Butterfly Crochet Cowl Free Pattern with Video Tutorial

We here at the Marly Bird team have been looking through all of the many amazing things Marly has done in the past to make sure that you’re not missing out on great content. We’ve discovered some terrific knit and crochet video tutorials that don’t have blog posts here on the site. So we’re digging into those archives and bringing you the best of them. We’re starting today with a beautiful butterfly crochet cowl free pattern. It’s appropriately named Le Papillon, which, of course, is French for butterfly.

What Makes This a Butterfly Crochet Cowl?

What does “butterfly crochet cowl” even mean really? Well, the idea is that you create an effect in which you have a center detail out from which come two different wing-like sections. Of course, since it’s a cowl, it’s wrapped all the way around your neck. In other words, it’s subtler than the big wings of a butterfly shawl. However, this design adds an ethereal, whimsical feeling to your crochet cowl. You get the essence of a beautiful butterfly without being too literal about it. It’s really a special design.

How We Achieve The Butterfly Crochet Cowl Effect In This Pattern

This free crochet cowl pattern uses two bold, but easy, crochet stitches. First, there are bobbles. They have such wonderful texture. If you’ve never made crochet bobbles before, don’t fret. If you know how to single crochet and double crochet then you can learn this textured stitch. It’s all about paying close attention to the yarn overs and the placement of the hook. And, if you look closely, a row of bobbles looks a little bit like a caterpillar. Or, in this case, the center body of a butterfly. So that’s why it’s the perfect starting point for this crochet cowl.

Crochet shell stitch is the other main stitch used in this free pattern. You’ll work one direction of shell stitch rows coming out of the bobble foundation. Then, you’ll turn the work around and, working from the bottom of that foundation, create shell stitches facing the other way. That’s how you get the symmetrical design that makes it look like a butterfly crochet cowl.

Le Papillon Crochet Pattern and Materials

In order to create this crochet cowl, here’s what you’ll need:

  • Le Papillon free crochet cowl pattern from Yarnspirations. Note that the original pattern is by Michele Maks.
  • One ball of Red Heart Unforgettable Yarn. This is such a beautiful yarn with intriguing colorways. The color does the work for you. While the original pattern suggests the Springtime colorway, we encourage you to yse whichever suits you best. Butterflies come in all kinds of colors, after all!
  • Susan Bates Size J crochet hook. Thanks to a larger-than-average hook for worsted weight yarn, this butterfly crochet cowl pattern works up really quickly.
  • You might also want a tapestry needle for weaving in ends.
  • And you’ll probably want my video tutorial …

Le Papillon Crochet Cowl Video Tutorial

Are you ready to crochet this all-season cowl? Here’s my step-by-step video to help you along:

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