Free Pattern – Filet Crochet Butterfly Motif Chart

***NEW*** Check out how I used this chart to make a coaster!

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.

***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. ***

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.

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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  • Pamela

    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.

  • Kathy Schikora

    Are there printed instructions for the Butterfly filet crochet pattern? Especially for how many chains I would need for a beginning? From there I can follow the picture.

    • Pia Thadani

      I’m sorry but this one is available in chart format only. THere is a tutorial on how to read the chart though! As far as starting chains, each square on a filet crochet chart represents 3 stitches, and then you add 1 for the edge, so both these charts would be 100 stitches across. You can make your first row in sc, dc, hdc, whatever you like. So for sc you would ch 101, then sc in 2nd ch and each ch across for the 100 stitches. I used foundation sc, so I just did 100 foundation sc. Whatever you choose to start with, you’ll need to have 100 stitches to start the chart. Please see the tutorial for more details:

  • Mary

    Is there a written out pattern somewhere? I don’t understand the charts. If there isn’t a written pattern can someone please explain to me how to use the graph chart? I really like the look of this and can see it used over pillows I already have.

  • Naty

    I adore your butterfly fillet design; it is very exquisite. I always love butterflies. I hope, you will have designs for curtains with butterflies on filet too.

  • Virginia Kasselman

    Just read your tutorial and can’t wait to get started! Already charted out a cross for a practice piece and it went fine so now I’m rearing to go! Oh – the only thing I did wrong on my chart- is over an open space when I went to make a solid block I put my second dc in the ch st instead of the space after reading your tutorial I realized my mistake however after wetting and blocking my piece it turned out great! Thanks for your clear instruction

    • Pia Thadani

      I’m so glad you found it helpful! You actually CAN work into the chains instead of the spaces, as long as you are consistent about it. It changes the look slightly, but mostly it’s just more difficult 🙂

  • Dottie

    Thank you for your pattern. My granddaughter asked me to sew lace into the back of a favorite tee shirt. It had a tear and she still wanted the front of shirt. It came out pretty good and she still wears it.

  • Countess Gamble

    Thank you for the pattern. Both are beautiful and I will make a couple of shawls using each design. I also signed up for your newsletter.

  • Cheri

    I love this design! Could you let me know what size hook to use? I don’t see it anywhere…….also what size yarn or thread?

  • Diane Sanders

    Hi, I think your butterfly is so dainty and beautiful. Years ago I took a class that used netting by the yard and we used a threaded yarn needle to create the design from a chart onto the netting. The netting looked like very thin crochet yarn. I cannot remember the name of the netting or the name of the craft. We all made solid color ivory placemats. At first glance I thought that was how you made the butterfly. After watching the tutorial, I see that it is entirely crocheted. If you know the name of the netting and/or the craft, please post it. Thanks for sharing.

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