The Butterfly Dance Blanket is a wonderfully textured project that uses double crochets and chains in an interesting way to create butterflies that appear over a few rows! I’m so excited to offer The Butterfly Dance Blanket as a free crochet pattern below, but also as a Lion Brand Yarn Kit where you get all of the yarn (in any colour) plus the pattern delivered right to your door!
I first designed these adorable butterfly rows for my book ‘A Modern Guide to Textured Crochet‘ which was published this Spring! I loved the idea of crocheting butterflies into the rows without having to sew anything at all! The wings are worked first, and then the antennae are worked a few rows later. It creates a wonderfully whimsical pattern and a great texture! This book is divided into chapters surrounding the Seasons, so Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter. There are lovely texture stitches and patterns for each season!
For the Butterfly Dance Blanket I used Lion Brand Skein Tones Yarn for the peachy butterfly rows, and then I used Lion Brand Mandala Ombre for the background. It really made the butterfly rows pop!
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- Order your Kit from Lion Brand Yarn which includes the printed pattern + all of the yarn you need shipped right to your door! When choosing your Kit, you can also pick any colour of Mandala Ombre! >> GET THE LION BRAND KIT
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Now that you’re all set, here’s the pattern for the Butterfly Dance Blanket!
Lion Brand Skein Tones (185yds/100g): 7 balls Peachy (A).
Lion Brand Comfy Cotton Blend (392yds/200g): 2 balls Sugercane (B).
Lion Brand Yarn Kit
Order the Lion Brand Yarn Kit featuring all of the yarn I used here >> Butterfly Dance Blanket Kit
US Size H/8 (5.0mm) crochet hook, yarn needle, scissors.
Finished blanket is 34 x 46”
15 sts x 10 rows = 4” in alternating dc and sc rows.
Yo = Yarn Over
Sc (Single Crochet) = Insert hook into indicated st, yo, draw up a loop, yo and draw through two loops.
Ch (chain) = yo and draw through existing loop on hook.
Spike St = insert hook into indicated space, yo and draw up a long loop to your working height, yo and draw through both loops on hook.
Butterfly Wings = working in next ch-2 space, (sc, place a st marker in this st, [ch 3, 3dc, ch 3, sl st] twice) ch 1, rotate work to sl st in marked sc, ch 1, turn to sl st in ch-1 space just made, with wrong side facing and working in ch-1 space (ch 3, 3 dc, ch 2, sl st] twice ), turn.
Antennae = Insert hook into center of Butterfly Wings and ch-2 space behind, [Spike st, ch 4, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in next 2 chs] twice, Spike st in same space.
- Weave in ends as work progresses.
- Butterfly wings and antennae will be worked with WS facing but will rest on the RS of the fabric.
Instructions for the Butterfly Dance Blanket:
Row 1: Ch 121, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each across, turn–120 sc.
Row 2: Ch 1 (does not count as a st here and throughout), sc in each st across, turn.
Row 3: Ch 2 (counts as 1st dc here and throughout), dc in next 3 sc, ch 2, *dc in next 8 sc, ch 2: repeat from * across to last 4 sc, dc in last 4 sc, turn–12 ch-2 spaces.
Row 4: Ch 1, sc 4, Butterfly Wings in next ch-2 space *sc 8, Butterfly Wings in next ch-2 space; repeat from * across to last 4, sc 4, turn–12 Butterfly Wings.
Row 5: Repeat Row 3.
Row 6: Ch 1, sc 4, Antennae in indicated st, *sc 8, Antennae in indicated st; repeat from * across to last 4, sc 4, turn–12 Antennae.
Row 7: Ch 2, dc in each sc and Spike st across, turn–120 dc.
Row 8: Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn–120 sc.
Change to B.
Row 9: Ch 2, dc in each st across, turn.
Row 10: Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.
Rows 11-12: Repeat Rows 9-10.
Change to A.
Row 13: Ch 2, dc 8, *ch 2, dc 8; repeat from * across to last 9 sts, dc 9, turn–11 ch-2 spaces.
Row 14: Ch 1, sc 9, Butterfly wings in next ch-2 space, *sc 8, Butterfly Wings in next ch-2 space; repeat from * across to last 9, sc 9, turn–11 Butterfly Wings.
Row 15: Repeat Row 13.
Row 16: Ch 1, sc 9, Antennae in indicated st, *sc 8, Antennae in indicated st; repeat from * across to last 9 sc, sc 9, turn–11 Antennae.
Row 17: Repeat Row 7.
Row 18: Repeat Row 8.
Rows 19-22: Repeat Rows 9-12.
Rows 23-103: Repeat Rows 3-22.
Rows 104-164: Repeat Rows 3-18.
Rows 165-166: Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.
Fasten off, weave in ends.
I hope you enjoyed this pattern, let me know if you make one of your own! I would love to see it over on instagram when you use the hashtag #cococrochetlee.