Back in the early 80's a friend showed me a butterfly fridgie she'd been given. I thought it was really cute so I studied it and wrote out a rough pattern.
I've recently started making squares for SIBOL - Sunshine International Blankets of Love
- and their "symbol" is crocheted butterflies. It reminded me that I had this pattern languishing in my collection.
I can't claim it as an original idea but I've never come across another pattern for it (similar but not quite the same), so I'd like to share it. If anyone does know the source please
let me know.
Yarn and hook of your choice
A small fridgie-type magnet
Pipe cleaner (optional)
Ch 3 for the beginning dc of rounds 1 and 2
Picot = ch 4, slst in 4th ch from
Your work will be very ripply – this is normal
and will flatten out when you fold your butterfly in half
Ch 6, join w slst to form ring.
1) (3 dc in ring,
ch 1) x 8, join w slst to top of beg dc.
2) slst to next
ch-1 sp, (3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) in each ch-1 sp, join w slst to top of beg dc.
3) Ch 1, sc over
slst just made (i.e. in the gap btw the last and first 3-dc shells), (4 dc, picot, ch 1, 4 dc) in ch-1 sp, sc btw next two 3-dc
shells, *(4 dc , ch 1, 4 dc) in ch-1 sp, sc btw next two 3-dc shells*, repeat btw * x 5, (4 dc, picot, ch 1, 4 dc)
in ch-1 sp, join w slst in beg sc, FO leaving a long tail for sewing up.
*Ch 9, slst in hump of 2nd ch from hook and
next 7 ch, repeat from * once, FO leaving both tails for tying off.
Weave in beginning tail. Fold the butterfly in half, with
the two picot “wings” forming the bottom pair of the butterfly with the yarn
tail between. Place the antennas at the top of the wings, tucking the tails
inside. Stitch up the centre of the butterfly and over the middle of the
antennas to secure them, then stitch back down again. Repeat once and FO. Knot
the antenna tails together and cut off close. Glue the magnet to the back and voilà!
- one butterfly fridgie.
Alternatively, leave a shorter ending tail, weave it in,
omit the crocheted antennas and use a pipe cleaner (p.c.) for the “body” and “antennas”
Fold the p.c. in half and position the fold at the top of
the wings (i.e. at the head).
Keeping the two halves parallel, wrap the p.c. down over
the middle of the wings and up the underside.
Bring the ends up through the loop formed by the original
fold at the top.
Press the p.c. “body” flat, adjust the antennas and give them a little curl.
-- Judy M Kerr ©2012
As always, if you spot any goofs please email me
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