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23 Free Crochet Butterfly Patterns

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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.

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Free Patterns for Beginners

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! 

23 Free Crochet Butterfly Patterns

Enjoy these free crochet butterfly patterns for your next work in progress. Happy crocheting!

Supplies You’ll Need

Here’s what you’ll need to make your crochet butterfly:

  • Yarn or crochet thread
  • Crochet hook
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle
  • Other notions (stitch markers, embroidery thread, fiberfill, safety eyes, glue, etc.)

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.

Some of our favorite yarns for butterflies include Lily Sugar’ n Cream, Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton, and Red Heart Super Saver. We’ve included a suggested yarn for each pattern in this list, so you can spend more time crocheting and less time figuring out which yarn to use!

Crochet Techniques to Know

Some of the basic crochet techniques you may need to know to make your crochet butterfly include:

Is a crochet butterfly a good beginner project? 

Crochet butterflies can be an excellent project to try if you’re a beginner who’s comfortable with basic stitches and techniques. 

That said, make sure to read through the pattern before getting started, as a number of them use intermediate and advanced stitches.

Some of the best beginner-friendly patterns from our list include the Easy & Quick Crochet Butterfly for Beginners (#4), Small Crochet Butterfly (#6), and the folded Crochet Butterflies (#9).

Tips and Tricks

Choose the right pattern for your skill level.

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.

More Crochet Patterns

If you love to crochet, you may be interested in these related pattern collections.

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