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Crochet Crocodile Stitch Pouch Free Pattern

Updated on February 15, 2012
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My gorgeous crocodile crochet pouch (I placed a ball inside to make the 'scales' protrude) Here it is without the ball....... and another angle without the ballMy pouch pictured from the bottom...... and in this one pictured from the side...
My gorgeous crocodile crochet pouch (I placed a ball inside to make the 'scales' protrude)
My gorgeous crocodile crochet pouch (I placed a ball inside to make the 'scales' protrude)
Here it is without the ball....
Here it is without the ball....
... and another angle without the ball
... and another angle without the ball
My pouch pictured from the bottom...
My pouch pictured from the bottom...
... and in this one pictured from the side...
... and in this one pictured from the side...

My Free Pouch Patterns

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A beautiful pouch which uses the Bushy stitch pattern adorned with Dr. Jeckyll's FlowerA lovely pouch which is crocheted using the Ripple stitch patternA simple pouch making use of the crab stitch (reverse single crochet) as emphasisA structural pouch that uses broomstick lace to create interest and ridges in the patternA semi-circle clutch made mostly of bullion stitches
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A beautiful pouch which uses the Bushy stitch pattern adorned with Dr. Jeckyll's Flower
A beautiful pouch which uses the Bushy stitch pattern adorned with Dr. Jeckyll's Flower | Source
A lovely pouch which is crocheted using the Ripple stitch pattern
A lovely pouch which is crocheted using the Ripple stitch pattern | Source
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A simple pouch making use of the crab stitch (reverse single crochet) as emphasis
A simple pouch making use of the crab stitch (reverse single crochet) as emphasis | Source
A structural pouch that uses broomstick lace to create interest and ridges in the pattern
A structural pouch that uses broomstick lace to create interest and ridges in the pattern | Source
A semi-circle clutch made mostly of bullion stitches
A semi-circle clutch made mostly of bullion stitches | Source
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When I first saw the crocodile scarf, I was amazed by how stunning the pattern was. I couldn't understand, though, why they named it crocodile stitch* when it is uber soft and dainty compared to crocodile scales. They should have thought of something more appropriate for this beautiful pattern.like mermaid scales stitch or something...

I am just so eager to use it in my crochet projects. Using plarn** and a hook a bit too big for my plarn, I set off to make me a small pouch. The loose tension of my crochet gave my pouch its delicate look. I super love it! This pouch was to be my flagship product in the very first bazaar I will join.

* I wrote an in-depth discussion of how to crochet the CROCODILE CROCHET STITCH PATTERN, which includes free written and charted pattern too for the basic crocodile stitch. Please read it to make crocheting this pouch easy. Most of the terms I used here were defined in that article.

**Click here to learn the methods of making plarn and how to condition it for crochet.


Design Notes

  • The resulting purse is shorter than the foundation chain because for every 6 chains, there is only an equivalent of 5 stitches worked on round 1. To remedy this, make your foundation chain longer than your desired finished width.
  • This purse is crocheted without turning. Therefore, don't be afraid if the beginning of each odd row slowly moves from the side towards the center.
  • This pattern is written in a very generic form. You can adapt it to any size you like.
  • All my patterns are free. Check them all out here.


Skill Level

This pouch requires working stitches in unconventional manner.
This pouch requires working stitches in unconventional manner.

Materials and Tools

Materials:

  • a lot of yarn of your choice (I used flesh 1/4-in single strand plarn from 2 extra large shopping bags)
  • zipper of similar color to your yarn (I used YKK 7-in zipper)
  • small piece of cloth for lining (I used scrap cloth from my father's shirt that I murdered a year ago when I got interested in t-shirt surgery)


Tools

  • crochet hook suitable for your yarn (I used #5 hook because I wanted loose tension for my purse)
  • sewing thread, needle and pins for applying zipper and lining


Measurements

Length: 4.5 in

Width: 6 in

Abbreviations

  • ch - chain
  • dc - double crochet
  • sl st - slip stitch
  • sp - space
  • sk - skip


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Foundation chain and Round 1 (arrows show direction)Round 2Round 3Round 4
Foundation chain and Round 1 (arrows show direction)
Foundation chain and Round 1 (arrows show direction)
Round 2
Round 2
Round 3
Round 3
Round 4
Round 4
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 Crocodile Stitch Right Side Crocodile Stitch Wrong Side
 Crocodile Stitch Right Side
Crocodile Stitch Right Side
 Crocodile Stitch Wrong Side
Crocodile Stitch Wrong Side

Crochet Instructions

Foundation Chain: Ch 40 (or a multiple of 6 + 4)

Round 1: Ch 3, dc in the 4th ch from hook [ch 1, sk 2 ch, dc* in next ch, ch 1, sk 2 ch, 2 dc** in next ch], repeat till 3 ch left, ch 1, sk 2 ch, 1 dc in last ch. Continue work on the other side of the chain. [Ch 1, 2dc** where lone-dc was anchored, ch 1, dc* where twin-dc was anchored] repeat till last lone dc, ch 1, dc where the first dc of the row was anchored, ch 1, sl st to ch before 1st dc of the row.

Round 2: Ch 1, 5 dc in ch-3 sp, 5 dc along the post of next dc worked from base to top, sl st to next dc, [5 dc along the post of next dc worked from top to base, 5 dc along the post of next dc worked from base to top, sl st to next dc] repeat till last lone dc, sl st to first dc made for the round, sl st to top of lone dc.

Round 3: Ch 3, dc in last lone dc, ch 1 [dc* in between twin dc, ch 1, 2 dc** in lone dc, ch 1] repeat till throughout the round, sl st to top of ch-3.

Repeat Round 2&3 alternately ending with a Round2-repeat.

Finish the purse by working sc's on all the stitches of last odd round.

My purse has a total of 17 rounds including the finishing sc-round.


* This single dc in odd rounds will be referred to as lone dc.

** This 2dc-group in odd rounds will be referred to as twin dc.

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After I applied the zipper, I turned the purse inside out.I realized it's easier to sew the lining this way. I used a single strand of thread to make it less visible.See how pretty it turned out.Here it is from another angle.
After I applied the zipper, I turned the purse inside out.
After I applied the zipper, I turned the purse inside out.
I realized it's easier to sew the lining this way.
I realized it's easier to sew the lining this way.
I used a single strand of thread to make it less visible.
I used a single strand of thread to make it less visible.
See how pretty it turned out.
See how pretty it turned out.
Here it is from another angle.
Here it is from another angle.

Finishing

After crocheting the purse, its time to add the zipper and lining. I followed this tutorial by Carrie Wolf because it has clear instructions and lots of photos to get you through.

I first used this tutorial when I finished my Ripple Purse and I've made significant progress in my sewing. Check out the photos for evidence!

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    • MoiraCrochets profile imageAUTHOR

      Moira Durano-Abesmo 

      4 years ago from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines

      Thanks Barbara!

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      Barbara Badder 

      4 years ago from USA

      I sent the link to my crochet group.

    • MoiraCrochets profile imageAUTHOR

      Moira Durano-Abesmo 

      5 years ago from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines

      Thank you, Anusha!

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      anusha kommuru 

      5 years ago

      i like all your pencil pouches they re very preety

    • MoiraCrochets profile imageAUTHOR

      Moira Durano-Abesmo 

      6 years ago from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines

      Hello Aida!

      I checked the pattern and there was no mistake in that part.

      Round 2: Ch 1, 5 DC IN CH-3 SP, 5 dc along the post of next dc worked from base to top.

      Ch-3 here is equivalent to the first dc in a twin dc. The 5 DC'S worked on the ch-3 sp, will be crocheted from the top to the base of ch-3, forming the first half of the scale.

      That is why the pattern says, 5 DC ALONG THE POST OF THE NEXT DC WORKED FROM BASE TO TOP, to complete the scale.

      Sorry about the capital letters. I'm not shouting at you, I'm just trying to emphasize.

      I hope this clears the pattern instructions to you.

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      Aida Adham 

      6 years ago

      Hai there Moira. Thanks for a lovely pattern. I was trying your pattern, and I spotted a mistake:

      Your original pattern:

      Round 2: Ch 1, 5 dc in ch-3 sp, "5 dc along the post of next dc worked from base to top".

      Shouldn't it be ,

      Round 2: Round 2: Ch 1, 5 dc in ch-3 sp, "5 dc along the post of next dc worked from top to base".

      As I was trying the pattern, if crocheting from base to top, it did not create a scale. As the project become somehow tangling.

      Pardon me if I am wrong, but I've tried it a lot of times, still I couldn't get the first scale.

      Thanks again for the lovely pattern. Cheers from Malaysia.

    • MoiraCrochets profile imageAUTHOR

      Moira Durano-Abesmo 

      6 years ago from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines

      You're welcome Elisa! And thanks for leaving a comment. You made me HAPPY!

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      elisa 

      6 years ago

      Very nice pouch, great to give for a present. You are very talented. Thank you for the pattern.

    • MoiraCrochets profile imageAUTHOR

      Moira Durano-Abesmo 

      6 years ago from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines

      Thank you, htodd. I'm happy you found it great.

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      htodd 

      6 years ago from United States

      That's really great info..Nice

    • MoiraCrochets profile imageAUTHOR

      Moira Durano-Abesmo 

      6 years ago from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines

      You're very welcome AMY JANE! It's my pleasure!

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      amy jane 

      6 years ago from Connecticut

      This is such a cute design! Thanks for sharing. :)

    • MoiraCrochets profile imageAUTHOR

      Moira Durano-Abesmo 

      6 years ago from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines

      Thank you Stephanie!

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      Stephanie Henkel 

      6 years ago from USA

      I love this crocodile stitch! While I've done some crocheting with "plarn", I haven't tried anything as dainty looking as this little purse. It looks like a fun project, and your step-by-step instructions and photos are perfect. Voted up!

    • MoiraCrochets profile imageAUTHOR

      Moira Durano-Abesmo 

      6 years ago from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines

      Go for it MARY! And don't forget to make a hub showing off what you made. I'm sure it's going to be pretty. :D

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      LadyShael 

      6 years ago

      What a FANTASTIC 'Hubsite' you made Moira! You are the reason I joined :-) I am on disability so I don't have much money for yarn, and you just gave a WONDERFUL gift of all of a sudden having LOTS of 'yarn' I can work with! ALL my Friends have extra plastic bags they don't want and they save me the different coloured ones especially. You have GREAT patterns too, I am going to try the alligator purse first, it is so pretty!

      Thank you so much!

      Mary

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