Butterflies are a crafter's delight. They're such eye-catching creatures and have inspired countless artists and designers to capture their elegant beauty. Butterflies are particularly beloved by crochet enthusiasts because crochet is an ideal medium for creating intricate, lacy butterfly shapes and patterns. From blankets to scarves and appliques to stuffed toys, these free patterns will keep you busy with butterflies for some time.
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Butterfly Baby Blanket and Cocoon
This fascinating and eye-catching pattern is one part baby blanket, one part baby cocoon, and one part costume. It is a ton of fun and would make a great gift for an expecting mother.
This free pattern was designed by Michele Wilcox. It features the brilliantly colored, super-soft yarn found in the Anne Geddes Baby Yarn collection.
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Butterfly appliques are simple little projects that work up quickly. They can be attached to any garment, from hats to scarves to sweaters or simply adhered to a pin, barrette, or hair clip. This pretty little butterfly from DROPS Design is crocheted using three different colors of lightweight yarn. It is very textured and has lots of dimension.
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Butterfly Crochet Graphgan
Crocheted squares featuring a graphic butterfly design come together to create a fantastic afghan. In this pattern, the butterflies pop out of the background in brilliant variegated colors.
Repeat Crafter Me has this free pattern, butterfly graph, and lots of great tips for the colorwork. The first part shows you how to create the blocks and part two demonstrates how to construct and finish the afghan.
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Butterflies have long been a favorite motif for crocheters. This vintage pattern from The Spool Cotton Company's 1951 publication "Butterflies in Crochet" is classy and fabulous. It's probably best for advanced crocheters, but if you break it down step-by-step, you'll learn how to create beautiful butterfly handkerchiefs.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Absolutely adorable, these little butterfly amigurumi from Spin a Yarn Crochet are super fun and easy projects. Work up these stuffed animals in a variety of colors and you'll have cute gifts for every child in your life. It's also a great way to use up some of your leftover yarn.
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Do you have a child who wants to dress up like a butterfly? Then you'll definitely want to get this free pattern from MJ's Off the Hook Designs. The butterfly costume includes a hat with antennae attached to butterfly wings with hand mitts. It should crochet up rather fast and make your kid super happy.
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An elegant design from Yarnspirations, this butterfly wrap is perfect for any woman who wants to celebrate butterflies. The wrap drapes over your shoulders and around the back to form a butterfly before being tied in front around your waist. Wear it with any dress and you have an instant fashion statement.
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Butterfly Garden Baby Booties
Crocheting baby booties is always a delight and they're so tiny that a pair can be completed quickly. Hopeful Honey has a cute pattern designed for babies up to 12 months and it uses just a few basic stitches. The pattern is rated at an "easy" level, so it's perfect for new crocheters, too.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Dainty and beautiful, Cylinda Matthews designed a fantastic butterfly bookmark that's available on Crochet Memories. Worked in crochet thread, it's a simple project that would make a fantastic introduction to lace-like crochet patterns. Make some for yourself and a few to give away as gifts.
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The Last Butterfly Scarf
This beautiful scarf uses a variation of the basic butterfly stitch. It creates a stunning pattern with a swarm of lacy butterflies all along the scarf to create an eye-catching accessory.
The pattern from Crochet Between Worlds is done in a light fingering yarn with a gradient of colors. It could easily be adapted to other yarn weights to create a chunkier scarf if you like.