Basic Crocodile Stitch – Photo Tutorial
Also know as Dragon Scale, my preferred name for this stitch pattern.
In this tutorial, I will be showing you 2 basic variations of the stitch pattern worked flat in the way I work the stitches. I feel that there isn’t a “right way” or “wrong way” to do this, everyone ends up with their own technique on how to do things, ultimately, it’s the end result that really counts.
Stitches used are in US terminology
Note: I am right handed, for left handed stitchers, the photos would be in reverse.
Terms used with abbreviations:
ch – chain
dc – double crochet
slst -slip stitch
st(s) – stitch(es)
Crocodile Stitch – Version 1
This is the version that I first learned.
First, you want to chain a multiple of 6, plus 3
I started with ch27, working the chain loosely.
Set up Foundation Row: In the 3rd chain from the hook, make a double crochet, ch2, skip next 2 stitches, [2dc, ch2, skip 2 sts] until last st, 2dc in last st. Set up foundation row complete. This is also considered the wrong side of the work.
To make the Scale Row 1, this is where I’ve found individual techniques vary. The way I will be doing this, the “wrong side” of the double crochets made will be facing up when the scale is completed.
Scale Row 1 Step 1: To begin the 1st scale, ch2, turn it so all of the stitches are horizontal, but the wrong side is still facing you. Working along the post of the last dc made in the foundation row, make 4 dc, ch1.
Scale Row 1 Step 2: Now turn your work and fold the stitches just made away from you so the next dc post is horizontal in front of you.
Scale Row 1 Step 3: Working along the post of the dc, make 5dc, ch1.
First scale made:
Scale Row 1 Step 4: For the next scale, skip the next 2dc, fold work so the previously made scale is facing you and the next dc is horizontal at the top of the work.
Scale Row 1 Step 5: Working along the post of the dc, make 5dc, ch1.
Scale Row 1 Step 6: Turn and fold the work again so the scale and 5dc just made are away from you and the next dc is horizontal at the top of the work.
Scale Row 1 Step 7: Working along the post of the dc, make 5dc, ch1.
Second scale made:
Repeat steps 4-7 for the scale row 1 until the end, working over the starting ch2 as you would the post of a dc, except make only 4dc. Ch2, then slst into the center of the last scale made.
First Scale Row complete:
Step 1 Foundation Row: Working with the wrong side facing you, ch2, dc in the center of the same scale.
Step 2 Foundation Row: Ch2, now you will be making 2dc in between the next 2dc and around the ch1 that is between the scales on the right side that is facing away from you.
Top (wrong side facing you):
Step 3 Foundation Row: Ch2, make 2dc in the center of next scale.
Repeat Steps 2 and 3 of the Foundation row to the end.
Note: The Scale Row 2 is worked the same, except for the 1st and last scales.
First scale of Scale Row 2 Step 1: Ch1, fold work so the 1st scale of Scale Row 1 and 2dc of the Foundation row are facing you and the rest of the work away from you with the next dc horizontal at the top of the work. Make 5dc around the post of the dc, ch1.
First scale of Scale Row 2 Step 2: Flipping the work so the rest of the scales from Scale Row 1 and 2dc from the Foundation Row are facing you and the first scale and 2dc are away from you with the next dc horizontal at the top, make 5dc around the post of the dc, ch1.
First Scale of Scale Row 2 made:
Repeat steps 4-7 from the scale row 1 until the end, leaving the last dc and ch2 from the Foundation Row unworked, slst in between the dc and ch2.
Note: As you can see in the above photo that the scale row 1 straightened out after the scale row 2 was completed. I do suggest chaining the starting chain very loosely, using 1 hook size larger for the starting chain only, or, as an alternative, you can use the Foundation Single Crochet Stitch (fsc) with a multiple of 6, plus 1, then ch2 and make a dc in the 1st fsc, then following the rest of the set up foundation row steps.
Continue following the Foundation row steps, with 2dc in the center of every scale and in between every 2dc and around the ch1, and the scale rows 1 & 2 steps until desired size is reached.
Crocodile Stitch – Version 2
Note: The only difference in this version is the way the foundation rows are worked.
Chain a multiple of 6, plus 3, working the starting chain loosely.
Set up Foundation row: Work dc in 3rd ch from hook, ch 2, skip 2 sts, dc in next st, ch2, skip next 2 sts, [2dc in next st, ch2, skip next 2 sts, dc in next st, ch2, skip 2 sts] across.
Scale Row 1: Work the Scale Row 1 Steps the same as in the version 1 above, except where is says skip 2dc, you are only skipping 1dc.
Step 1 Foundation Row: Working with wrong side facing, Ch5, 2dc in next dc working around the ch1 that is between the scales, with the wrong side facing you.
Step 2 Foundation Row: Ch2, dc in the center of next scale.
Ch2, repeat Steps 1 & 2 of the Foundation row across.
Scale Row 2: Work the Scale Row 2 Steps the same as in the version 1 above, except where is says skip 2dc, you are only skipping 1dc, slst into 3rd ch of the ch5.
Repeat all of the steps above until desired size is made.
Disclaimer: I do not own, nor do I claim, this stitch pattern. I am just sharing my technique on how to make it.