Monarch Butterfly Amigurumi
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Butterfly Amigurumi Tutorial

This butterfly amigurumi pattern is a great project for intermediate and seasoned crocheters! It is inspired by the Monarch Butterfly but of course you could use it to create different kinds of butterflies. 

If using the recommended yarn and hook size, your butterfly will measure about 10 x 7cm / 4 x 3″ wide and long.

Below you can find the free written crochet instructions for the butterfly amigurumi, accompanied by a free video tutorial in which I guide you through the embroidery, assembly and attaching the legs and antennae. Or just hop over to YouTube to watch the complete tutorial and crochet along with me.

If you prefer an ad-free, downloadable pattern that can be accessed offline or printed, I offer a pdf pattern for this butterfly with 153 step-by-step images and detailed written instructions that can be purchased for a small fee on Etsy or Ravelry.

Or go for the ad-free interactive pattern on Ribblr.

Butterfly Amigurumi Tutorial - Free Monarch Butterfly Crochet Instructions

I would love to see your butterfly amigurumi! Share your creation on Instagram and tag me @stellasyarnuniverse for the monthly chance to win a pdf pattern of your choice from my Etsy shop! Winners are announced on my Instagram page @stellasyarnuniverse every other 1st of the month!

Watch the full free video tutorial here

Materials and tools you need for the butterfly amigurumi

Cotton yarn in 4-Ply/Sport or DK/light worsted weight in orange and black (or 2 different colors of choice) [I used Rico Creative Ricorumi DK in Fox and Scheepjes Catona in Jet Black]

2.5mm / C-2 or B-1 crochet hook depending on how tightly you crochet

White embroidery floss

Stitch marker

Yarn needle

Large eyed sewing needle

Scissors

Craft wire (optional)

Glue (optional)

Small flat pliers (optional)

Abbreviations

Rnd(s) = round(s)

St(s) = stitch(es)

Ch(s) = chain(s)

Sl st = slip stitch

Sc = single crochet

Inc = sc increase: sc 2 in same st

Dec = sc invisible decrease

FLO = front loops

[…] = series of stitches to be repeated

(…) = number of stitches once rnd is completed

*… = amount of times […] needs to be repeated

img = image

Instructions for the butterfly amigurumi

Crochet the body

Start with the black yarn.
The body is not filled with fiberfill.

Rnd 1: Sc 6 into magic ring (6)
Rnd 2 and 8 (7 rnds): Sc in all 6 st (6)
Rnd 9: [dec, sc in next st] repeat 2 times (4)
Rnd 10 and 11 (2 rnds): Sc in all 4 st (4)

Fasten off and close the round by inserting the yarn end in the FLO of all 4 st, using a yarn needle. Then stitch through the center of the last round and weave in the yarn end.

Crochet the Forewings in Orange (make 2)

Rnd 1: Sc 6 into magic ring (6)
Rnd 2: [inc in next st, sc in next st] repeat 3 times (9)
Rnd 3 and 4 (2 rnds): Sc in all 9 st (9)
Rnd 5: [inc in next st, sc in next 2 st] repeat 3 times (12)
Rnd 6: Sc in all 12 st (12)
Rnd 7: Inc in next 3 st, sc in next 9 st (15)
Rnd 8: [inc in next st, sc in next st] repeat 3 times, sc in next 9 st (18)
Rnd 9: [inc in next st, sc in next 2 st] repeat 3 times, sc in next 9 st (21)
Rnd 10: Sc in all 21 st (21)
Rnd 11: [sc in next 5 st, dec] repeat 3 times (18)
Rnd 12: [dec, sc in next 2 st] repeat 3 times, sc in next 6 st (15)
Rnd 13: [dec, sc in next st] repeat 3 times, sc in next 6 st (12)
Rnd 14: Dec 3 times, sc in next 6 st (9)
Rnd 15: [sc in next st, dec] repeat 3 times (6)

Do not fasten off yet. The next part can be tricky if you haven’t done anything like this before. Let me demonstrate it to you in my free video tutorial.

For the right forewing

Sc in next st changing to black. Press the wing flat, if you haven’t already.

Crochet along the silhouette of the wing, catching one loop at a time along the outer edge.

Crochet as follows: Sc 1, hdc 3, hdc inc 3, hdc 5, hdc inc 1, dc 2, dc inc 1, dc 1 and hdc 1 in same st, sc 14,
[sc in 2 corresponding stitches of rnd 15 together] repeat 2 times (39)

For the left forewing

For the left wing you crochet the same stitches, only the other way round along the silhouette of the wing.

Sl st in next st, join black yarn, ch 1 and turn work. Press the wing flat, if you haven’t already.

[sc in 2 corresponding stitches of rnd 15 together] repeat 2 times, sc 14, hdc 1 and dc 1 in same st, dc inc 1, dc 2, hdc inc 1, hdc 5, hdc inc 3, hdc 3, sc 1 (39)

Crochet the Hind wings in Orange (make 2)

Rnd 1: Sc 6 into magic ring (6)
Rnd 2: Inc in next 6 st (12)
Rnd 3: [sc in next st, inc in next st] repeat 6 times (18)
Rnd 4: Sc in all 18 st (18)
Rnd 5: [sc in next 4 st, dec] repeat 3 times (15)
Rnd 6: Sc in all 15 st (15)
Rnd 7: [sc in next 3 st, dec] repeat 3 times (12)
Rnd 8: [sc in next 2 st, dec] repeat 3 times (9)
Rnd 9: [sc in next st, dec] repeat 3 times (6)

The outer edge of both hindwings is crocheted the exact same way. The next part can be tricky if you haven’t done anything like this before. Let me demonstrate it to you in my free video tutorial.

Sc in next st changing to black. Press the wing flat, if you haven’t already.

Crochet along the silhouette of the wing, catching one loop at a time along the outer edge.

Sc 6, hdc inc 5, sc 6, [sc in 2 corresponding stitches of rnd 15 together] repeat 2 times (26)

For the remaining part of the pattern watch my free video tutorial.

Below you can find the time-stamped chapters.

Embroider the Forewings

Embroider the Hind wings

Embroider the white markings on all wings

Assembly

Embroider the Belly

Attach the Legs

Attach the Proboscis

Attach the Antennae

You can also purchase the downloadable pdf pattern or the Ribblr pattern for a small fee.

Thank you so much for visiting! And thank you for using my pattern! I hope you enjoyed it!

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Happy creating!

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