Stitch Repeat Crocodile Stitch - Free Crochet Pattern
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Materials: This stitch repeat can be worked with any size yarn. Use the hook size recommend for whatever yarn you choose. Worsted weight yarn is a good size to practice with.
We used: Worsted Weight yarn and a size H-8 (5.00 mm) hook.
V-Stitch (v-st): (dc, ch 1, dc) in same st or sp indicated.
Tips: Make initial chain loose. The crocodile scales will stick out past the sides and make the fabric wider in later rows. You may need to pull on the sides to straighten the cloth out when you do the first couple rows but as you continue the rows it will hold its shape on its own.
Ch a multiple of 4 + 5
Row 1: (Right Side) Dc in 5th ch from hook (skipped ch and dc count as first v-st), [skip next ch, v-st in next ch] across. Pull sides to stretch a little.
Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as first dc now and throughout), DO NOT TURN, working in side of row, 3 dc over post of last dc worked (top to bottom of v-st), ch 2, 4 dc over post of next dc of Row 1 (bottom to top of same v-st), * rotate piece 180 degrees clockwise , skip next v-st, 4 dc over post of first dc of next v-st, ch 2, rotate 180 degrees anti-clockwise, 4 dc over post of next dc (same v-st); rep from * across.
Row 3: Ch 3, working in previous row, v-st in next ch-1 sp (middle of scale), * v-st in next v-st(between scales), v-st in next v-st (middle of scale); rep from * across, ending with dc in first dc (3rd ch of ch-3) made on last row.
Row 4: Turn, sl st in next dc, skip next ch-1 sp, sl st in next 2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc over post of first dc of next v-st, ch 2, rotate anti-clockwise, 4 dc over post of next dc (same v-st), * skip next v-st, rotate clockwise, 4 dc over post of dc of next v-st, ch 2, rotate anti-clockwise, 4 dc over post of next dc (same v-st); rep from * across, ending with skip next v-st, sc in last dc.
Row 5: Ch 3, turn, * v-st in next v-st, v-st in next ch-1 sp (middle of scale); rep from * across, ending v-st in last v-st, dc in last dc.
Row 6: Ch 3, turn, 3 dc over post of dc of first v-st, * ch 2, rotate, 4 dc over post of next dc, rotate, skip next v-st, 4 dc over post of dc of next v-st; rep from * across, ending with 3 dc over post of next dc, ch 3, sl st in top of same dc.
Rep Rows 3-6 until the project reaches your desired size. You may wish to do a final row of sc to give the piece a more finished edge. Finish off and weave in ends.