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Crocodile Stitch Blanket

13 January 2014

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This blanket has a very striking appearance and is very heavy and warm. It is quite the yarn hog, so I have only given directions for smaller sizes.

Size:
This blanket can be made any size. Five widths are given in the directions.

SizeWidth (Inches)Length (Inches)Ounces of yarnYards of yarn
Extra Small30.7641.0236.521917.49
Small34.3845.8445.622395.21
Medium3850.6755.732926
Large41.6255.4966.853509.87
Extra Large45.2460.3278.994146.83

Colors:
The sample was made with Caron Simply Soft yarn. The base color is Bone 9703. The three stripe colors are Autumn Red 9730, Forest Floor 9950 and Chocolate 9750. The borders and three crocodile rows on either end are in the base color. The stripes are five crocodile rows separated by three crocodile rows of the base color. This chart gives the yarn requirements for this type of color striping scheme for the base color, the number of color stripes for each size of blanket, and the yarn requirements of each stripe color for a one, two or three color scheme for the stripes.

SizeNumber of stripesOunces/Yards Base ColorOunces/Yards One Stripe ColorOunces/Yards Two Stripe ColorsOunces/Yards Three Stripe Colors
Extra Small915.18 oz/796.88 yds21.34 oz/1120.61 yds11.86 oz/622.56 yds, 9.49 oz/498.05 yds7.11 oz/373.54 yds, 7.11 oz/373.54 yds, 7.11 oz/373.54 yds
Small1018.78 oz/986.26 yds26.84 oz/1408.95 yds13.42 oz/704.47 yds, 13.42 oz/704.47 yds7.11 oz/373.54 yds, 7.11 oz/373.54 yds, 7.11 oz/373.54 yds
Medium1122.77 oz/1195.57 yds32.96 oz/1730.43 yds17.98 oz/943.87 yds, 14.98 oz/786.56 yds11.98 oz/629.25 yds, 11.98 oz/629.25 yds, 8.99 oz/471.94 yds
Large1227.14 oz/1424.80 yds39.71 oz/2085.07 yds19.86 oz/1042.54 yds, 19.86 oz/1042.54 yds13.24 oz/695.02 yds, 13.24 oz/695.02 yds, 13.24 oz/695.02 yds
Extra Large1331.89 oz/1673.95 yds47.10 oz/2472.88 yds25.36 oz/1331.55 yds, 21.74 oz/1141.33 yds18.12 oz/951.11 yds, 14.49 oz/760.89 yds, 14.49 oz/760.89 yds

Materials:
Worsted  weight yarn
Size I (5.5mm) crochet hook

Abbreviations:
ch = chain
ch sp = chain space
dc = double crochet
hdc = half double crochet
sc = single crochet
yo = yarn over

Special stitch:
Crocodile Stitch: the stitch is formed on a pair of dc with ch sps on both sides. Yarn over then insert the hook from front to back in the chain space before the first dc of the pair. Then from behind, insert the hook between the dc pair toward the front. Yo and pull through two loops, then yo and pull through last two loops. In the same way, make 4 more dc on that same dc, each below the last on the dc. Ch 1. Rotate the work so that now you can work on the second dc of the pair. Yarn over then insert the hook from front to back in the chain space after the pair of dc. Then from behind, insert the hook between the dc pair toward the front. Yo and pull through two loops, then yo and pull through last two loops. In the same way, make 4 more dc on that same dc, each above the last on the dc.

The crocodile stitch is very complex until you have gotten some practice. If you haven’t done the crocodile stitch before, I would recommend watching this video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUNtrp_Vj4o

The beginning chain should be a multiple of 6.

For these widths, start with this number of chains:
30.75″ = 102
34.5″ = 114
38″ = 126
41.5″ = 138
45.25″ = 150

After the first row, make all stitches in both loops.

Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook. Sc in each ch to the end.

Row 2: Ch 1, turn. Sc in first sc. Sc in each sc to the end of the row.

Rows 3 and 4: Repeat row 2.

Row 5: Ch 2, turn. Hdc in the second sc, hdc in each of the next two sc, skip 1 sc, ch 1, 2 dc in next sc, ** skip 2 sc, ch 2, 2 dc in next sc. Repeat from ** across to last 5 sc. Skip 1 sc, ch 1, hdc in each of last 4 sc.

Row 6: Ch 1, turn. Sc in first hdc, sc in each of next 3 hdc, crocodile stitch in first pair of dc, ** ch 1, skip next pair of dc, crocodile stitch in next pair of dc. Repeat from ** across to last 3 hdc and turning chain. Sc in each of the three hdc, sc in top of turning chain.

Row 7: Ch 2, turn. Hdc in the second sc, hdc in each of the next two sc, skip 1 ch, ch 1, 2 dc between the dc pair on which the crocodile stitch was made, ** ch 2, skip ch-2, 2 dc between the dc pair that was skipped, but catching the ch between crocodile stitches, ch 2, skip ch-2, 2 dc between the dc pair on which the crocodile stitch was made. Repeat from ** across to last 4 sc. Ch 1, skip ch, hdc in each of last 4 sc.

Row 8: Ch 1, turn. Sc in first hdc, sc in each of next 3 hdc, ch 3, skip first pair of dc, crocodile stitch in next pair of dc, ** ch 1, skip next pair of dc, crocodile stitch in next pair of dc. Repeat from ** across to last dc pair and 3 hdc and turning chain. Ch 3, skip last pair of dc, sc in each of the three hdc, sc in top of turning chain.

Row 9: Ch 2, turn. Hdc in the second sc, hdc in each of the next two sc, skip 1 ch, ch 1, 2 dc between the dc pair that was skipped, but catching the ch between crocodile stitches, ** ch 2, skip ch-2, 2 dc between the dc pair on which the crocodile stitch was made, ch 2, skip ch-2, 2 dc between the dc pair that was skipped, but catching the ch between crocodile stitches. Repeat from ** across to last 4 sc. Ch 1, skip ch, hdc in each of last 4 sc.

Repeat rows 6 through 9 until afghan is desired length. After a row 6, work these final four rows.

Fourth to last row: Ch 1, turn. Sc in first sc, sc in each of next 3 sc, sc in ch-1 space (do not catch part of the crocodile stitch that is to the back of your work), sc between the dc pair on which the crocodile stitch was made, ** 2 sc in ch-2 space (do not catch part of the crocodile stitch that is to the back of your work), sc between the dc pair that was skipped, but catching the ch between crocodile stitches, 2 sc in ch-2 space (do not catch part of the crocodile stitch that is to the back of your work), sc between the dc pair on which the crocodile stitch was made. Repeat from ** across to last 4 sc. Sc in ch-1 space (do not catch part of the crocodile stitch that is to the back of your work), sc in each of last 4 sc.

Third to last row: Ch 1, turn. Sc in first sc. Sc in each sc to the end of the row.

Last two rows: Repeat third to last row. Finish off and weave in end.

The blanket can be made in a solid color or can be made with any number of color changes. The best way to make a color change is to finish all but the very last pull through of the two loops of the last stitch of a row. Cut yarn with a few inches of tail and join with new color next to stitch. Pull new color through last two loops. Weave in ends.

Edits:
2/13/14 – added yarn requirements for striping scheme.

Restrictions on the use of this pattern are available at http://stitcheryprojects.com/using-my-patterns/.

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25 Comments to “Crocodile Stitch Blanket”

  1. I would like to do the stripes that you show in the picture, but I can’t figure out how many rows of each color there are since the stitches are overlapping. Is there a basic instruction for figuring out number of rows, such as always have even numbered rows?

    • In general you always want to do rows 9 and 6 in the same color (so the foundation row and then the crocodile row) and rows 7 and 8 in the same color.

      These are how mine is striped –
      Rows 1-4 – bone
      Rows 5-9, 6-9, 6 (10 rows, 5 crocodile rows)- red
      Rows 7-9, 6-8 (6 rows, 3 crocodile rows)- bone
      Rows 9, 6-9, 6-9, 6 – green

      and then repeating like these last bone and green groups for each darker color.

    • look on youtube. there r several really good videos on how to do this pattern. have fun :) i love this pattern

  2. Beautiful!!!! Although having worked the alligator stitch on a smaller scale, I am almost afraid to ask how much yarn you needed! :-) But it is absolutely gorgeous.

  3. I would like to make an American flag ou of this pattern. Have you any ideas for that?

    • I’ve been playing with it. I drew one that had two crocodile rows each of the red and the white for the stripes. If I try to make each of the stars in the blue field from a “scale”, then with this they wouldn’t have any blue between them. So either the blanket would have to be enormous, or the stars need to be smaller than a scale.

      • Wow! What a great idea for our Flag. I’ll watch for responses on this. Great program here that I’ve just found. I’ve arrived a “Grannyhood” and am doing Grandkid Afghans and then my adult kids want them too!

  4. I’d like to see a stitch invented like this stitch that’s “held down” How did you get all them to lay flat when you took that picture?

    • They will definitely ruffle up with manipulated, but a quick brush of my hand down the blanket was all it took to get them to lay flat. If you really want them to not ever stick up, you could anchor them with a slip stitch in the blanket beneath instead of the chain that is between the two sets of 5 dc making the stitch. It would look a bit different and wouldn’t have as much of the 3D effect of the original.

  5. This is BEAUTIFUL,this will be my next project.thank you for sharing.❤️

  6. I wondered what the specific colors were, like instead of brown, white, red and green, are there names of the colors on the skeins you purchased? Also I noticed chelsea asked how much yarn it takes, I would like to know also so as to buy it all at once to make sure the colors match and I get enough at the same time. Thank you for your guidance and the pattern is great!

    • I added a “Color” section to the pattern with the color names and a second chart that gives the yarn amounts needed for that color scheme. I hope that is what you are looking for.

  7. What comprehensive instructions! Can’t wait to make this.

  8. I love the crocodile stitch, I would like to make a queen sized afghan, but I do not want it all the crocodile stitch. How do I incorporate rows of double crochet?

    • Repeat rows 6 through 9 until you have as many rows of crocodile as you want before your dc rows. After a row 6, work this row to transition to your dc rows:

      Transition to dc row: Ch 3, turn. Dc in second sc, dc in each of next 2 sc, dc in ch-1 space (do not catch part of the crocodile stitch that is to the back of your work), dc between the dc pair on which the crocodile stitch was made, ** 2 dc in ch-2 space (do not catch part of the crocodile stitch that is to the back of your work), dc between the dc pair that was skipped, but catching the ch between crocodile stitches, 2 dc in ch-2 space (do not catch part of the crocodile stitch that is to the back of your work), dc between the dc pair on which the crocodile stitch was made. Repeat from ** across to last 4 sc. Dc in ch-1 space (do not catch part of the crocodile stitch that is to the back of your work), dc in each of last 4 sc.

      Dc rows: Ch 3, turn. DC in second dc and in each dc across to end of row.

      Once you have all the dc rows you want (end on a right side row) then work this row as your first crocodile row:

      Transition from dc row: Ch 2, turn. Hdc in the second dc, hdc in each of the next two dc, skip 1 dc, ch 1, 2 dc in next dc, ** skip 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in next dc. Repeat from ** across to last 5 dc. Skip 1 dc, ch 1, hdc in each of last 4 dc.

      Then proceed with row 6.

  9. How much yarn would I need to make an extra large blanket in just one color? Can you help me because I’m not understanding what you have down.
    Thank you

  10. I am making this is the small size and love how it is going so far! The pattern is so easy to follow. I am using a fairly thin yarn and it seems like there are alot of gaps. So I am thinking about adding fabric to the back but I have never done that before. Any ideas?

  11. I have crocheted the foundation rows twice.1st time 138 chs and did not come out right for the crocodile. I added eight chains and still did not come out. How many crocodiles should I have with 138 chains. Pls help. I can do the crocodile stitch.

    • With 138 chains, you should have 137 sc on the sc rows. On the crocodile foundation rows, you will have 4 HDC (or ch-2 counting as a HDC) on either end, leaving the center 129 sc. You should have 43 dc pairs. On the first crocodile row, you will have a crocodile on the first and last pair and every other pair, so 22 crocodiles. The other crocodile row will have 21.

  12. I have just found your site. Love, Love, Love You. Your patterns, and instructions are great. I am having no problems following them. Thank-you so much. You are truly a very talented woman.

  13. Thank you for listing the multiple needed for the pattern. Sometimes one wants to make the item a different size but without the multiple it’s nearly impossible.

  14. Hi! I have a couple of questions…

    1.) Can I make this without the edger crochets? Like the entire blanket solely made with croc stitches? If so, how do I do that?

    2.) Would you happen to know the yards/oz of yarn I would need to cover a full-sized bed with some overhang? Or the basics on how to start it? The chains and stuff?

    I know that last one’s gonna be an obscene amount of yarn, but I really want to make my Master this for his birthday in February. It’s gonna be awesome! Though… I might have to make it for his next birthday since I don’t know if I can crochet that fast…

    Anyway! Your pattern is really easy to follow and I already made the extra-small to get the hang of it. It came out awesome! I like how your instructions were so micro-detailed, since I can be a little stupid sometimes.

    Please answer! Thanks!
    Chii-pet

    • 1.) Watch the video that I have linked in the pattern. He is making one without the edgings. He explains how the first crocodile starts with 3 chains.

      2. A full sized bed is typically 54×75 feet. Decide how much overhang you want. You can double the width of the sizes I give to find the size that doubled gives the overhang you want. You will need 4 times the yarn requirements I list. You will need to double the initial chain plus add three.

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