These darling crocheted butterflies turned refrigerator magnets can be made in less than an hour (for the experienced crocheter) and add a thoughtful touch to any gift-giving occasion. This is yet another winning crochet pattern — simple, quick, cute and totally gift-worthy — that comes to us from our friend and contributor Rachelle Washington! You can catch her first crochet pattern for cute little handmade dish scrubbies right here in her post Crocheted Dish Scrubbie Pattern. We hope she has many more patterns to share in the future!
Crocheted Butterfly Magnet Set You Can Make In An Hour
By Rachelle Washington
I found this pattern when I first started crafting and selling as a vendor. It was in the mid 80’s and I found it in a little crochet magazine — I have no idea which one. The small butterfly is straight from the pattern. The larger one, I just changed a couple of stitches to make it work. These magnets can also be made out of yarn for a larger size.
Materials You’ll Need:
• Color A size 10 doily thread
• Color B size 10 doily thread
• Size 5 crochet hook – or whatever size you are comfortable holding
• Wire cutters
• Needle nose pliers
• Floral wire
• Pipe cleaner – I use black but you can match to your thread or whatever suits your fancy
• Magnets for each butterfly either rounds or strips.
• Good quality craft glue
Stitches You’ll Use:
Slip stitch, chain, single crochet, half double crochet, double crochet, treble crochet
rnd 1: Chain 8 join with a slip stitch.
rnd 2: Chain 3 (counts as first stitch) work 23 double crochet stitches in loop.
rnd 3: Chain 3 work 2 double crochet chain 7 3 double crochet in first stitch. Skip two stitches and work 3 double chain 7 3 double crochet in top of chain three in row below. Repeat around join with a slip stitch. You’ll have 8 shells. Fasten off and weave end in.
rnd 4: With color B, attach yarn in chain 7 loop, chain 3 work 6 double crochet (chain 3 counting as your first stitch for a total of 8 double crochet). Chain 3 7 double crochet.
rnd 5: Single crochet in between the two stitches below. 7 double crochet chain 3 7 double crochet in the chain 7 below. Repeat around. Fasten off and weave ends in. Fold in half and tug the wings a bit to settle them in place.
Butterfly antennae is made with the floral wire. Cut a piece about 2 inches long. Shape into a ‘U’ shape, and with needle nose pliers, curl floral wire to the outside. Place a small amount of glue on back of magnet and let it dry for a minute or so. Drag the antennae through the glue and leave it resting on the magnet until needed.
With pipe cleaner, tuck one end on back side of butterfly, bend sharply to the front of the butterfly, carefully place the antennae at the top of the butterfly and fold the pipe cleaner in between the center of the ‘U’ fold down and press sharply together. Place the magnet glue side to back of butterfly. Small butterfly is finished.
To make the large butter fly simply use treble crochet stitch and, on the last row, instead of a single crochet, use a half double crochet.
These butterflies are quick and easy to make and fun to give as gifts that you can make up super quick. I love making them up in all kinds of colors and tucking them into gifts at Christmas time — like a little extra stocking stuffer — something sweet and fun.
And once again, for our visual learners, here are some photos!
Enjoy! And let us know if you tried this! Aren’t they adorable?!?
Rachelle is homesteader and homemaker who is firmly founded in her Christian faith and married to her best friend. (The photo to the left is the two of them on their wedding day!) She loves gardening, crocheting, Christmas, and cooking. After years of gardening experience, she still learns new things every year and is eager to share her experiences with you. She goes organic as much as possible, but admits there are times when it is just not possible. She is interested in eating as healthy as possible and does about 95% of her cooking from scratch. She loves a good DIY and MYO (make your own) project and works hard to do most things for herself. Self-sufficiency at its finest!
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