Crocodile Stitch Afghan Square

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One of the most requested stitch tutorials we have had so far is for the Crocodile Stitch – and here it is!

There are quite a few different versions of the Crocodile Stitch floating around Online – some of the variations you will see are the number of times you crochet around the posts of the v-stitch, whether you chain once (or multiple times), use a picot stitch, or a single crochet stitch at the tip of the “scale” to make the crocodile stitch appear more pointed…hopefully you like my worsted weight version.

If you are trying to apply this tutorial to a lighter weight of yarn with a smaller hook size, you may want to try using more stitches around each post of the v-stitch – since the yarn is not as ‘heavy’ and you may see spaces between the stitches.

If you are using a lighter worsted weight yarn you may want to increase the stitches around each post to 5 or even 6 to get the same ‘full’ look of the Red Heart with Love yarn.

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Crocodile Stitch

Crocodile Stitch Tutorial @OombawkaDesign

Yarn: Red Heart With Love
Hook: 5.0 mm (H)

Abbreviations: R- row, ch – chain, st – stitch, sts – stitches, v-st – V-Stitch (see special stitches), dc – double crochet, sc – single crochet, sl st – slip stitch, ch1sp – chain 1 space, beg – beginning,

Special Stitches:

V-Stitch (v-st): work (1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc) in the specified stitch

Finished Size: 8 inch square after blocking

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Invisible Join Technique

Stitch Pattern Multiple: multiple of (an odd number x 3) + 1; plus an additional 3 sts for the starting ch

9 x 3 =27 + 1= 28, plus 3 = 31

R1: chain 31, beg 5th ch from the hook, work 1 v-st (see special stitches above) then *skip the next 2 sts and work 1 v-st in the next st** repeat from * to ** across to the last 2 sts, skip the next st,  work 1 dc in the last st 

Row1CrocodileStitch @OombawkaDesign

R2: ch 1, (work 4 dc down the post of the first v-st, ch 1, work 4 dc up the post of the next dc), *skip the next v-st, (work 4 dc down the post of the first v-st, ch 1, work 4 dc up the post of the next dc)** repeat from * to ** across to the last st, work 1 sl st in the last dc

Row2a Crocodile Stitch @OombawkaDesign

 

R2 Crocodile St Tut @OombawkaDesign

Crocodile St Tut R2S3 @OombawkaDesign

Crocodile St Tut @OombawkaDesign

Crocodile St Tut @OombawkaDesign

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Crocodile St R2 @OombawkaDesign

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Row 2 Finished Crocodile St @OombawkaDesign

Crocodile Stitch @OombawkaDesign

 

R3: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc now and throughout), work 1 v-st in the first ch1sp of the row 2 rows prior, v-st between the next 2 scales and through the next ch1sp located 2 rows prior; repeat across to the last st, work 1 dc in the last st

Crocodile Stitch Tutorial @OombawkaDesign

Crocodile Stitch Tutorial R3 @OombawkaDesign

R4: ch 1, sl st in the 1st dc, 1 sl st in the first ch1sp, (work 4 dc down the post of the first v-st, ch 1, work 4 dc up the post of the next dc), *skip the next v-st, (work 4 dc down the post of the first v-st, ch 1, work 4 dc up the post of the next dc)** repeat from * to ** across to the last v-st, skip the 1st dc, 1 sl st in the ch1sp, 1 sl st in the next dc, 1 sl st in the last dc of the row (in the top of the initial ch-3)

Crocodile Stitch Row 4 @OombawkaDesign

Crocodile Stitch R4 Complete @OombawkaDesign

R5: ch 3, *v-st in 1st ch1sp (2 rows prior), v-st between the next 2 scales and through the next ch1sp (2 rows prior)**; repeat from * to ** across to the last st; work 1 dc in the last st

R6: ch 1, (work 4 dc down the post of the first v-st, ch 1, work 4 dc up the post of the next dc), *skip the next v-st, (work 4 dc down the post of the first v-st, ch 1, work 4 dc up the post of the next dc)** repeat from * to ** across to the last st, work 1 sl st in the last dc

Repeat R3-R6: 4 more times

R23: ch 1, turn, work (1 sc, ch 1, 1 sc) in each ch1sp across, 1 sc in the last st

Edging:

ch 1, turn, work 24 sc evenly across the top of the square and 3 sc in the corner, turn to work along the side edge

work 24 sc evenly to the next corner and 3 sc in the corner, turn to work along the starting chain edge

work 24 sc evenly across to the next corner, 3 sc in the corner, turn to work along the other side edge,

work 24 sc evenly to the next corner, work 3 sc in the corner, finish off using an invisible finish

Crocodile Stitch Square @OombawkaDesign

Crocodile Stitch Photo Tutorial @OombawkaDesign

Crocodile Stitch Back @OombawkaDesign

 

 

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16 Comments

  1. Thank for the tutorial!I I have done the stitch before and its fun to do. I wish I had had your pictures. You made more sense than the instructions I had. I found that it does take a lot of yarn. Do you know how much yarn it does take to make a full afghan?

  2. Love the tutorial. do you have a photo of a full afghan made with this stitch?

  3. I am so thankful for the large pictures as I have poor vision and these are wonderful tutorials. Thank you soo very much for sharing them.

    ~Cindy

  4. Love the tutorial! Thank you. I think I can conquer this stitch now =)

  5. There is so much different techniques for the crocodile stitch. Thanks for sharing yours with this very nice and clear photo tutorial !