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« on: July 20, 2011 11:41:56 PM »



I recently discovered lovely butterfly patterns by Apak at crochetville.  She made them as bookmarks but I just love them as butterflies. 



I first tried the large butterfly pattern using plain polyester sewing thread the red butterfly;  and then using a single strand of embroidery floss  - the blue and green butterflies.  The crochet hook has a number stamped on it but I cant tell whether it is a 3, a 6 or an 8, nor what system it belongs to.  These used about four  metres  of thread per butterfly but were extremely fiddly and caused a degree of eyestrain!   Each one took me about 20 to 30 minutes to do.



Next I tried it with a 3.5 Aero hook and three strands of black polyester sewing thread which gave a rather lacy effect.



But then I lost my heart to some  balls of DMC 5 Perle cotton that looked like jewels and went mad, buying 5 colours and making both the large and the smaller butterfly in all the colours.

 

And mixing the colours.



The hook I am using for the DMC 5 is a size 14/2mm Aero.
I have learnt quite a lot from this pattern,  particularly since Apak gives  it both in conventionally written out form and also as a chart so I have learnt how to read a crochet chart.  For  a piece like this a chart is quite helpful as you get an idea of how it is supposed to turn out.  I still do not know if  I am ending my picots in the right part of the stitch as they all seem to have a twist in them and I am not sure that is how they are supposed to look. But at least they all look the same.
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« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2011 12:46:18 AM »

They are beautiful, and even more so in quantity.
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« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2011 01:15:48 AM »

These are very beautiful!
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« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2011 04:50:05 AM »

LUV them!
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« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2011 05:00:06 AM »

Those are lovely and I can think of a million ideas to use them for!  Nice job!
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« Reply #5 on: July 21, 2011 05:12:13 AM »

wow ita nice
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« Reply #6 on: July 21, 2011 05:57:25 AM »

gorgeous Smiley  I love working on tiny things Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: July 21, 2011 06:06:27 AM »

Great work!  I like how the black one is lacy looking but I think my favorites are the ones you made with the Perle cotton.
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« Reply #8 on: July 21, 2011 06:08:38 AM »

Pretty Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: July 21, 2011 07:21:27 AM »

So pretty thank you for posting!!! I can think of a million places in my life that need more butterflies!!!
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