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Saturday 26 May 2012

Fridgie Butterfly

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.

Fridgie Butterfly

Yarn and hook of your choice
A small fridgie-type magnet
Craft glue
Pipe cleaner (optional)

·    US  terms
·    Ch 3 for the beginning dc of rounds 1 and 2
·    Picot = ch 4, slst in 4th ch from hook
·    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. Thanks!

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  • At 07 April, 2014 22:14, Blogger Suzanne Broadhurst said…

    I've been making a flock of these beautiful little butterflies for our local hospital's baby bereavement boxes. Thank you for recreating it for us!

    While I'm thinking about it, I'd love to feature your pattern on my blog, in which I'm doing a series of Crochet for a Cause posts.

    Would you mind if I copied and/or linked your pattern, giving you credit, of course. :-)

  • At 08 April, 2014 16:05, Blogger jmk said…

    Suzanne, that's lovely. I'm so pleased they're finding a purpose. You're more than welcome to feature the pattern; I'd be honoured. Copy or link is fine with me.
    All the best, Judy

  • At 18 April, 2014 00:00, Blogger Suzanne Broadhurst said…

    Thank you so much! I'll try to remember to let you know when the post goes live. Should be sometime in June.

    Much love and thanks!

  • At 12 June, 2014 13:53, Blogger Suzanne Broadhurst said…

    The Butterfly Babies blog series has begun. And your pattern is featured. :-)

    Thank you so much for sharing your creativity, Judy. :)

  • At 12 June, 2014 21:18, Blogger jmk said…

    That's wonderful, Suzanne! <3 Thanks for keeping me posted.

  • At 27 March, 2015 22:52, Blogger Unknown said…

    What size yarn and hook did you use for the pictured butterflies?

  • At 28 March, 2015 16:20, Blogger jmk said…

    I'm not sure, Kathryn. Probably DK, but it could have been WW. Why do you need to know? :)


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