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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Butterfly Trail Bookmark with Pattern

Are you tired of bookmarks yet? I'm not! Here's a project I made using a couple of free patterns available for the flower and the butterfly. I did make some modifications and I'll note those in the directions below!




 Supplies:

  • #10 Crochet Thread (cotton or acrylic)
  • size 4/2.00MM hook
  • scissors
  • needle for weaving in the ends.


I used the flower pattern found here. It's a video that shows how to make the flower and the written directions for the flower are also on the screen. It's pretty easy to follow along.

The "Trail" pattern is quite easy:

  • Chain (ch)
  • Slip Stitch (sl st)
  • Double Crochet (DC)


Row 1: Join yarn with a sl st to any ch 5 space on the back of the flower. Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), 3 DC, ch 3, 4 DC all in the same ch 5 space as the join. Ch 4.

Attachment of Trail to Flower
Use the Chain 5 stitches on the back of the flower.

Row 2: [4 DC, ch 3, 4 DC] in the ch 3 space of the previous row. Ch 4.

Row 2-?: Repeat Row 2 until the "trail" is as long as you need it to be.

Mine has 22 rows of DC stitches and it measures approximately 8". Now that's just the "trail" part of the bookmark. The flower and butterfly add an additional 2" to 3".

The butterfly pattern is found here. And is in a diagram format. I'll type out my interpretation below:



All stitches are worked in the Magic Circle. We're making 4 wings.

Magic Circle with long tail, sl st to secure.
Ch 6
3 TC

DC
Ch 3
Sl St
{First Wing complete}
Ch 3
DC
TC
Ch 4
Sl St
{Second Wing Complete}
Ch 4
TC
DC
Ch 3
Sl St
{Third Wing Complete}

Ch 3
DC

3 TC
Ch 6
Sl St

{Fourth Wing Complete}

I added the following to make "antennae" in order to secure it to the "Trail" part of the pattern:

Ch 10. Cut your yarn here leaving a tail of 3" to 4". Sl St once more to secure your ch 10. Using a yarn needle attach the butterfly to the trail by placing the ch 10 stitches through the last set of ch 3 stitches of the trail. Secure to the beginning point of the butterfly. Weave in the ends. [See Pic]


Butterfly attachment using the Ch 10 stitches
through the last set of Ch 3 stitches in the Trail.

Now gently pull the tail of the Magic Circle to close the opening until all the wings are connected and lay flat. If you pull it too tight, the wings may start to get wavy.

Once the opening is the way you want it, secure the tail by weaving in the ends. 


I hope you like this one as much as I do. I plan to have another bookmark pattern available within the next few days! Enjoy your summer reading!


Peace and blessings,
~~Karen~~



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