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Learn how to Crochet a Butterfly

Updated July 6, 2023

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Crochet this cute little butterfly with my free beginner friendly pattern and video tutorial. In this blog, I will share with you how versatile these crochet embellishments are and some projects they can be used for and added to. You could make a few and chain them together as bunting or perhaps making one into a brooch by adding a safety pin. You could try making a piece of jewellery or simply add a sweet detail to a scarf or hat – the possibilities really are endless with crochet embellishments.

Crochet butterfly attached to some flowers and leaves
Crochet Butterly

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colour inspiration

Yarn Colour Inspiration

This butterfly pattern works up so lovely in different colours and if you’re looking for colour palette inspiration, you can click here for help when it comes to choosing yarn colours. Explore soft pastels or alternatively use bold brights to make these lovely butterfly embellishments.

an online advert for a crochet patchwork blanket.
Crochet Patchwork Blanket

tools & materials

pattern notes

  • Difficulty: Beginner – All you need to know is chain, treble crochet and how to slip stitch.
  • Written in UK terms
  • Video tutorial can be found at the base of the post or alternatively on my YouTube channel.
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terms & abbreviations

Chain (ch): Yarn over and then pull through one loop on hook

Treble Crochet (tc): Yarn over, insert hook into stitch, yarn over, draw up a loop (then you should have 3 loops on hook), (yarn over, then pull through 2 loops) twice.

Slip Stitch (ss): Insert hook into stitch, yarn over, then pull yarn through stitch and the loop on hook

How to Crochet eBook
How to Crochet: a handy reference guide

Unsure of the differences between UK and US terms? Need a refresher on how to do your crochet stitches? In my ‘How to crochet: A handy reference guide’ EBook I help you with all of these terms and you can always have them to hand! You will also get exclusive access to free video instructions. You can find my EBook HERE.

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a pair of pastel-coloured crochet butterflies sit in a rose bush
Crochet Butterfly

butterfly pattern

  • Ch 6 and then insert hook into first chain and then ss to create circle.
  • Ch 3, tc into centre circle, *ch 2, 2 tc into centre circle* 7 times and then ch 2. Insert hook into third chain from the bottom and then join with slip stitch. Now, you should have 8 clusters of 2 treble stitches.
  • Change colour if desired connecting new colour in treble space.
  • *6tr into chain 2 space, ss in treble space* 7 times, 6tr into ch 2 space, ss into top of original stitch to connect and then ch 8.

making the butterfly

  • Fold the work in half (wrong sides facing) and then wrap the chain around the work connecting at the base of the chain with a slip stitch and then tie off.
  • Take a piece of yarn about 2 inches in length and tie a knot on each end. Slip the yarn under the chain and then move into desired place.
  • You can now sew on a brooch fitting or alternatively attach a safety pin in order to turn into a brooch furthermore, you could sew it on another project!

video tutorial

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Found this project fun and fancy making more of these kinds of embellishments? Check out the blogs below for more inspiration and ideas:

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  • Dianne Dawson
    May 29, 2020 at 4:39 pm

    Thank you so much for posting the video it was very instructive and clear. I found the written directions to be confusing and not at all like the video instructions. I love this little butterfly the way the video shows.

    • BellaCocoTeam
      June 4, 2020 at 2:06 pm

      Hi Dianne, it has recently been brought to my attention that there is a mistake in the written instructions so I’m really sorry for any confusion. I will correct this asap. I’m glad you found my video tutorial helpful

  • Fallon M.
    May 31, 2020 at 2:54 pm

    Just to note – your pattern says ch 2, tr crochet into circle 7 times, but in your video you say that you’re doing ch2 and then 2 tr crochets into the circle, and that you should end up with 8 sets of 2 tr at the end of the first round. The pattern as currently written doesn’t do that. Thank you for the great tutorial video though!

    • BellaCocoTeam
      June 4, 2020 at 2:05 pm

      Thank you for bringing this to my attention – it looks as though there is a mistake with the written instructions which I will have corrected asap. I’m glad you enjoyed the video tutorial

  • Danielle L Zecher
    July 10, 2020 at 11:43 pm


    Is there any chance there’s going to be a left-handed version of this video? I tried following along to this version, but my butterfly looks a little sad.


  • Linda
    October 21, 2020 at 2:29 am

    Hi, I’m confused your saying treble but your doing double crochets ? Thank you !

    • BellaCocoTeam
      October 21, 2020 at 5:37 pm

      Hi Linda I work in UK terms, so a UK treble is a US double, (it does actually tell you this in the video). Good luck with your butterfly 🙂

  • Linda
    October 21, 2020 at 2:46 am

    Oh ,sorry I didn’t realize till I played your video at the very beginning you do say treble is a double in USA . Thanks again for the cute butterfly pattern ! I would like to mention that two years ago when I was just learning to crochet by watching videos you were the one who taught me a lot cause you were so easy to follow along with ! So thank you so much for doing these videos Stay safe !

    • BellaCocoTeam
      October 21, 2020 at 5:33 pm

      You are very welcome 🙂

  • Janene
    February 18, 2021 at 3:22 pm

    What a cute and simple butterfly. Your video is really clear and easy to follow too…thankyou

    • BellaCocoTeam
      February 18, 2021 at 8:15 pm

      You are very welcome 🙂

  • Nicky Frowen
    May 7, 2021 at 12:09 am

    It is beautiful and I managed to crochet a ministure one using cotton perle and a finer hook, just perfect for a project embellishment. thank you

    • BellaCocoTeam
      May 7, 2021 at 6:19 pm

      Thank you and you are very welcome 🙂

  • Debra
    November 16, 2022 at 9:28 pm

    Love this little butterfly- I have used this pattern numerous times to enhance crocheted hats, scarves and ponchos for my granddaughters.
    I use variegated wool for the butterflies – so adorable . Thanks so much for the free pattern and the tutorial!

    • BellaCocoTeam
      November 17, 2022 at 11:04 am

      Hi Debra You are very welcome 🙂


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