On September 4th, 2015 something incredibly unbearable happened. A beautiful soul departed from this earth and left behind a twin sister, a grieving mother and father and numerous family members with heavy hearts. One of my sister’s beautiful twin girls, Rosemary, had passed away. The pain and shock associated with Rosemary’s passing is not something I can even describe, just from an Auntie’s viewpoint. I can’t imagine the depths of her mother’s and father’s pain.
I have watched my sister and brother-in-law raise Rosemary’s twin, Moira, for the past year and a half. I am amazed by my sister’s strength. Not only is she amazingly strong, but she carries compassion and empathy and continues to give despite having something so precious taken from her. I am in complete awe of my sister. I will always try my best to offer her support and to help keep Rosemary’s memory alive. I know that it is so very important for Rosemary to be talked about, to be remembered, to be endlessly loved.
I created this purple butterfly applique in memory of my sweet niece, and I encourage other artists to use this pattern in memory of Rosemary and all other little ones that were taken too soon. Infant loss is a reality for too many.
This butterfly is perfect for decorative purposes and would even look wonderful sewn onto a blanket. Crochet as many as you’d like and sew them together to make a banner. Feel free to share your work and memories in the comments below.
Size US H Hook
Worsted weight yarn
sc- single crochet
hdc- half double crochet
dc- double crochet
tc- triple crochet
To begin Ch 4 and ss to the 1st chain to create a loop.
Row 1. Ch 8, ss in 1st ch to create a second loop, ch 1, turn
Row 2. Working into the center of the loop you just created, 1 sc, 2 hdc, 1 dc, ch 2, sc 2nd ch, 1 dc, 2 hdc, 1 sc, ss to the center of the first loop you created.
Row 3 & 4. Repeat rows 1 and 2.
Row 5. Ch 12, ss in 1st ch to create another loop, ch 1, turn
Row 6. Working into the center of the loop you just created, 1 sc, 1 hdc, 2 dc, 2 tc, ch 2, sc in 2nd ch, 2 tc, 2 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc, ss into the center of the first loop you created.
Rows 7 & 8. Repeat rows 5 & 6.
Finish off, sew in ends.
Using a small amount of yarn, wrap around the center of your butterfly a few times. Once you are satisfied with how the center looks tie the ends of the yarn together towards the top of the butterfly. Cut the ends until they are your desired antenna length.