Jaycee Butterfly Shawl

The Jaycee Butterfly Shawl is a crochet butterfly shawl mainly made with double crochet stitches and chains. A fun project for advanced crocheters or adventurous beginners. I’ve used self-striping yarn for a unique color fade effect. This butterfly shawl is part of my special series of patterns dedicated to extended family (people with the same rare tumor as I).

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Jaycee Butterfly Shawl

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Jaycee Butterfly Shawl - free crochet butterfly shawl pattern by Wilmade

About Jaycee

This crochet butterfly shawl is dedicated to Jaycee (8) from Nampa, Idaho. Jaycee and I were born with the same rare condition. She is one of the happiest girls I’ve ever met: always smiling and making fun. Jaycee’s family lives in San Diego who she visits often. Last September we happened to be there at the exact same time (when I visited Vela). We got to hang out together and I gave her the Jaycee Butterfly Shawl.

Look! The shawl matched perfectly with her outfit!  😍

Wilma Westenberg and Jaycee with the Jaycee Butterfly Shawl - Facial infiltrating lipomatosis

About the design

The shawl is inspired by Jaycee’s happiness. When I think of Jaycee, I think of butterflies. I decided to make a simple repetitive shawl featuring a butterfly stitch.

I’ve used a self-striping yarn with pink and blue. I don’t know why, but when I think of Jaycee, I think of these colors. Guess what? She wore the same colors on the day we met!

Jaycee Butterfly Shawl - close-up of the crochet butterfly shawl pattern by Wilmade.jpg

About the pattern

For this shawl you can use any yarn; I’ve used a gradient yarn cake (fingering weight). The shawl is mainly made with (front post) double crochet stitches and chains. This design features butterflies and raised shell stitches forming beautiful waves.

The entire pattern is made out of 10 rows that can be repeated as many times as you want. This way you can easily adapt the pattern for a kids’ size or adult size. Below you can find a video tutorial which shows you how to make this shawl step by step.

Wilma Westenberg wearing Jaycee Butterfly Shawl - crochet butterfly shawl free crochet pattern on wilmade.com

About this special series of patterns

I was born with a (benign) tumor in my face. For more than 22 years my doctors did not know what was going on. In 2017 I finally got diagnosed with an ultra rare condition. I immediately started searching for other people and so far I’ve found about 40 people in the whole wide world. It’s amazing how many similarities we have and how much we look alike. Many of my upcoming patterns will be special designs inspired by my new ‘extended family’.

> Read more about me
> Read more about this special series of patterns

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Materials

Gradient yarn cake (fingering weight, 3ply, 1.095 yards / 1.000, 200g). I needed exactly 170g/750m, so a 800m cake should work as well. The yarn I used is not available internationally, but I’ve found a seller on Etsy who sells gradient yarn cakes in the USA. The colors are very similar to my colors, but keep in mind that it’s not 100% the same. Click here to read about other alternatives in the USA.

Crochet hook 4mm (US G/6 hook)

Stitch marker

– Clover tassel maker

– Clover bent tip tapestry needle set Chibi

Finished size

Height: 56 cm / 22″
Width: 170 cm / 67”

Gauge

20 dc and 10 rows equal 10 cm x 10 cm / 4” square

Stitches & abbreviations

– st: stitch
– sl st: slip stitch
– ch: chain
– ch-sp: chain space
– sc: single crochet
– dc: double crochet
– dtr: double treble crochet (same as dc, but yarn over 3 times before starting)
– fpdc: front post double crochet

Notes

– This pattern is written in US terminology

– Shawl is worked top down

– Shawl is worked in rows: we turn our work at the end of each row

– First 3 chains count as the first stitch

– Stitch count does not include 2 center chains

– It is helpful to place a marker in the first, center and last stitches and move it up with every row

Video

Below you can find a video of this crochet shawl tutorial

Click here to watch the video on YouTube

Pattern

** Note: You can purchase the ad-free PDF version of this pattern on Etsy and Ravelry. The PDF is designed for printing and this way you can support me! **

Ch 4, sl st to first ch to form a ring. Or begin with a magic circle.

Row 1:
ch 3, 2 dc into ring, ch 2, 3 dc into ring, turn (6)

Row 2:
ch 3, 4 dc in first st, skip 2 dc,
(1 sc, ch 2, 1 sc) in center ch-sp,
skip 2 dc, 5 dc in last st, turn (12)

Row 3:
ch 3, 2 dc in first st,
1 fpdc in each st to center ch-sp,
(1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc) in center ch-sp,
1 fpdc in each st to end,
3 dc in last st, turn (18)

Row 4:
ch 3, 4 dc in first st, skip 2 dc,
*1 sc in next st, skip 2 st, 5 dc in next st, skip 2 st* to center ch-sp,
(1 sc, ch 2, 1 sc) in center ch-sp,
*skip 2 st, 5 dc in next st, skip 2 st, 1 sc in next st* to end,
skip 2 st, 5 dc in last st, turn (24)

Row 5:
ch 3, 2 dc in first st,
1 fpdc in each st to center ch-sp,
(1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc) in center ch-sp,
1 fpdc in each st to end,
3 dc in last st, turn (30)

Row 6:
ch 3, 2 dc in first st,
1 dc in each st to center ch-sp,
(1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc) in center ch-sp,
1 dc in each st to end,
3 dc in last st, turn (36)

BUTTERFLY

Row 7:
ch 3, 2 dc in first st,
ch 7, skip 7 st, *1 dc in next 3 st, ch 7, skip 7 st* to center ch-sp,
(1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc) in center ch-sp,
ch 7, skip 7 st *1 dc in next 3 st, ch 7, skip 7 st* to end,
3 dc in last st, turn (42)

Row 8:
ch 3, 2 dc in first st, 1 dc in next 2 st,
ch 7, skip 7 ch, *1 dc in next 3 st, ch 7, skip 7 ch* repeat to center ch-sp, 1 dc in next st,
(1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc) in center ch-sp,
1 dc in next st, ch 7, skip 7 ch, *1 dc in next 3 st, ch 7, skip 7 ch* repeat to end,
1 dc in next 2 st, 3 dc in last st, turn (48)

Row 9:
ch 3, 2 dc in first st, 1 dc in next 3 st,
*2 dc in next dc, ch 2, dtr in 4th dc from row 6, ch 2, 2 dc in next dc, 1 dc in next dc* to center ch-sp,
(1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc) in center ch-sp,
*1 dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc, ch 2, dtr in 4th dc from row 6, ch 2, 2 dc in next dc* to end,
1 dc in next 3 st, 3 dc in last st, turn (54)

Row 10:
ch 3, 2 dc in first st, 1 dc in next 2 st,
*1 dc in next 5 st, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, 1 dc in next dtr, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp* to center ch-sp, 1 dc in next 4 st,
(1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc) in center ch-sp,
1 dc in next 4 st, *2 dc in next ch-2 sp, 1 dc in next dtr, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, 1 dc in next 5 st* to end,
1 dc in next 2 st, 3 dc in last st, turn (60)

Row 11:
ch 3, 2 dc in first st,
1 sc in each st to center ch-sp,
(1 sc, ch 2, 1 sc) in center ch-sp,
1 sc in each st to end,
3 dc in last st, turn (66)

Row 12:
repeat row 4 (72)

Row 13:
repeat row 5 (78)

Repeat

Row 14 – 63:
repeat row 4 – 13 (see table below)

Stitch count

The table below shows the amount of stitches you should have at the end of each row. Note that stitch count does not include 2 center chains and the first 3 chains count as 1 dc.

Stitch count Jaycee Shawl

Tassels (optional)

Make 3 tassels (one for each end of the shawl).

1. Wrap the yarn around your hand or phone 50 times or until you find it thick enough. Cut two more strands which are about 40 cm / 16″.

2. Fold one strand around one of the two ends. Tie a tight knot.

3. Cut the yarn on the bottom (opposite of your knot)

How to make tassels - tutorial by Wilmade

4. Fold the other strand around the top of your tassel, about 1 cm from the top knot. Secure tight.

5. Trim the bottom

How to make tassels 2 - tutorial by Wilmade

Blocking

Although the shawl should come out with straight edges, it’s always recommended to block a shawl. This way you will get the perfect shape and straight edges if you didn’t have already. I wrote a blocking tutorial here.

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If you are going to make this crochet butterfly shawl, please tag me @wilmawestenberg on Instagram and add this pattern to your Ravelry queue. I would love to see what colors you used and feature some of your pictures!

Questions?

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15 Comments

  • Reply
    Kel
    1 September 2020 at 2:16 am

    Hello, I absolutely love this pattern for my daughter. Could I make this a poncho instead of the shawl?
    Thank you

  • Reply
    Nychi
    22 May 2020 at 1:20 am

    Hi i absolutly love this pattern iv just ordered a cake yarn cant wait to make WOW your are truly an inspirational lady

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    Dew
    11 May 2020 at 10:40 pm

    Would have been so helpful if you finished as were doing and coaching love your work. Just need to understand your pattern better. Please help

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    Dew Worrell
    11 May 2020 at 10:37 pm

    I am stuck on this butterfly pattern. Who can help. I have frogged it. The count doesn’t come out right. I saw you said repeat the rows from 12 and 13. Then you say repeat 4-13 but 12 and 13 are a repeat of 4 and 5. I see shell stitch in that area and you repeat shell stitch there but not in the written pattern. Can some one coach me how to fix my problem. PLEASE

    • Reply
      Sarah J Cassill
      14 May 2020 at 10:00 am

      Rows 4 and 5 get repeated twice. twelve and thirteen are row 4 and 5 AND row 4 and 5 are row 4 and 5.

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    Kathy Bertram
    26 April 2020 at 9:33 pm

    Hello from WA, USA, this my first pattern when following the paid pattern I can not get the stich count after row 6. For others having problems I noticed you started adding in the chain stiches very confusing. Please when you have another video can you talk louder for those of us who have hear problems we can’[t even turn the volume up. Looking forward to doing many of your patterns in the future

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      Rachelle
      17 May 2020 at 4:55 am

      Hello! I have followed this pattern and what really helps is to NOT count the two chain stitches in the center. Be sure to start and end each row with stitch markers as well since they can get lost. I usually stop at the center, and count back to make sure the first half is correct before I move on 🙂 Keep trying and I am confident you will get it! I am a self taught crocheter, so I believe you can do it too! Best of luck and have fun – this is a great pattern.

  • Reply
    marzi
    24 April 2020 at 6:08 pm

    Hello. butterfly shawl is very beautiful.I am crocheting this shawl now.What rope did you use for it?

  • Reply
    RoyG
    24 April 2020 at 4:21 am

    All your patterns are beautiful like your happy smile. Thank you for sharing them with us.

    By the way how to make bees i a shawl?

    from sunny and hot Thailand North

  • Reply
    M-R
    23 April 2020 at 9:31 pm

    Another beauty ! Heavens, Wilma – is there no end to your creative talent ? 😀

  • Reply
    Heidi Walczak
    23 April 2020 at 6:39 pm

    You are lovely and your energy shines thru. Blessed be that I came across your site. I have a grand baby named Jaycee and will send this article to them and also make the shawl. To be unique is to be powerfully creative. Universe said you are loved and keep rocking it ! ✨✨

  • Reply
    Nikki
    23 April 2020 at 6:01 pm

    This, and you, are beautiful!

  • Reply
    Jasmine
    22 April 2020 at 3:41 am

    Crocheting is awesome and fun

  • Reply
    Susanne
    18 April 2020 at 10:11 pm

    Hello, I love this pattern. It is so much fun to crochet, have started today and the hours just flyed away
    I am using Scheepjes whirl Melting macaron.

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    Emily
    16 April 2020 at 9:25 am

    Hey Wilma,
    Wauw wat een mooie sjaal weer. De kleuren vind ik zo mooi. Echt geweldig. Dankjewel voor het patroon.

    Lieve groetjes,
    Emily

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