Crocodile Stitch is named for its highly textured appearance which is reminiscent of the scales of a crocodile.
The technique was invented by Lianka Azulay of Bonita Patterns, but since then crocheters have developed subtle variations on her specific technique. Of all the tutorials for Crocodile Stitch I've seen so far, no two appear to be the exactly the same, despite producing the same results. So this tutorial is how we like to do Crocodile Stitch.
We'll start by giving you the basic stitch pattern, for those of you who can learn by reading, because it seems like just the instructions in plain crochet language is hard to find. Photos to clarify the instructions will follow.
Beginning Chain: Start with a multiple of 6, plus 3. (Fig 1.)
Row 2: Scale row. Ch 3; turn. 5 dc down first dc (fig 3), ch 1, 6 dc up next dc (fig 4), *sl st in next dc, 6 dc down next dc, ch 1 6 dc up next dc; rep from * across. (Fig 5.)
Row 3: Foundation row. Ch 3; turn. Dc in right corner (fig 6), *ch 1, dc in middle of scale (fig 7), ch 1, 2 dc between scales (fig 8); rep from * across, ending with 2 dc in left corner.
Row 4: Scale row. Rep row 2 (fig 9).
Row 5: Foundation row. Ch 1; turn. Dc in middle of first scale, *ch 1, 2 dc between scales, ch 1, dc in middle of scale; rep from * across.
Row 6: Scale row. Ch 1; turn. Sl st in first dc, *6 dc down next dc, 6 dc up next dc, sl st in next dc; rep from * across.
Rep rows 3-6 until the desired length is reached. Note that every other scale row will have 1 additional scale than the previous row (fig 10).
|Fig 2: Foundation row. Dc in 3rd ch from hook, *ch 1, skip 2 ch, dc in next ch, ch 1, skip 2 ch, 2 dc in next ch; rep from * across.|
|Fig 3: Ch 3; turn. 5 dc down first dc.|
|Fig 4: Ch 1, 6 dc up next dc.|
|Fig 5: Completed Row 2 Scale Row.|
|Fig 6: Ch 3; turn. Dc in right corner.|
|Fig 7: Ch 1, dc in middle of scale.|
|Fig 8: Ch 1, 2 dc between scales.|
|Fig 9: Completed Row 4 Scale Row.|
|Fig 10: Rep rows 3-6 until desired length is reached. Note that every other scale row will have 1 additional scale than the previous scale row.|