Ahhhh, the Crocodile Stitch: one of my favorite of the countless crochet stitches. The Crocodile Stitch (also known as Dragon Tears or Dragon Scales) consists of double or half double crochets and a chain, all worked around a V stitch from a previous row. Sound confusing? It’s really not! Let me show you how.
Crocodile stitches follow a six stitch repeat. Meaning that you need a multiple of six for your foundation row in order to get started. I typically work crocodile stitch patterns in the round, including the Dragon Tears Fingerless Gloves pattern and the Dragon Tears Clutch patterns and the Dragon Tears Leg Warmers pattern. See? I love this stitch. 😉
How to Crochet the Crocodile Stitch
To create the Crocodile Stitch, you must first create the backbone for the actual scales. In order to do this, you will create a row of V-stitches. V-stitches are two double crochets placed in the same stitch so that they form a V when finished. After you complete the row of V-stitches, you’ll then go back working on that same row adding the “scales” to the front of those very same V-stitches.
Some patterns call for different kinds of crocodile stitches, but the concept is always the same. Some patterns call for double crochet (either 4 or 5 per side of scale) and others like to use half double crochet (either 3, 4 or 5 stitches on each side of scale). The difference makes the scales either smaller or larger, depending on half or full double and how many stitches completed.
Following your pattern, you’ll create your row of V-stitches, then (for example) make your 5 double crochets down the first half of the V-stitch from the previous row. Then chain-1 (to create a pointier tip) and then work your 5 double crochets UP the other side of the sale. The trick is to turn your work for the second half of the stitch.
Ready for a video tutorial? Let’s do it!
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