Book Review: Crocodile Stitch Afghans

Crocodile stitch has captivated the crochet world's imagination in the last few years. It seems every pattern designer has at least one textured accessory or dragon/mermaid-themed pattern that prominently features the stitch. We're guilty of it ourselves, with our Sirens of Atlantis Costume and Angel Wings. But one thing the majority of these crocodile stitch patterns we've seen to date have in common is that they tend to be all or nothing; as in, they are usually designed solely in crocodile stitch. Joyce Lewis sought to get a little more creative with the stitch in her new book, Crocodile Stitch Afghans, by combining crocodile stitch with standard stitches, and we're quite intrigued by the results.

Crocodile Stitch Afghans

As it turns out, combining crocodile stitch with standard crochet stitches increases the versatility of the stitch and expands design possibilities.

Joyce Lewis begins by immediately breaking out of the mystical creatures mindset by pointing out that the stitch is perfectly suited for flower petals as well. In fact, two of the five afghan patterns in the book feature flower motifs worked in crocodile stitch surrounded by standard crochet stitches to create the familiar feel of a typical granny square.

Next, she she offers instructions for two afghans worked almost all in standard stitches and shows how they can be edged in crocodile stitch. The Westphalia Afghan is surprisingly romantic, which is a term not often associated with this technique.

And finally, Ms. Lewis shows how a truly unique texture can be achieved with stacked rows of crocodile stitch with the aptly named--wait for it--Dragonslayer Afghan.

If you think you've become bored by the crocodile stitch, this book is sure to breathe some new life into the technique.