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How to: Crochet Crocodile Stitch

Learn how to crochet the crocodile stitch in this free tutorial

Crocodile stitch is one of those stitches that every crocheter wants to learn. The stitch itself resembles fish or reptile scales and creates a unique texture that’s unmistakable. It might look complicated, but the stitches themselves aren’t that challenging to master; you just work with your crochet turned in various directions. Once you get going, it will start to feel like second nature. Ideal for mermaid-inspired projects or for adding a thick texture to pillows and afghans, you’ll have fun creating and working with this playful stitch. This particular tutorial is demonstrating how to make the pocket from the Owl See You at School Backpack pattern from I Like Crochet magazine.

Ready to learn how it’s done? Keep reading!

How to: Crochet Crocodile Stitch


  • Crochet hook
  • yarn


Crocodile Stitch: 4 dc down next post, ch 1, 4 dc up next post.

Using C1, ch 15.

Row 1: Sc in second chain from hook and in each chain across – 14 sts.

Rows 2-3: Turn, ch 1, sc in each stitch across – 14 sts.

Row 4: Turn, ch 3, dc in same stitch, *sk 1 stitch, 2 dc in next stitch; repeat from * to complete row – 14 sts.

Row 5: Turn, ch 3, 3 dc down first post, ch 1, 4 dc up next post, *skip 2 sts, Crocodile Stitch (see Special Stitches); repeat from * to complete row.

Row 6: Turn, ch 1, *2 dc in center of Crocodile Stitch, 2 dc in unworked 2 dc from previous row; repeat from * to last Crocodile Stitch, 2 dc in center of Crocodile Stitch to complete row.

Row 7: Sk first 2 dc, Crocodile stitch, *sk 2 sts, Crocodile Stitch; repeat from * to last 2 dc, sl st to center of 2 dc to complete row.

Row 8: Ch 3, dc in same sp, *2 dc in center of Crocodile Stitch, 2 dc in unworked 2 dc from previous row; repeat from * to complete row.

Row 9: Repeat Row 5. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

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Tell us, what project will you use this stitch in?


  • Gilberte G.

    Je mets *le tout* en traduction française, je n’arrive pas à saisir .
    Pour moi, ce son les vidéos qui m’interpellent le plus .
    Merci JI

  • DORIS D.

    I’ve always wanted a fancy crocheted throw pillow for my living room couch. I was about to start one with popcorn stitch but keep thinking it would irritate someone’s back if they leaned on it. Crockodile stitch looks awesome and way more comfortable.


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