Entomology Shawl

Butterflies, Dragonflies and Bees…oh my!

I’m very excited to share with you the pattern for the Entomology Wrap – a lovely rectangular shawl that features a host of beautiful critters – butterflies, dragonflies, bees, and baby dragonflies –  as well as leaves and divider rows made of the bead stitch. Each motif is presented as a separate section to give you creative control over your final creation.  You can make it as written or you can delete motifs, repeat motifs, and/or change their order to suit your needs.  This means you can also change the width of the shawl to suit your needs. 

This pattern is an intermediate pattern with the leaf motif providing a particular challenge as it is worked at a 90º angle to the rest of the wrap.  If you are an adventurous beginner, you might want to still give it a go. Options for fringe or tassels to finish the wrap off are included in the instructions.

This wrap was made with Granmanufaktur Lola (300g) for the main body and part of a Scheepjes Whirlette (100g) for the border and fringe/tassels. A Granmanufaktur Lola Solid (100g) would also work for the border and fringe/tassles. Both yarns are fingering weight yarns (1/super fine). Thicker yarns are not recommended as this will greatly affect the size and drape of the wrap. If you live in Australia, you can order the Lola and the Scheepjes yarns from Bellemae Yarns.

I also used my 3.5mm Furls Odyssey hook. These hooks are amazing and are designed to reduce RSI and help with arthritis. RSI almost stopped my ability to crochet in 2019 and I’m thankful I found these hooks. You can order them here. [Note these are genuine recommendations; I am not compensated for this at all].

The pattern below is written in USA crochet terms. There are pdf versions in both UK and USA terms, which also include photo illustrations, available on Ravelry for a nominal charge. The pattern will always be free on this website.

Purchase the pdf from Ravelry HERE.


Special Thanks

I owe a very special thank you to the five wonderful ladies who tested this pattern for me… some of them more than once! I am indebted to them for finding the mistakes and helping to fix them.  What a joy it was to work with these women!

If you live in Australia and are looking for the yarn used in this pattern, then I highly recommend Bellemae Yarns.  Yasmin is incredibly helpful, has a huge selection of Garnmanufaktur and Scheepjes yarns and all sorts of other goodies.  And just wait till you see your wonderful squishy package when it’s delivered.  It’s very special.  (Note: I do not receive any compensation for this recommendation.  It comes from my heart.)

You can order online from Bellemae Yarns HERE.


Pattern

Materials

Yarn:    1/fingering/superfine yarn.

  • Body made with Garnmanufaktur Lola Whirl 300g (4 strand –  50% cotton / 50% acrylic)
  • Border and fringe made with Scheepjes Whirlette  (4 ply –  60% cotton / 40% acrylic)

Hook:  4.0 mm (you may prefer a 3.5mm if your tension is loose or if you want greater stitch definition but the overall dimensions of the shawl will be slightly affected).

Yarn Needle

Gauge:  

  • 14 hdc sts = 4” (10cm)
  • 7 hdc rows = 4” (10cm)

Abbreviations & Explanations

fsc = foundation single crochet

ch = chain

slst = slip stitch

sc = single crochet

hdc = half double crochet

dc = double crochet

tc = treble crochet

bo = bobble stitch

st = stitch

sk = skip

sp = space

bst = bead stitch

Bead Stitch

There are a number of ways to do bead stitches.  I have created a modified version here to suit this wrap. 

5 Wrap Bead Stitch:  First make a hdc, then wrap the yarn around the post of the stitch before finishing off as follows:  *yarn over, insert hook behind post of hdc from right to left, yarn over and pull up a loop, repeat from * 4 more times, yarn over and pull through all but last loop (2 loops left on hook), yarn over and pull through those two loops, sk next st, hdc in next st ready for next bead.

3 Wrap Bead Stitch: First make a hdc, then wrap the yarn around the post of the stitch before finishing off as follows:  *yarn over, insert hook behind post of hdc from right to left, yarn over and pull up a loop, repeat from * 2 more times, yarn over and pull through all but last loop (2 loops left on hook), yarn over and pull through those two loops, sk next st, hdc in next st ready for next bead.

If you need to save yarn, do the 5-wrap bead stitch the first and last time this motif is used and do the 3-wrap bead stitch the other times.

Bobble Stitch

Yarn over hook, insert hook into stitch, yarn over and draw up a loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over and draw through 2 loops (2 loops on hook), yarn over, insert hook into stitch, yarn over and draw up a loop (4 loops on hook), yarn over and draw through 2 loops (3 loops on hook), yarn over and insert hook into stitch, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops (4 loops on hook), yarn over and insert hook into stitch, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops (5 loops on hook), yarn over and insert hook into stitch, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook (6 loops on hook), yarn over and draw through all loops on hook, ch 1 (does not count as a st).  Normally you would do a sc before and after the bobble but we need this bobble suspended or floating as it forms the head of the bee in the bee motif so we use a ch to ‘anchor’ it here.

You can see my video on how to do the bobble stitch here: https://longdogwool.com/2020/04/04/how-to-do-bobbles-popcorns-and-puff-stitches/

Pattern Notes

The pattern is written in ‘motifs’.  These motifs are presented in the order they were used in the original wrap and in the test wraps.  You are welcome to customise this wrap to your own needs by deleting mofits, repeating motifs or changing their order.  The bead motif is designed as a border between each of the other motifs.  The bead motif has options for a 5-wrap bead or a 3-wrap bead.  It is a yarn eater stitch so you may want to use the 3-bead to save yarn.  I recommend if you do that, that you do a 5-wrap bead for the first and last bead motifs to give weight to the top and bottom of the wrap.  Please note, there is one anomaly to the bead-motif – if you crochet the leaf motif, you need to replace row 1 of the next bead motif with the row noted in the instructions for that motif. 

Keep in mind that making changes to the motifs and/or their order may affect the final width of your garment.  The motif widths below are listed as a guide to help you determine how your preferred order will affect your final size.  They are a guide only and are not to be taken as an exact measure since the final size is determined by the yarn you use, the hook you use and your tension as a hooker. 

  • 5-bead motif – 3 cm
  • Butterly motif – 5cm
  • Dragonfly motif – 10cm
  • Leaf motif – 8cm
  • Bee motif – 6cm
  • Baby dragonfly motif – 7cm

Instructions

The Beginning

Fsc 251 sts (alternative: ch 252 sts, turn, sc in 2nd st from hook and in each ch to end.)


Bead Motif (5-WRAP BEAD MOTIF)

R1:      ch 1 (does not count here or throughout motif), hdc in each st to end, turn. (251 sts)

R2:       ch 1, hdc in each of next 3 sts, bead stitch (5 wraps) till 4 sts from end, hdc in each of the remaining 4 sts, turn. (122 beads and 7 hdc)

R3:       ch 1, hdc in each st to end, turn. (251 sts)


Butterfly Motif

R1:       ch3 (counts as first stitch here and throughout motif), dc in next st, dc in each st to end, turn.

R2:       ch 3, dc in each of next 2 sts, *ch 5, sk 5 sts, dc in each of next 5 sts, repeat from * 24 more times, ch 5, sk 5, dc in each of last 3 sts, turn.

R3:       repeat Row 2

R4:       ch 3, dc in next st, *dc-inc in next st, ch 1, sk ch space, dc into 3rd (middle) stitch 3 rows below while encompassing the 2 chains within the st, ch 1, sk ch space, dc-inc into next dc, dc into each of the next 3 sts, repeat from * 24 more times, dc-inc in next st, dc in each of the last 2 sts, turn.  [SEE PHOTO]

R5:       ch 3, dc in each st and ch space to end, turn.


Repeat Bead Motif (your choice of 3-wrap or 5-wrap Bead motif)

NOTE:  If you need to save yarn, you can do 3 wraps on each ‘bead stitch’ (instead of 5) in the dividers between sections but do 5 wraps on the first and last section on the wrap.


Dragonfly Motif

R1:       ch 3 (counts as first st here and throughout section), dc in each st to end, turn.

R2:      ch 3, dc in next 12 sts, *ch 2, sk 1, dc in each of next 16 sts,, repeat from * 13 more times, turn.

R3:      ch 3, dc in each of next 12 sts, *ch 8, sk next 9 sts [the ch2 space counts as 1 st], dc in each of next 8 sts, repeat from * 13 more times, dc in each st to end, turn.

R4:      ch 3, dc in each of next 8 sts, * dc-inc in next st, ch 3, sc into ch sp from Row 2 encompassing the chains from Rows 2 and 3 inside the stitch [just like you did in the Butterfly Motif], ch 3, sk chain space, dc-inc in next dc, dc in each of next 6 sts, repeat from * 13 more times, dc in each st to end, turn.

R5:      ch 3, dc in each of the next 12 sts, *3 dc in ch space, ch 1, sk 1, 3 dc in next ch space, dc in each of next 10 sts, repeat from * 13 more times, dc in each st to end, turn.

R6:      ch 3, *dc in each dc to ch space, ch 1, sk 1, repeat from * 13 more times, dc in each st to end, turn.

R7-8:   Repeat Row 6.

R9:      ch 3, dc in each stitch to end, turn.


Repeat Bead Motif (your choice of 3-wrap or 5-wrap Bead motif)

Leaf Motif

[Note:  This section is mostly worked at 90º to the rest of the wrap.  The starting and ending rows are working in the same direction as the rest but the leaf motif itself is worked sideways. See photos.]

Base

R1:      ch 1, sc in each of the next 5 hdc, turn.

R2:      ch 1, sc in each of the next 5 sc, turn.

R3-11:   Repeat Row 2.

Leaves

R1:         ch 3 (count as dc here and throughout), dc in side of sc from Base Row 10, ch 1, skip side of Base Row 9, 3 dc in side of sc from Base Row 8, ch 1, skip side of Base Row 7, dc-dec in side of Base Rows 6 and 5, dc in side of Base Row 4, dc-dec in side of Base Rows 3 and 2, ch 1, skip side of Base Row 1, skip next hdc from Bead Motif, slst into next 3 hdc from bead motif, turn. [see photo]

R2:         ch 1, 1 dc-dec over next 3 sts [this is similar to a normal dc-dec but now you do it over 3 sts], ch 1, dc-inc in next st, 1dc in next st, dc-inc in next st, ch 1, dc in each of next 2 sts, turn.

R3:         ch 3, 1dc, ch 1, dc-inc in next st, dc in each of next 3 sts, dc-inc in next st, ch 1, sk 1 hdc from Bead Motif, slst in each of the next 3 hdc from bead motif, turn.

R4:         ch 1, dc in each of the next 7 sts, ch 1, dc in each of the next 2 sts, turn.

R5:         ch 3, dc, ch 3, dc-dec in next 2 sts, dc in each of the next 3 sts, dc-dec in next 2 sts, ch 1, sk 1 hdc from the Bead Motif, slst in next 3 hdc from Bead Motif, turn.

R6:         ch 1, dc-dec over the next 2 sts, dc in next st, dc-dec, ch 1, 3 dc in 2nd ch of ch 3 space, ch 1, dc in each of next 2 sts, turn.

R7:         ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc-inc in next st, dc in next st, dc-inc in next st, ch 1, dc-dec over next 3 sts, ch 1, sk 1 hdc in Bead Motif, slst in next 3 hdc in Bead Motif, turn.

R8:         ch 1, skip the dc-inc from R7, dc-inc in next st, dc in each of next 3 sts, dc-inc in next st, ch 1, dc in each of next 2 sts, turn.

R9:         ch 3, dc, ch 1, dc in each of next 7 sts, ch 1, sk 1 hdc from Bead Motif, slst in next 3 hdc from Bead Motif, turn.

R10:       ch 1, dc-dec in next 2 dc, 1dc in next 3 dc, dc-dec in next 2 dc, ch 3, 1dc in next 2 st, turn.

R11:       ch 3, dc, ch 1, 3 dc in 2nd ch of ch 3 space, ch 1, dc-dec in next 2 sts, dc in next st, dc-dec over next 2 sts ,ch 1, sk 1 hdc from Bead Motif, slst in next 3 hdc from Bead Motif, turn.

R12-122:          Repeat Rows 2 to 11, eleven more times (24 leaves)

Ending

R1:         sc in each of next 5 hdc from Bead Motif, turn.

R2:         ch 1, sc in each of next 5 sts, slst into second available st of leaf, turn.

R3:         sc in each of the 5 sts.

R4-11:    Repeat Row 2 and 3.


Repeat Bead Motif (your choice of 3-wrap or 5-wrap Bead motif)

For Bead Motif After Leaf Motif Only:  Replace R1 of Bead Motif with the following:

R1:       ch 1 (does not count as a st here or throughout section), even crochet 251 hdc sts along the sts and edge spaces to the end, turn.

Crochet R2 and R3 as usual.

You can now breathe a sigh of relief!  The rest of the wrap is worked in the normal direction. 


Bee Motif

R1:       ch 1 (does not count as a st here or throughout section), hdc in each st across, turn. (251 sts for each row)

R2:       ch 1, hdc in each of the first 8 sts, *ch 5, sk 4 sts, 5-bob, ch 5, sk 4 sts, hdc in each of the next 6 sts, repeat from * 15 more times (16 bees), hdc in each of the next 3 sts, turn.

R3:       ch 1, hdc in each of the first 8 sts, *hdc-inc in next st, 3 sc in the ch sp, ch 1, sk 1, 3 sc in the ch sp, hdc-inc in the next st, hdc in each of the next 4 sts, repeat from * 15 more times, hdc in each of the next 3 sts, turn.

R4:       ch 1, hdc in each of the first 11 sts, *ch 3, sk 3, hdc in each of the next 12 sts, repeat from * 15 more times, turn.

R5:       ch 1, hdc in each of the first 11 sts, *hdc-inc in the next st, ch 1, sk ch3 space, hdc-inc in the next st, hdc in each of the next 10 sts, repeat from * 15 more times, hdc in each of the next st, turn.

R6:       ch 1, hdc in each of the first 8 sts, *hdc in each of the next 4 sts, slst into ch sp, picot, slst in same ch sp as before, hdc in each of the next 10 sts, repeat from * 15 more times, hdc in each of the next 3 sts, turn.

R7:       ch 1, hdc in each of the first 8 sts, *hdc in each of the next 4 sts, ch 1, sk 1, hdc in each of the next 10 sts, repeat from *15 more times, hdc in each of the next 3 sts, turn.

R8:       ch 1, hdc in each st to end, turn.


Baby Dragonfly Motif

R1:       ch 3 (counts as first st here and throughout this section), dc in each st to end turn. (251 sts)

R2:       ch 3, dc in each of the next 5 sts, *ch5, sk 5, dc in each of the next 5 sts, repeat from * 23 more times, dc in each of the next 5 sts, turn.

R3:       ch 3, dc in each of next 4 sts, *ch5, sk 5, dc in each of the next 5 sts, repeat from * 23 more times, dc in each of the next 6 sts, turn.

R4:       ch 3, dc in each of the next 5 sts, *ch5, sk 5, dc in each of the next 5 sts, repeat from * 23 more times, dc in each of the next 5 sts, turn.

R5:       ch 3, dc in each of the next 4 sts, *ch 2, tc in st of R1 that is in the middle of the ch5 space encompassing all chains in the tc, ch 2, skip rest of ch space and dc in each of the next 5 sts, repeat from * 23 more times, dc in each of the next 6 sts, turn.

R6:       ch 3, dc in each st and ch sp across, turn.

R7:       ch 3, hdc in each st across to end, turn. 


Repeat Bead Motif (your choice of 3-wrap or 5-wrap Bead motif)

Repeat Butterfly Motif

Repeat Bead Motif (5-wrap bead motif)

Fasten off yarn before commencing the border.


Border

[Note: This section is worked in rounds rather than rows.]

Join yarn in any corner of the shawl with right side facing you.

R1:       ch 3 (counts as first dc here and throughout = alternatively do a standing dc), *dc in either each st or edge row space [depending on which edge you are working along] to next corner.  In corner space (dc, ch 2, dc) [corner made], repeat from * along next 3 edges then join with slst in 3rd chain of starting chain), do not turn.

R2:       ch 3, dc in each st to next corner, (dc, ch 2, dc) in corner sp, repeat from * around then join with slst in 3rd ch of starting chain), do not turn.

R3:       ch 1 (does not count as a st), sc in each st to next corner, (sc, ch 2, sc) in corner sp, repeat from * around then join to starting sc with an invisible join [or slst if you prefer].

Fasten off.


Optional Fringe

Cut yarn in 40cm lengths.  You will need two pieces for each stitch along the short edges of the wrap.

Holding two pieces together, fold the strings in half.

Insert crochet hook into stitch, pull the strings through stitch then yarn over and pull the ends through the loop. 

Tighten by hand to secure knot. 

Repeat for each stitch on the short edges. 


Optional Tassles

You may choose to use tassles instead of fringe.  If so, make tassles using your preferred method.

Repeat R3 of the border a second time.  Fasten off using invisible join.  

Join tassles into the corners of the wrap. 


Finished!

Happy Hooking everyone!

The original wrap by Bridget A

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