Tatting Butterfly Pattern Instructions 1916 Corticelli Booklet

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Beautiful Tatting Butterfly Pattern

If you’ve followed this blog for any time at all, you’ll know I love butterflies. Put “butterfly” in the search box and more than 10 different posts will come up.

Today’s freebie is a tatting butterfly pattern from a 1916 Corticelli pattern booklet.

Corticelli Lessons in Tatting Butterfly Pattern

Along with the instructions for tatting the butterfly, I’ve included several snippets from the booklet. Such as Abbreviations and Actual Sizes for the Corticelli Mercerized Cordonnet thread as-well-as a description of the thread from an Ad that will help you decide on a substitute.

Instructions for Tatting the Butterfly

First, here are the original instructions:

Corticelli Lessons in Tatting ButterflyCorticelli Lessons in Tatting Butterfly Medallion

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Instructions Re-written

I found this exact same butterfly pattern on web.archive.org with re-written instructions that may be easier to follow. From what I understand the web archive brings up web pages from years ago using the Internet Wayback Machine Archive. It’s a San Francisco–based nonprofit digital library with the stated mission of “universal access to all knowledge.”

DAINTY TATTED BUTTERFLYSecond and equally important are the additional snippets from the booklet that will help you with the instructions and type of thread to use.

Tatting Abbreviations and Thread Sizes

Corticelli Lessons in Tatting Butterfly Medallion Pattern AbbreviationsFrom what I understand the web archive brings up web pages from years ago using the Internet Archive Wayback Machine.


And last but not least are the Thread Descriptions.

Corticelli Thread Descriptions

corticelli princess pearl crochet cotton

Corticelli Mercerized CordonnetCorticelli Mercerized Cordonnet Ad


This is just one of many beautiful tatted butterfly patterns. As you can see from the graphic below, Pinterest has more examples than ever.

Pinterest Tatting Butterfly

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Free Vintage Quick Crochet Gift Patterns

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Corticelli Crochet Pattern for Cardcase

I found some great little quick and easy crochet gifts you can make for Christmas. These are from the Corticelli Lessons in Crochet Book No. 7 published in 1917. They produced many booklets to compliment their line of cotton and silk threads. They were famous for their silks in the early 20th century.

The company began in Massachusetts in the 1890’s producing beautiful silk embroidery threads. Originally the Nonotuck Silk Company when it merged with the Brainerd and Armstrong Company in 1922 it became the Corticelli Silk Company. Ten years later, they merged with the Belding-Hemingway Company.

It’s logo sign of a kitten playing with a ball of thread was at 42nd Street and Broadway in New York  from 1910 until 1913 and was one of the earliest ads on the Great White Way, a nickname for the Midtown section of New York City on Broadway.

These pages include instructions for Lingerie Clasps, a Wild Rose Pincushion, Flower and Leaf Bookmark, Cardcase and a Filet Crochet Bookmark. The card case measures 3 1⁄2 inches long by 2 1⁄2 inches deep, making it a perfect wrapping for a gift card. Then after the gift card is spent, it could be used as a small change purse, business card or credit card holder.

There are two pages of patterns. Remember you must have Adobe Reader on your computer to read and download these files. Most computers have this program, but if you don’t you can download it free here. After downloading the patterns, hit your back button to return to this post.

The first page includes the Lingerie Clasps and Wild Rose Pincushion. Here is the pdf file: Vintage Crochet Gift Patterns

The second page includes the Bookmarks and Cardcase. Here is that pdf file: Vintage Crochet Gift Patterns 2