This Butterfly Shawl really looks like a Butterfly!  If I only knew that this Yarn Cake was going to crochet out like this, I would have used it much earlier! Wow the colors of this Yarn Cake really gives it more of that Butterfly look and feel. Don’t you think?


The idea behind this design was from the fact that I like ripple stitches and I thought it would be awesome to have a Butterfly Shawl using smaller more defined ripples,but it kept changing the shape of the shawl to much away from a Butterfly, so I scraped it. Then I thought maybe I could use the stitches themselves to make it look like a ripple without actually changing the shape and this is what I came up with.



I was hoping since the stitches used in this design were slightly more lacier than the Butterfly Riptide Shawl that the shawl would be a bigger, but it it only added 6 cms \ 2 inches more to the total length. So again to make this ADULT size, you will have to use 2 Yarn Cake Skeins.



I also made a page just for the Butterfly Shawls so you can go see all of them encase you’ve missed any. ALL of the Butterfly Shawls


Find more crochet stitches here on my site on the category Crochet Shawls and Ponchos



Butterfly Ripple Shawl – Free Crochet Pattern & Tutorial

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For this project you will need:

HOOK: 4 mm hook or size G hook for the US

YARN: I used is a 1000 meter Yarn cake from YarnArt’s “Flower” collection. #270


They sell several YarnArt “Flowers” skeins on Amazon. Take a look at the link to see all the color they have in stock at the present.



Content: 55% Organic Cotton 45% Anti Pilling Acrylic

  • Ball Weight: 250 g (8.8 oz)
  • Yarn Weight: 1 : Fingering
  • Yarn Length: 1000 m (1093 yd)



TIP when using Yarn Cakes: Add a ball of yarn in the middle before storing. It will prevent the cake from collapsing.




Gauge is 2 sts per cm or 5 sts per Inch




This shawl measures:

Wide 80 cms \ 31 inches

Tall 50 cms \ 20 inches





ch = Chain

sl st = Slip Stitch

st = Stitch

sk = Skip

beg = beginning

YO = Yarn Over

DC = Double Crochet

FPDC = Front Post Double Crochet

BPDC = Back Post Double Crochet

dc dec = Double crochet decrease


Repeat what’s in between | for # amount of times indicated.
Repeat what’s in between * for rest of round.



Special Stitches

Cluster St DC 2, ch 1, DC 2

Anchor st – this is the DC that comes before and after a CH 5

Peak Stitch – this is increase every row. It’s 2 DC’s worked in the same stitch and this is the place to PLACE YOUR MARKER as your shawl grows.







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Row 1

ch 3 and DC 8 in 3rd ch from the hook. Ch 2 and turn – 9 sts




Row 2

Ch 2 counts as first DC. Dc in 1st st and DC 2 in all sts. Ch 1 and turn. – 18 sts





Row 3

FPDC on 1st DC of row * sk a st, DC 2, ch 1, DC 2 in next st. This is your first Cluster St. sk a st. FP on next DC * repeat for row. Skip the ch 2 on the end. CH 1 and turn.





Row 4

*BPDC on BPDC from last row. DC 2 in between the post’s of the next 2 sts, in the space and not in the stitch itself. Then do another cluster stitch (DC 2, ch 1, DC 2) in middle space. Then again put 2 DC’s in between the next DC’s * repeat for row. CH 1 and turn.





Row 5

*FPDC on FPDC | skip next 2 DC’s and cluster stitch in next space | repeat 2 more times * ch 2 and turn. We’re only crocheting in the clusters from last row.





Row 6

ch 2 counts as a stitch. DC 3 more into first stitch of row. Then *DC in the next ch 1 space. (This is our first Anchor st) Ch 5 and working one row down, we are using our previous row for our next connection, sl st onto the center ch 1 space of the next cluster stitch..

Ch 5 again then DC in the ch 1 space of the next cluster stitch. (This is our second Anchor st)

DC 4 into the st of the BPDC* Repeat for row.

To end row: DC 4 in last st of row. Ch 2 & turn.






Row 7

Ch 2 counts as a st. DC in second st of row. DC 2 in the space between the next 2 DC’s. This is your Peak Stitch. DC in the next (2 sts) This leaves you with 1 DC left.

The next DC we’ll be doing is called the Anchor st and it’s very important because it will help guide your row count and border of the next section of the pattern.

Anchor st – this is the DC that comes before and after a CH 5

So now that I’ve said all that. Let’s start creating the Anchor st now by DCing into the next st and Ch 1.

In this next section Be careful not to grab the ch 5, it needs to float.

So working on the “flap” section and not over the chain.

Sk a st *|DC & ch 1 in next st. Skip a st | repeat 3 more times. A indication of “if you’re in the right stitches” is you should end up with a DC on either side of your ch 1 from the previous row.

This brings you up to where you need to put your next Anchor st. You’ll skip the last DC on this “flap part”

You should have 4 dc’s and 4 ch 1 spaces on this “flap section.

The next DC you’ll do it the Anchor st then DC in next (2) sts as well. Peak Stitch (dc 2) in next stitch.

then DC in next (2) sts. The next DC you’ll do it the Anchor st. *

Repeat for row. To end row: DC in top of ch 2. Ch 1 and turn.





1st Row of Repeat

I am now going to put () around the number that will be changing every row



Row 8

Ch 2 counts as first DC, DC in the 2nd and 3rd DC of row. * DC 2 in the sp between the next 2 DC’s to create our first Peak Stitch, DC in the next (3) DC’s.

You’ve come up to the *Anchor st so DC in this DC and Ch 5. Working one row down, we are using our previous row for our next connection, sl st onto the ch 1 space. Then Ch 5 again and DC in the next Anchor st. DC in the next (3) DC’s * repeat for row

CH 1 and turn.





Row 9

FPDC onto the post’s of the first (4) sts. DC 2 in sp between DC’s to create your Peak Stitch then PLACE MARKER here in this new Peak Stitch to mark it.

FPDC in next (4) sts.

*DC in next DC to create your Anchor st

CH 1 and now we’ll be using our DC & CH 1’s from the previous row.

DC & ch 1 in all (4) of your DC’s here. This brings you up to where you create your second Anchor st. So DC in this DC to create it then,

FPDC in next (4) sts. DC 2 in sp between DC’s to create your Peak Stitch,  FPDC in next (4) sts. DC in DC to create your Anchor st* repeat for row. CH 2 and turn.



Repeat rows 8 and 9


***Don’t forget to mark your Peak Stitches as your piece grows!***




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