Free Crochet Pattern for Butterflies

Bring in spring with this easy butterfly crochet pattern. These little guys are happy and bright and they work up so quickly you will want to make many. They are a great way to use up your yarn scraps too. You can change the size by using different types and sizes of yarn. Mix up the colors, yarns and decorations and have fun!

Butterfly Crochet Pattern by Crochet



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Size: Various sizes, depending upon yarn used

• Any yarn desired in various colors
• Hook as needed for yarn
• Yarn needle for weaving ends
• Beads/wire optional

Gauge: Not important for this project

Beg – beginning
Ch – chain
Dc – double crochet
Hdc – half double crochet
R – Round
Sc – single crochet
Sl st(s) – slip stitch(es)
St(s) – stitch(es)
Tr – treble

• Beginning ch1 does not count as a stitch
• Start each Row in the same stitch as the beginning ch1
• Number in ( ) at end of Round indicates the number of stitches in that Round
• Work instructions in [ ] as a set, the designated number of times

Crochet Tips: click on the tip below for a tutorial
• Fastening off neatly
• Weaving in ends
• How to make neat color changes

Design Tips
• Use different colors for each round.
• Add beads, sequins or other materials to the body or wings.
• Use different weight/type of yarns and threads for different sizes and looks.

Looking for a place to put your pretty butterfly? How about the Butterfly Kisses Dress?

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R1: Make a Magic Circle, ch2 (counts as hdc), 2 hdc, ch2, [3 hdc, ch2] repeat 6 more times, join with sl st to top of beg ch2. Pull beginning yarn tail to close center hole. Fasten off, join new color in any ch2 space. (24 hdc)

Free Crochet Pattern for Butterflies by Crochet Zone

R2: Working in each ch2 space, [ch3, (counts as dc), 2dc, ch2, 3dc] in first space, [3dc, ch2, 3dc] in each remaining ch2 space, join with sl st to beg ch3. Fasten off, join new color in any ch2 space. (48 dc)

Free Crochet Pattern for Butterflies by Crochet Zone

R3: Work in each ch2 space as noted below, sl st in area between each group of 3dc, join after last repeat and fasten off.
• 1st ch2 space: [ch3 (counts as dc), 7dc], sl st in space between groups of 3dc
• 2nd, 5th, 6th ch2 space: 8dc, sl st in space between groups of 3dc
• 3rd, 4th, 7th ch2 space: [hdc, dc, 2 tr, ch3, sl st in first ch, 2 tr, dc, hdc] in ch2 space, sl st in space between groups of 3dc
• 8th ch2 space: [hdc, dc, 2 tr, ch3, sl st in first ch, 2 tr, dc, hdc] in ch2 space, sl st in last space between groups of 3dc, sl st to top of beg ch3. Fasten off.

Free Crochet Pattern for Butterflies by Crochet Zone

Finishing: With wrong sides touching, fold in half so that the petals with the points are together (these are the bottom wings). Stich down center to hold closed. There are various ways to do this:
• Chain stitch (surface stitch) through all thicknesses.
• Use a straight stitch using a contrast color using a yarn needle.
• Use wire or other material and twist in place.

Free Crochet Pattern for Butterflies by Crochet Zone
For the antennas, cut a piece of yarn two times as long as desired antenna length, slip in place at top. To stiffen the antennas, you may use a little bit of fabric glue and dab it on rubbing it up the antenna, when it dries they will be hardened.

Free Crochet Pattern for Butterflies by Crochet Zone

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37 thoughts on “Free Crochet Pattern for Butterflies

  1. Beth Mills

    Thank you for the butterfly and the butterfly kisses dress pattern…I will give credit to you when selling and to your link. I used the basic dress and added my own trim style to it. Again thank you for the patterns

  2. CrochetZone

    Oh that sounds so lovely!

  3. Danielle

    These are fantastic! I’m crocheting flower bouquets for the centerpieces at my wedding and I’m going to put one of these in each of them too!!! So beautiful!

  4. CrochetZone

    Thank you very much! Yes, selling your butterflies is fine and I do appreciate the link back.

  5. Jean

    Grateful to you for sharing free patterns! =) I would like to ask permission to use your pattern to make butterflies to sell. I would, of course, give you credit for the pattern and provide a link to your site. Thank you!

  6. Linda Anter

    What an adorable dress!! I’m going to make it for my 4 month old granddaughter.

    Thank you.

  7. CrochetZone

    Hi there, thank you for your interest. You are welcome to post the link to the pattern, but do not post any portion of the pattern itself in your group. I’d love to join your group too, what is the name?

  8. Colly ibbs

    Can I get permission to post this free pattern in my facebook craft group please

  9. CrochetZone

    Thanks so much for including me.

  10. I made 6 of these, and they are easy after you get through the directions. They are super cute and I love that 3 D look. Great pattern
    : )

  11. CrochetZone

    You are quite welcome.

  12. Clara Janeke

    Thanks for the pattern!

  13. CrochetZone

    Oh that is so wonderful. I’m so happy you will be using my butterflies. Feel free to browse through my free patterns and perhaps you will find a hat pattern you like too.

  14. Marie Falck

    I am going to bring some happiness to a darling little girl who turned 7 yr. old today. I am making several sun hats for her to wear as she is going through chemo therapy due to kidney cancer. I thought butterflies on the hats would compliment the hats too. I plan to also put rhinestones on the bodies to add sparkle and lustre to them. The Grandma asked me to make them and she will either deliver or mail them when they are complete. This little darlin’ lives in Colorado.

  15. Marilyn

    Wonderful pattern. I have made 1 so far but will be making more. Thank you so much for a beautiful, but easy to follow, pattern

  16. CrochetZone

    So thrilled you like it!

  17. sherri

    This is too cute! We provide foster care for troubled teens (girls!), and I like to focus on butterflies for crafts that we do. Such a great motivator for optimism! LOVE this pattern, and I know “our” girls will, too! Thanks!!

  18. Carolyn Thorn

    I LOVE this pattern. I have been using it for over 20 years. It was part of my vanity therapy. 😀 In some areas of WV, PA and MD, I was known as the “butterfly lady” because I always had some to share. I do vary the pattern though. Where the upper wings would be, I *hdc, dc, 3 triple crochet for 2 pattern openings, then back to the dcs; then * my variation. I usually make them into refrigerator or file cabinet magnets. One friend bought about 50 and put them on a table top tree for spring.

    Thank you for sharing this pattern.

  19. CrochetZone
  20. CrochetZone

    I’m so happy! Thank you for letting me know.

  21. nancy

    Love your pattern so easy to follow , I have made several butterflys now..Thanks so much!!

  22. CrochetZone

    Great idea!

  23. Jeanne Moore

    What’s a “magic circle?” The pattern starts with “Make a magic circle…” I am sure this must be a certain number of chains and then join with a slip stich – but how many do we chain? 6 is a usual number.

  24. londa

    Pipe cleaners work good too!

  25. Love the butterflies I make some out of soda bottles

  26. margalit

    thanks very much for sharing the pattern, i made one so far, very cute 🙂

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