- Arts and Design
The original pattern "Jamie's Butterflies" was found online, late one night a few years ago. I am in LOVE with this pattern. Here is the original article I read. http://www.crochetdynamite.com/2012/09/the-hook-makes-project.html . This article has great descriptions and pictures of the work. I changed the pattern to make it the way I ended up liking it best. I have made a large amount of these and plan to sell them someday, somewhere. I have made these in small, medium, and large sizes. I can see them working really well with a flower blanket or purse pattern as an add-on as well. Here is my way of doing this great craft.
You can make them any size but for the sake of fitting onto the alligator clips I choose to use, they end up being about 1 -2 inches across and 1.5 – 2.5 inches long.
Yarn - I have tried many different kinds from wool to peaches and cream. They all give a different added effect making each butterfly unique. So be creative.
I used black and green embroider floss, and still do sometimes on the smaller butterflies, but prefer to use thinner black or green yarn instead. I do have a couple of butterflies made with pipe cleaner for the body and antennae and googley eye stickers.
Hook - I prefer a smaller one because I really go for uniqueness when I create a butterfly so I have even switched the hook out when switching colors using the smaller one for the beginning.
Stickers (or as I call them stick-on) - The stickers tend to peel off too quickly so I use a glue gun and a dab of glue to help keep these on.
Barrettes – After trying a few different kinds I fell in love with the alligator clip style barrette. I use a small line of glue here as well to keep the barrette stuck to the butterfly.
R1: Create a “magic loop”, I have read different things online (different pages) about how many loops to make a magic loop so I just experimented and I like six the best. Six also works best with the following instruction. If you change the loop size you have to change the number of stiches done in the rest of the pattern as well. This can determine how big your butterfly is though, if you do a loop of 4 verses a loop of 8 you can change the way the wings look and everything. All the butterflies I do end up with a clear upper wing which is bigger and a clear lower wing that is smaller.
Chain 2 (counts as first double crotchet), 2 more double crotchet, chain 1, 7 times, (you can do more, 3 double crotchet chain 1, to make different looking, and more unique wings) slip stitch to the chain 2 to close round, (there will be eight 3 double crotchet clusters, and eight chain spaces) This makes the body of the butterfly so whichever color is done here is seen as the body.
R2: Change color here for the wings. 6 double crotchet in next chain space, slip stitch in center stitch of next dc cluster, (this is your upper wing so you can do these in one color and the 5 double crotchet in a new color. Because butterflies are all about mixing beautiful colors.) 5 double crotchet in next chain space, slip stitch in center stitch of next double crotchet cluster, 2 times. Then 6 double crotchet in next chain space, slip stitch in center stitch of next double crotchet cluster, 2 times. 5 double crotchet in next chain space, slip stitch in center stich of next double crotchet cluster, 2 times. 6 double crotchet in next chain space, slip stitch in center stitch of next double crotchet. Fold in half where it looks best to you.
Now take your black or green floss or yarn and cut a six inch length off. Wrap it neatly around the middle of the butterfly, and put the knot where you want the butterflies head to be. Next get the stickers and decide where you want them, add a dab (very small) to where you are going to place the sticker on the butterfly. Carefully apply. (Hot glue is well hot) ;) Now take your barrette and add a small line of hot glue to where it will stick to your butterfly. Carefully attach butterfly be either putting alligator barrette through the yarn/floss that makes up the body and holding in place, or if it is a different type of barrette just sticking the butterfly to it. I have lots of pictures on my website of finished butterfly barrettes.