Crocodile Stitch Crochet Tutorial
How to Crochet the Crocodile Stitch: 18 Crocodile Stitch Patterns
Learn how to work the crochet crocodile stitch with this video and photo tutorial. Also known as the scale stitch, this crochet stitch is not only beautiful but it can turn your entire project into an art piece.
Crocodile stitch crochet patterns are great to add a bit of flair to your style. 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 bag or even a simple crochet scarf.
If you're stuck on how to work this amazing scale stitch, watch and learn from the video tutorial below on how to crochet the crocodile stitch. Be sure to keep reading beyond the tutorial for some stunning crocodile patterns.
How to Work the Crocodile Stitch
Begin with a slip knot, then ch multiples of 5 + 1. (The number of chains is determined by the type of project you're making, so your project might specify something different)
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. - crocodile scales will be made over the double set of stitches, not the lone dc, one post at a time.
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 second post right next to the one you were just working with, 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 single post (right next to the set of two you've been working with) 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 you just made. Sc into the middle of the scale, 2 dc into the top ch in between scales. Continue across row in that way, paying attention to what's on the front - scale or space.
When you reach the end of the row, ch 1, turn and work across, making scales.
Continue working pattern, alternating between foundation rows and scale rows as shown.
Top Crocodile Stitch Patterns
You can add the crocodile crochet stitch to any type of project you want to give it a ruffled edge. As you're working through the projects below, if you find yourself struggling, don't fret! New crochet stitches are so fun to learn, but what's the best way to do it? Watching crochet video tutorials is a great way to learn and practice a new stitch, but remember that everyone out there has their own way of working up a crochet stitch.
If you're following along and still find yourself confused by what you're watching, feel free to seek out another crochet method or step-by-step photos. What works for one person might not work for you, or you might come across a much easier way of working a crochet stitch that's a combination of different methods. Just don't give up! Certain stitches, like the crocodile stitch here, might seem way more confusing, but just keep practicing and check out multiple tutorials if you need to.