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How to Crochet the Crocodile Stitch: Crocodile Stitch Patterns

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Crochet Crocodile Stitch TutorialLearning 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.

    1. Ch multiples of 5 + 1.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    4. 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.
    5. 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.
    6. 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.
    7. When you reach the end of the row, ch 1, turn and work across, making scales. 
       

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    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

    1. Two-Hour Crocodile Stitch FlowerTwisted 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.
    2. Crocodile Stitch Bracelet
    3. Rainbow Dragon Bag NEW!
    4. Crocodile Crochet Baby Blanket
    5. Crocodile Stitch Purse - This is a fabulous fashion piece you can carry with you for just about any occasion.
    6. Crocodile Stitch Adult Hat 
    7. Colorful Rio Scarf - Flaunt this scarf around town as its vibrant colors are sure to get you looks of envy.
    8. Crocodile Flip Flops
    9. Two-Hour Crocodile Stitch FlowerMermaid's Favorite Crochet Tote
    10. Crocodile on the Beach Bag - Everyone needs a beach bag when going to the beach. Three to four beach towels can fit. 
    11. Favorite Textured Slouch Hat
    12. Crocodile Clutch Purse - A purse like this is super cute to use during the spring as the colors are nice and bright.
    13. Scale and Shell Bag NEW!
    14. Crocodile Stitch Crochet Cowl NEW!
    15. Crocodile Stitch Crochet Afghan - Get ready for the warmest crochet afghan ever! NEW!
    16. Crocodile Stitch Crochet Flower NEW!
    17. Adorable Baby Booties NEW!
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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). 

     

     

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    Wow, I love all of these. This type of stitch makes everything look awesome.

    Thank you for posting the crocodile stitch! I've been wanting to use this for a project. Now that I've started I find some of the 'scales' don't lie flat and as they curl the holes are visible. Is it because of my material (acrylic) or the tightness of my stitches (I try to keep the firmness consistent) or is this just something that will be fixed in blocking?

    very impressed

    presented well like it I will start my project soon

    I have watched your vids and like them, this is the first time on All Free Crochet, and was happy to see you here, Thank you for all your teachings. :)

    I am so pleased to have found your tutorial!! I have a gorgeous pattern for baby shoes with a crocodile stitch but the instructions are not clear and I was beginning to despair of ever making them properly. Your detailed instructions and clear video have given me fresh enthusiasm. thank you

    I like it, great instructions

    Very nice tutorial. Easy to understand. I had a few questions though. What happens to the work if you do not chain one at the bottom of the scale? Also, would it not help keep the work more solid if instead of chain one at the top, you slip stitch into the unused space? Then when doing a foundation row you needn't worry about getting the scale portion on the hook. Thank you!

    I love the tutorials. Mike is very clear with his instructions and very easy to follow. He goes into just enough detail to remember how to do what he is teaching. Mike is a very good teacher! I think I can now do the stitch without any problems and can't wait to use the yarn he demonstrated with. I have had it for some time and did not have any idea what to do with it.

    What do you mean when you say pinch.

    Oh My this is awesome...I was so afraid of this stitch...and if I was trying to learn it by just reading the instructions I don't think I would have ever got it. But your tutorial was easy to follow, and I could stop and start as I needed. and I got it! I have already started a scarf, and I can't wait to experiment with other projects...Thank you so much Mikey you are my hero!

    Awsome tutorial!! Mikey has a very calm voice and great instructions, thanks!!

    Very good tutorial. I love the texture. A very good play off the shell stitch.

    :)

    Michael, thank you SO MUCH for making this EASY to learn and remember. I tired one other tutorial, but yours is SO much Better. Thanks again

    Brilliant love the video!,

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