Crochet Butterfly Stitch

The crochet butterfly stitch is a quick and easy way to add some lace to any crocheted garment. I’ve seen it used in many crocheted hats as it adds a nice touch when added along the brim. I imagine it might also look good in scarves and neckwarmers, bags, doilies and other home decor patterns.

Crochet Butterfly Stitch - Photo Tutorial
Crochet Butterfly Stitch – Photo Tutorial

When I first discovered the stitch I designed a butterly summer tank pattern that uses this stitch almost throughout the whole pattern. Not sure if that was a good idea or not, but that’s what I did and I still wear it.

Although the butterfly stitch is very simple to crochet, it can be a bit confusing when the pattern says to crochet around the loops. So here is a tutorial showing how to crochet the stitch from start to finish.

Crochet Butterfly Stitch

Step 1: The first step in crocheting the butterfly stitch is to crochet your foundation. Next, you’ll need to make at least 1 stitch in the row or round. In this case I made 4 stitches.

You could probably use any stitch that you wanted, but I find that double and half double crochets look good. For this tutorial I worked with double crochets.

Now you’re ready to make your chains as the pattern instructs. My favorite is to use even numbers between 4-10. Below I chained 6.

Crochet Butterfly Stitch Tutorial - Step 1.

Crochet Butterfly Stitch Tutorial – Step 1.

Step 2: Skip the same amount of stitches below as you made chains. In the image below I made 6 chains and also skipped 6 stitches. Then I crocheted into the next stitch.

Crochet Butterfly Stitch Tutorial - Step 2.
Crochet Butterfly Stitch Tutorial – Step 2.

Step 3: Repeat step 2 for 3 rows/rounds making sure that all your chains are directly above each other.

Crochet Butterfly Stitch Tutorial - Step 3
Crochet Butterfly Stitch Tutorial – Step 3

Step 4: Start your next row/round as normal and crochet up to the chains.

Crochet Butterfly Stitch Tutorial - Step 4.
Crochet Butterfly Stitch Tutorial – Step 4.

Step 5: Now make half the chains as you made in the previous row/rounds. In my case I had 6 chains in my previous rows so I’m going with 3 chains here.

If you made an uneven number of chains in previous rounds subtract 1 and divide that in half. For instance, if you have 5 chains, chain 2 for this step. For 7 chains, chain 3, etc. The single crochet that you’ll make next will make up for the subtracted chain.

Crochet Butterfly Stitch - Step 5.
Crochet Butterfly Stitch – Step 5.

Step 6: Now you will gather your loops by crocheting a single crochet around them. To do that insert your hook underneath all 3 loops as pictured. Notice how the working yarn remains on top of the fabric.

Crochet Butterfly Stitch - Step 6
Crochet Butterfly Stitch – Step 6

Step 7: Wrap the yarn over at the back and pull it through to the front of the fabric. You should have 2 loops on the hook.

Crochet Butterfly Stitch Tutorial - Step 7
Crochet Butterfly Stitch Tutorial – Step 7

Step 8: Wrap the yarn over again and pull through both loops on your hook. Your single crochet is now complete. :)

Crochet Butterfly Stitch Tutorial - Step 8
Crochet Butterfly Stitch Tutorial – Step 8

Step 9: Now chain the same number of chains as you did in step 5. In my case I chained 3.

Crochet Butterfly Stitch Tutorial - Step 9
Crochet Butterfly Stitch Tutorial – Step 9

Step 10: Continue to crochet above the other stitches.

Crochet Butterfly Stitch Tutorial - Step 10
Crochet Butterfly Stitch Tutorial – Step 10

Step 11: For the last row or round of the butterfly stitch repeat step 2: Work your stitches along the sides with the same number of chains in the center as you did previously. In this case I chained 6.

Your butterfly stitch is now complete.

Crochet Butterfly Stitch Tutorial - Step 11
Crochet Butterfly Stitch Tutorial – Step 11

Step 12: You can use the last round as the first loop for the next butterfly stitch, or you can crochet into the loop or the chains. In this case I single crocheted into the chains.

Crochet Butterfly Stitch Tutorial
Crochet Butterfly Stitch Tutorial

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3 Comments

  1. I have never heard of this stitch before. I like learning and seeing new stitches. This is one that I will have to try.

  2. Thanks so much for this pattern. My first attempt went way off and i ripped it out and tried again with the result being BINGO! It’s so pretty and i absolutely love it. Turned out smaller that i had intended but i’ll do this one again and again with different yarns and hook sizes. It’s def my fav now.

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