Posted on July 15, 2018

How To Do The Crochet Crocodile Stitch

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Crochet crocodie stitch tutorial

In this post I will be showing you how to do the crochet crocodile stitch.  As you will probably know from my previous posts, this is one of my favourite stitches!  I first learnt how to do this a few years ago, it did take a bit of learning but I got there in the end.  

I have written this tutorial using UK crochet terms.

Crochet Crocodile Stitch Tutorial

To start you need to chain in multiples of 6 until you get to your desired length, then add 3 chains, which will act as your first treble.

Base Row:

Treble in the third chain from your hook, chain 2, miss 2 chains, 2 trebles in next chain, chain 2, carry on like this along the chain, turn.

Crochet crocodile stitch

Chain in multiples of 6

Crochet crocodile stitch foundation row

First treble

Crochet crocodile stitch foundation row

Crochet crocodile stitch tutorial

How base row looks completed

Row One:

Chain 3, (which acts as your first treble) then working around the ‘post’ of the first treble of the previous row, work 4 more trebles.

Crochet crocodile stitch

Crochet crocodile stitch tutorial

Crochet crocodile stitch tutorial

4 trebles worked around ‘post’

chain 1, work 5 trebles around the other ‘post’

chain 1, skip next 2 trebles, work 5 trebles around next ‘post’, chain 1, work 5 trebles around next ‘post’, skip next 2 trebles,  continue in this way along the row.

Crochet crocodile stitch

2 ‘crocodile’ stitches completed.

How the end of Row 1 should look.

Row 2

Slip stitch into the space of the first crocodile stitch

Crochet crocodile stitch

chain 3, 1 treble into same place as slip stitch.

Crochet crocodile stitch

chain 2, treble 2 between next 2 trebles, making sure you crochet under the chain 2 on Row 1.

Crochet crocodile stitch

chain 2, 2 treble into next space, carry on in this way along the row to the last scale, turn.

Crochet crocodile stitch

How Row 2 should look.

Row 3:

Chain 1, skip first 2 trebles, 5 trebles around ‘post’ of next treble, chain 1, 5 trebles around next ‘post’

Crochet crocodile stitch

skip next 2 trebles, 5 trebles around the ‘post’ of next treble, chain 1, 5 trebles around the next treble, carry on like this until you get to the last 2 trebles, slip stitch between the 2 trebles, turn.

Crochet crocodile stitch tutorial

Row 4:

Chain 3, treble 1 into space between 2 trebles on previous row, chain 2, 2 trebles between next 2 trebles, carry on like this until the end of the row, making sure you don’t miss out the last 2 trebles, which can sometimes be hidden.

Crochet crocodile stitch tutorial

Crochet crocodile stitch tutorial

Last 2 trebles worked

Repeat Rows 1 – 4 until you get to the required length you need, always end your work on Row 1.

Crochet crocodie stitch tutorial

Front of work

I hope this tutorial has been of some help to you, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask in the comments below.

The pattern by ‘Bonita Patterns’, which is what I use to make these Baby Booties from, uses a slightly different version of the crocodile stitch, making the ‘scales’ by doing half trebles instead of trebles as full trebles would be too big but you still get the same effect. 

Here are some links to Patterns that can be made using the Crochet Crocodile stitch.

Rio Scarf

Pixie Hat

Changing Leaves Basket

Clutch Bag

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6 Comments

  • Reply Stephanie Guy July 22, 2018 at 7:50 pm

    Thanks for sharing this, your instructions are beautifully clear and your photos are amazing.

    • Reply Bernieben06 July 22, 2018 at 8:01 pm

      Thank you so much Stephanie, that’s very kind of you.

  • Reply Teodora July 27, 2018 at 5:08 pm

    Wow, what a great tutorial, easy to follow and beautifully illustrated! I am sure a novice like me could follow it :). I also love the colour.

    • Reply Bernieben06 July 27, 2018 at 5:45 pm

      Aww thank you so much for your lovely comment, I’m so pleased you like it.

  • Reply Tracy July 6, 2019 at 5:58 am

    Thank you very much for your clear instructions and wonderful pictures. I’m confident I can achieve this now, as a small dishcloth sample initially. Really appreciate all the time and effort you’ve put into this.

    • Reply Bernieben06 July 6, 2019 at 7:36 am

      Thank you for your lovely comment, I really appreciate it.

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