This is a favorite butterfly pattern but it's only the 3rd time I've tatted it. The first time was for an exchange years ago. The second time seemed like only a few years ago but I can't find it on my blog. It was yellow and orange/gold but I made a mistake and got the upper wings attached wrong so that the long part of the segment was at the bottom. Only bothers me since I know it's wrong!
So I decided to tat it with the Rhubarb Pie in size 20 that I was gifted with from Sue Anna. The pattern is from a book I borrowed from the I.O.L.I. library, which is T-041 if you decide to borrow it yourself. The description:Tatted Originals 12 Butterflies/Klosterman, Phyllis/1988/English/32p. I don't think it is in print anymore and it looks like an old typewritten copy that was xeroxed and self published. The instructions are written paragraph style and could really benefit by changing to line by line along with a diagram.
This is butterfly #1 and ends up being 4"wide and 3 1/2" tall. It gets fiddly as the spokes flop around until you get it all assembled and tat the outside chain. The antennae are suppposed to be chains added at the end but it's so hard to hide the ends and get those to look good so I just made a super long picot and cut it.