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Anisoptera (Dragonfly) Motif

Updated on August 4, 2011

The Anisoptera motif will definitely add a demure feel to any outfit or item it is on while expressing your environmental advocacy. You can make it into a pair of drop earrings, a pendant for a necklace, a beautiful brooch, a pretty keychain, a cute cellphone charm, an appliqué for your garments, a decoration for your personal things, an element for your scrapbook, etc. You can also make these for your family and friends.


The Anisoptera motif is made by joining two motifs together. The wings are made first. Then the body, head and antennae are worked in the wings. The plarn ends are then inserted in the body to hide it and give the body some shape.

Guage: This motif can be worked in any gauge. The gauge varies depending on various factors.

Finished size: Wing span = 2.5 in

Antennae to tip of body = 2 in

What You Need

Small amount of yellow-green plarn (plastic yarn) cut into 1/8-in strips

Small amount of white or dirty while plarn cut into 1/8-in strips

Steel Hook #7

Tapestry Needle


ch = chain

sc = single crochet

dc = double crochet

tr = treble crochet

dtr = double treble crochet

trtr = triple treble crochet

sl st = slip stitch

A = refers to the very first chain made with the yellow-green plarn

Crochet Instructions

With yellow-green plarn:

[(Ch 10, 1sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1dc, 1 tr, 1 dtr, 1 trtr, 1 dtr, 1 tr, 1 dc, sl st to A) this forms 1 wing] 4x. Fasten off.

With white plarn:

Insert hook in A, ch 10, 9 sc, starting with the 2nd ch from hook, sl st in A. This forms the body.

Begin the head with 1sc in A, skip 2 wings, 2 sc in A, skip 2 wings, 1 sc in A, sl st to 1st sc.

The antennae is formed with [ch 10, (skip 1 ch, sl st) 4x, sl st to next ch, sl st in A] 2x. Fasten off. Hide the plarn ends in the body of the dragonfly motif.


Dragonflies are valuable predators that eat mosquitoes, and other small insects like flies, bees, ants, and very rarely butterflies. They are usually found around lakes, ponds, streams and wetlands because their larvae, known as "nymphs", are aquatic. Pollution of these bodies of water disrupts the life cycle of dragonflies resulting to a decline in their population. A profusion of plastic bags in our waters kills not only nymphs.

Save a dragonfly.

Recycle your plastic bags.

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