Saturday, September 19, 2009

3-D Butterfly

Materials: (US) size 7 steel hook, size 10 cotton thread for main color, 6 inch piece of contrasting color size 10 cotton thread for body (or use main color), 2 stitch markers, fabric stiffener (optional)

Finished Size: 2.5 inches x 1.5 inches at widest points

Special Stitches:
Picot: ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch from hook
Double Treble (dtr): yo 3 times, insert hook in designated st, yo, draw up loop, (yo, draw through 2 loops on hook) 4 times

ch 5, join with sl st in 5th ch from hook to form loop

Round 1: ch 3, 2 dc in loop, ch 2, [3 dc in loop (shell made), ch 2] 7 times, join with sl st in top of beg ch 3. (8 shells)

Round 2: sl st in each of next 2 sts, sl st into ch sp, ch 3, (2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in same sp, [(3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in next ch sp], 7 times, join with sl st in top of beg ch 3. (16 shells)

Round 3: sl st in each of next 2 sts, sl st into ch sp, ch 4, (6 tr, picot, 7 tr) in same sp, sc in sp between next 2 shells from prev row, (7 tr, picot, 7 tr) in next ch sp, sc in sp between next 2 shells from prev row, * [(2 dc, 2 tr, 3 dtr, picot, 3 dtr, 2 tr, 2 dc) in next ch sp, sc in sp between next 2 shells from prev row], place marker in sc just made (see Fig. 1), repeat between [ and ] once, ** [(7 tr, picot, 7 tr) in next ch sp, sc in sp between next 2 shells from prev row] twice, repeat between * and ** once, join with sl st in top of beg ch 4. Fasten off, weave in ends.


1. Fold the piece in half making sure the fold is between the 2 sets of upper wings. (see Fig. 1)

2. Fold 6 inch piece of thread in half and tie a knot approximately 5/8 inch from the fold. (see Fig. 2)

3. Making sure not to twist the loop, place the folded piece around the center of the body and pull knot through the loop. (see Fig. 3)

4. Stiffen as desired. *Butterfly will stand as shown in Fig. 4 without stiffening.

Fig. 1

Fig. 2

Fig. 3

Fig. 4

Finished 3-D Butterfly
Pattern designed and written by April Moreland
© 2010 All rights reserved


  1. Like this pattern! It looks really elegant. I shall try tackling this soon!

  2. Hello
    I have a little problem. We are a Yahoo-Group for Lace-Knitting (knitting-Delight). Momentanely we knit a poncho for childern which has to be born and are death. For make for the parents a human burial.
    It was also asked for a piece of memorial with the same yarn as the cloth is. The action is calling "schmetterlingskinder", what means, childern like a butterfly.
    Now a member of our group took here your butterfly a translated the pattern in German. I know, that is not allowed, but the mail is already in the group. Now to my question: your butterfly is very pretty. Could we take the German pattern in our groupe and make this butterfly as piece of memorial? Or do you like that I delete the German pattern of your 3-D-Butterfly - naturally I hope that you say no :-)
    I hope of a positive answer, send you kind regards and wish you a good day.
    Baba64, moderator Knitting-Delight

  3. Breathtakingly Beautiful!

  4. I wanted to thank you for your sharing and skill. I just made one of these out of red white and blue varigated thread and it is tooo cute. I will be attaching a pin to the back. Thanks Again! Yvonne

  5. i really enjoyed the pattern and wish for more simple patterns .

  6. This would be cute on a hat or purse

  7. Would be cute on a purse or hat for decoration. Darling

  8. I have made four of these lovely butterflies to place on hats and scarves! They are so pretty! And so easy! Thanks for sharing!

  9. This is beautiful and I'm going to make a couple today! Thank you for sharing!
    Blessings, Donna

  10. This is the best butterfly pattern! Thanks for sharing! :)

  11. Hi. I am a bigener with crochet and I cannot understand the 3d buterfly you have a tutorial
    Kind regards
    Nora. H

  12. Do you have a tutorial for 3d butterfly?

  13. I'm sorry, I don't do tutorials for my crochet patterns. This link is very helpful for learning how to read a pattern.

  14. So pretty , think I shall make a few to put on th ehats I am making. Have a great week end , Tink

  15. hi Alice, I'd love you to take a look at my attempt at a first crochet 3D butterfly following your great pattern. Thank you so much!


    PS My 3 year old son loves it!

  16. Thank you so much for the pattern.. The finished butterfly is a beauty!
    Thank You once again!

  17. I've been perusing this pattern for a while, and finally took the plunge and tackled it. Well, I am now the proud owner of a large pink neon butterfly! I made it using DK and a 4mm hook (so it's a reasonable size), and it's going to sit high up on the Christmas tree. Thanks from the bottom of my heart for sharing your pattern. Not only does it work well, but it looks amazing too!

    Have a wonderful Christmas!


  18. Thank you for the wonderful pattern. It is easy to follow and after the first one it will simply be a breeze to memorize.

  19. You can also fold them and secure them with a pipe cleaner. Black or brown works great. That makes there body and antena:)

  20. love your pattern!!happy that found your blog!!visit mine would be a pleasure!!

  21. I had tremendous difficulty until I reread the pattern and realized you didn't actually make 8 shells! I had to stop doing what I know and follow your pattern to the letter. Beautiful pattern, and hope to use it in many craft ideas for fundraisers!!!

  22. love this. found you from a pin on pinterest and love your blog. cant wait to read more. have a good day.

  23. Cant wait to try this pattern. Thanks so much for posting it. I see so many patterns out there I love but i dont have the extra money to buy them. Thanks so much for sharing for free. :-)

  24. Your 3D butterfly is fantastic. I am making the butterflies, edging them in black and making a white granny square around them. I will then be making a vest out of the squares. I also have an idea of making a girl's baby blanket with the butterfly in the center of the granny square. I do that with teddy bears in shades of browns for boys but this spurred an idea for the girls. Thanks for sharing.

  25. Thanks for posting this pattern !!! I am gonna do a few to make some "flutterby's on the edge of some curtains !!!

  26. Hi, I don't know where I'm going wrong, my butterfly looks nothing like a butterfly at all. I have tried doing it 3 times and it's like there are too many stitches or something. What is it supposed to look like before you fold it? Would be good to see it laid out. Thanks x

  27. Hi Samicles, Thank you for your question. I'm sorry you are having trouble with the butterfly. It can look a little confusing before it's folded. It's very ruffly and looks nothing like a butterfly. Did you place the markers where indicated? They will show you where to make your fold. I will try to get a picture up within the next day or two that will show you what it looks like before it's folded.
    Happy Stitching! :)

  28. Hi April I just found your page a couple hours ago and made a 3-D butterfly. I wish I could attach a pic for you. I took the pic of mine up next to yours on my computer screen. Looks pretty neat. Thank you for sharing your pattern. I didn't find it difficult to do, just had to follow the instructions and not second guess myself. Barb.

  29. Hi April, I just made your 3-D butterfly. It was fun to make. I wish I could post a pic of it for you. I took a shot of it next to my computer screen with your butterfly picture up. Thank you for sharing your pattern. I enjoyed making it and will make more. Barb.

  30. Peer cannot wait to try. Thank you so much April. :-)

  31. This would make a pretty necklace, I will have to play with the pattern.

  32. This would make a pretty necklace, I will have to play with the pattern.

  33. ** [(7 tr, picot, 7 tr) in next ch sp, sc in sp between next 2 shells from prev row] twice, repeat between * and ** once, join with sl st in top of beg ch 4.

    Got a question please.

    "sc in sp between next 2 shells from prev row, twice"

    if I correctly understand this, we are to sc in sp between next 2 shells, twice jumping over one ch sp? Which leaves a section raised between those 2 sc?


  34. I love this pattern! I think you wrote the pattern well. Thank you for the pattern! I think I'm gonna make more in different colors and decorate my daughters room.


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