Crochet Butterfly Necklace

Crochet Butterfly Necklace crocheted in blue thread on a tan background with flowers on the right

Crochet Butterfly Necklace

The Crochet Butterfly Necklace is a unique jewelry project that uses a small amount of cotton crochet thread. Butterflies are beautiful creatures that always catch my eye. I never get tired of watching them among flowers in the summer. I love how they are a symbol of renewal and hope. I created this butterfly necklace to be a special gift for a mother or daughter.

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Small Amount of Supplies Needed

You can make this quick project TODAY! with yarn from your stash! It uses a very small amount of Size 3 cotton crochet thread. You could make this with the thinner Size 10 thread, too – your butterfly would come out smaller and more delicate. Or you could use a double-strand of the Size 10 thread to get the butterfly pendant size like mine. I used a necklace chain with a clasp already attached to make this project even easier and quicker but you could also use some silk cording or simply crochet a chain for the necklace length. (The full list of supplies is listed below)

Crochet Butterfly Necklace completed with silver chain and light blue thread on a white wooden background

Stitches Used in the Crochet Butterfly Necklace

To make the Crochet Butterfly Necklace you will need to know the basic stitches: slip stitch, chain, single crochet, double crochet and treble crochet. Crochet is such a versatile fiber craft that you can pretty much create any shape by putting basic stitches together creatively! You’ll see that I do some different ways of putting the butterfly together so it can look its best. Working with cotton thread can be challenging if you have never done it before, so I recommend practicing the pattern with thicker yarn and a larger hook at first. Once you get the hang of how the stitches come together, then you can switch to the thread.

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Skill Level: Easy


3” across at widest point; 2 ¼” long from top of wing to bottom of wing at center

Supplies used to make the Crochet Butterfly Necklace - necklace chain, needle, hook, thread, pliers

Supplies Needed for the Crochet Butterfly Necklace:

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Cotton crochet thread – Size 3 – 1 ball of each flower color desired

(I used Lizbeth thread that you can purchase here)

2.75 mm hook by Clover

Embroidery needle

Fabric Stiffener

Small square of aluminum foil and paintbrush Rust-proof sewing pins

Necklace chain with clasp

Jewelry pliers

Optional: 2 jump rings

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Special Stitches and Abbreviations:

Sl st (slip stitch) = Insert hook into stitch, YO, pull through stitch and loop on hook

Sc (single crochet) = Insert hook into stitch, YO, draw up a loop; YO, pull through 2 loops on hook

Dc (double crochet) = YO, insert hook into stitch, YO, draw up a loop, (YO, pull through 2 loops on hook) twice

Tr (treble crochet) = YO twice, insert hk into st, YO, draw up a lp, (YO, pull through 2 lps on hk) 3 times

Ch-2 picot = ch 2, sl st in back bump of 2nd chain from hook

YO (yarn over)

Hk (hook)

Lp (loop)

Ch (chain)

St (stitch)

Sp (space)


Butterfly is made in 3 sections – the first 2 sections (the body and upper wing) are crocheted and then sewn together

Lastly stitches are added along outer edges to complete the wings

Instructions for the Crochet Butterfly Necklace by Jennifer Ryan:

Special stitches are printed in bold and italicized text and defined above

Wings sewn together and body section made with magenta thread on a white wooden background


Ch 5

Sl st in 2nd ch from hk; sc in each of the next 3 chs;

Ch 1, sc in same ch, ch 1;

Now working on the other side of the chain, sc in each of the next 3 sts; sl st in last st; sl st in 1st sc. Do not fasten off.

Head for the Crochet Butterfly Necklace:

Ch 3, dc in same st, ch 2 – Fasten off.

Using needle sew end of ch-2 length to base of head working needle through same st as the dc was worked into (as shown by arrow in photo below)

Showing how to finish the body section and how each wing looks before joined

This photo also shows the Right Wing Top and the Left Wing Top

(Please note for Left-handed crocheters, you will do the same stitches written below but each section will be the opposite; (ie. Complete the stitches for the Right Wing Top but it will end up being the Left Wing Top)

Right Wing – Top:

Round 1:

Ch 6, ch-2 picot; ch 5, sl st in 1st ch.

Round 2: 

Ch 1, 6 sc in ch-6 sp; sc in 1st ch of next ch-2 picot; ch-2 picot; sl st in next ch and next sl st; 4 sc in next ch-5 sp; sl st in last ch. Fasten off.

Left Wing – Top:

Round 1: 

Ch 5, ch-2 picot, ch 6, join with sl st to 1st ch.

Round 2: 

Ch 1, 4 sc in same sp; sl st in each of next 2 chs; ch-2 picot; sc in next st; 6 sc in next ch-6 sp; sl st to 1st sc. Fasten off.

Sew wing tops together and weave in all ends

The body sewn to the wings with magenta thread on a white wooden background

Then sew body to top of wing tops

What the stitches will look like for the outer wing section with magenta thread for the Crochet Butterfly Necklace

The beginnings and ends of the wings’ outer stitches are purposely not attached until after the crocheting is complete – it looks much better to attach the chain lengths with the needle and not with chunky crochet stitches

Right Wing – Outer Stitches on the Crochet Butterfly Necklace:

Ch 6

Tr in 1st sc (on lower side of Right Wing Top);

Ch 4, dc in next sc, ch 4, sk next sc, tr in next sc, ch 4, sk next sc, dc in next sc, ch 6. Fasten off.

*Note that the ends of the starting and ending chain lengths for both the Right Wing Outer Stitches and the Left Wing Outer Stitches will be attached to the body and Top sections using the tapestry needle*

Left Wing – Outer Stitches:

Ch 6;

Dc in st 1 st away from ch-2 picot on Left Wing Top;

Ch 4, sk next st, tr in next st, ch 4, sk next st, dc in next st, ch 4, tr in next st, ch 6. Fasten off.

Finishing and Assembly of the Crochet Butterfly Necklace:

With tapestry needle and yarn tails, secure ends of chain lengths to ch-2 picot areas (1 & 2) and bottom of body section (3 & 4) using photo above as a guide

Wet block butterfly and pin stitches in place to be even on both sides

Let dry completely

The chain attached to the magenta Butterfly Necklace

Cut necklace chain in half and sew each end to one side of each wing

(Alternative chain joining option explained below)

What the pendant will look like once apply the fabric stiffener

Lay butterfly Right Side down on aluminum foil and being careful to not get any stiffener on necklace chain, paint Wrong Side with several coats of fabric stiffener

For some tips on how to best stiffen your lacy crochet projects, watch this video tutorial here on our Youtube Channel

Let dry completely

Close up of joining the chain with a jump ring

Optional Joining: Using jewelry pliers attach jump rings to wings and to necklace chain

Magenta Crochet Butterfly Necklace on a woman's neck

Your Crochet Butterfly Necklace is Complete!

Your Crochet Butterfly Necklace is complete! Which color did you make yours in? I would love to add a little bit of iridescent glitter to my butterflies when I am adding the stiffener – wouldn’t that be pretty? I think adding a teardrop bead or a faceted gem would be nice as well. So many possibilities!

Please send a long a photo of your project – I would love to see it. And let us know in the comments below which color you choose or who you are making it for!

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