Crocodile Crochet Stitch Tutorial | Written + Video

Are thinking of adding a little bit of texture to your crochet works? Yes, you’ve done a few different stitches, but the texture they create are too subtle. You can’t even see them from afar!

If you’re hoping to add a more visible texture to your crochet projects, this Crocodile Crochet Stitch Tutorial is perfect for you! It gives an instant upgrade to anything you work on!

Crocodile Crochet Stitch Tutorial | Written + Video

The Crocodile Crochet Stitch Tutorial

From how it looks, you can probably understand why this stitch is called the Crocodile Crochet Stitch. It creates a layered look of scale-like texture that creates a bulky fabric. 

The scales this stitch creates look a little intimidating because of how intricate it looks, but guess what? The texture in this stitch is achieved using basic crochet stitches only! 

Mermaid Tail Crocodile Crochet Stitch
Mermaid Tail Crocodile Crochet Stitch By Emmacrochetdesign4u

Two sets of rows are worked alternately to create the repeating scales pattern. Because of this repeating pattern, a dense fabric perfect for almost any project is made.

To add a little more fun to your work, you can also use alternating colors for each row. It will not only add more colors to your project, but it will also help make the scales more visible.

Although this stitch uses basic crochet stitches only, it can be quite hard to understand where to put the stitches. But, hey, we got you covered! We prepared written instructions that you can easily follow.

Crocodile Stitch Tutorial
Crocodile Stitch Tutorial By Moogly

Crocodile Crochet Stitch Instructions

Are you ready for the fun part? Prepare your yarns and hook and get ready to crochet!

To create the rows of scales, you will have to learn how to make the two alternating rows that will create the fabric. First, you’ll work on a row of single double crochet, and two double crochets in a stitch worked in an alternating pattern which will hold the scales. Second, you’ll work on the row that makes the scale-like texture pattern.

To begin the pattern, make a foundation row in multiples of five plus one. For this tutorial, we’ll be using 20 + 1 chain stitches.

Row 1

Now that you have your chain stitches, make two double crochet in the 6th chain from your hook. *Chain 1, skip 2 chain stitches, and make a single double crochet in the next stitch. Chain 1, skip 2 chain stitches, and make 2 double crochets in the next stitch.* Continue in this pattern until the end of the row. Turn.

Row 2

Chain 1. Skip the single double crochet from the previous row. You’ll start working on the first pair of double crochet stitches (2 double crochet in a single stitch from the previous row). Please note that you’ll be making double crochet stitches around the post, just like working back post stitches. So work on the first double crochet stitch by making 5 double crochet stitches around the post, working towards the foundation chain.

After that, you’ll be working on the second double crochet stitch. Make another 5 double crochet stitches around the post, this time working away from the foundation chain. Slip stitch in next single double crochet (to hold the scales in place), then repeat the pattern until the end of the row. Turn.

Crocodile Stitch Tutorial close up
Crocodile Stitch Tutorial Close Up By Wye Knot Crochet

If you ended Row 2 with a slip stitch, proceed to Row 3. Otherwise, proceed to Row 5.

Row 3

Chain 3, and make a double crochet in the same stitch. * Chain 1, and make a double crochet in the middle of the scale from the previous row. Chain 1, and make 2 double crochets in the top of the slip stitch from the previous row. * Continue working on this pattern until the end of the row. 

If the previous row you worked on ended with a scale, make a double crochet in the left corner of the scale. 

Turn.

Row 4

Repeat Row 2

Row 5

Chain 1, and slip stitch in the center of the scale. Make another chain 4 (will considered as double crochet and chain 1), then make 2 double crochets in the next slip stitch. * Chain 1, make a single double crochet in the center of the next scale. Chain 1, make 2 double crochets in the next slip stitch. * Continue this pattern until the end of the row. 

If you ended the previous row with a scale, make a double crochet in the left corner of the scale. 

Turn.

Want to have smaller scales? Instead of using double crochet stitch, you can opt to use half double crochet to make the scales smaller.

Patterns to make using the Crocodile Crochet Stitch

Upgrade any plain looking garment using the Crocodile Crochet Stitch. You don’t even have to replace the whole pattern with crocodile stitch, a few rows of this stitch can make a big difference!

Thinking of making a hat? How about making this Capuche Hood! Although the top looks like a plain hood, the crocodile crochet stitches on its edge makes it standout. Use a bright colored yarn and you’ll surely be recognized even from afar.

Crocodile Stitch Capuche Hood
Crocodile Stitch Capuche Hood By Bonita Patterns

If you’re looking for something to use for your days out with friends, you can make this Crochet Mermaid Tears Purse. It’s an altered version of the Crocodile Stitch Pattern from above, but it will be really easy to follow since you already have the basic idea of how to make it. 

Of course, you cannot forget about the kids! Make a little something that they will definitely enjoy. This Mermaid Tail Blanket will surely your daughter’s favorite project! Make it in her favorite colors and we’re pretty sure she’ll treasure it forever.

Haven’t decided what project to work on? We have plenty of other patterns to choose from!

Mermaid Tears Crochet Purse
Mermaid Tears Crochet Purse By Yarnspirations

Show Us Your Works

Learning a new stitch is way easier when you try using it on a project. That’s why we are all excited to see what patterns you have been doing! 

Keep us updated by posting the patterns you’re making using the Crocodile Crochet Stitch on our Facebook Page. We would love to cheer you on!

If you’re looking for other stitches to try, check out more of our crochet stitch tutorials here

We hope you had a great time learning a new stitch using this Crocodile Crochet Stitch Tutorial!