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How to Crochet Crocodile Stitch | V Stitch


This is the first of two tutorials to create the stunning crocodile stitch in crochet. This is one of the first stitches I learned, after basics as I adored the texture and of course dragons. I instantly had visions of dragon scale garments running through my head, which have yet to fully arrive but they're in the works for sure!


It's also a great stitch to create feathers and leaves as in used in my recent Winter Fir Teacosy pattern (which is free).


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WHAT ​I USED


Abbreviations

UK Terms ​ch chain chsp chain space slst slip stitch dc double crochet tr treble crochet ​sk ​ skip st(s) stitch(es) rep repeat

US ​Terms ​ch chain chsp chain space slst slip stitch ​sc ​ single crochet ​dc ​double crochet ​sk ​ skip st(s) stitch(es) rep repeat


A small amount of maths is needed if you are not following a pattern.... If you are creating on the fly you will need to chain a multiple of 2 plus 3 (for the first V). Remember that you will need twice as many V stitches as you want scales. As an example for 5 Scales you will need to create 10 V stitches which means (10 x 2) + 3 = 15 chains are needed. I will detail below the counts from the video tutorial. ​UK Terms - V Stitches Chain 11 sts,​ sl st into first st to form circle.

Ro​w 1: ​​Tr 1 into 4th ch from hook, *sk 1, (1 tr, 1 ch, 1tr) in the next st; repeat from * to end, turn. 4 V's

Row 2:​ ​Ch 3, tr1 into 4th ch from hook, *sk 1, (1 tr, 1 ch, 1tr) in the next st; repeat from * to end, turn.

​Repeat Row 2 until desired length of V stitch pattern has been reached. If working a Crocodile stitch the V stitch row needs to be worked alternately with the scale stitch row. ​Fasten off.

US Terms - V Stitches Chain 11 sts,​ slst into first st to form circle.

Ro​w 1: ​​Dc 1 into 4th ch from hook, *sk 1, (1 dc, 1 ch, 1dc) in the next st; repeat from * to end, turn. 4 V's

Row 2:​ ​Slst to the centre of the first V, ch 3, dc1 into 4th ch from hook, *sk 1, (1dc, 1 ch, 1dc) in the next st; repeat from * to end, turn.

​Repeat Row 2 until desired length of V stitch pattern has been reached. If working a Crocodile stitch the V stitch row needs to be worked alternately with the scale stitch row. ​Fasten off.

Next click over to Crocodile Stitch Part 2 - the Scales themselves.