Mr & Mrs Butterfly Wall Plaques

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LILY DOUBLE QUICK, Art. 50, in Black: 2 skeins.

No. 3 Steel Crochet Hook.

4 yds. 6 inches black covered millinery wire or other stiff wire.

MR. BUTTERFLY (Size-11 ¼ x 10 ½ inches):

BODY: BACK PIECE: Ch 5, 4 dc in 5th ch from hook.

ROW 2: Ch 3, turn, dc in each dc, dc in end ch-3 (1 dc inc). Repeat Row 2 twice.

ROW 5: Ch 3, turn, sk 1st dc, holding back the last lp of each dc on hook, make dc in next 2 dc, Y 0 and draw thru all 3 lps on hook (2-dc Cluster made), dc in next dc, dc in next 2 dc made into a Cluster, dc in next 2 sts.

ROW 6: Ch 3, turn, sk 1st dc, dc in next dc, dc in next 2 dc made into a Cluster, dc in next 2 sts.

ROWS 7 through 9: Repeat Row 2 three times.

ROW 10: Ch 3, turn, sk 1st dc, (dc in next 2 dc made into a Cluster) 3 times, dc in end st.

ROW 11: Ch 1, turn, (sk 1 dc, sc in next dc) twice. Fasten off.

FRONT PIECE: Repeat Back Piece.

HEAD: Ch 6, join with sl st to form ring.

RND 1: Ch 1, 10 sc in ring, join.

RND 2: Ch 1, 12 sc over 1st Rnd, inserting hook in center opening; join. * Make a 4 inch chain. Cut wire 8 ½ inches long, fold one end over ½ inch, sl st in folded end, ch 1, hold wire along chain, sc over wire into each ch st; sl st in next sc on Head; repeat from *. Fasten off. Sew Head to top of Front Piece. Tape wire ends tog. and sew on back of Body.

TOP WING: (Make 2): Cut wire 16 ½ inches long.

CROCHETED ROPE: Ch 2, 4 sc in 2d ch from hook. Cup circle right-side-inside and working in back lp only, sc in 1st sc, sc in each sc around and around for ½ inch, push wire thru Rope and out past starting end ½ inch. Continue making Rope outside of wire to ½ inch from end, always with 4 sc in a rnd. Sk 2 sc, sl st in next sc. Fasten off. Bend Rope sharply 6 ⅞ inches from one end (top corner), and 4 ½ inches from other end (lower corner). Bend wire ends straight across Body, lap ends from 2 Wings, wrap with gummed tape and sew on top of Back Piece 1 inch apart.

LARGE CIRCLE: Ch 7, join with sl st to form ring.

RND 1: Ch 1, 15 sc in ring; join.

RND 2: Ch 10, sk 2 sc, dc in next sc, (ch 7, sk 2 sc, dc in next sc) 3 times, ch 7, join to 3d st of ch-10.

RND 3: Ch 1, sc in same st, (8 sc in next sp, sc in next dc) repeated around; join, make 4 ¼ inch chain, * sk 1 ch, sl st in each remaining ch, sl st in Circle. Fasten off. Make 2. Sew chain end to Body. * Sew a Circle in upper comer of each Wing.

SMALL CIRCLE: Ch 10, join with sl st to form ring. Ch 1, 18 sc in ring; join, make 4 ¼ inch chain, repeat Rnd 3 from * to *. Sew a Circle in lower corner of each Wing.

LOWER WING (Make 2): Cut wire 13 ½ inches long and cover as for Top Wing. Fold Rope 5 inches from Body end; bend each Rope out sharply 2 inches from fold (tail made), curve long end around, run wire end into rope of Top Wing 3 ¼ inches from Body and sew securely. Bend other end to go across Body. Tape wire ends of both wings tog. and sew on Body. Make a Large Circle; chain 1 ⅝ inches, sk 1 ch, sl st in each remaining ch, sl st in Circle. Fasten off. Sew chain end to Body. Make 3 Small Circles. Sew one at top of tail and to 4th sp on Large Circle. Sew others to 2d & 3d sps on Large Circle and to edge of Wing. Repeat on 2d Wing. Sew Top Body Piece on Back Piece.

MRS. BUTTERFLY (Size-12 x 10 inches): Repeat 2 Body Pieces and Head.

TOP WING (Make 2): Cut wire 17 inches long and cover with Rope as for 1st Butterfly. Bend into an oval with ends 1 inch apart. Join wire ends of both wings and sew on Body.

LARGE CIRCLE: Repeat Small Circle.

RND 2: Ch 1, sc in same st with sl st, ch 5, sk 2 sc, dc in next sc, ch 7, sk 2 sc, tr in next sc, (ch 8, sk 1 sc, dtr in next sc) twice, ch 8, sk 1 sc, tr in next sc, ch 7, sk 2 sc, dc in next sc, ch 5, join to 1st sc.

RND 3: Ch 1, sc in same sc, 5 sc in next sp, sc in next st, 8 sc in next sp, sc in next st, (9 sc in next sp, sc in next st) 3 times, 8 sc in next sp, sc in next st, 5 sc in next sp, join. Fasten off. Make 2. Sew one in end of each wing.

BRAID: Ch 5, sc in 5th ch from hook, (ch 4, turn, sc in sc) repeated for 4 inches. Fasten off. Sew across Wing in a curve; sew to center sp on Large Circle. Make 2 Small Circles; sew tog.; make a 3d, ch 8, sk 1 ch, sl st in next 7 ch, sl st in circle; sew to 1st two in a straight line; sew 1st Circle to center of Braid; sew chain end to Body. Repeat on 2d Wing.

LOWER WING (Make 2): Cut wire 11 ½ inches long and cover with Rope. Make 2. Bend into an oval with one side twice as long as other. Push short end wire into rope of Top Wing 3 inches from Body and sew securely. Join wire ends of both wings and sew on Body. Make a Large Circle and sew in end of Wing. Make 3 ½ inch Braid; sew as for Top Wing. Make 1 Small Circle; sew to Braid; make a 2d, ch 5, sk 1 ch, sl st in next 4 ch, sl st in Circle. Fasten off. Sew to 1st Circle; sew chain end to Body. Repeat on 2d Wing. Sew Body Pieces tog.

Starch Butterflies, pin right-side-up and leave until dry.


Other great patterns from Wrought Iron Crochet, Lily Book 74:

Crochet Patterns

Trivet Wall Plaques
Flower Holder & Candlesticks
Beverage Set
Rooster
Grape Lattice Place Mat
Black Magic Luncheon Set
Round Doily
Oval Place Mat
Oval Doily
Luncheon Set
Card Table Accessories
Cookie Basket & Cigarette Basket
Pot Holder Set
Butterfly Wall Plaques
Pair of Candlesticks
Flower Holder

Comments

the thread recommended here is no longer being sold - is there an equivalent thread i should use?
I found some of this LILY DOUBLE QUICK, Art. 50 for sale on eBay. The description for this thread is as follows: LILY DOUBLE QUICK MERCERIZED CROCHET COTTON YARN. THEY ARE 8 CORD CABLE TWIST. THEY ARE 100 % COTTON. I would find something comparable to that.