Crochet Butterflies – Your Help Needed

A recent Facebook drive from Our NHS Lincs [Independent Community Group] inspired me to put this simple crochet pattern together.

Lincoln County Hospital Trust Chaplaincy Department is calling on members of the public of the public, staff, patients, and volunteers for your help please. They need hundreds of small crocheted or knitted butterflies making, lemon and white (only please). The butterflies will need to have safety pins stitched on their backs.

They are planning to give the butterflies away during the Baby Loss Memorial week from 8-14th October 2018. Anyone who is able to crochet or knit and is able to help, your butterflies would be greatly appreciated.

Please send your finished butterflies to:

‘Butterflies’
Lincoln County Hospital Chaplaincy Department
Greetwell Road
Lincoln
Lincolnshire
LN2 5QY

To get you on your way, I’ve put together a simple pattern for three different sized butterflies.

You can also download the handy pdf. Butterfly pattern

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Materials
Hook size: 3.5 or 4mm
Yarn weight: Double Knit [dk]

Key – US Stitches 
Ch = Chain
Sl St = Slip Stitch
Dc = Double crochet
Hdc = Half double crochet
Tc = Treble crochet
Dtc = Double treble crochet

Small Butterfly

[Centre] Ch4 and sl st to form a circle
[Large wing 1] Ch2, 3dc into centre, ch2, sl st
[Small wing 1] Ch1, 3hdc into centre, ch1, sl st
[Large wing 2] Ch2, 3dc into centre, ch2, sl st
[Small wing 2] Ch1, 3hdc into centre, ch1. sl st

Fasten off and use long tail end to wrap around vertically to create body.

Medium Butterfly

[Centre] Ch4 and sl st to form a circle
[Large wing 1] Ch3, 3tc into centre, ch3, sl st
[Small wing 1] Ch2, 3dc into centre, ch2, sl st
REPEAT BOTH WINGS
Fasten off.

Large Butterfly

[Centre] Ch4 and sl st to form a circle
[Large wing 1] Ch4, 3dtc into centre, ch4, sl st
[Small wing 1] Ch3, 3tc into centre, ch3, sl st
REPEAT BOTH WINGS
Fasten off.

Please Note: All stitches are worked into the centre ring created by the chain 4 at the beginning.

Alternatively you can use a contrasting thread to wrap around the centre vertically to create the butterfly body, knot a few times to create a head and then leave a couple of centimetres for the antennae.

If you find your centre circle is quite large at the end with a fatter butterfly try tying your fasten off thread around the centre horizontally to bring it in a little.

A rough sketch for those that prefer grids.

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Lastly instead of sewing on safety pins you can pick up a huge bag of brooch fastenings really cheap on ebay which can either be sewn or glued onto the back.

Link here.

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Happy hooking!

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