The Crocodile Stitch – Week 37 of The 50 Stitches Crochet Along

The Crocodile stitch 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.

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https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/the-50-stitches-cal

This pattern is written in US terms, but the UK translation is below.

UK Translation

Single crochet (sc) = Double crochet

Half double crochet (hdc) = Half treble crochet

Double crochet (dc) = Treble crochet

The Pattern

You will need a 3.5mm hook for this square

Chain 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

Turn

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.

Turn

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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. 

Making the scales

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

Turn

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. 

Row 4

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.

Turn

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.

Row 5, stagger your scales

*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

Turn

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.

Turn

Rows 7 – 24. Repeat rows 3-6

End on a repeat of row 3

The Border

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.

Add an extra stitch in the corners for the turn.

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.

One thought

  1. Since I no longer have FB, I thought I’d comment here; hope it’s ok. If not, please delete. Week 37:
    I thought the instructions in row 6 were a little confusing. I finally figured it out, but perhaps you could re-visit it and make it a little clearer. Once I mastered the rows following the scales, it was fun to make. I’m enjoying this whole project.

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