Crocodile Crochet Stitch is a unique stitch that creates a 3D textured fabric with repeating motifs that resemble scales of reptiles like a crocodile or a fish. Its layered appearance makes it stand out from most other crochet stitches. It is also popular as Fish Scale Crochet Stitch in the crochet community.
The unique texture of the Crocodile Stitch comes from creating a foundation of double crochet stitches followed by stitches that form the scale motifs. Each scale is basically a bunch of double crochet stitches brought together. It’s not an overall complex pattern as it uses simple stitches, it just involves working with the project turned in different ways. When you start making this pattern, you will find it a little bit difficult, but after completing a few scales, it will be easy to continue. The pattern repeats over 6 stitches and 4 rows.
Because of its scaly appearance, the Crocodile Crochet Stitch is perfect for making any fantasy-inspired projects that feature dragons or even mermaids. It will also be a fun pattern to work in projects like bags, pillow covers, or other projects where only one side will show as it is not a reversible pattern.
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Crocodile Crochet Stitch Crochet Chart
This free pattern is written using US crochet terms.
|st (s)||stitch (es)|
Foundation ch: any multiple of 6 + 1, plus 3.
|Row 1:||1dc in 4th ch from hook, * ch1, sk 1ch, 1dc in next st, ch1, sk 1ch, 2dc in next ch; rep from * to end, turn.|
|Row 2:||ch3, 4dc down the 1st dc post, ch1, rotate work a bit, 5dc up the post of next dc, * sl st in next dc, 5dc down the post of next dc, ch1, 5dc up the post of next dc; rep from * to end, turn.|
|Row 3:||sl st to the center of 1st scale, ch3, * ch1, 2dc in next dc, ch1, 1dc in middle of next scale; rep from * to end, turn.|
|Row 4:||ch3, 4dc down the 1st dc post, ch1, rotate work a bit, 5dc up the post of next dc, * sl st in next dc, 5dc down the post of next dc, ch1, 5dc up the post of next dc; rep from * to end, turn.|
|Row 5:||ch3, 1dc in same st, * ch1, sk 1ch, 1dc in next st, ch1, sk 1ch, 2dc in next ch; rep from * to end, turn.|
Repeat Rows 2 – 5 of this free crochet stitch pattern until you have reached the desired length for your work.
Sample Crochet Projects
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If you are looking for more interesting crochet stitches, check out:
- Bead Crochet Stitch
- Crossed Double Crochet Stitch
- Basketweave Crochet Stitch
- Front & Back Loop Single Crochet Stitch