Betty the Butterfly · Materials Prep & Planning · Creator Challenge 2023

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Welcome to Sweet Softies' sixth annual Creator Challengefeaturing Betty the Butterfly!  She's a pretty little mariposa designed to be a fun and beginner-friendly crochet project that you can easily customize with different color combinations, creative details, and more!  If you haven't already, check out the Intro Page for rules and important information about this Creator Challenge.  

For this first part, we will be going through the pattern's Basic Info, Materials, & Planning (includes a free coloring sheet).


Don't want to wait for all CAL instructions? Want a printable, ad-free, and easy-to-read PDF file with modifications for crocheting with super bulky blanket or velvet yarn? If so, you can purchase the PDF file for only $1 in my store (please note that it's more expensive on Etsy due to fees associated with Etsy). Thank you for supporting Sweet Softies!

Basic Info, Materials Prep, & Planning

For this first part, please read through the basic information regarding this pattern.  Then, download your free planning sheet (coloring page) and gather the materials! 

Want the video version for this part instead? Watch it here!  


Betty the Butterfly is an amigurumi insect doll that works up quickly and easily!  She’s cute and pocket-sized at 4 inches in height.  Use thinner yarn to make a keychain version, or thick and chunky yarn (such as super bulky velvet or blanket yarn) to make a bigger plush! This beautiful butterfly can be easily customized with different yarn colors and fibers, and would look adorable with embellishments such as buttons, bows, bow ties, flowers, or other appliques.  Betty the Butterfly makes a great birthday or holiday gift! 

Finished Size

Height: 4 inches (10 cm) 
Width (of wings): 4.5 inches (11.5 cm)


★★☆☆☆ Familiar Beginner/Intermediate. Requires familiarity with stitches used (below) and sewing parts together.

Stitches/Terms Used (U.S. Terminology)

  • FO = fasten off 
  • MR = magic ring 
  • sl st = slip stitch 
  • sc = single crochet 
  • hdc = half double crochet 
  • dc = double crochet 
  • tr = triple (treble) crochet 
  • inc = increase 
  • dec = decrease


  • Medium weight yarn in desired colors 
  • Pink or black thread for sewing the mouth 
  • 7mm plastic safety eyes (x2) 
  • 2.75mm crochet hook 
  • Stuffing 
  • Yarn needle 
  • Scissors

Planning Sheet

If you're like me and you have a hard time visualizing how your butterfly will look in the end with your favorite color combination, you can download the Planning Sheet below.  I find it to be a helpful tool!

All you need to do is color in your butterfly with your preferred colors, find the corresponding yarn color/brand, and (optional!) glue or tape down small snippets of the yarn sample.  If you'd like to add embellishments to your butterfly, such as a pretty headpiece or accessory, you can also draw it in!

Below is a bigger view of the example that I did digitally, since I don't have access to a working printer. It's my completed sheet for Betty.

Well, shall we start?  Let's get coloring!  Don't forget to share your photos in the Sweet Softies FB Group!

Join the Community!

Participants are encouraged to share work in progress (WIP) photos in the Sweet Softies FB Group, or add your projects to Ravelry

Pattern Links

Betty the Butterfly's pattern will be FREE on my blog, but an ad-free printable PDF pattern is also available for only $1USD if you'd like to support me as a designer!

Want your friends to join in on this fun Creator Challenge too?  The more, the merrier!  Share this post and spread the joy of crocheting!

Happy crafting!

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