Butterfly Cluster Square

Pattern rewritten June 2017

Butterfly Cluster Square

I started experimenting with clusters when I designed the Flower Basket/Coaster. I haven’t yet found a pattern stitch to attribute a name to it, so for this design I’ve called it a Butterfly Cluster, which I think is fairly descriptive!

Butterfly Cluster Square

American Crochet Terms used throughout.

Materials:
DK weight yarn in 3 colours, sample used Green, Cream & Gold
3.50mm hook

Finished Size:
Approximately 5”/13cm square

Abbreviations
ch – chain
sc – single crochet
hdc – half double crochet
dc – double crochet
sl st – slip stitch
st(s) – stitch(es)
beg – beginning
sk – skip
mc – magic circle
yo – yarn over hook
FPdc – Front Post double crochet – Yo and insert hook from the front to the back around the post of the dc on the previous row. Complete as for regular dc.
3trtog – treble crochet 3 stitches together: *Yo twice, insert hook in mc, pull up a loop, [yo pull through 2 loops] twice* repeat from * to *3 times, yo, draw through all 4 loops on hook.
4trtog – treble crochet 4 stitches together: *Yo twice, insert hook in mc, pull up a loop, [yo pull through 2 loops] twice* repeat from * to *4 times, yo, draw through all 5 loops on hook.

Butterfly Cluster:
In first space: [yo, insert hook in 1st space, pull up a loop, yo, pull through 1 loop, yo, insert hook in same space, pull up a loop, yo, pull through 2 loops]
In next space: [yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull through 3 loops, yo, insert hook in same space, pull up a loop, yo, pull through 4 loops, yo pull through last 3 loops].

Foundation Round: Using Cream, into mc, 3ch (counts as 1tr), 3trtog, *3ch, 4trtog* 6 more times, 3ch, sl st in top of 3trtog to join. Fasten off Cream. (8 petals)

Round 1: Join Green yarn in any 3ch space, 5ch (counts as 1hdc, 3ch), 2hdc in same space, *1sc in top of petal, 4sc in 3ch space, 1sc in top of petal, (2hdc, 3ch, 2hdc) in next 3ch space* repeat from * to * twice more, 1sc in top of petal, 4sc in 3ch space, 1sc in top of petal, 1hdc in first 3ch space, sl st in 2nd ch of beg ch to join.

Round 2: Using Green, sl st into 3ch space, 6ch (counts as 1dc, 3ch) 2dc in same space, *1sc in next sc (3ch, sk 2sc, 1sc in next sc) 3 times, (2dc, 3ch, 2dc) in corner 3ch space* repeat from * to * twice more, 1sc in next sc (3ch, sk 2sc, 1sc in next sc) 3 times, 1dc in first corner 3ch space, sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch to join.

Round 3: Using Green, sl st into 3ch space, 6ch (counts as 1dc, 3ch) 3dc in same space, *4ch changing to Gold yarn on last ch, using Gold, work a Butterfly Cluster over the next two 3ch spaces, (1ch, 1dc, 1ch) in same space as last part of Butterfly Cluster, work a Butterfly Cluster over same space and next 3ch space changing to Green on last yo, fasten off Gold. Using Green, 4ch (3dc, 3ch, 3dc) in corner 3ch space* repeat from * to * twice more, 4ch changing to Gold yarn on last ch, using Gold, work a Butterfly Cluster over the next two 3ch spaces, (1ch, 1dc, 1ch) in same space as last part of Butterfly Cluster, work a Butterfly Cluster over same space and next 3ch space changing to Green on last yo, fasten off Gold. Using Green, 4ch, 2dc in first corner 3ch space, sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch to join.

Round 4: Using Green, sl st into 3ch space, 6ch (counts as 1dc, 3ch), 3dc in same space, *4ch changing to Gold on last ch, using Gold, work a Butterfly Cluster over 4ch space and 1ch space between Butterfly Cluster and dc on Round 3, 1ch, 1FPdc around dc of Round 3, 1ch, work a Butterfly Cluster over 1ch space and 4ch space changing to Green on last yo, fasten off Gold. Using Green, 4ch, (3dc, 3ch, 3dc) in corner 3ch space* repeat from * to * twice more, 4ch changing to Gold on last ch, using Gold, work a Butterfly Cluster over 4ch space and 1ch space between Butterfly Cluster and dc on Round 3, 1ch, 1FPdc around dc of Round 3, 1ch, work a Butterfly Cluster over 1ch space and 4ch space changing to Green on last yo, fasten off Gold. Using Green, 4ch, 2dc in first corner 3ch space, sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch to join.

Round 5: Using Green, sl st into 3ch space, 6ch (counts as 1dc, 3ch), 3dc in same space, *3ch, 3dc in 3ch space, 3ch, 1dc in 1ch space, 1dc in FPdc, 1dc in 3ch space, 3ch, 3dc in 4ch space, 3ch, (3dc, 3ch, 3dc) in corner 3ch space* repeat from * to * twice, 3ch, 3dc in 3ch space, 3ch, 1dc in 1ch space, 1dc in FPdc, 1dc in 3ch space, 3ch, 3dc in 4ch space, 3ch, 2dc in first corner 3ch space, sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch to join.

Round 6: Using Green, 1ch, 1sc in same place, (3sc in 3ch space, 3sc) 19 times, 3sc in 3ch place, 2sc, sl st in 1st sc to join. Fasten off yarn.

Finish off and sew in ends.

© Shana Rae 2017

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. andy1076 says:

    Beautiful pattern 🙂

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