Get ready to create a flutter of beautiful crochet butterflies! From tiny butterfly appliques to cute amigurumi patterns, this list is full of fun crochet butterfly ideas.
23 Free Crochet Butterfly Patterns
Crochet butterflies are fantastic projects, whether you’re brightening up your space or crafting a special gift. They’re quick to make, and great stash-busters, too! In fact, many people love to add crochet butterfly appliques to magnets, hair clips, ornaments, or gift wrap.
In this collection, you’ll find a variety of crochet butterfly patterns for both beginners and intermediate crocheters. From butterfly garlands to amigurumi, dishcloths, and appliques, there’s truly something for everyone!
Supplies You’ll Need
Here’s what you’ll need to make your crochet butterfly:
Planning on an applique butterfly project? You may also need magnets, hair clips, or anything else you’d like to glue your butterfly onto.
If you’re making a butterfly amigurumi project, please remember that safety eyes may not be safe for children under three. If you’re crocheting a butterfly for a child, stick with embroidered eyes to avoid a choking hazard.
What type of yarn is best for crochet butterflies?
You can use nearly any type of yarn to make a crochet butterfly, but the type you choose can affect the size and look of your finished product. For tiny butterflies, choose sport weight, fingering, or even crochet thread. For slightly larger butterflies, go with DK or worsted-weight yarn.
Beginner Tip: Medium-weight yarns are easier to work with than very fine yarns and threads.
As far as fiber content goes, both acrylic and cotton are good choices for crochet butterflies. Acrylic yarn is inexpensive and comes in so many colors. And cotton yarn has excellent stitch definition and tends to hold its shape a bit better.
Before starting a new pattern, check its skill level to see if it’s a good fit. Then, do a quick read-through of the pattern to make sure you understand everything you’ll need to do. If it includes new stitches you’ve never tried before, practice on a small swatch first.
Use amigurumi best practices.
Choose a smaller-than-normal hook for amigurumi patterns to create a tight fabric that prevents your fiberfill from falling out.
In addition, use stitch markers to keep track of your stitches and rounds while making amigurumi.
Customize your butterfly!
Half the fun of crocheting is all of the customization options you have for your project! Whether you’re making a butterfly for yourself or to give as a gift, have fun choosing the perfect colors and yarn for your design. Choosing a thicker or thinner yarn is an easy way to adjust the size of your butterfly.
23 Free Crochet Butterfly Patterns
Enjoy these free crochet butterfly patterns for your next work in progress. Happy crocheting!
This tiny and adorable crochet butterfly applique could have so many different uses! These little butterflies measure just 3” x 3.5” and can be completed in about 30 minutes. You could use this butterfly as an applique addition for a crochet hat, purse, pillow, doll, or water bottle holder! The possibilities are endless!
You won’t be able to help smiling while you work on this happy, summery crochet butterfly amigurumi pattern! By using self-striping yarn, it’s easy to add lots of color to the wings without having to do color changes. This cute project would make a great gift for anyone.
Check out this realistic crochet butterfly project! This detailed Monarch is a good project for intermediate or advanced crocheters. The pattern includes a video tutorial to help you through the assembly process.
This tiny butterfly can be completed in just a few minutes and makes a lovely embellishment for all sorts of projects! You’ll use chain stitches, slip stitches, half triple crochets, and double treble crochets to make this pattern. A video tutorial is included.
These tri-toned butterflies were originally designed to be used as a bedroom garland, but they’d also be cute as an applique, a magnet, or even a hair clip! This design is perfect to crochet for a little girl in your life. It’s a great stash buster, too!
Need a super quick project? This tiny butterfly can be crocheted in just 5 minutes! You can use nearly any bit of yarn for this project. However, to make an extra small butterfly, you’ll want to choose a thin yarn or crochet thread and a small crochet hook.
Here’s a collection of 3 similar butterflies that make the most lovely butterfly family! You could make just one of these detailed designs or make all three of them to use as embellishments or even wall art. There’s a small, medium, and large pattern included, each with their own beautiful and slightly unique look!
Honour the Butterfly was designed as a special project to be given in comfort bags to hospital patients - specifically those who are at the end of their life. This would be a thoughtful project you could make to give someone hope. You can even donate your butterfly to this special initiative by sending it to the address included in this pattern.
These beautiful butterflies are both quick and enjoyable to make. After crocheting the body, the butterfly is folded in half and held with a chain of crochet stitches. You could also use a twisted pipe cleaner to hold your butterfly’s shape and form the antennae.
This happy amigurumi butterfly features a chunky and loveable body, colorful striped wings, embroidered arms, and the most smiley little face! This easy pattern stands about 7 inches tall. Ava would make a beautiful gift for a child or baby.
These colorful butterflies are made with a ruffled granny square design that’s then folded to create your beautiful butterfly! They’re a bit addicting to make and are perfect for using up scrap yarn. You could use these butterflies as magnets, appliques, or to embellish a gift.
B is for Butterfly is part 2 of the author’s animal alphabet applique series! What better way to teach a child the alphabet than with cute and tiny crochet creatures? This little butterfly is quick to make and would be adorable for adding to clothing, purses, hair clips, and more!
This colorful amigurumi butterfly would make such a fun gift for a little one (just make sure to substitute the safety eyes for embroidered eyes if the child is under 3). Its finished size is approximately 6.5” x 7”. This is a good pattern for experienced beginners or intermediates.
This plush and cuddly butterfly is a cute toy to give to a child. When finished, Ellie measures approximately 5” tall. Make sure to switch out the safety eyes for embroidered eyes if you’re giving this butterfly to a baby or toddler.
This gorgeous rainbow applique butterfly pattern includes both written instructions and a video tutorial. Each color of the wings is made in separate segments and attached. For inspiration, check out the way the author used this butterfly as a beautiful applique on a scarf!
This stuffed, amigurumi crochet butterfly measures approximately 3” x 2.5”. It’s worked in three pieces: the wings, the body, and the antennas. This cute and colorful butterfly would make a great stash buster!
These delicate and lacy butterflies are a beautiful choice for making a butterfly garland. You can hang your butterfly garland up in your kitchen, living room, or even outdoor space to celebrate spring and summer! Whether you choose solid butterflies or two-tone flying creatures, this project will remind you of the carefree feeling that warm days bring!
This butterfly design was created to be used as a pajama case, but it would also be easy to make as a pillow case! The front is made using the intarsia crochet technique. To make this pattern, you’ll need to know how to chain, slip stitch, single crochet, double crochet, work in the front loop and back loop, and chain 3 picot.
Each of these little crochet butterfly pillows measures approximately 9” x 7.5”. This intermediate pattern is made using the corner-to-corner technique. These would be so cute for throwing on a little girl’s bed!
Celebrate the carefree beauty of butterflies while cleaning your kitchen! This practical butterfly is fun to make and is a great way to decorate your kitchen with a useful item. Lily Sugar ‘n Cream is an economical yarn that’s available in all sorts of color choices, so you can easily find one to coordinate with your kitchen.
This vibrant butterfly pillow is full of character! From its unique stripes to its flower decals to its distinctive shape, this project is sure to become a treasured friend. This would be a fun pattern for decorating a bedroom or playroom.
Your little one will love exploring the outdoors in these soft and comfortable crocheted baby booties! Babies will enjoy looking at the bright butterflies on their toes, and you’ll be glad to know that their toes are safe! This pattern comes in two sizes: 0-6 months and 6-12 months.
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