Crocodile Stitch

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.

2 5 tc around the second tc.


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

5 thoughts on “Crocodile Stitch

  1. I would like to nominate you for a blog award – I think your posts are fab and I love seeing your makes- I can’t wait to try the crocodile pattern out. I have recently been lucky to recieved 2 to pass on, The Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award and Liebster – so please feel free to pick which ever one you would like. Happy New Year and Happy posting!

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