Monday, March 19, 2018

Painted Butterfly

A Free Crochet Pattern 

Ever since I made my painted sunflower. I've been wanting to make and paint something else. My girls and I had so much fun coming up with these butterflies to help bring in the Spring weather. They have been begging me to make some more so they can decorate and paint mom's creations. This was a great project to get them involved, and excited about fiber art. All fiber art doesn't have to be soft and covered in granny squares. It can be hardened and painted for a whole new look. 

Even if you don't want to stiffen them they would make great appliques to any bag or hat. I used Red Heart Luster Sheen for the thread. Some times this thread is hard to find but they still have it at my Wal-mart.  You can substitute with any size 3 fashion thread, or you can put two strands of six 10 together.  

Where Can I Get This Pattern?

This is a free crochet pattern on the blog. Just keep scrolling down to see this pattern. By having it free on the blog I am able to promote the pattern more and share it with more people. I also feel that I bring some trust to my readers who can read through the pattern before they decide if they want to purchase the pattern.

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Designer: Julia Schwartz
Yarn: Redheart Lustersheen size 2:fine 4 oz, 335 yrds, 100% acrylic 
Hook: F/5 3.75mm
Notions: yarn needle to weave in your ends, sugar starch, acrylic paint, paint brush 
Size: 5 by 6 1/2 inches
Gauge: 20 sc and 26 rows equals 4 in/ 10 cm. 
Stitches Used: ch, sl st, dc, dc2tog,  i-cord
Notes: You don't have to starch and paint this project. It looks great just as an applique. Try using different colors of yarn. Make this project your own. 
Julia Schwartz. Do not reproduce, copy, distribute, or sell this pattern without permission of the designer. This pattern must not be translated, reproduced, or circulated in another language without prior consent. If you have questions about this pattern please contact


Start of Butterfly

Row 1: Ch 8 (counts as first dc, ch 5), dc in the 4th ch from hook, dc in the next 3 ch, 5 dc in the next ch, rotate work around and working in chs already used dc in the next 3 chs, 3 dc in the 1st ch, sl st into the first dc (16 sts)

Row 2: Ch 3( counts as first dc here and throughout pattern), dc in same st, dc in the next 5 dc, 2 dc in each f the next 3 dc, dc in the next 5 dc, 2 dc in each of the next 2 dc, sl st into the first dc. (22 sts)

Do not finish off.

Small wing

Row 1: Ch 3, 1 dc in the same st, dc in the next 3 dc, 2 dc in the next dc (7st)

Row 2: Ch 3, turn, dc in the same st, dc in the next 5 dc, 2 dc in the last dc (9st)

Row 3: Ch 2, turn, dc in the next 6 dc, dc2tog in the last 2 dc, (7st)

Row 4: Ch 2, turn, dc in the next 4 dc, dc 2tog in the last 2 dc (5st)

Row 5: Ch 2, turn, dc in the next 2 dc, dc2tog (3 st)

Row 6: Ch 2, turn, dc2tog

Finish off

Large Wing (make 2)

Row 1: In the next open dc of row two of start of butterfly, attach yarn with sl st, Ch 3, 2 dc in the same st, dc in the next 3 dc, 3 dc in the last dc (9sts)

Row 2: Ch 3, turn, 1 dc in the same st, 7 dc in the next dc, 2 dc in the last dc (11 sts)

Row 3: Ch 2, turn, dc in the next 8 dc, dc2tog in the last dc (9sts)

Row 4: Ch 2, turn, dc in the next 6 dc, dc2tog in the last dc (7 sts)

Row 5: Ch 2, turn, dc in the next 4 dc, dc2tog in the last dc (5 sts)

Row 6: Row 5: Ch 2, turn, dc in the next 2 dc, dc2tog (3 st)

Row 7: Ch 2, turn, dc2tog

Finish off.

2nd small wing

Attach yarn with a sl st at the next open dc of round 2 of start of Butterfly, and follow rows 1 through 6 of small wing.

I-cord Body

Make a slip knot, ch 5, pull up a loop in each ch, Take the back 4 loops off the hook and put them on the cable needle, (yo and pull through one loop on the hook, take the next st off the cable needle and onto your hook) repeat (to) 4 times

continue repeating for 55 rows.

Finish off and weave in your ends.

Follow the pictures and tie the butterfly body together and to the wings.


I like using sugar starch.

You will need handy some cardboard covered with wax paper.

Mix 1 cup of sugar with ½ a cup of water, put it over medium heat, and stir it until the sugar melts and becomes translucent, this will happen right before boiling.

Take the starch off of the heat.

Soak your butterfly in the starch, making sure all parts of it is saturated. It will be hot and sticky so take caution when taking it out, ring out or let it drip off all excess starch.

Place it on the wax paper covered cardboard stretch and place it how you like and then let it sit to dry.

Depending on the weather it should dry and harden in 48 to 72 hours.


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Monday, March 12, 2018

Creating My Own Sunshine Shawlette

A Premium Knitting Pattern 

I'm so happy to share with you my first triangle shawl pattern. A lot of love has gone into this pattern and project. 
For Christmas this year I received Knitpicks Hawthorne speckled yarn pack from my MIL and FIL. It came with 4 skeins of the speckled yarn. I wanted to design something simple that would complement the yarn. One of the favorite things my MIL says when she gets too hot is "I'm just over here creating my own sunshine." So this shawlette is named after her.    

This shawlette is perfect for that transition into spring. It is light and airy with great drape created by using needles that are a bit bigger than what is recommended for this yarn. It fits just right around your neck for a nice statement piece. It would be easy to adapt the pattern for a larger size if you would like. One of the pattern testers did just that, so be sure to checkout her project page on Ravelry if you want to make yours larger.
The pattern is simplified with those right and left stitches that I love so much. The body transitions into a beautiful lace pattern that has the look of feathers or blooms coming off of their stems. Also I love the little heart created in the middle of each side.

Where Can You Get This Pattern?

 The question you have all been asking. This is a pattern that will only be available through my Ravelry Pattern Store. It is on sale for $3.00.
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With this pattern you will get the written instructions, explanation of stitches, and the chart.

If you use the coupon code NEWPATTERN, you can get $2.00 off the pattern. This code is good until the 19th of March.

This pattern has been tested by pattern testers through the free pattern testers raverly group. If you want to read through the feed for it you can here. 

My testers were great and they have project pages for their finished shawlettes that you might find helpful as I mentioned above.

What Will You Need For This Pattern?

Designer Julia Schwartz 
Yarn: knit picks Hawthorne Specked color confetti 357 yards 100g.
Needle 3,5mm/US 4 circular 40 in
Notions: Yarn Needle to weave in your ends, 2 place markers
Size: 42 by 20 inches
Gauge: 16 k, and 28 rows after blocking equals 4 inches.
Stitches Used:
 K: knit, p: purl, yo: yarn over, RT: Right twist, LT: Left twist, s1pw: slip 1 stitch purl wise, k2tog: knit 2 stitches together, psso: pass slipped stitch over, ssk: slip, slip knit 2 together, pm: place marker, sm: slip marker, crocheted bind off (explained at end of pattern).

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