Jun 042018
 

Dear Arttsy Craftsy Friends ,

I can’t stop myself from trying new patterns and ways to use the crocodile stitch , now that I began mastering it , even with my eyes closed , which is not a figure of speech . Don’t forget that I still can’t see, which is sort of forcing me to try a certain type of crochet stitches . And the crocodile stitch is one of my favorite nowadays . I came up with three patterns using the crocodile stitch . They are easy , clear and are addressed to beginner-intermediate crocheters . These patterns include instructions on how to crochet a pair of mittens , a scarf and a hat .

Crocheted Crocodile Hat Scarf Gloves Set by Coolorful.com

Here is how you should make the pair of mittens :

Materials needed : I used a 5.5 mm European size crochet hook and a fine , light yarn , a blend of wool and acrylic yarn . Depending on the size of the mittens you plan to crochet , you will need between 250-350 meters of yarn . That is about a skein of yarn weighting around 75gr. .

I made three pairs of mittens so far . Two of them are a M size , whereas the third is a L size . The M ones are 8 cm in diameter and 24 cm long . The L ones are 9 cm in diameter and 24 cm long . My advice to you is to meassure your hand around your wrist using a centimeter to get the right size for yourself .

Abbreviations :

ch – chain ;

ch sp – chain space ;

sc – single crochet ;

dc – double crochet ;

V-st – V stitch ( insert hook in next space recommended and work a set of 1dc,1ch,1dc ) ;

crocodile scale – working from top to bottom , make 5dc around first post of V-st, ch-1, working from bottom to top , make 5dc around second post of V-st .

Let’s begin .

Rows 1 and 2 : Chain 5 ; join with beginning chain with a slip stitch to form a ring ; chain 1 ; work 5dc in the ring ; ch6 ; work 5dc in the ring ; ch4 ( counts as a 1dc+ch1-sp here and throughout ) ;

Row 3 : Work 1dc in same sp as beg ch4 , in top of last executed dc from previous row ; ch1 ; V-st in the middle of crocodile scale ; ch1 ; V-st in top of first dc of the set of 5dc on the side ; ch1 . ( 3 V-st on row 3 )

Row 4 : Working from top to bottom , make 5dc around the first post of the V-st ; ch1 ; working from bottom to top make 5dc around second post of V-st ; ch1 ; skip next V-st ; work a second crocodile scale around last V-st ; ch4 and turn . ( 2 scales onn row 4 )

Row 5 : Work 1dc in same space as beg ch4 ; ch1 ; V-st in next ch1-sp , in the middle of crocodile scale ; ch1 ; V-st in next ch1-sp , in the middle of V-st , making sure you also grab and work around the ch1 between the scales from previous row ; ch1 ; V-st in next ch1-sp , in thee middle of second scale ; ch1 ; V-st in top of first dc of the set of 5dc on the side ; ch1 to turn . ( 5 V-st on row 5 )

Row 6 : Working from top to bottom , make 5dc around first post of V-st ; ch1 ; working from bottom to top , make 5dc around second post of V-st ; ch1 ; skip next V-st ; 1 scale around next V-st ; ch1 skip next V-st ; 1 scale around last V-st from previous row ; ch4 to turn . ( 3 scales on row 6 )

Row 7 : 1dc in same space as beg ch4 ; ch1 ; 1 V-st in next ch1-sp , in the middle of crocodile scale ; ch1 ; * 1 V-st in next ch1-sp , in the middle of next V-st , making sure you also grab and work around the ch1 between the scales from previous row ; ch1 ; 1V-st in next ch1-sp , in the middle of crocodile scale * ; repeat from * to * once ; ch1 ; 1 V-st in top of first dc of the set of 5dc on the side ; ch1 to turn . ( 7 V-st on row 7 )

Row 8 : Working from top to bottom , make 5dc around first post of V-st ; ch1 ; working from bottom to top , make 5dc around second post of V-st ; ch1 ; * skip next V-st ; 1 scale around next V-st ; ch1 * ; repeat from * to * once ; skip next V-st ; 1 scale around last V-st from previous row ; ch4 to turn . ( 4 scales on row 8 )

Row 9 : 1dc in same space as beg ch4 ; ch1 ; 1 V-st in next ch1-sp , in the middle of crocodile scale ; ch1 ; * 1 V-st in next ch1-sp , in the middle of next V-st , making sure you also grab and work around the ch1 between the scales from previous row ; ch1 ; 1V-st in next ch1-sp , in the middle of crocodile scale * ; repeat from * to * twice ; ch1 ; 1 V-st in top of first dc of the set of 5dc on the side ; ch1 to turn .( 9 V-st on row 9 )

Row 10 : Working from top to bottom , make 5dc around first post of V-st ; ch1 ; working from bottom to top , make 5dc around second post of V-st ; ch1 ; * skip next V-st ; 1 scale around next V-st ; ch1 * ; repeat from * to * twice ; skip next V-st ; 1 scale around last V-st from previous row . ( 5 scales on row 10 )

At this point , you should take a look at the size of the triangle you made so far to make sure it fits your arm . To do verify this , wrap the triangle around your wrist . Are you able to join the ends of row 10 in one large ring ? If the triangle is too small , then you should work two extra rows , which will be a repeat of rows 9 and 10 , but making sure you enlarge the size of the triangle on the sides . If this is not neccessary , then continue the following steps for the size M mittens .

Row 11 : Join the last dc you just finished with top of first dc of the set of 5dc on the other side of row 10 with a slip stitch to form a ring ; ch4 ; 1dc in the same spacee as beg ch4 , between the two joined scales on the sides ; ch1 ; * V-st in next ch1-sp , in the middle of crocodile scale ; ch1 ; V-st in next ch1-sp , in the middle of V-st , making suree you also grab and work around the ch1 between the scales * ; repeat from * to * around ;; ch1 ; join with third ch of beg ch4 with a slip stitch ; ch3 and do not turn . ( 11 V-st on row 11 )

Row 12 : Working from top to bottom , make 4dc around first post of V-st ; ch1 ; working from bottom to top , make 5dc around second post of V-st ; * ch1 ; skip next V-st ; 1 crocodile scale around next V-st * ; repeat from * to * around ; ch1 ; join with top of beg ch3 of the first executed scale with a slip stitch ; do not turn . ( 6 crocodile scales on row 12 )

Row 13 : Ch4 and work 1dc in same space , making sure you insert your hook in the middle of the V-st on the back of the work , grabing the ch1 between the two scales on the front as well ; ch1 ; 1V-st in next ch1-sp , in the middle of crocodile scale ; * ch1 ; 1V-st in next ch1-sp , in the midle of next V-st , making sure you also grab and crochet around the ch1 between the two scales as well ; 1V-st in next ch1-sp , in the middle of crocodile scale * ; repeat from * to * around ; ch1 ; join with third ch of beeg ch4 with a slip stitch ; ch3 . ( 11 V-st on row 13 )

Row 14 : Working from top to bottom , make 4dc around first post of V-st ; ch1 ; working from bottom to top , make 5dc around second post of V-st ; * ch1 ; skip next V-st ; 1 crocodile scale around next V-st * ; repeat from * to * around ; ch1 ; join with top of beg ch3 of the first executed scale with a slip stitch ; do not turn . ( 6 crocodile scales on row 14 )

Repeat rows 13 and 14 as many times as you like , in case you prefer your mittens to b shorter or longer . I stopped at row 36 . To end your work , please add an extra row of sc around . This is important because it secures your work properly and helps avoid your work to loosen up with time .

So that’s it , folks ! Was it hard ? I am sure it wasn’t at all , since even I was able to crochet this pair of mittens and I do not see ! Despite my disability , I would be very happy if you shared your pictures with your finished mittens on our Facebook page . You can find it on the sidebar .

My sister , Ana Maria , did all the photo shooting , correcting the errors in my written instructions and many more . Like translating the pattern in our native language , Romanian .

In case , you should also take a look at the patterns on how to crochet a scarf and a hat using the crocodile stitch , just so that you have the full set of accessories for the upcoming fall season !

Happy crocheting !

Feb 092018
 

Dear Artsy Craftsy Friends ,

There are many variations to the crocodile crochet stitch and even more applications and ways to use it to make all sorts of items , from blankets , pillow cases , hats , mittens , shawls , cardigans and so many more . I am currently experimenting with these variations to create patterns for small items just to keep my hands and imagination busy . Let me remind you that I lost my sight in November 2013 after suffering a stroke that I wrote about on my personal blog . You can read the story here . But let’s go back to the crocodile stitch . I put together a video tutorial on how to crochet the crocodile stitch that you can follow bellow .

Crocheted Triangle Crocodile Shawl

However , today’s instructions will show you a variation of this beautiful crochet stitch . Why is that ? It is easier for me to use this variation because of the extra chain 1 spaces . Since I no longer see , I need to use my touching quite a lot to figure out a pattern . Which is why I prefer the lacey stitches a lot more rather than the solid block stitches . Thankfully , the crocodile stitch falls under the first category which I like . So now let me explain to you how I was able to crochet the crocodile shawl that you can see in the images bellow , even though I don’t see . If you prefer visual instructions , you can follow my video tutorial on YouTube on how to crochet this type of shawl that I made shortly before the stroke . As far as I remember , the video also uses a small variation of the stitch . Either way will work just fine .

Information about the materials and tools needed :

1. I used 13 skeins of superfine yarn for the entire project , including the tassels , which I prefer long and thick . I wanted to make a large crocodile shawl because this is how I like them better , long and large . Which is why I used so many skeins of yarn . But if you want to make a scarf or a smaller shawl , then you should get 8 skeins . The information on the label is as follows : 50g (1,76 oz), 255m (~ 278yds), 71% acrylic, 24% wool, 5% metallic yarn, needle 2.50mm.

Crocheted Triangle Crocodile Shawl

2. I used a 6 mm European size crochet hook , even though the label on the yarn recommends using a smaller size . I chose the 6 mm one because I can’t really hold a smaller hook in my hand . Blind people usually tend to work with big hooks and needles and bulky wool . I should admit that making this shawl was a dare . But the result turned out beautifully , which is why I couldn’t care less about all that effort , sweat , blood and tears .

3. It took me approximately 2 weeks to finish this shawl , with an average of one skein per day used .

4. Sizes: Width= 200cm (78,74 inch), Height= 82cm (32,38 inch), Sides= 128cm (50 inch), Tassels= 17cm (6,7 inch).

Abbreviations and how tos :

ch – chain ;

ch sp – chain space ;

sl st – slip stictch;

sc – single crochet ;

dc – double crochet ;

V-st – V stitch ( insert hook in space recommended and work 1dc,1ch,1dc ) ;

crocodile scale – working from top to bottom , make 5dc around first post of V-st, ch-1, working from bottom to top , make 5dc around second post of V-st .

The shawl will be worked in rows , with the start at the tip of the shawl . It will grow in size on each row , on the edges . Which is why I am only going to explain how to crochet the first rows , the rest of them being a repeat of these first , making sure you add the necessary stitches on the sides to enlarge your shawl .

Row 1 and row 2 : Ch5 ; join with beg ch with sl st to form a ring ; ch 1 ; 5dc in ring ; ch1 ; 5dc in ring ; turn .

Crocheted Triangle Crocodile Shawl

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Row 3 : Ch4 ( counts as 1dc+ch-1 sp here and throughout ) ; 1dc in same space as ch-4 ; V-st in the middle of the scale from previous row ; V-st in top of the first dc on one of the sides of the scale from previous row ; ch1 ; turn . ( 3 V-st on row 3, see image bellow )

Crocheted Triangle Crocodile Shawl

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Row 4 : 1scale around first V-st ; skip next V-st ; 1scale around last V-st ; turn . ( 2 scales on row 4 , see image bellow )

Crocheted Triangle Crocodile Shawl

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Row 5 : Ch4 ; 1dc in same space as ch4 ; V-st in the middle of the scale ; V-st in next ch1 sp , making sure you grab and crochet around the space between the scales as well ; V-st in the middle of next scale ; V-st in top of first dc of the 5dc on one of the sides of the last scale from previous row ; ch1 ; turn . ( 5 V-st on row 5 , see image bellow )

Crocheted Triangle Crocodile Shawl

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Row 6 : 1 scale around first V-st ; skip next V-st ; 1 scale around next V-st ; skip next V-st ; 1 scale around last V-st from previous row ; turn . ( 3 scales on row 6 , see image bellow )

Crocheted Triangle Crocodile Shawl

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Row 7 : Ch4 ; 1dc in same space as ch4 ; V-st in the middle of the scale ; * V-st in next ch1-sp , making sure you grab and crochet around the space between the scales from previous row as well ; V-st in the middle of next scale ; * repeat from * to * once ; v-st in top of first dc of the 5dc on the side of last scale from previous row ; ch 1 ; turn . ( 7 V-sts on row 7 )

Row 8 : 1 scale around first V-st ; skip next V-st ; * 1 scale around next V-st ; skip next V-st ; * repeat fromm * to * once ; 1 scale around last V-st from previous row ; turn . ( 4 scales on row 8 )

Row 9 : Ch4 ; 1dc in same space as ch4 ; V-st in the middle of the scale ; * V-st in next ch1-sp , making sure you grab and crochet around the space between the two scales from previous row as well ; V-st in the middle of next scale * ; repeat from * to * across the row ; V-st in top of first dc of the 5dc on the side of the last scale from previous row ; ch1 ; turn . ( 9 V-sts on row 9 )

Row 10 : 1 scale around first V-st ; skip next V-st ; * 1 scale around next V-st ; skip next V-st * ; repeat from * to * across the row ; 1 scale around the last V-st on the side from previous row ; turn . ( 5 scales on row 10 )

Rows 11-110 : Repeat rows 9-10 , making sure you enlarge the shawl on the sides , as explained and shown in the previous paragraphs .

Row 111 : 1sc in each chain space and stitch from rows 109 and 110 , making sure you grab and crochet around the spaces between the scales and in the middle of the scales from previous row as well / This row is necessary for a stronger foundation when you finish the shawl .

This is about it . Trust me when I say this , the pattern is not complicated at all . And the crocodile stitch is a lot easier to execute than it meets the eye . Even *I* was able to make it and I don’t see . I wrote the instructions on how to make tassels and attach them to a shawl in a different article for a better management of this website . You can find it here . I hope my instructions are of help to you and that you now have a long and gorgeous shawl wrapped around yourself for the upcoming spring . Please share photos of your work on our Facebook page that you can find in the sidebar .

Happy crocodiling , everyone ,
Cătălina (from The Coolorburbians) .

Jan 182018
 

Dear Artsy Craftsy Friends ,

I am so happy you are showing interest in following my instructions on how to crochet a pillow case for a baby or child using the crocodile stitch that I re-learned recently and that I love so much since it gives me the opportunity to crochet more complicated patterns and fancier stitches . If you did not reach these instructions following my previous on how to crochet a baby blanket using the crocodile stitch , then please take a look at the respective article since it includes important details about this stitch , materials and tools needed and so on . You can find this pattern here .

Crocodile Pillow Case Coolorful

Let’s recap a few things :

1. I used 14 colors in total for one type of pillow case and a mix of 4 shades of blue and white for the baby boy pillow case . Most of the yarn that I used was leftover yarn from the 28-30 skeins that I bought to complete the whole project altogether . That means a baby blanket and two pillow cases . If you prefer crocheting only the pillow case , I still recommend that you get plenty of yarn in case you decide to make it bright and colorful . For example 14 skeins of different colors are enough to make two pillow cases , but only if you change the colors between them to make the best of your yarn work . Whereas for the blue pillow case I used 4 shades of blue and 6 skeins of white to complete both my pillow cases . It is still a continuous effort for me to discover the right amount of yarn needed to end a crochet project .

2. I used a 6 mm European size crochet hook .

3. It took me approximately 4 days to make one pillow case .

4. One pillow case is 30cmx30cm (12inch x12inch)

5. The following information is a repeat of one of the points described in my previous pattern on how to crochet a baby blanket, but it is mandatory that you decide beforehand how you want to combine the colors, since you do not want your pillow case to turn either too wide or too long. So this is how I mixed my colors:

Baby girl pillow case:

A-B-C-D-E-F-G/ H-I-J-K-L-M-N/ A-B-C-D-E-F-G

H-I-J-K-L-M-N/ A-B-C-D-E-F-G/ H-I-J-K-L-M-N

Baby boy pillow case:

A-B-A-C-A-D-A-E-A-D-A-C-A-B-A-C-A-D-A-E-A

Abbreviations and how to :

ch – chain ;

ch sp – chain space ;

sl st – slip stitch ;

sc – single crochet stitch ;

dc – double crochet stitch ;

IR – in round ( this pattern is executed in rounds with no sewing whatsoever , since sewing is a procedure I would not be able to make since I am blind ) ;

crocodile scale – working from top to bottom work 5 dc around post of first dc of next set of 2dc, ch 1, turn work so the set of 2dc is sideways, working from bottom to top around post of second dc of the set, work 5 dc.

Let’s get started!

With your first choice of color , chain 49 ; 1sc in each chain across the foundation chain on both sides of the chain ; that means that you will have 48 sc on one side and 48 sc on the other side of the foundation chain . Please count your stitches and make sure you have 96 sc in total ; join with sl st in first sc to complete the foundation of your pillow case .

Round 1 : ch 3 ( counts as a dc here and throughout ) ; 1dc in same sc as beg ch3 ; ch2 ; skip next 2sc ; * 2dc in next sc ; ch 2 ; skip next 2sc * ; repeat from * to * around ; join with sl st in top of beg ch3, do not turn (32 sets of 2dc) .

*Note: please be aware that you need to have 16 sets of 2 dc on one side of the foundation chain and 16 on the other side; when you finish the last set of 2dc on one side you need to have 2sc remaining at the end of one side you need that you need to skip; turn your work on the other side of the foundation chain and repeat the instructions from this note.

Round 2 : Ch3 ; working from top to bottom , 4dc around the beg ch3 from previous round ; ch1 ; working from bottom to top 5dc around the second dc from previous round ; ch1 ; skip next set of 2dc ; * 1 crocodile scale around the next set of 2dc ; ch1 ; skip next set of 2dc * ; repeat from * to * around ; join with sl st in top of beg ch3 of the first scale ; cut the yarn and fasten off (16 scales in total) .

Round 3 : Attach your next choice of color with a sl st between the two dc of any available set of 2dc from previous round ; ch3 ; 1dc in same space as ch3 , making sure you grab the ch-1 sp between the 2 scales from previous round and crochet around it as well ; ch2 ; * 2dc in next ch sp in the middle of next scale ; ch2 ; 2dc between the next set of 2dc , making sure you grab and crochet around the ch-1 sp between the 2 scales from previous round as well ; ch2 * ; repeat from * to * around ; join in top of beg ch3 with sl st (32 sets of 2dc in total)

Round 4 : Ch3 ; working from top to bottom , 4dc around the beg ch3 from previous round ; ch1 ; working from bottom to top 5dc around the second dc from previous round ; ch1 ; skip next set of 2dc ; * 1 crocodile scale around the next set of 2dc ; ch1 ; skip next set of 2dc * ; repeat from * to * around ; join with sl st in top of beg ch3 of the first scale ; cut the yarn and fasten off (16 scales in total) .

Round 5-42 : Repeat round 3 and 4 , making sure you alternate between your desired colors .

Round 43 : Do not cut the yarn on round 42 ; crochet one last round of sc in each stitch and chain from previous round , making sure you crochet around the ch1 sps between the scales and in the sps in the middle of the scales as well ; 96 sc in total ;do not cut the yarn yet, as you will need to sew the pillow.

Crocodile Pillow Case Coolorful

Sew all the loose ends around the crocodile scales to conceal them better .

Methods to sew the pillow case:

1. Do not cut the yarn on round 43 of sc; insert your pillow in the pillow case; use the yarn to crochet sl st along this last round of sc to finish the pillow case.; alternatively, you can cut the yarn but leave a long tail and simply sew across this last round of sc.

2. With the left-over yarn, braid a lace, approximately 50cm long; insert it throughout the chain spaces across the last round of crocodile scales; pull the lace softly while inserting, in the same way as you would do your shoelaces; knot a ribbon at the end.
Crocodile Pillow Case Coolorful

Shades of Blue and White Crocodile Baby Blanket by Coolorful

And there you have it . Two beautiful small sized pillow cases for your children or even for yourself , if you decide to use the pillows as decor in your living room or bedroom . I hope you are enjoying your new finished items and that you are pleased with my instructions . If you find any details that sound unclear or confusing , please write them down to me in a comment bellow this article . I will add the corrections afterwards .

And one last thing . Please add photos of your crocodile baby blankets and pillow cases on our Facebook page that you can find in the sidebar .

Happy crocodiling , everyone ,
The Coolorburbians.

Jan 132018
 

Dear Artsy Craftsy Friends ,

I admit I grew very fond of the granny on the straight stitch that I used since I began crocheting again in March 2016 . To those of you who are reading my blog for the first time , I should repeat this bit of information about my life . I suffered a stroke in late November 2013 after which I became blind and partially deaf . I used to crochet on an advanced level before the stroke , but the permanent blindness that I am facing cut my crocheting passion short . I now am somewhere below a beginner crocheter since I have to make every step and stitch through touching with the visual help being a valuable commodity that I currently do not afford . But in March 2016 I got into the habit of crocheting once again , though all my work since that moment relied solely on the granny on the straight stitch that I found so easy to use with all the chain 1 spaces and somewhat lacey aspect that this stitch has . In time , I was no longer able to fool the little artist in me . My fingers were aching to try new stitches and patterns , despite my fear and frustration . I really used to be an advanced crocheter and loved the Tunisian stitches the most , stitches that I currently find impossible to make . But so I thought about the crocodile crochet stitch less than 4 months ago , when I gave it a try . And guess what , everyone ? I did a fabulous job crocheting two baby blankets and three pillow cases . One set is for a girl , the other one is for a baby boy . Come to think about it , the two blankets are for about 12-18 months old children . In any case , I thought to put together the instructions that will help you crochet similar pieces for your children , relatives or possible clients .

Things you need to know about the stitch and materials needed :

1. I used 28 skeins of 100% micropolyester Baby Softy yarn from Alize, wash by hand, 50g (1.76 oz.), 115m (126 yds) , as shown in the image bellow . They were enough to complete the blanket and the pillow cases .

Colorful Crocodile Crochet Baby Blanket By Coolorful

2. I used a mix of 14 colors for the girl blanket and a mix of white and four shades of blue for the boy blanket . Feel free to use whatever colors you prefer , but make sure you have sufficient quantity to finish your project .

3. Buying the necessary amount of yarn depends on the type of crochet hook you will use to crochet the crocodile set . I used a 6 mm European size crochet hook . It also depends on the type of stitches and tension in your work . For example , my mother tends to crochet large stitches , so she would need a larger quantity of yarn as well , whereas my sister and I tend to make our stitches tightly , giving them a smaller look .

4. This means that the following measurements that I am going to give you are only an approximation . Please take into consideration your own crochet habits before embarking on working on this project .

The Baby Girl Crocodile Crochet Blanket: Width: 90cm; Length: 100cm

The Baby Boy Crocodile Crochet Blanket: Width: 94cm ; Length: 98cm

5. It took me about 18 days to complete the whole set of blanket plus two pillow cases , but then again I have a tremendous amount of free time on my hands . However I averaged on around five rows per day .

6. Even though I will try my best to explain the crocodile stitch as best as possible , you could take a look at my old tutorial on YouTube that I posted on my crochet channel before the stroke that you can find at the following link . Please note that the tutorial is split in a few parts , giving you a lot of details and tips on how to crochet the crocodile stitch .

7. See the following diagram that I used to combine the colors:

Baby girl blanket: A-B-C-D-E-F-G / H-I-J-K-L-M-N/ A-B-C-D-E-F-G / H-I-J-K-L-M-N / A-B-C-D-E-F-G / H-I-J-K-L-M-N/ A-B-C-D-E-F-G / H-I-J-K-L-M-N / A-B-C-D-E-F-G – 2 skeins for each A to N colors (28 in total)

Baby boy blanket: A- white (16 skeins); B- 1st blue (3 skeins); C- 2nd bleu (3 skeins); D- 3rd bleu (3 skeins); E- 4th bleu (3 skeins) – 28 in total.

A-B-A-C-A-D-A-E-A-D-A-C-A-B-A/ C-A-D-A-E-A-D-A-C-A-B-A/ C-A-D-A-E-A-D-A-C-A-B-A/ C-A-D-A-E-A-D-A-C-A-B-A/ C-A-D-A-E-A-D-A-C-A-B-A

Abbreviations :

ch – chain

ch-1 sp – chain 1 space

beg ch – beginning chain

sl st – slip stitch

sc – single crochet stitch

dc – double crochet stitch

How to crochet the crocodile scale : working from top to bottom work 5 dc around post of first dc of next set of 2dc, ch 1, turn work so the set of 2dc is sideways, working from bottom to top around post of second dc of the set, work 5 dc.

Level: easy, beginner.

Instructions :

Make a foundation chain of 122 chains ( the crocodile stitch is usually done in a multiple of 6 chains plus 4 extra chains to complete the pattern , but I used a small variation of the instructions for a more solid foundation , so I recommend that you do the same ) . Work 1sc in each ch across the foundation ch ( 121 sc in total ) .

Row 1 : Ch 3 ( counts as 1dc here and throughout ) ; 1dc in same sc as ch 3 ; ch 2 ; skip next 2sc ; * 2dc in next sc ; ch 2 ; skip next 2 sc ; * repeat from * to * across the row ; 2dc in last sc ; ch 1 and turn . ( 41 sets of 2dc on row 1 )

Row 2 : 1 crocodile scale around first set of 2dc ; ch 1; skip next set of 2dc ; * 1 crocodile scale around next set of 2dc ; ch 1 ; skip next set of 2dc ; * repeat from * to * across the row ; 1 scale around the last set of 2dc ; cut the yarn and fasten off; turn . ( 21 crocodile scales on row 2 )

Row 3 : Attach new color in the middle of last scale from previous row with sl st ; ch 3 ; 1dc in same sp as ch 3 ; ch 2 ; * 2dc between the next 2dc from previous row , making sure you grab and crochet around the ch-1 sp between the scales as well ; ch 2 ; 2dc in the middle of next scale ; * repeat from * to * across the row ; make sure you end up the row with 2dc in the middle of last scale ; turn . ( 41 sets of 2dc on row 3 )

Row 4 : Sl st between the two dc of the first set of 2dc ; ch 1 ; * 1 scale around the next set of 2dc ; ch 1 ; skip next set of 2dc ; * repeat from * to * across the row ; sl st between the two dc of the last set of 2dc from previous row ; cut the yarn and fasten off , turn . (20 crocodile scales in total)

Row 5 : Attach new choice of color between the two dc of the last set of 2dc from row 3 with a sl st ; ch 3 ; 1dc in same space as ch 3 ; ch 2 ; * 2dc in the middle of the next scale ; ch 2 ; 2dc between the two dc of the next set of 2dc , making sure you grab and crochet around the ch-1 sp between the scales as well ; * repeat from * to * across the row ; make sure you end up the row with a set of 2dc in the last set of 2dc from row 3 ; ch 1 ; turn . ( 41 sets of 2dc on row 5 )

Row 6 : 1 scale around the first set of 2dc ; ch 1 ; * skip next set of 2dc ; 1 scale around next set of 2dc; ch 1* repeat from * to * across the row ; make sure you end up the row with a scale around the last set of 2dc ; cut the yarn and fasten off; turn. ( 21 scales on row 6 )

Rows 7-126 : Repeat rows 3-6 , alternating your color options as well to suit your personal taste the best .

Do not cut the yarn on row 126. 1sc in each stitch , chain and space , 121 sc in total . Knot all loose ends securely , sew them across the scales and cut the tails when you are done .

I split the instructions in two parts, making the pattern easier to follow. Please visit the article on how to crochet a crocodile pillow case for a baby or as a home decor here.

I hope my guidance is of help and that your kids will enjoy their new crocodile blankets.

Happy crocodiling,
The Coolorburbians.

Dec 222017
 

Dear Artsy Craftsy Friends ,

I admit that I only began writing instructions for my crochet projects recently , after resuming my hand made hobby last year , in March . Putting these instructions together is a great adventure for me , since I still am unable to see , which means that I have to write down the steps using a lot of my imagination and visual memory . This is a marvelous thing happening to me since visualizing things is a recommended exercise for people who have lost their sight . So let’s see how this is going to go . Please address notes to me about any mistakes you may find throughout the instructions for a Christmas crocheted beret using the crocodile stitch as the main technique .

How to crochet a Crocodile Stitch Beret

Crocodile Stitch Beret

Materials and other information :

I used three skeins of yarn , one white and two reds and a 5.5 mm and a 4.5 mm European size crochet hooks , as seen in the image bellow . The yarn is 100% acrylic yarn , 75 grams per skein , 210 meters long , from a Romanian brand called ‘Adina’ . I recommend that you use similar materials , including the hook sizes for the instructions to work the best . If you prefer crocheting the crocodile beret in one color , I still suggest that you get three skeins of your preferred color . Better be safe than sorry . Besides that , you are going to need the remaining yarn to make the pompon . This is a pattern for beginner-intermediate crocheters . It took me three days to finish the beret , but then again things take me a little longer to complete . But if you are going to start like NOW , you may be over in time for Christmas with a beautiful beret that you can wear yourself or give away as a gift to someone dear .

The beret will fit a medium adult size. Unstretched, the headband is 51cm in circumference.

How to crochet a Crocodile Stitch Beret

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Abbreviations and how-to’s :

ch – chain ;

ch-1 sp – chain 1 space ;

sl st – slip stitch ;

YO – yarn over

hdc – half double crochet ;

dc – double crochet ;

hdc V-st– half double crochet V stitch ( insert hook in next space recommended and work a set of 1hdc , ch1 , 1hdc ) ;

dc V-st – double crochet V stitch ( insert hook in next space recommended and work a set of 1dc , ch1 , 1dc ) ;

fpdc – front post double crochet ( insert hook behind the next recommended stitch from right to left, as seen in the image bellow , making sure you YO once before this step ; twirl the hook and YO again , just like you would crochet a normal dc ; now you have three loops on your hook ; YO again and pull through first two loops on your hook ; YO one last time and pull through last two loops on your hook ; the dc should look as if pushed in front – see images bellow )

crocodile scale – working from top to bottom work 5 dc around post of first dc of next V-st, ch 1, turn work so V-st is sideways, working from bottom to top around post of second dc of V-st, work 5 dc (see image bellow).

How to crochet the headband :

Begin with white and the 5.5 mm hook . Chain 13 .

Row 1 : Skip first 2ch ( they count as 1hdc here and throughout ) ; 1dc in each of next 10 chains ; 1hdc in last ch ; ch 2 ; turn .

Row 2 : 1fpdc in second dc from previous row ; 1fpdc in each of the next 9dc ; 1hdc in top of beg ch2 from previous row ; ch2 ; turn .

Rows 3-56 : Begin in the second fpdc , 1fpdc in each fpdc across the row ; 1hdc in top of beg ch2 from previous row ; ch 2 ( skip this last step when you get to row 56 ) ; turn .

Your headband should look like mine , as seen in the image bellow . Each row of the crocheted headband has 12 stitches , 10 of which are fpdc and 2 hdc on the sides.

How to crochet a Crocodile Stitch Beret

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If you are going to switch the color into the red one , then please cut the yarn , leaving about a 10 cm long tail for sewing , . If you continue working the beret using the same color , then please use sl st to join the two sides together, as shown in image bellow.

How to crochet a Crocodile Stitch Beret

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How to crochet the main part of the beret:

Turn the headband on one side. You will work in rounds from now on.

Round 1 : Attach the red color in any ch2 on side of the beret you chose with a sl st ; ch 4 ( counts as 1dc and a ch-1 sp here and throughout ) ; 1dc in same ch2 as the previous ch4 ; * skip next hdc on the side ; dc V-st in next ch2 * ; repeat from * to * around ; skip last hdc on the side ; join in the 3rd ch of the beg ch4 with sl st . ( 28 dc V-st in total , see image bellow ); do not turn.

How to crochet a Crocodile Stitch Beret

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Round 2 : Ch3 ( counts as 1dc here and throughout ) ; working from top to bottom around post of first dc of first V-st , work 4dc ; ch 1, turn work so V-st is sideways and post of second dc of V-st is upside down (V point of V-st will be facing right); working from bottom to top around post of second dc of V-st, work 5 dc ; * skip next dc V-st ; 1 scale around the next dc V-st * ; repeat from * to * around ; skip last dc V-st ; join with top of beg ch3 with a sl st ; do not turn . (14 scales in total)

How to crochet a Crocodile Stitch Beret

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Round 3 : Insert hook in the ch-1 sp between the two scales from previous row and work 1sc , making sure you crochet around both the ch-1 sp and the sp between the scales ; ch4 ; 1dc in same sp as ch4 ; * dc V-st in next ch-1 sp in the middle of the next scale ; dc V-st in the next ch-1 sp , making sure you crochet around the sp between the the two scales from previous row as well * ; repeat from * to * around ; dc V-st in last ch-1 sp in the middle of last scale ; join in the 3rd ch of ch4 with a sl st ; do not turn . (28 dc V-st in total)

Round 4 : repeat round 2 .

Rounds 5-22 : Repeat rounds 3 and 4 , alternating between them .

Rounds 23-24 : Repeat rounds 3 and 4 , but using the 4.5 mm crochet hook .

Round 25 : Repeat row 3 with the following notes : change beg ch4 with a ch3 ; change dc V-st with hdc V-st ; join in the second ch from the beg ch3 with a sl st ; use the same 4.5 mm crochet hook . (28 hdc V-sts in total)

Round 26 : Ch 2 (counts as a hdc); working from top to bottom around post of first hdc of first V-st, work 3 fphdc, ch 1, turn work so V-st is sideways and post of second dc of V-st is upside down, working from bottom to top around post of second hdc of V-st, work 4 fphdc; * skip next hdc V-st; 1 hdc scale around next hdc V-st, making sure you crochet 4hdc around each hdc post instead of 5, like you did so far*; repeat from * to *; skip last hdc V-st; join with top of beg ch-2 with a sl st; do not turn. (14 smaller scales in total)

Round 27 : Repeat round 25 . Leave a long thread to use for sewing top of beret.

How to crochet a Crocodile Stitch Beret

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Closing hat top: With yarn needle, thread tail through spaces of hdc V-sts of last round twice, pull gently to gather top tightly, and knot securely. (See following image)

How to crochet a Crocodile Stitch Beret

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How to make the pompon :
Wind yarn around a piece of hard cardboard 13cm long approx 150 times ( we used a plastic cover); tie tightly in the middle and leave a long end for attaching to hat; cut loops at both ends and trim to smooth round shape; sew securely to top of hat. See images below:

I hope you like it. Happy crocheting and
Merry Christmas,
The Coolorburbians.