Rosemary’s Butterfly Crochet Pattern

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.

Rosemary’s Butterfly

Materials required:

Size US H Hook

Worsted weight yarn

Darning needle

Stitches used:

Ch- chain

ss-slip stitch

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.

2 thoughts on “Rosemary’s Butterfly Crochet Pattern

  1. Joan Ward

    I’m so sorry that you have lost your sweet Rosemary. I hope that lovely memories of her help to heal the hole in your heart. Thank you for publishing this. Butterflies are my way of remembering my granddaughter, Natalie, who died when she was 12 years old. I’ll think of her as I make your beautiful butterflies.

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    1. withashariontop Post author

      Joan,

      I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you so much for sharing your sweet Natalie with me, and for your kind words. I hope this pattern brings about some comfort and you enjoy creating these butterflies in memory of your sweet granddaughter. <3

      Shari

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