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Crochet Butterfly Garden Doily

Imagine creating a beautiful doily featuring delicate butterflies fluttering around a garden. This crochet project allows you to showcase your skills while also adding a touch of whimsy to your home decor. The intricate details of the butterflies and flowers will surely impress anyone who sees this stunning piece. Whether you're an experienced crocheter looking for a new challenge or a beginner wanting to try something different, this project is perfect for anyone who appreciates the beauty of handmade decor.

Skill Level: Intermediate- for those who are familiar with working with size 10 thread and steel hooks, and who have a thorough understanding of the basics of crochet

Size: About 18” across
Materials:
Size 10 Cotton Thread:
150 yards each Lavender and Yellow
Sewing needle and matching thread
Heavy Starch
Fabric Glue
Size 7 (1.65 mm) Steel Crochet Hook
Special Stitches
For 3-dc cluster, Yo, insert hook in st or ch sp indicated, yo, pull lp through, yo, pull through 2 lps on hook, (yo, insert hook in same st or ch sp, yo, pull through, yo, pull through 2 lps on hook) 2 times, yo, pull through all 4 lps on hook
For shell, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in ch sp indicated

Doily
Rnd 1: With yellow, ch 6, sl st in first ch to form ring, ch 3, 23 dc in ring, join with sl st in top of ch-3. Fasten off. (first ch-3 counts as first dc; 24 dc made)
Rnd 2: Join lavender with sl st in first st, ch 8, skip next st, (sc in next st, ch 8, skip next st) around, join with sl st in first sc. (12 ch-8 sps)
Rnd 3: Sl st in first ch sp, ch 1, (sc, hdc, 11 dc, hdc, sc) in first ch sp and each remaining ch sp around, join. (12 petals)
Rnd 4: Working behind petals into unworked sts of Rnd 1, ch 2, sc in first skipped st, ch 15, (sc in next unworked st, ch 15) around, join.
Rnd 5: Sl st in first ch sp, ch 1, (sc, hdc, 21 dc, hdc, sc) in first ch sp and in each remaining ch sp around, join. Fasten off.
Rnd 6: Join yellow with sc in center dc of first petal on Rnd 5, ch 8, (sc in center dc of next petal, ch 8) around, join.
Rnd 7: (Sl st, ch 3, 11 dc) in first ch sp, 12 dc in each ch sp around, join with sl st in top of ch-3. Fasten off. (144 dc made)
Rnd 8: Join lavender with sc in first st, ch 5, skip next 2 sts, (sc in next st, ch 5, skip next 2 sts) around, join with sl st in first sc.
Rnds 9 - 14: Sl st to center of first ch sp, ch 1, sc in first sp, ch 5, (sc in next ch sp, ch 5) around, join with sl st in first sc. At end of last rnd, fasten off.
Rnd 15: Join yellow with sc in first ch sp, ch 2, shell(see Special Stitches) in next ch sp, ch 2, *sc in next ch sp, ch 2, shell in next ch sp, ch 2; repeat from * around, join. Fasten off.
Rnd 16: Join lavender with sc in first ch sp, ch 3, (sc, ch 3, sc) in ch sp of next shell, (ch 3, sc in next ch sp) 2 times, ch 3, *(sc, ch 3, sc) in ch sp of next shell, (ch 3, sc in next ch sp) 2 times; repeat from * around, join. Fasten off.


Butterfly (make 12)
Note: Wings are worked in Rounds, forming a circle of 8 small individual wings. Finished Wings will be folded in half length-wise, to form 2 layers of 4 wings each.
Wings
Rnd 1: With yellow, ch 6, sl st in first ch to form ring, ch 1, (sc in ring, ch 3) 8 times, join with sl st in first sc. (8 ch-3 sps made)
Rnd 2: (Sl st, ch 3, dc, ch 2, 2 dc, ch 1) in first ch-3 sp, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc, ch 1) in each remaining ch-3 sp around, join with sl st in top of ch-3.
Rnd 3: Sl st into first ch-2 sp, (ch 3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in first ch-2 sp, ch 5, skip next ch-1 sp, *(3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch- 2 sp, ch 5, skip next ch-1 sp; repeat from * around, join.
Rnd 4: Sl st across into first ch-2 sp, ch 5 (counts as first tr, ch 1), (tr, ch 1) 8 times in first ch-2 sp, working over ch-5 sp, sc in first ch-1 sp of Rnd 2, ch 1; *(tr, ch 1) 9 times in next ch-2 sp, working over next ch-5 sp, sc in next ch-1 sp on Rnd 2, ch 1; repeat from * around, join with sl st in 4th ch of ch-5. Fasten off.
Rnd 5: Join lavender with sc in first sc, ch 3, skip next ch-1 sp and tr, (sc in next ch sp, ch 3) 8 times, skip next tr and next ch-1 sp, *sc in next sc, ch 3, skip next ch-1 sp and next tr, (sc in next ch sp, ch 3) 8 times, skip next tr and next ch-1 sp; repeat from * around, join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off.(8 wings made)
Body
With lavender, (ch 4, 3 dc cluster-see Special Stitches-in third ch from hook) 3 times, (ch 9, sl st in 4th ch from hook, sl st in each remaining ch, sl st in top of last 3-dc cluster made) 2 times for antenna. Fasten off.

Finishing
1: Fold each Butterfly into two layers of 4 Wings each. Sew Butterflies to last Round of Doily as shown in photo. Spray with starch, shape, and allow to dry.
2: Glue one Body to each Butterfly as shown.

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