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Crocodile Stitch

Updated April 27, 2023
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Looking for a snappy new stitch to liven up your crochet? The crocodile stitch is an eye-catching crochet stitch that adds an interesting scale-like texture. Ready to get started? You won’t need to say ‘in a while crocodile’ because the video and written tutorial are here NOW!

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Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK

Hook: 5mm hook or size needed to obtain gauge


Darning Needle


Written in UK terms

This pattern gives you the basic principles for the crocodile stitch, designed to help you create your own projects.

The video tutorial can be found at the base of the post.


Chain (ch): Yarn over, pull through one loop on hook

Skip (sk)

Stitch(es) (st(s))

Space(s) (sp(s))

Slip Stitch (ss): Insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull yarn through stitch and loop on hook

Treble Crochet (tc): Yarn over, insert hook into stitch or space, yarn over, draw up a loop (3 loops on hook), (yarn over, draw through 2 loops) twice.

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Foundation chain: Ch in multiples of 6 plus 4. This is different from what is stated in the video. For a sample swatch, chain 22. 

  1. Row 1

    Turn, work 2 tc into seventh ch from hook, *ch 1, sk 2 chs, 1 tc in next st, ch 1, sk 2 chs, 2 tc in next st; repeat from * to ending with 1 tc in final ch.

  2. Row 2

    Ch 1, turn, sk first tc and ch-sp,  crocodile stitch is worked around the tc post in previous row, *work 5 tc around post of first tc of tc pair in previous row, rotate piece to work up the next tc, work 5 tc around post of second tc of tc pair (one scale made), ss into top of next tc; repeat from * across working final ss in 5th ch of turning chain. 

  3. Row 3

    Ch 3 (counts as first tc), turn, work 1 tc in same space as ch-3, *ch 1, work 1 tc in center of scale in previous row, ch 1, work 2 tc in ss from previous row; repeat from * across ending with 2 tc worked in top of last st. 

  4. Row 4

    Ch 1, turn, *work 5 tc around post of first tc, rotate work, work 5 tc around second tc of pair, ss in top of next tc; repeat from * across, ending with a scale.

    Follow your desired option below to continue or prevent adding scales to your width.

  5. To keep the work the same width:

    Row 5: Ch 1, turn work, ss in center of first scale, ch 3 (counts as first tc), *ch 1, work 2 tc in ss, ch 1, work 1 tc in center of next scale; repeat from * across, ending with tc in center of last scale.  

  6. Next Rows:

    Repeat rows 2-5 to desired length.  You may end on either a row 2 or 4 (the scale rows). 

  7. To continue to increase width on both sides:

    Do NOT work Row 5.  Repeat rows 3 u0026 4 until desired width is achieved.  This will create a new scale on each end.

  8. To increase width on one side:

    To prevent growth at the beginning of the row, follow the method of row 5 for the beginning but end the row with 2 tc at end of last scale.  To increase at the beginning of next row, start a repeat of row 3 but end with a single tc at your desired width.


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