I used these patterns to make my Butterfly Scarf, and matching hat (when I finish it!). For the scarf I made 2 small, 2 medium, and 1 large butterfly.
You could make these using any scrap yarn and matching hook size.
This one is worked in rows.
Tip: To save weaving in ends, measure 5m of the main (wing) colour of yarn and start crocheting from the middle (i.e. leave a really long tail). Then when you move on to the second side, use up the tail instead of starting with a new length of yarn.
Start with the body colour:
Ch3, switch to wing colour.
R1: ch2 (counts as dc), dc in 3rd ch, sc, 2dc (5sts)
R2: ch2 (counts as dc), turn, dc in same st, (2dc), sl-st, (2sc), (2sc) (9sts)
Fasten off this side. Pick up the body colour, ch1.
R3: sc in each of the foundation chains (3sts), change to wing colour
R4: repat row 1 (5sts)
R5: ch1 (counts as sc), turn, sc in same st, (2sc), sl-st, (2dc), (2dc) (9 sts)
To finish, weave in the wing colour ends. Weave the body colour ends to the top of the butterfly body and knot together to make a head and antennae.
This one is worked in the round. You can make a 3 coloured version by changing colour after R1 if you like.
Start with a magic circle (or a ring of 4 ch if you prefer) in the colour of the inner wings.
R1: 9dc into magic circle, sl st to join (9sts)
R2: ch1, sc in same st, *3dc, sc, repeat from * 3 more times, sc in same st as just worked, sl-st to join (change to wing tip colour if you like) (18sts)
R3: ch1 (counts as sc), [(2sc),(2dc, ch2, sl-st in 2nd ch from hook, 2dc), (2sc)], sl-st, *sc, (4dc), sc, sl st, repeat from *, repeat everything inside,sc, sk 1 st, sl-st to join.
Weave in all ends. Make a chain long enough to wrap around the body, and knot to secure. Use the tails as antennae!
I used this lovely pattern from The Left Side of Crochet:
I started with white, switched to lilac for round 2, and used grey for round 3. I also made a chain for the body as, similarly to my medium butterfly, I thought tying around just the plain yarn was not thick enough. For the antennae I drew the starting tail through and knotted both together, and trimmed to length.
I hope you have fun making this quick little projects! What will you sew yours on to?