Crochet Crocodile Stitch

Skill Level

Advanced

Multiple

6 + 3

Project Ideas

Capes, Pillows

The crochet crocodile stitch is one of the most unique stitches you’ll ever make. Four rows come together to make 3D scales that are layered. It’s not reversible so it’s best paired with projects where only one side will show.

crochet crocodile stitch
getting started

Suggested Supplies

Pair the crochet crocodile stitch with a lightweight or medium yarn for best results. Choose a smooth yarn for stitch definition that’ll show off the pattern or pair it with a slightly textured yarn for an even more interesting look.

Supplies used in demonstration video:

  • Caron Simply Soft Yarn
  • 5 mm Crochet Hook
  • Yarn Needle
  • Scissors


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This stitch pattern is in US crochet terminology.

  • Ch Chain
  • Dc Double Crochet
  • Hk Hook
  • Rem Remaining
  • Rep Repeat
  • Sk Skip
  • Sp Space
  • St(s) Stitch(es)
  • Slst Slip Stitch

Additional Notes: Ch 3 at beginning of rows counts as a double crochet stitch. Therefore, your last stitch will be a ch 3. You should work your last stitch in the top turning chain. Ch 1 at beginning of rows does not count as a stitch.

Row 1: Ch any number of sts divisible by 6 and add 4 at the end. 1 dc in the 3rd ch from hk. *Ch 2. Sk 2 chs. 2 dc in next ch. Rep from * to end of row. Ch 3 and turn.

Row 2: 4 dc down first dc post. Ch 1 and rotate work so you can crochet up the next dc post. 5 dc up next dc post. *Ch 1. Sk next 2 dc. 5 dc down first dc of dc post. Ch 1 and rotate. 5 dc up next dc post. Rep from * to end of row. Ch 3 and turn.

Row 3: 1 dc in center of next scale. *Ch 2. Working underneath scale, 2 dc in middle of next dc group. Ch 2. 2 dc in middle of next scale. Rep from * to end of row. Ch 1 and turn.

Row 4: Sk first group of 2 dc. 5 dc down next dc post. Ch 1 and rotate. 5 dc up next dc post. *Ch 1. Sk next 2 dc. 5 dc down next dc post. Ch 1 and rotate. 5 dc up next dc post. Rep from * to end of row. Ch 1 and slst to ch-1 sp. Ch 3 and turn.

Row 5: 1 dc in same st as ch 3. *Ch 2. 2 dc in middle of next scale. Ch 2. Working underneath scale, 2 dc in middle of next dc group. Rep from * to end of row. Ch 3 and turn.

Repeat: Rep rows 2-5 until your project measures the length you want, ending on a 2nd or 4th row.


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