I am putting the finishing touches to my pattern for this crocodile stitch cowl:
So, I thought I’d do a tutorial to go along with it. You can either follow the instructions here (with the photos that are at a funny angle… it’s late here and I will fix them tomorrow!) or you can download them as a PDF. They are both identical. This is the PDF version: crocodile stitch tutorial
The instructions are for a swatch on how to make Crocodile Stitch, but the swatch is designed in such a way that you can carry on and make a cowl or a scarf if you like!
The instructions are using English crochet terms not American ones… so don’t get caught out!
Let’s get started…
Ch – chain
tc – treble crochet stitch
sl st – slip stitch
Chain 19 stitches – the stitch is worked over a multiple of 3 stitches plus 1 stitch at the end, so you can go wider or narrower if you wish, but these instructions are for 19 stitches.
1) tc in 3rd stitch from hook, *ch2, skip 2 chain and 2 tc in the next stitch* repeat 5 times.
You should now have a ladder that looks a bit like this:
2) Ch 1 and turn the work 90 degrees anti clockwise (if you’re right handed).
*5 tc around the first tc. Ch1 and turn the work 90 degrees.
Sl st between the next 2 tc.*
Repeat between the stars twice more. You now have 3 scales.
Ch 3 and turn work.
3) tc in to the sl st.
*Ch 2, 2 tc in to middle of scale, ch2, tc in to space between scales* repeat this twice.
Ch 2, 2 tc in to middle of the next scale.
4) tc 6 into the 3rd tc:
Ch 1, 6 tc into the next tc. Sl st between the next 2 tc.
*6 tc into first tc, ch 1, 6 tc into second tc* repeat this twice so that you have 3 scales.
Sl st into center of the last scale and chain 3.
5) tc into the centre of the first scale.
*ch 2, 2 tc between scales, ch 2, 2 tc in middle of next scale* repeat this twice
Ch 2, 2 tc into last stitch on the row.
Repeat from 2 to 5 until you have reached your desired length.
Finish with either a row 2 or 4.
Fasten off and sew in ends as you would with any other projects.
I hope this has been helpful and I hope it makes sense.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me