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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 - free crochet butterfly shawl pattern by Wilmade

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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

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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

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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

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About this special series of patterns

I was born with a (benign) tumor in my face. For more than 22 years doctors did not know what it was. In 2017 I did a second opinion (honestly, it wasn’t the 2nd, more like a 20th opinion, lol). I finally got diagnosed with FIL, an ultra rare condition affecting only a handful of people worldwide.

I immediately started searching for others and so far I’ve found about 100 people all over the world. It’s amazing how much we look alike. It has become my life goal to find and meet them.

Many of my (upcoming) patterns are special designs inspired by my ‘extended family’ as I call them.

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

Jaycee Butterfly Shawl
free crochet pattern

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 tutorial of the Jaycee Butterfly Shawl. If you do not see the video, turn off your ad-blocker.

Click here to watch the video on YouTube

Pattern

** An ad-free PDF version is available on Etsy and Ravelry.
It’s 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)

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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.

End of pattern.

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24 Comments

  1. Hi my name is Robbin Bott. I am doing this pattern but with Crochet thread, which was my mothers before she passed away this yr. My questions is is it alright I am using the crochet thread instead of what your using? I am also stuck on row 9 and 10 and wondered if you may have this a as a easy pattern I could follow along with or if you could email me at [email protected] for further help. I am as I said doing this with 12 balls of Crochet thread and in colors white, cream, pink and blue. And in a size 4 small metal crochet hook cus I wanted it to turn out and it looks like I may have to start right from the beginning again. Help pl6if you can. And thank you.

  2. I love your crochet items… I have crocheting for over 50 years so keep up the good work! I have made similar versions of this shawl since seeing your patterns as I love your butterfly stitch (or dragonfly) tho I don’t need a pattern I enjoy learning new stitches! Thank you

  3. I bought this pattern but my shaw does not look 100% like yours, was i suppose to do fpdc twice? the pattern does not state that. I am almost finished with the shaw but I have been fudgeing it. Also in the ” stitches” you have ” dc blo” which I could not find in the pattern. The video on you tube is hardly autoable..I would appreciate any sugesstions. Thanks

  4. Hi Wilma, this pattern looks so pretty i haven’t made it yet but about to start, i have looked at it before and thought it looks so nice ,so here i go I’m making this one for me not someone else for a change. You have some beautiful patterns on your site, i just want to make them all. And I’ve read your story You re amazingly clever and tell all my crochet friends about and your site. Thank you so much

  5. Thank you so much for sharing your story and your talent . You are truly inspirational. You have a big heart to match your beautiful smile . Love this pattern and will have a go making it . I have watched the video on YouTube and I don’t have a problem hearing you . To those who do , there’s a little icon in the top right hand side of the videos where you can change the quality of the video , this may be helpful to you . Keep smiling Wilma , and all the very best . Much love from an Aussie xxx

  6. I have been crocheting for many years but i found this pattern very confusing and hard to follow. It was very difficult to hear even with the volume all the way up. Maybe I’ll try some other time.

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

  8. 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

  9. 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

    1. 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.

  10. 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

    1. 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.

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

  12. 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

  13. 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 ! ✨✨

  14. 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.

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

    Lieve groetjes,
    Emily

    1. Hello, Wilma. My Fiancee is Dutch from the Nederlands. His family is there , a Brother, Occo Van Gent, In Zwolle. A Sister, Martha LeCluse, but not sure where she lives. Lovely pattern. My Niece loves butterfly and will make one for her.

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