The Crocodile Stitch is the Definition of Texture and Unique
I love the crocodile stitch. I’ve yet to come across another crochet stitch that offers this level of texture and uniqueness. If you’re looking for a way to take your crochet skills up a notch, look no further. The crocodile stitch has to be first on your list.
The crocodile stitch is a challenging one, I won’t lie. It’s not difficult in terms of the stitches used but rather how you must hold the project while you’re working the scales. It’s going to take a while to get your crocodile rhythm but once you do, you’ll be making projects with one of the most sought after stitches.
One of the coolest projects I’ve ever seen completed with the crocodile stitch was a “dragon-themed” hooded cape. The entire hood was made up of crocodile stitches and spanned down past the shoulders. It was a complete masterpiece.
The crocodile stitch is perfect for projects that need a special wow factor. In this tutorial, we will explore how to crochet the crocodile stitch worked in flat rows. It can be worked in rounds and in a triangular shape but this is the perfect starting point. Here are some ideas for working the crocodile stitch in rows:
- afghan/baby blanket
- hooded cowl
- baby bonnet
These are just a few ideas. You can do just about anything with this stitch!
Let’s Give It a Try
In this tutorial we’re going to work up a test swatch. The crocodile stitch is a yarn hog so you’ll only need about 50 yards of yarn. Anything in your stash will do. You’ll also need a crochet hook that coordinates with your yarn.
Here are the hooks I use personally and recommend because they are wonderful!
- Bernat Satin
- 5 mm Crochet Hook
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We Will Use The Following Stitches
- Ch – Chain
- Dc – Double Crochet
- Slst – Slip Stitch
To print a list of all crochet abbreviations to keep in your crochet notebook, check out my quick guide here:
This video is also available in a left handed version. Click here to be directed to the left handed tutorial on YouTube.
Make a foundation chain that is a multiple of 6.
Row 1: Dc in the third chain from the hook. *Ch 2 and skip 2 chains. Make 2 dc in the next chain. Rep from * to end of row.
Row 2: Ch 3. Working down first dc post, make 4 dc. Ch 1 and rotate your work so you can work up the other double crochet post. Work 5 dc up that dc. *Ch 1 and skip the next group of 2 dc. Work 5 dc down the first dc of that next group. Ch 1 and rotate. Work 5 dc up the next dc of the same group. Rep from * to end of row.
Row 3: Ch 3. Dc in center of scale. *Ch 2 and work 2 dc in middle of next group (underneath the scales). Ch 2 and work 2 dc in middle of next scale. Rep from * to end of row.
Row 4: Ch 1. Skip first group of 2 dc. Work 5 dc down the first dc of that next group. Ch 1 and rotate. Work 5 dc up the next dc of the same group. *Ch 1 and skip the next group of 2 dc. Work 5 dc down the first dc of that next group. Ch 1 and rotate. Work 5 dc up the next dc of the same group. Rep from * to end of row. Ch 1 and slst to chain space.
Row 5: Ch 3 and dc in same space. *Ch 2 and work 2 dc in the middle of next scale. Ch 2 and work 2 dc in the middle of next group (underneath the scales). Rep from * across.
Repeat rows 2-5 until your project reaches the desired length.