Last week, I bought a new swimsuit, with butterflies all over it. I need a cover up of some sort, and have very little time to get it done. I decided I wanted an oversized, white, cotton, mesh shirt that would work up quickly, but wanted to incorporate a butterfly into the design. The obvious answer was filet crochet! The shirt is still very much a work in progress, but here’s a picture of  the back:

Butterfly motif on the back of my swimsuit cover-up

I promise to write up the pattern for the whole shirt eventually. Meanwhile, here is the filet crochet chart for the butterfly motif. The version I used has lacy wings, but I’ve also included a version with more solid wings. Depending on the yarn or thread you use, this motif could also be used for a pillow, bag, doily, or even as wall decor.

***update – I didn’t particularly love the actual shirt when it was done – the filet butterfly turned out great, but the shaping/fit of the shirt I used it on was just OK. So I won’t be publishing the shirt pattern after all. ***

If you’ve never done filet crochet before or aren’t sure how to read the charts, don’t worry – it’s easy! Just check out my Filet Crochet Tutorial to get started.

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Lacy butterfly chart - 33 x 35

Lacy butterfly chart – click image to zoom

Solid butterfly filet crochet chart - 33 x 35

Solid butterfly chart – click image to zoom

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Free Pattern – Filet Crochet Butterfly Motif Chart — 15 Comments

    • Are you trying to download one of the charts? They are jpg image files – if you zoom in by clicking on it, you should then be able to right click and “save image as”…

  1. Hello – these are very pretty. Approxinately, what size is the finished “square”? . I want to frame it. Your tutorial will be most helpful as I have never dobe filet crochet before. Thank you.

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