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How to Crochet the Crocodile Stitch: Crocodile Stitch Patterns
By: Christine Weiher, Editor for AllFreeCrochet
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Learning how to crochet the crocodile stitch has been a hot commodity lately. This crochet stitch is not only beautiful but it can turn your entire project into an art piece, and if you aren't sure how to work it up, check out this crochet crocodile stitch tutorial. The layered effect almost brings your project to life no matter what you're working up. You can either use the regular crocodile stitch or you can learn how to crochet the vertical crocodile stitch. Follow the step by step crochet instructions provided in this tutorial.
Crocodile stitch crochet patterns are great to add a bit of flare to your project. This look is modern, yet chic and can give the look of sophistication. Any crocodile stitch pattern will give your crochet design just the right amount of texture and will fancy up any crochet crocodile stitch bag or simple scarf.
How to Work the Crocodile Stitch
To start your project, begin with a slip knot, as with all crochet projects, and then chain multiples of 5, plus 1. The number of chains is determined by the type of project you're making. One thing to keep in mind before you begin is that the crocodile stitch is not worked on the top layer but on the posts, the foundation of your project. Remember that jumping stitches can be difficult so if you're just learning how to crochet the crocodile stitch then it might be best to go slow.
- Ch multiples of 5 + 1.
- Turn and, working into the back loops, dc in 2nd ch from hook. Ch 1, *sk 2 ch, 2 dc into next st*. Rep from * to * across row.
- Turn, sc at base of ch. Working around back of first post (not both of the posts, just the first one), 5 dc around the same post. Your stitches will stack on top of each other.
- Rotate your work to go back up the other side and to finish your scale - working around the same singular post, fp stitch from the bottom of the stitch up to the top and work in 5 dc. One scale complete.
- Sc into the top of the second post (right next to the one you've been working on) to hold everything you just did in place, and then continue working across the row.
- Once you complete your row of scales, you need to set up another foundation row before you begin your next set of scales: ch 1 at the end of your scale row, turn, sc into the base of the ch. Sc into the middle of the scale, 2 dc into the top ch in between scales. Continue across row.
- When you reach the end of the row, ch 1, turn and work across, making scales.
With this popular free book 8 Different Crochet Stitches: Learn to Crochet Something New with Free Crochet Patterns, you can learn to crochet in new and exciting ways, simply by switching up your stitch.
If you're stuck on how to work this amazing stitch, watch and learn the video tutorial below on how to crochet the crocodile stitch, from our own AllFreeCrochet studio. Once you've watched, continue reading for some stunning crocodile stitch patterns. Plus, scroll down for another video tutorial on how to crochet the crocodile stitch from our friend Michael Sellick.
Crocodile Stitch Patterns
- Twisted Crocodile Stitch Keyhole Scarf - Warm Alpaca yarn was used to work up this scarf pattern. This is a great scarf to sport during the winter season.
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- Crocodile Stitch Purse - This is a fabulous fashion piece you can carry with you for just about any occasion.
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- Colorful Rio Scarf - Flaunt this scarf around town as its vibrant colors are sure to get you looks of envy.
- Crocodile Flip Flops
- Two-Hour Crocodile Stitch Flower
- Crocodile on the Beach Bag - Everyone needs a beach bag when going to the beach. Three to four beach towels can fit.
- Favorite Textured Slouch Hat
- Crocodile Clutch Purse - A purse like this is super cute to use during the spring as the colors are nice and bright.
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Free Crochet Video Tutorial: How to Crochet the Crocodile Stitch from Michael Sellick of the Crochet Crowd
The crocodile stitch can be worked and started a number of slightly different ways. Michael recommends keeping everything in groups of six (six chains at a time).
Fun Facts about Crocodiles
While you’re learning the crochet crocodile stitch, you’ll definitely want to read up on some fun crocodile facts! People often confuse alligators and crocodiles for understandable reasons, but there are slight differences that distinguish between the two. Crocodiles have skinnier jaws, and they have an extra tooth coming from their bottom jaw that an alligator does not have. Crocodiles are largely found in Africa, Asia, Central America, and Australia, and there are 13 different species. The average crocodile grows to about 6 feet long and weighs around 14 pounds, but the largest recorded crocodile was 20 feet long and over 2,000 pounds. Crocodile mammas lay from 10 to 60 eggs at a time where the hatchlings will stay for about two months. Sadly, crocodiles are one of the world’s most endangered species due to poaching, so learn this crocodile crochet stitch and spread awareness of this beautiful species.
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