Butterfly Handkerchiefs

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J. & P. Coats Tatting-Crochet, Size 70, 1 ball each of No. 8 Blue, No. 76 China Blue and No. 12 Black; or 1 ball each of No. 32 Purple, No. 43 Dk. Yellow and No. 48 Hunter's Green ... Milwards Steel Crochet Hook No. 13 ... A rolled edge handkerchief.

(For a finer variety, butterfly and edging may be crocheted with J. & P. Coats or Clark's O.N.T. Mercerized Sewing Thread, Size 50, any color desired, and a Milwards Steel Crochet Hook No. 15.)

BUTTERFLY -Large Wing ••• Starting at inner edge with Blue, ch 33. 1st row: Half dc in 6th ch from hook, ch 2, skip 2 ch, dc in next ch, (ch 2, skip 2 ch, tr in next ch ) 5 times; ch 2, skip 2 ch, dc in next ch, ch 2, skip 2 ch, half dc in next ch, ch 2, skip 2 ch, sl st in next ch.

Now work around as follows: Working along opposite side of starting chain, make 5 sc in first sp, (sc in next ch, 2 sc in next sp) 8 times; sc in next ch, 9 sc in end sp, (sc in next st, 2 sc in next sp) 8 times; sc in next st, 4 sc in next sp. Join and break off. Next row: Attach Black to same sc as sl st, sc in same place, sc in next 4 sc, * sc at base of next sc (long sc made), sc in next 2 sc. Repeat from * 7 more times; sc at base of next sc, sc in next 5 sc. Break off. Next rnd: Attach China Blue to first Black sc, sc in each st across, sc closely around remaining side. Join and break off.

Now work in rows as follows: 1st row: Attach Blue to same place as sl st, ch 3, dc in same place, (ch 2, skip 2 sc, 2 dc in next sc) 8 times; (ch 2, skip 2 sc, 2 tr in next sc) 4 times. Ch 4, turn. 2nd row: Skip first tr, tr in next tr, (ch 3, tr in next 2 tr) 3 times; (ch 3, dc in next 2 dc) 7 times; ch 3, skip 1 dc, sl st in next dc. Turn. 3rd row: Sl st in next 3 ch, ch 4, skip 2 de, dc in next 2 dc, (ch 4, dc in next 2 dc ) 5 times; (ch 4, tr in next 2 tr) 3 times; ch 4, tr in next tr and in top of turning chain. Ch 4, turn. 4th row: Skip first tr, tr in next tr, (ch 5, tr in next 2 tr ) 3 times; (ch 5, dc in next 2 dc) 5 times; ch 5, skip 1 dc, sl st in next dc. Turn. 5th row: Sl st in next 5 ch, ch 6, skip 2 dc, dc in next 2 dc, (ch 6, dc in next 2 dc) 3 times; (ch 6, tr in next 2 tr) 3 times; ch 6, tr in next tr and in top of turning chain. Ch 4, turn. 6th row: Skip first tr, tr in next tr, (ch 7, tr in next 2 tr ) 3 times; (ch 7, dc in next 2 dc) 3 times; ch 7, skip 1 dc, sl st in next dc. Break off.

EDGING ••• Attach China Blue to end st of first Blue row, sc closely around to opposite side of same row. Break off.

Make another Wing the same way, being careful to have sc's of Edging on right side of both Wings.

SMALL WING (Make 2) ••• Starting at long side with Blue, ch 33. 1st row: D tr in 11th ch from hook, ch 1, skip 1 ch, d tr in next ch, (ch 1, skip 1 ch, tr in next ch) twice; (ch 1, skip 1 ch, dc in next ch ) twice; ch 1, skip 1 ch, half dc in next ch, ch 1, skip 1 ch, sc in next 9 ch. Ch 1, turn. 2nd row: Dec 1 sc-to dec 1 sc, work off 2 sc as 1 sc-sc in each sc across sc-group, sc in each ch-1 sp and in each st across, ending with sc in last d tr. Ch 10, turn. 3rd row: D tr in first sc, ch 1, skip 1 sc, d tr in next sc, (ch 1, skip 1 sc, tr in next sc) twice; (ch 1, skip 1 sc, dc in next sc) twice; ch 1, skip 1 sc, half dc in next sc, ch 1, skip 1 sc, sc in each sc across group to within last 2 sc, dec 1 se. Ch 1, turn.

Repeat 2nd and 3rd rows alternately until 9 rows in all are completed (1 sc in last sc-group ), Break off. Attach China Blue and sc closely around, making 16 sc in each ch-10 loop. Join and break off.

BODY ••• Starting at long side with Black, ch 24. 1st row: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, half dc in next ch, dc in next ch, half dc in next ch, sc in next ch (Head), half dc in next ch, dc in next 3 ch, half dc in next ch, sc in next ch, half dc in next ch, dc in next ch, tr in next 7 ch, dc in next ch, half dc in next ch, sc in next ch. Break off. Attach China Blue to first sc, sc in same place, sc in next 3 sts, sl st at base of next sc (long st made), sc in next 5 sts, sl st at base of next sc, sc in each remaining st across; working along opposite side of starting chain make sc in each ch across, making long sts over sc's to correspond with opposite side. Join and break off.

ANTENNAE ••• With China Blue make a chain 2 inches long, sl st in center st of Head and make another chain 2 inches long. Break off.

Sew Wings and Body together. Sew Butterfly to corner of handkerchief.

EDGING ••• 1st rnd: Attach China Blue to corner of handkerchief, 3 sc in same place, sc closely around, making 3 sc in each corner and having number of sc's on each side divisible by 6 plus 3. Join to first sc. 2nd rnd: Sl st in next sc, sc in same place as sl st, * ch 10, skip 5 sc, sc in next sc. Repeat from * around. Join. 3rd rnd: 16 sc in each loop around. Join and break off.


Other great patterns from Butterflies in Crochet, Book 272:

Crochet Patterns

Butterfly Blouse
Butterfly Handkerchiefs
Butterfly Hat & Gloves
Butterfly Luncheon Cloth
Butterfly Luncheon Set I
Butterfly Luncheon Set II
Butterfly Runner
Butterfly Shade Pulls
Butterfly Table Doily