Yarn: Black crochet cotton size 8 or 10
Ch 4. Sl st in first ch to make a ring.
Row 1: Ch 1, sc in ring, ch 6, 4 dc in ring, ch 3, 3 dc in ring, ch 3, 4 dc in ring, ch 3, dc in ring. Ch 1, turn.
Row 2: Sc in 4-ch and dc sp, ch 3, 3 dc in same sp, ch 6, 3 dc in same sp, 3 dc in next 3-ch sp, ch 6, 3 dc in same sp, 3 dc in next 3-ch sp, ch 6, 3 dc in same sp, dc in next 6-ch sp, ch 6, 4 dc in same sp, turn.
Row 3: Ch 1, in 6-ch sp make (dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc, ch 3, dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc), in next 6-ch sp make (dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, tr, ch 3, tr, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc) twice, in last 6-ch loop make (dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc, ch 3, dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc), ch 1, sl st in top of leftmost dc in group of 4 dc’s. Do not turn. Continue with last round around the butterfly as follows:
2 sc around stem of dc, 3 sc in next sp, 3 sc in next sp, 2 sc around stem of next dc, 2 sc in each of next 4 sps, in 3-ch sp make (2 sc, 4-ch picot, 2 sc), 2 sc in each of next 6 sps, in next 3-ch sp make (sc, hdc, dc, 4-ch picot, dc, hdc, sc), sc in each of next 6 sps, in next 3-ch sp make (sc, hdc, dc, 4-ch picot, dc, hdc, sc), sc in each of next 6 sps, in last 3-ch sp make (2 sc, 4-ch picot, 2 sc), sc in each of next 2 sps, sl st in first sc to join. Fasten off.
For the butterfly strap, I crocheted one that’s easy to make. It is simply a long chain across, attached to one of the picots on the wing of the butterfly with a slip stitch, then the strap is a series of chain loops back across (in this project, I used ch 5, sc in 6th ch), then all around the chain loops I made (3 sc, picot, 3 sc).
The strap I made is short so I have a choker length necklace, that’s about 12-13 inches including the butterfly and the clasp. The clasp is a simple metal hook in “s” shape.
If you make this pendant, you can decide what strap to use, and if you want to decorate the butterfly with some beads.
But don’t forget to starch your crocheted butterfly! Here’s how.
Starching your Crocheted Jewellery
Lay crocheted lace flat on a few layers of clean cloth. Spray or dab with commercial fabric stiffener. You can also prepare your own fabric stiffener as follows: dissolve 1 tsp cornstarch in one cup of water in a saucepan. Add a tsp of vinegar or salt as preservative. Bring to a gentle boil stirring constantly. Let cool and pour into a spray bottle. You can also use a brush to apply the starch solution instead of spraying. You can also dip the motif into the starch solution and press out excess with your fingers.
While wet, use your fingers to shape the crocheted lace, flatten tips and corners that stick up. When done, let the piece dry completely for at least two to three days.