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.  


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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. 
Copyright:
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 Julia.diligence@gmail.com.






Pattern:

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.

Starching

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.

Paint!




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