We’re a little obsessed with butterflies in this house – butterfly quilt cover, butterfly cake, butterfly foil art… Hmmm, what else can I make with butterflies? You’ve already had a peek at these with the Blossom Handbag – a Crochet Butterfly Hairclip:
This was given to one of my son’s kindy friends, so unfortunately, I don’t have any photos of it being modelled. Celeste wants me to make some for her, so I’m sure there’ll be more in my future soon!
Here’s the pattern:
2.25mm crochet hook
3 colours of crochet cotton – small amount of each
1 fake stamen
1 alligator hairclip
Small scrap of felt
Hot glue gun and glue
White thread and sewing needle
I’ve used the American nomenclature for the stitches (even though I’m an Aussie – most of the patterns I find on-line use this nomenclature, so it’s what I’ve got used to!). If in doubt, please refer to the Lionbrand Learning Center website for how-tos for each stitch.
Ch = Chain
dc = Double Crochet
sc = Single Crochet
Ch 8. Slipstitch in first chain to make a ring.
Round 1: Ch 3. Work 23 dc in ring. Join to top of first chain with slipstitch.
Change yarn colour.
Round 2: Ch 3. 2 dc and 1 ch and 3 dc *skip 2 stitches, (3 dc and ch 1 and 3 dc) in the next stitch. Repeat from * around. Join to top of first chain with slipstitch.
Change yarn colour.
Round 3: SC in each stitch. Finish off.
Weave in loose ends.
Fold in half to create the butterfly and sew a few stitches to hold the two halves together at the centre.
Fold the fake stamen in half and wrap it around the centre of the butterfly. Twist it at the top of the butterfly. Sew a couple of stitches with sewing needle and thread to hold the stamen in place, wrap the thread around the twisted section of the stamen a couple of times and then sew a couple of extra stiches. This helped me to keep the antennae pointing in the right directions.
Hot glue a small piece of felt to the back of the butterfly.
Then hot glue the alligator clip to the felt. I like to put a big blob of hot glue and then squeeze it through between the prongs, and letting it spread out a bit (holding the clip open while it dries). It feels more secure that way and the hot glue helps the clip hold in the hair (if your kids have baby-fine hair like mine!).
If you want to make a larger butterfly, you could use worsted weight yarn and a size 4 or 4.5mm crochet hook.
This is my first crochet pattern, so please let me know in the comments if it doesn’t make sense!