Free Butterfly Potholder Pattern – Easy Crochet Pattern for a Pot Holder

This free crochet pattern for a butterfly potholder was originally published in the 1950s in Lily Pot Holders and Oven Mitts.

Follow the easy step-by-step instructions of this crochet pattern to make this potholder that looks like a butterfly. There is absolutely no charge for personal use of this easy crochet pattern for a potholder.

Free Crochet Potholder Pattern for a Butterfly:
How to Crochet a Potholder

Butterfly Potholder Pattern

REQUIRED MATERIALS

Art. 600 Lily Cotton Yarn Skeins or
Art. 930 Sugar ‘N Cream Yarn Balls:
Leftover Lengths of Yellow, Delft Blue, and Red
Crochet Hook No. 0

STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS

Top Left Wing of Butterfly Potholder

With Yellow ch 16, 2 sc in 2d ch from hook, * sc in next ch, hdc in next 2 ch, 2 dc in next ch, dc in next 5 ch, 2 dc in next ch, hdc in next 2 ch, sc in next ch, * 3 sc in end ch. Repeat from * to * on other side of ch, sc in next st, sl st in 1st sc.

Row 2 – Ch 1, 2 sc in same sc, sc in each st around with 3 sc in center sc at other end. End with 1 sc in 1st corner, join with sl st in 1st sc. Fasten off.

Row 3 – With Blue (sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc) twice, sc in next 7 sts, 3 sc in next st, (sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc) twice, sc in next 8 sc.

Row 4 – Ch 1, turn, sc in each sc up to tip, 3 sc in center sc at tip, sc in each sc to 3d from end, sl st in next sc. Fasten off.

Row 5 – Turn, sl st in Red in last sl st, (ch 1, sk 1 sc, a long sc over next sc) 10 times, inserting hook down between 2 Blue rows, ch 1, sk 1 sc, (a long sc, ch 2, a long sc) all in next (center) st at tip, (ch 1, sk 1 sc, a long sc in next st) 12 times. Fasten off.

Row 6 – Join Yellow to 1st ch-1 sp, (sc, ch 2, sc) in each ch-1 sp around. Fasten off.

Top Right Wing of Butterfly Potholder

Repeat Rows 1 and 2, then turn and repeat Rows 3 and 4.

Row 5 – With Red make a long sc over 1st sc in last row, (ch 1, sk 1 sc, a long sc in next sc) 11 times, ch 1, sk 1 sc, (a long sc, ch 2, a long sc) in next (center) st, (ch 1, sk 1 sc, a long sc in next sc) 10 times, ch 1, sk 1 st, sl st in next st. Fasten off.

Repeat Row 6.

With Red make a row of 8 French Knots along center of Row 1 of each wing. Sew wings together.

Lower Left Wing of Butterfly Potholder

With Yellow ch 6. Join with sl st to form ring.

Row 1 – Ch 3, 17 dc in ring, join with sl st in ch-3. Fasten off.

Row 2 – Sc in Blue in l dc, (hdc, 2 dc and hdc) all in next dc, sc in next dc, (sc, ch 2, sc) in each of next 13 dc, sc in next 2 dc, join to 1st sc. Fasten off.

Row 3 – Sc in Red in next 2 sts, 3 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next shell, (sc, hdc, dc) in next shell, 4 dc in next shell, dc and hdc in next shell, (sc, ch 2, sc) in each of next 9 shells, sc in next 3 sc. Fasten off.

Row 4 – 3 sc in Yellow in center sc at next corner, (sk 1 st, a sc, ch 2, sc shell in next st) 7 times, a shell in each of next 9 shells, (sk 1 sc, a shell in next sc) 3 times. Join. Fasten off.

Lower Right Wing of Butterfly Potholder

Repeat Row 1, turn and repeat Rows 2 and 3.

Row 4 – Mark center sc at next corner, turn and make 3 sc in marked st in Yellow, (sk 1 st, a sc, ch 2, sc shell in next st) 3 times, a shell in each of next 9 shells, (sk 1 st, a shell in next st) 7 times. Join and fasten off.

Make a Red French Knot in center of each Lower Wing. Sew wings tog.

Crocheting the Butterfly Body

With Blue ch 24, 3 sc and 1 sl st in 2d ch from hook, sc in next ch, hdc in next ch, dc in next 6 ch, hdc in next ch, sc in next ch, hdc in next ch, dc in next 8 ch, hdc in next ch, sc in next 2 ch. Fasten off.

Sew Wings together, lapping Top Wings over Lower Wings. Sew Body between Wings. Cover a bone ring with Yellow sc and sew to top of Head and each Top Wing, steam and press holder dry on back thru a cloth.

Line back with cloth.

This free crochet pattern for a butterfly potholder was originally published in the 1950s in Lily Pot Holders and Oven Mitts

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