Saturday, February 25, 2012

Butterfly Flake

I had to take a break from the paper heart doily. Trying to figure out the ground was driving me insane. I needed something light and breezy to take my mind off it, clear my head, and hopefully return to it with a fresh perspective. And since it's feeling like spring in my neck of the woods, I just couldn't resist something...well,...Spring-y. Alas, truthfully, Spring is still wishful thinking this time of year, so I kept with the snowflake theme - for honesty's sake. Hence, my Butterfly Flake.

This is easy and fast to work up. I hope you enjoy it. I used # 30 DMC cebelia, and a size 11 steel hook. It was a nice break from the # 100 I have been working with.

Round 1). 18 sc in a magic ring. Join with sl st in first sc and draw ring closed.

Round 2). Ch 1, sc in same sc as join. Ch 3, Sk 2 sc, sc in next sc, around for a total of six ch 3. Join with sc in 1st sc.

Round 3). * Sl st in ch 3 space, Ch 3, tr, 4 dtr, tr, ch 3, sl st all in same ch 3 space.  Sc in next sc.* Repeat * to * around, except join with sl st in 1st sc.

Round 4). *Ch 24, sc in 2nd and 3rd ch from hook. Ch 9, dc in 16th ch of ch 24. Ch 13, sc in 2d and 3rd ch from hook. Ch 7 tr in top of dc. Ch 8, 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook, ch 1, sk next ch, sl st in next 5 ch. Ch 8, 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook, sk next ch, sl st in next 5 ch, sl st in top of tr. Ch 10, sc in 2nd and 3rd ch from hook. Ch 10, sl st in bottom of tr and sl st in top of dc. Ch 12, sc in 2nd and 3rd ch from hook. Ch 5, sl st in bottom of dc. Sl st in each remaining st of ch 24. Sl st in top of sc. Ch 14, sc in 2nd ch from hook. Ch 12, sk stitches on petal and sl st in next sc.* Repeat * to * around. End off, weave in ends.

Pin to a cardboard box or dense cork covered in tinfoil (plastic wrap if using glue). I prefer liquid starch, because it does the least amount of damage to fine stitches and thread luster, but you may wish to use glue with this flake, so the spokes won't be limp.

I will return soon with the finishing touches of my paper heart doily. I haven't forgotten, in case your worried about seein it finished...Until next time.

I retain all rights to my patterns and photos, but you may do what ever you wish your finished piece.


  1. Thank you for sharing this lovely snowflake! i was just thinking 'wonder how i could put butterflies in a snowflake'...amazing! going to work one in purple in honor of my purple crocus which started to bloom today!

  2. Beautiful and unique! I'd been thinking about trying a butterfly flake, and you beat me to the punch!

    1. I would soooo love to see what you would work up!

  3. OMGoodness, all you creative minds!!! How wonderful!! And you're sharing with all of us that don't have that gift, but can work with our hands!!! LOL Thank you so much!!! Just gorgeous!!! :)

  4. This is gorgeous as is all of your work. I'm so happy I found your site

  5. Typo discovered: on step 4 it should read ch 15 and not ch 5. It is a beautiful snowflake.