Today I’ll be showing you how to make this crochet butterfly with my free pattern and video tutorial.

Finished crochet butterfly green background landscape

The video tutorial is available on my YouTube channel at Crochet Butterfly Tutorial.

 

You can view the complete pattern on this page for free by scrolling down, or if you would like to download the pattern it’s available in PDF format on my Ravelry store for $1 at Crochet Butterfly Pattern.

This pattern will use US terminology. If you would like to view the UK version go to Crochet Butterfly Pattern (UK Version).

Crochet Butterfly Pattern

Abbreviations

  • st – stitch
  • sts – stitches
  • ch – chain
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • sc – single crochet
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • dc – double crochet
  • tr – treble crochet
  • dtr – double treble crochet

Materials Used 

  • Crochet cotton or wool, I used 7 colours of 4 ply crochet cotton.
  • A crochet hook, I used a 1.25mm hook.
  • Scissors.
  • Darning needle to weave in ends.
  • Sewing needle and black cotton to sew upper body onto body.

Body

15 ch.

Miss 1st ch, work 1 sc into each ch to end then work 1 sc into the back of each ch.  Fasten off.

Crochet butterfly body

Wing

Join cotton to top of body as shown.

 Crochet butterfly beginning first wing

25 ch.

Work 1 tr in 5th ch from hook, 2 dtr in each of next 2 sts, 1 joined tr over following 2 sts, 1 tr in each of next 3 sts, 1 joined tr over following 2 sts, 1 dc in each of next 3 sts, 1 hdc in each of following 5 sts, 1 sc in each st to end.  Sl st into next st on body.  Fasten off.

Crochet butterfly first wing first segment

Join next colour 5 sts from end of 1st wing segment as shown.

Crochet butterfly joining for second segment first wing 

4 ch, work 3 tr in same place as ch, 1 tr in each of next 4 sts, 1 joined tr over following 2 sts, 1 dc in each of next 3 sts, 1 hdc in each of following 3 sts, 1 sc in each of last 4 sts.  Sl st into next st on body.  Fasten off.

Crochet butterfly first wing second segment

Join next colour 5 sts from end of 2nd wing segment.

4 ch, work 3 tr in same place as ch, 1 tr in each of next 3 sts, 1 joined tr over following 2 sts, 1 dc in each of next 3 sts, 1 hdc in each of following 3 sts, 1 sc in next st and 2 sc in last st.  Sl st into next st on body.  Fasten off.

Crochet butterfly first wing third segment

Join next colour 4 sts from end of 3rd wing segment.

 4 ch, work 3 tr in same place as ch, 1 tr in each of next 4 sts, 1 joined tr over following 2 sts, 1 dc in each of next 3 sts, 1 hdc in each of following 2 sts, 2 sc in last st.  Sl st into next st on body.  Fasten off.

Crochet butterfly first wing fourth segment

Join next colour 4 sts from end of 4th wing segment.

4 ch, work 3 tr in same place as ch, 1 tr in each of next 2 sts, 1 joined tr over following 2 sts, 1 dc in each of next 3 sts, 1 hdc in each of following 3 sts, 1 sc in last st.  Sl st into next st on body.  Fasten off.

Crochet butterfly first wing fifth segment

Join next colour 5 sts from end of 5th wing segment.

 4 ch, work 3 tr in same place as ch, 1 dc in each of next 5 sts, 1 hdc in each of following 2 sts, 2 sc in last st.  Sl st into next st on body.  Fasten off.

Crochet butterfly first wing sixth segment

Join next colour 4 sts from end of 6th wing segment.

4 ch, work 3 tr in same place as ch, 1 tr in each of next 2 sts, 1 dc in each of following 2 sts, 1 hdc in each of next 2 sts, 1 sc in each of last 2 sts.  Sl st into next st on body.  Fasten off.

Crochet butterfly first wing seventh segment

Join next colour 2 sts from end of 7th wing segment.

5 ch, work 3 tr in 5th ch from hook, 1 tr in st where you started the ch and next st, 2 tr in following st, 1 dc in each of next 3 sts, 1 hdc in each of following 3 sts, 1 sc in last st.  Sl st into next st on body.  Fasten off.

Crochet butterfly first wing eight segment

Join next colour 1 st from end of 8th wing segment.

6 ch, miss 4 ch and work 2 tr in each of next 2 ch, 1 tr in st where you started the ch and next st, 2 tr in following st, 1 tr in each of next 2 sts, 2 dc in following st, 1 dc in each of next 3 sts, 1 hdc in each of next 3 sts, 1 sc in following st, 2 sc in last st.  Sl st into next st on body.  Fasten off.

Crochet butterfly first wing ninth segment

Join next colour 2 sts from end of 9th wing segment.

6 ch, miss 4 ch and work 2 tr in each of next 2 ch, 1 tr in st where you started the ch and next st, 2 tr in following st, 1 tr in each of next 4 sts, 2 dc in following 2 sts, 1 dc in each of next 4 sts, 1 hdc in each of next 4 sts, 1 sc in each of last 3 sts.  Sl st into next st on body.  Fasten off.

Crochet butterfly first wing tenth segment

Join next colour 3 sts from end of 10th wing segment.

6 ch, miss 4 ch and work 2 tr in each of next 2 ch, 1 tr in st where you started the ch and next 2 sts, 2 tr in following st, 1 tr in each of next 4 sts, 2 dc in following st, 1 dc in each of next 5 sts, 2 hdc in following st, 1 hdc in each of next 4 sts, 1 sc in each of last 6 sts.  Sl st into next st on body.  Fasten off.

Crochet butterfly first wing eleventh segment

Join next colour 4 sts from end of 11th wing segment.

8 ch, miss 4 ch and work 1 tr in each of next 4 ch, 2 joined tr over next 4 sts, 1 tr in each of following 3 sts, 2 tr in following st, 1 tr in each of next 4 sts, 2 dc in following st, 1 dc in each of next 4 sts, 2 dc in following st, 1 hdc in each of next 3 sts, 1 sc in each st to end.  Sl st into next st on body.  Fasten off.

Crochet butterfly first wing twelfth segment

2nd Side of Wing

21 ch.

Join to body across from 1st segment of 1st wing as shown.

 Crochet butterfly beginning second wing

Sl st into next st down body, 1 sc in each of 1st 3 ch, 1 hdc in each of next 5 sts, 1 dc in each of following 3 sts, 1 joined tr over next 2 sts, 1 tr in each of following 3 sts, 1 joined tr over next 2 sts, 2 dtr in each of following 2 sts, 1 tr in last st, 4 ch, sl st in same st as last tr.  Fasten off.

Crochet butterfly second wing first segment

Join next colour 1 st down the body from 1st wing segment.

1 sc in each of next 4 sts, 1 hdc in each of following 3 sts, 1 dc in each of next 3 sts, 1 joined tr over following 2 sts, 1 tr in each of next 4 sts, 3 tr in following st, 4 ch, sl st in same st as last tr.  Fasten off.

Crochet butterfly second wing second segment

Join next colour 1 st down the body from 2nd wing segment.

2 sc in 1st st, 1 sc in next st, 1 hdc in each of following 3 sts, 1 dc in each of next 3 sts, 1 joined tr over following 2 sts, 1 tr in each of next 3 sts, 3 tr in following st, 4 ch, sl st in same st as last tr.  Fasten off.

Crochet butterfly second wing third segment

Join next colour 1 st down the body from 3rd wing segment.

2 sc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of following 2 sts, 1 dc in each of next 3 sts, 1 joined tr over following 2 sts, 1 tr in each of next 4 sts, 3 tr in following st, 4 ch, sl st in same st as last tr.  Fasten off.

Crochet butterfly second wing fourth segment

Join next colour 1 st down the body from 4th wing segment.

1 sc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of following 3 sts, 1 dc in each of next 3 sts, 1 joined tr over following 2 sts, 1 tr in each of next 2 sts, 3 tr in following st, 4 ch, sl st in same st as last tr.  Fasten off.

Crochet butterfly second wing fifth segment

Join next colour 1 st down the body from 5th wing segment.

2 sc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of following 2 sts, 1 dc in each of next 5 sts, 3 tr in following st, 4 ch, sl st in same st as last tr.  Fasten off.

Crochet butterfly second wing sixth segment

Join next colour 1 st down the body from 6th wing segment.

1 sc in each of 1st 2 sts, 1 hdc in each of following 2 sts, 1 dc in each of next 2 sts, 1 tr in each of following 2 sts, 3 tr in next st, 4 ch, sl st in same st as last tr.  Fasten off.

Crochet butterfly second wing seventh segment

Join next colour 1 st down the body from 7th wing segment.

1 sc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of following 3 sts, 1 dc in each of next 3 sts, 2 tr in following st, 1 tr in each of next 2 sts, 3 tr in following st, 4 ch, sl st in same st as last tr.  Fasten off.

Crochet butterfly second wing eight segment

With the colour for the 9th wing segment join cotton 1 st from end of 8th wing segment as shown.

 Crochet butterfly second wing chain for ninth segment

Work 2 ch. Fasten off.

Join next colour 1 st down the body from 8th wing segment.

2 sc in 1st st, 1 sc in next st, 1 hdc in each of following 3 sts, 1 dc in each of next 3 sts, 2 dc in following st, 1 tr in each of next 2 sts, 2 tr in following st, 1 tr in each of next 2 sts, 2 tr in each of the ch, 4 ch, sl st in same st as last tr.  Fasten off.

Crochet butterfly second wing ninth segment

With the colour for the 10th wing segment join cotton 2 sts from end of 9th wing segment.

Work 2 ch.  Fasten off.

Join next colour 1 st down the body from 9th wing segment.

1 sc in each of next 3 sts, 1 hdc in each of following 4 sts, 1 dc in each of next 4 sts, 2 dc in each of following 2 sts, 1 tr in each of next 4 sts, 2 tr in following st, 1 tr in next st and st where you started the ch, 2 tr in each of the ch, 4 ch, sl st in same st as last tr.  Fasten off.

Crochet butterfly second wing tenth segment

With the colour for the 11th wing segment join cotton 3 sts from end of 10th wing segment.

Work 2 ch.  Fasten off.

Join next colour 1 st down the body from 10th wing segment.

1 sc in each of next 6 sts, 1 hdc in each of following 4 sts, 2 hdc in next st, 1 dc in each of following 5 sts, 2 dc in next st, 1 tr in each of following 4 sts, 2 tr in following st, 1 tr in each of next 2 sts and where you started the ch, 2 tr in each of the ch, 4 ch, sl st in same st as last tr.  Fasten off.

Crochet butterfly second wing eleventh segment

With the colour for the 12th wing segment join cotton 4 sts from end of 11th wing segment.

Work 4 ch.  Fasten off.

Join next colour 1 st down the body from 11th wing segment.

1 sc in each of next 8 sts, 1 hdc in each of following 3 sts, 2 dc in next st, 1 dc in each of following 4 sts, 2 dc in next st, 1 tr in each of following 4 sts, 2 tr in following st, 1 tr in each of next 3 sts, 2 joined tr over following 4 sts, 1 tr in each remaining st, 4 ch, sl st in same st as last tr.  Fasten off.

Crochet butterfly second wing twelfth segment

Upper Body

Make a magic loop.

 

Row 1:  3 ch, work 1 dc into circle.  Pull circle tight but don’t join.  Turn.

Row 2:  3 ch, work 1 dc in st and 1 dc in top of ch.  Turn.  (2 sts)

Row 3:  3 ch, work 1 dc into each st to end.  Turn.  (2 sts)

Row 4:  3 ch, work 1 dc into each st and in top of ch.  Turn.  (3 sts)

Row 5:  3 ch, work 1 dc into each st to end.  Turn.  (3 sts)

Row 6:  3 ch, work 1 dc into each st and in top of ch.  Turn.  (4 sts)

Row 7:  3 ch, work 1 dc into each st to end.  Turn.  (4 sts)

Row 8:  4 ch, work a tr cluster over all sts. 12 ch, work 1 sc in 3rd ch from hook, 1 sl st in each ch to head, sl st into head, 12 ch, work 1 sc in 3rd ch from hook, 1 sl st in each ch to head, sl st into head.  Fasten off.

Crochet butterfly upper body

Crochet butterfly upper body with antenna

To Make Up

Weave in ends.  Stitch the upper body over the top of the body.

Finished crochet butterfly white background group landscape

I hope that you’ve enjoyed the butterfly. If you enjoyed this pattern I’ve also got a dragonfly and a bee.

Finished crochet dragonfly group

Finished crochet bee group portrait