Butterfly Cluster Square

Butterfly Cluster Square
Butterfly Cluster Square
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!

American Crochet Terms used throughout.

Materials:
4 ply cotton yarn in 2 colours (sample used Patons 100% pure cotton in pink and green.)
3.00mm hook

Finished Size:
Approximately 4”/10cm 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, pull through 4 loops, yo pull through last 3 loops].

Foundation Round: Using Pink, into mc, 4ch (counts as 1tr), 3trtog, *3ch, 4trtog* 7 times, 3ch, sl st in top of 3trtog to join, changing to Green and fastening off Pink. (8 petals)

Round 1: Using Green, 1ch, 1sc in same place as join, *4sc in 3ch space, 1sc in top of petal [2hdc, 3ch, 2hdc] in next 3ch space, 1sc in top of petal* repeat from * to *4 times omitting last sc, sl st in 1st sc to join.

Round 2: Using Green, sl st into next sc, 1ch, 1sc in same sc, *3ch, sk 2 sts, 1sc in next st, 3ch, sk 2 sts, 1sc in next st, [2dc, 3ch, 2dc] in 3ch space, 1sc in next st, 3ch, sk 2 sts, 1sc in next st* repeat from * to * 4 times omitting last sc, sl st in 1st sc to join. Fasten off Green. (three 3ch spaces on each side).

Round 3: Using Pink, join yarn in a corner 3ch space, 6ch (counts as 1dc, 3ch) 3dc in same space, *4ch, work the 1st part of a Butterfly Cluster in the 1st 3ch space, the 2nd part in the next 3ch space, [1ch, 1dc, 1ch] in same space, then the 1st part of a Butterfly Cluster in the same space, the 2nd part in the next 3ch space, 4ch, [3dc, 3ch, 3dc] in corner 3ch space* repeat from * to * 3 times, 4ch, work the 1st part of a Butterfly Cluster in the 1st 3ch space, the 2nd part in the next 3ch space, [1ch, 1dc, 1ch] in same space, then the 1st part of a Butterfly Cluster in the same space, the 2nd part in the next 3ch space, 4ch, 2dc in corner 3ch space, sl st into 3rd ch of beg ch to join.

Round 4: Using Pink sl st in 3ch corner space, 4ch (counts as 1dc, 1ch), [1dc, 1ch] 4 times in same space, *1dc in 2nd dc of Round 3, 1ch, 1dc in 4ch space, 1ch, work 1st part of Butterfly Cluster in same space, the 2nd part in 1ch space, 1ch, FPdc around dc of Round 3, 1ch, work 1st part of Butterfly Cluster in same space, the 2nd part in 4ch space, 1ch, 1dc in same space, 1ch, 1dc in 2nd dc of Round 3, 1ch, in corner space [1dc, 1ch] 5 times* repeat from * to * 3 times, 1dc in 2nd dc of Round 3, 1ch, 1dc in 4ch space, 1ch, work 1st part of Butterfly Cluster in same space, the 2nd part in 1ch space, 1ch, FPdc around dc of Round 3, 1ch, work 1st part of Butterfly Cluster in same space, the 2nd part in 4ch space, 1ch, 1dc in same space, 1ch, 1dc in 2nd dc of Round 3, 1ch, sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch to join, fasten off Pink.

Round 5: Using Green, join yarn in any 1ch space, 1ch, 1sc in same space, *2ch, 1sc in next 1ch space* around, finish with 2ch, sl st in 1sc to join.

Finish off and sew in ends.

© Shana Rae 2016

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