Week 37 of The 50 Stitches crochet along features the Crocodile stitch. This is one of the most stunning crochet stitches you will find. It creates a beautiful thick fabric and is popular for making fingerless gloves and mermaid blankets.
You can find the links for all the squares in the crochet along here. The free pattern is below, but if you’d like the ad free printable version, it is available either as part of my Lifetime Pattern Pass, or you can purchase it on its own for £5 from Ravelry
This pattern is written in US terms, but the UK translation is below.
Single crochet (sc) = Double crochet
Half double crochet (hdc) = Half treble crochet
Double crochet (dc) = Treble crochet
You will need a 3.5mm hook for this square
Start by making a foundation chain of 31
Row 1. In the 3rd chain from your hook make a sc (the turning chain counts as your first stitch) sc in each stitch across – 30 stitches
Row 2. Chain 1 and make the alternate turning chain in the first stitch. Make a hdc in the next 2 stitches. Chain 1, skip a stitch and make 2 dc in the next stitch *chain 2, skip 2 stitches and make 2 dc in the next stitch* repeat between *and* until you have 4 stitches left, then chain 1, skip a stitch and hdc in each of the last 3 stitches.
Row 3. Chain 1 and sc in the first 3 stitches. Next we’re going to make a crocodile stitch around the first set of dc stitches in row 2.
Around the post of the first dc, make 5 dc. You may find it easier to work if you turn your work on it’s side.
Next twist your work the other way round and make 5 dc around the post of the 2nd dc.
*Skip the next pair of dc, and make a crocodile stitch around the next set of posts*
Repeat between *and* until you have 1 set of posts left. Skip that set of posts and make a sc in the last 3 stitches. – 4 crocodile stitches in the row
Row 4. Chain 1 and make the alternate turning chain in the first stitch. Hdc in the next 2 stitches. Chain 1 and between the scale and the row of sc make 2 dc (you will make the dc around row 3)
*Chain 2 and make 2 dc between the 2 dc in row 2.
Chain 2 and make 2 dc around row 3, between the scales* repeat between *and* after you make your last 2 dc between the last scale and sc chain 1 and hdc in the last 3 stitches.
Row 5. Chain 1 and sc in the first 3 stitches. Chain 3. Skip the first 2 dc and make a crocodile stitch in the next pair of dc. This scale should sit between the scales in row 3.
*skip the next pair of dc and make a crocodile scale around the next 2 dc* repeat between *and* make a sc in the last 3 stitches
Row 6. Chain 1 and make the alternate turning chain in the first stitch. Hdc in the next 2 stitches. Chain 1 and make 2 dc between the 2 dc in row 4. *Chain 2 and make 2 dc around row 5, in the middle of the scale. Chain 2 and make 2dc between the 2 dc in row 4, between the scales in row 5* repeat between *and* chain 1 and hdc in the last 3 stitches.
Rows 7 – 24. Repeat rows 3-6
End on a repeat of row 3
Make a sc in each stitch across the top and bottom
For the sides make 2sc in the side of rows 4, 8, 12, 16, 20, 24. Make 1sc in the side of all other rows.
You should have 30 sc down each side, plus an extra stitch in each corner for the turn. This will make your stitch count as 32 stitches across each side and 124 stitches total (remember the extra stitch corner stitch is counted in the stitch count for both sides)
You have now finished your square and join and you can tie off and weave in the ends
You can now add the interlocking border, joining this weeks square to last weeks as you join. You can see how to do this here
If you have any questions about the pattern or the CAL, then come on over to the Facebook group – 50 Stitches where you can show us your completed squares too.