The Butterfly Stitch was the first crochet stitch I discovered while playing around with yarn. It’s still in my top 5 stitches I go for when I’m looking to add texture to a project. This pattern teaches 3 sizes, Toddler, child, and Adult. I hope you’ll give it a try.
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Butterfly Stitch Crochet Beanie
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For this Butterfly Stitch Beanie project you will need:
HOOK: 5.5 mm / I hook
YARN: 1 skein of worsted weight yarn 4 ply US, 10 ply AU
Another yarn brand with color options
This hat can be made for a toddler (10 rounds), child (11 rounds) and adult (12 rounds) by just reducing a round before starting the rim.
The flower on the hat comes from the pattern Flat Rose Flower
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ch = Chain
sl st = Slip Stitch
YO = Yarn Over
st = Stitch
sk a st = Skip a stitch
SC = Single Crochet
DC = Double Crochet
Repeat what’s in between * for rest of round.
SPECIAL STITCH: Butterfly Stitch (see how to do this stitch below)
RIGHT HANDED VERSION
LEFT HANDED VERSION
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SPECIAL STITCH: Butterfly Stitch
HOW TO DO THE BUTTERFLY STITCH
To do the first butterfly stitch you put your needle into next stitch and pull up a loop, ch 1 using the loop you just pulled up, now you should have 2 loops on your hook, go into next stitch and pull up another loop, now double crochet by pulling through 2 loops at a time. Ch 1 to complete the stitch.
Don’t forget to chain one after every stitch or you will be decreasing.
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ch 3 and sl st into beginning ch to form a ring
ch 1, sc 12 into ring, sl st into beginning st (12 sts)
Goal: You need to increase every stitch around (24 sts)
NOTE 1: Keep in mind the chain after the BFS (butterfly stitch) counts as a stitch.
NOTE 2: You will be doing the increase differently on round 2 (this round) than you will for the rest of the hat.
To do the increase for round 2 you need to start the Butterfly Stitch using the same stitch where you just did your last stitch.
In detail on how to do the increase for round 2:
First Butterfly stitch of this round is all done in the same first stitch.
The second stitch:
Go in through same stitch (same stitch being the first stitch of the round) and pull up a loop, 2 loops on hook.
Yarn over and pull through only one loop on the hook.
Go in through next stitch and pull up a loop, 3 loops on hook.
Pull through 2 loops, pull through last 2 loops, one loop on hook. Ch 1.
Don’t forget to count your stitches every round. Every BFS counts as 2 sts. Repeat for the rest of the round.
Finish last stitch of the round by finishing the stitch using the large stitch at the end of the round. As my finger shows below. Place a marker here to mark the beginning of the round. (24 sts)
Below I teach you how to work your increases and how to work a regular BFS for the rest of this hat.
Round 3 (see example picture below on how to do a regular BFS for rest of project, worked in the wings of the butterfly)
Below shows you the stitches that you will be working in for round 3, the wings of the butterfly. As you can see on the right side of picture is a completed butterfly stitch. It uses both sets of wings to complete the stitch.
Always make sure to ch 1 after double crocheting, VERY Important part of this stitch! If your don’t ch 1 your decreasing
Round 3 (see example picture below on how to increase for rest of project)
To see how to Increase using both wings of the butterfly see the picture below,
**Above shows you what it looks like to increase for the rest of your project, Put 1 butterfly stitch in each wing of the butterfly from the previous round.
Goal: ch 1 and do an increase in the first stitch like shown above.
When I say First stitch in this pattern I don’t mean the stitch you slip stitched into to end the round, but the following stitch.
* Butterfly stitch into next stitch as normal using both wings, ch 1, Do another increase in next stitch.* Repeat pattern until you have 36 sts. You will have to use the last two *sorta stitches* to increase in the last two stitches to get the 36 total stitches you need for this round. Slip stitch into the beginning stitch. (36 sts)
ch 1, First stitch do an increase, * Butterfly stitch in the next two stitches, then do an increase* repeat this pattern until you have 48 sts, sl st in beginning st. (48 sts)
ch 1, First stitch do an increase, * Butterfly stitch as normal in the next three stitches, then do an increase* repeat this pattern until you have 60 sts. You will have to use that weird non stitch at the beginning again to complete your last stitch of the round. Slip stitch into the beginning stitch.
Round Six – ? (see SIZING)
You are done increasing. Do 1 Butterfly st in all sts around. You will be using that weird last stitch for every row now, and you will also be chaining one after the last butterfly stitch of the row, then slip stitch in your beginning stitch.
NOTE: If you loose a butterfly stitch somewhere and you only have 58 stitches once you get your rows going, it’s okay. This shouldn’t effect the size of your hat so much.
To make it for a toddler do a total of 10 rounds, for a child do 11 rounds and for an adult do 12 total rounds before starting the rim.
I am only talking about the rounds of butterfly stitch rows, not counting the middle ring where you first did your 12 sc’s.
The sizing is only a recommendation. You may want to have it fit more over the ears, if so add more rows. We all crochet differently and the yarn plays a part. So feel free to make the necessary changes to make your hat fit better.
MAKING THE RIM
ch 1, and sc into each wing of the BFS, you should have 60 sts. sl st in beginning st.
Round 2 – 5 (4 rounds)
ch 1, and sc into st around, sl st in beginning st. (60 sts)
sl st, ch 1 cut yarn and enjoy!
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