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Crocodile Stitch Crochet Tutorial

Updated on September 19, 2014

Crocodile Stitch

crocodile stitch in pink and green.
crocodile stitch in pink and green. | Source

Tutorial to Crochet the Crocodile Stitch

The crocodile stitch is a unique crochet stitch that looks a bit like leaves. It is a fun stitch to make and looks complicated, but it's really very easy once you get the hang of it. Use it to make a scarf, hat, shawl, booties, and lots of other patterns. The tutorial below will show you how to make the basic crocodile crochet stitch.

Photos of Each Step

Row 1: Crochet back across the chain creating sets of double posts that will hold the crocodile stitches.
Row 1: Crochet back across the chain creating sets of double posts that will hold the crocodile stitches. | Source
This is a photo of the first crocodile stitch.
This is a photo of the first crocodile stitch. | Source
This is the first completed row of crocodile stitches.
This is the first completed row of crocodile stitches. | Source
This is the second set of crocodile stitches. It works well to select contrasting colors of yarn in each row of leaflets or crocodile scales to help each row stand out.
This is the second set of crocodile stitches. It works well to select contrasting colors of yarn in each row of leaflets or crocodile scales to help each row stand out. | Source
Three completed sets of of crocodile stitches in green and pink, perfect for a little girl's project. This stitch can be used for hems of dresses, tops of baby booties, purses, scarf embellishment, and many other projects.
Three completed sets of of crocodile stitches in green and pink, perfect for a little girl's project. This stitch can be used for hems of dresses, tops of baby booties, purses, scarf embellishment, and many other projects. | Source
Chain 21.
Chain 21. | Source

Chain 21

Step 1: How to Crochet a Crocodile Stitch

The crocodile stitch is crocheted in multiples of 5 +1. We will begin with a chain of 21.

Row 1

This is what row 1 looks like when you are finished.
This is what row 1 looks like when you are finished. | Source

Row 1

Step2: How to Crochet a Crocodile Stitch Tutorial

1. Double crochet twice in the 7th chain from the hook.
2. Chain 1.
3. Skip 2 chain stitches. Double crochet once in the next chain stitch.
4. Chain 1.
5. Skip 2 chain stitches. Double crochet twice in the next chain stitch.

Repeat 2 through 5 above until you have completed your first row. It will look like the photograph to the right when finished. It alternates 1 double crochet, followed by 2 double crochets across the row. Each of those double posts will soon become little leaflet or crocodile.

Row 2

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Row 2

How to Crochet a Crocodile Stitch

Chain 1 and turn the work to begin row 2.

**Double crochet 5 times along the first post of the PAIR of double crochets in the previous row.
Chain 1.
Double crochet 5 times along the second post of the pair of double crochets in the previous row. (You’ve completed your first crocodile scale.)
Single crochet once around the post of the next double crochet stitch in the previous row to anchor your scale.

Repeat from ** above 2 more times. This will give you 3 crocodile scales in this row. This can be awkward to hold the first time you do this. I suggest watching the video below to get a better idea of how to hold the work as you crochet.

Row 3

How to Crochet a Crocodile Stitch

Change the color of the yarn at this point if you wish.
Chain 3 and turn the work to begin the next row.
Double crochet in the first stitch of the row to create a pair of double crochets.
**Chain 1.
Double crochet 1 time in the center of the leaf of the previous row.
Chain 1.
Double crochet 2 times around the single crochet of the previous row.
Repeat from ** to finish the row.

Row 4

How to Crochet a Crocodile Stitch

Chain 1 and turn the work to begin row 4.

**Double crochet 5 times along the first post of the PAIR of double crochets in the previous row.
Chain 1.
Double crochet 5 times along the second post of the pair of double crochets in the previous row. (You’ve completed your first crocodile scale.)
Single crochet once around the post of the next double crochet stitch in the previous row to anchor your scale.

Repeat from ** above 3 more times. This will give you 4 crocodile scales in this row.

Continue in this manner until your crochet is the desired length. You can make scarves, booties, shawls and more using the crocodile stitch.

My Crocodile Stitch Video

Crocodile Stitch Video

Do You Have a Favorite Crocodile Stitched Project?

The crocodile stitch has been used to make purses, scarves, and dresses! Do you have a favorite crocodile stitch crochet project?

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Red Heart Yarn

Coats yarn Red Heart Kids Yarn, Pixie Pink
Coats yarn Red Heart Kids Yarn, Pixie Pink

This is the pink yarn (Pixie Pink) used for the green and pink crocodile stitch pattern on this page. The green yarn is Red Heart brand also in the color Limeaid.

 

Projects with the Crocodile Stitch

For the love of crocodiles. Here you can see what a larger project layered with crocodile scales looks like. Here they are all crocheted in one solid color.
For the love of crocodiles. Here you can see what a larger project layered with crocodile scales looks like. Here they are all crocheted in one solid color. | Source
Here is a baby bootie crocheted with scales around the top and all in one color. These booties look so very clever and they are quick and easy to crochet once you get this stitch mastered.
Here is a baby bootie crocheted with scales around the top and all in one color. These booties look so very clever and they are quick and easy to crochet once you get this stitch mastered. | Source

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    • LisaAuch1 profile image

      Lisa Auch 2 years ago from Scotland

      I just love the crocodile stitch and thought It would be difficult so I never attempted it! I actually cannot believe how easy it was once you get into the rhythm. Great to know a fellow Crocheter over here :)