochet in last stitch.

Chain 6 slip stitch into 2nd chain from hook, chain 1 turn.

Slip stitch into next 3 stitches and 2 slip stitches in last, chain 2 turn.

Slip stitch into each chain and all other slip stitches (6 stitches), chain 1.

Slip stitch into center of wing (single crochet) draw up loop, slip stitch into very first stitch draw up loop and yarn over drawing through all 3 loops on the hook.  

You have now finished your wings!!  Attach them to whatever you wish!!

Oops - Slip of the tongue!

When my friend realized that she had said ‘fireflies’ she corrected herself and said she meant to say ‘Dragonflies’.  So now I was on a quest to make a Dragonfly.  Since dragonflies come in bright colors, I was all set with my materials!  I have plenty of bright colors to choose from.  This time I chose purple and green.

Dragonfly - with bobbypin

Dragonfly pattern

Again I was using the Caron - Simply soft yarn and the size F crochet hook.

Body of Dragonfly-

Chain 13 - slip stitch into the 2nd chain from the hook and each chain thereafter, (11 stitches), 2 single crochet at the top (head of dragonfly), slip stitch down the other side. Finish off, tuck in loose yarn.

Wings of Dragonfly -

In 4th stitch from head on the side attach new color yarn. *Chain 13, slip stitch in 2nd chain from hook, single crochet in next chain, half double crochet in next 3 stitches, 3 double crochet in next 3 chain, 2 half double crochet in next 2 chain, single crochet in last chain, slip stitch in body of dragonfly.

Moving down 2 stitch in body of dragonfly slip stitch and repeat from *. 2nd wing on same side is made. Finish off, tuck in ends.

Repeat on other side of dragonfly.

There is no limit to what you can create!!

Slip bobby pin in back side of the Dragonfly and you have a nice hair accessory for someone special!

With bits and pieces of yarn scraps the uses are limited to your imagination!!  These make lovely quick gifts for those surprise birthday parties!!  Even if you’ve gotten a gift for someone, these will make a great addition to the wrappings!!  And what child doesn’t like bugs?   

For boys slip a safety pin in the back and he can wear his bugs on his jacket!  Or make a bunch for neat little toys.  Get him started on his bug collection early!! 


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    • Sweetsusieg profile image

      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks!! Even after more than a year I still have a mess on my desk with tons of goodies that I've made. I just finished a scarf today - now to figure out who to give it to!!

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      torrilynn 5 years ago

      Very creative hub! I use to make different things out of yarn when I was younger with my grandma. This gives me a better way to continue making more cool and nice things. Thanks. Voted up.

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      Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks, I'm always fiddling with yarn to create cool stuff!

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      Dahlia Flower 6 years ago from Canada

      Very nice hub. These are unique little items you've created.

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      Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

      Hmmm, lady bugs? Ok, I'll have to see what I can come up with! It sounds like a plan!

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      frogyfish 6 years ago from Central United States of America

      These sound like a lot of fun to make and for the kids to receive. How about a ladybug next? Fun hub here!

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      Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

      Yes!! That would be great, I think they could go on many things... Thanks for stopping by!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Neat project, and a fun hub. Thanks much for sharing! I envision putting them on a little girl's poncho.

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      Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

      Just remember crocheting is done with a hook, knitting is with needles.. It's all about practice, practice, practice...

      Thanks for stopping by!!

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      Mimi721wis 6 years ago

      I always get crocheting and knitting confused. The dragonflies are beautiful. I know some women that crochet or knit really well. They make roses, trash can covers, almost anything you could image. Wish I could do it. I see you have some talent.

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      Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks! They were fun to make!

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      elizabeth 6 years ago from Buncombe County, NC

      Very adorable.

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      Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

      Hmm, well I'm not sure about that, but Thanks!!! I just guess I have figured out what the stitches do when put together, so ok, I'll accept skill!! LOL Thanks again!!

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      chspublish 6 years ago from Ireland

      Great skill involved.

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      Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

      My daughter is hoping to take her career further and eventually become a Dentist!! She was offered a job at the place she did her extern-ship, but not until September, so we'll see where she goes!!

      The Butterflies I'm making are mini's, I written a little something to go along with each one. I'm still waiting to find out from my daughter how many were in her class!! Hate to not have enough!!

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      That is so funny Susie, I used to be a Dental Assistant. I hated the Dentist though....Now that's a Hub :-)

      Very cool hub, I love dragonflies and butterflies...Very symbolic creatures!

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      Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

      SWEET!! Glad to hear that you are going to try these!! I bet with beads they'd look eve better... Best of luck!

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      C-Bless 6 years ago from Canada

      Ooooh, how cute!! I'm gonna give these a whirl as beadery and jewellery-making already exists in our home. Thank you very much for sharing...

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      Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

      thanks!!! Glad you stopped by!

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      elnavann 6 years ago from South Africa

      Very creative and thanks for sharing the pattern

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      Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

      LOL - Well I can certainly say that for me crocheting is way more fun than cross stitch!! LOL But then again my mom didn't cross stitch until her later year so I may yet pick that up..

      Actually it really is pretty easy... Just a series of loops connected using a hook. I learned many years ago and am working on perfecting patterns these days. I even created an Irish Claddagh out of crochet thread, turning it into a doily, imagine that!!

      I'm so glad to hear from you!! With the way things have been happening here on HubPages I haven't been doing much writing on this site. I did Google me (sweetsusieg), I was so surprised to see so much!!

      Thank you so much for stopping by!!

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      drbj and sherry 6 years ago from south Florida

      Susie - I havem't the vaguest notion of how to slip stiches and crochet - I'm lucky to figure out how to spell that word. And I have no affection for insects, dragon flies or otherwise. But I do have to admit these crocheted bugs are unique and unusual. So crochet away with my blessing.

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      Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks!! Glad you stopped by to have a look!!

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      marellen 6 years ago

      Very cute and I'm sure they just loved them. Very creative.

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      Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

      Thank you!! I had fun creating them as well!

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      Lucky621 6 years ago from The Sunshine State

      Wow! Very creative! Love them!! Rated this one up!!

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      Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

      LOL - Well Sharon you gave me an idea and sometimes that is the BEST thing!!! Thanks!!

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      Sharon 6 years ago

      They are so very COOL! I am TOTALLY impressed with your "MAD SKILLS"!! Sorry I sent you in the wrong direction 1st!! LOL