Princess Crocodile Stitch Baby Blanket
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Make a little one feel like royalty with the Princess Crocodile Stitch Baby Blanket. Learn how to crochet the crocodile stitch with this lovely pattern. Making a crochet baby blanket pattern using different crochet stitches doesn't have to be difficult. This intermediate crocodile stitch blanket is great for crocheters looking to try something new and creative. With a beautiful sea foam blue color, you can make this baby afghan for a boy or a girl! What could possibly be a better baby shower gift?
Did you know Queen Victoria was an avid knitter and crocheter? Victoria was Queen of Great Britain and Ireland from 20 June 1837 until her death in 1901. Before the nineteenth century, knitting and crocheting were activities only for the poor and out of necessity to earn a living. But Queen Victoria who enjoyed the craft, elevated the status of knitting by setting a royal example. But the end of her life every girl, no matter what class, was taught to knit and crochet.
Skill Level: Intermediate
Measurements: Approx 35" [89 cm] square.
Bernat® Softee Baby™ (140 g/5 oz; 331 m/362 yds) - Mint (02004) 7 balls
Size 5.5 mm (U.S. I or 9) crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge.
Optional: 7 yds [6.5 m] of contrast color satin ribbon 3/8" [9 mm] wide.
Gauge: 6 V-sts and 8 rows = 4" [10 cm]
Approx = Approximately
Beg = Beginning
Ch(s) = Chain(s)
Cont = Continue(ity)
Dc = Double crochet
Pat = Pattern
Rep = Repeat
Rnd(s) = Round(s)
RS = Right side
Sc = Single crochet
Sl st = Slip stitch
Sp(s) = Space(s)
St(s) = Stitch(es)
WS = Wrong side
- The "crocodile stitch" is formed by a 2 row repeat: a row of V-sts followed by a row of scales (or shells). This is a fairly easy pattern to execute and fast to memorize. The novelty of this design is that the scales are crocheted in front of the V-sts with clusters of double crochet (dc) from top to bottom, then from bottom to top, as opposed to working them on top of the row, like in most shell patterns.
- Ch 3 at beg of rnd counts as dc throughout.
1st row: (WS). (1 dc. Ch 1. 1 dc) in 7th ch from hook (counts as 1 dc. Ch 1. 1 dc. Ch 1. 1 dc). *Miss next 2 ch. (1 dc. Ch 1. 1 dc) in next ch - V-st made. Rep from * to last 3 ch. Miss next 2 ch. 1 dc in last ch. Turn. 39 V-sts.
2nd row: Ch 3. Work 4 dc down post of first dc of first V-st. Ch 1. Work 5 dc up post of 2nd dc of the same V-st - beg scale st made. (See photo 1 on page 2) *Miss next V-st. Work 5 dc down post of first dc of next V-st. Ch 1. Work 5 dc up post of 2nd dc of the same V-st - scale st made. Rep from * to last dc. Sl st in last dc. Turn. 20 scale sts. (See photo 2 on page 2).
3rd row: Ch 3. V-st in first ch-1 sp of 1st row. *Inserting hook from front to back between next 2 scales and ch-1 sp of 1st row directly behind it, work V-st. (See photo 3 on page 2) Rep from * to last dc. 1 dc in top of last dc of 1st row. Turn. 39 V-sts. (See photo 4 on page 2).
4th row: Sl st in each of first 2 dc and next ch-1 sp. Miss next dc. *Scale st around next V-st. Miss next V-st. Rep from * to last V-st. Miss next dc. Sl st in next ch-1 sp and each of last 2 dc. Turn. 19 scale sts.
5th row: Ch 3. V-st in first ch-1 sp. *V-st in next ch-1 sp. Inserting hook from front to back between next 2 scales and ch-1 sp of 3rd row directly behind it, work V-st. Rep from * to last ch-1 sp. V-st in last ch-1 sp. 1 dc in last dc. Turn. 39 V-sts.
6th row: Ch 1. Scale st around first V-st. *Miss next V-st. Scale st around next V-st. Rep from * to last dc. Sl st in last dc. Turn. 20 scale sts. Rep 3rd to 6th rows 21 times more, ending on a 6th row. Do not break yarn. There will be 45 rows of scales.
1st rnd: (RS). Ch 1. 2 sc in same sp as last sl st. Work 89 sc down left side of Blanket, 3 sc in corner, 119 sc across bottom of Blanket, 3 sc in corner, 89 sc up right side of Blanket, 119 sc across top of Blanket and 1 sc in same sp as first sc. Join with sl st in top of first sc. 428 sc.
2nd rnd: Ch 6 (counts as dc and ch-3). 1 dc in same sp as sl st. *[Ch 1. Miss next sc. 1 dc in next sc. Ch 1. Rep from * to next corner sc, (1 dc. Ch 3. 1 dc) in next corner sc] 3 times. **Ch 1. Miss next sc. 1 dc in next sc. Ch 1. Rep from ** to next corner sc. Join with sl st in 3rd ch of ch 6.
3rd rnd: Sl st in first ch-3 sp. Ch 3. 4 dc in same sp as last sl st. *3 dc in each ch-1 sp to next ch- 3 sp. 5 dc in next ch-3 sp. Rep from * around, ending with 3 dc in each ch-1 sp to next ch-3 sp. Join with sl st in top of ch 3.
4th rnd: Ch 3. 2 dc in each dc around. Join with sl st in top of ch 3.
5th rnd: Ch 3. *2 dc in next dc. 1 dc in next dc. Rep from * around. Join with sl st in top of ch 3. Fasten off.
Optional: Cut 4 pieces of ribbon measuring 60" [152 cm] each. Weave one ribbon piece along each edge of Blanket. Tie bows at each corner.
The History of the Crocodile Stitch
The Crocodile Stitch is a fairly new stitch invention that resembles soft, plush scales like you'd see on a crocodile. As far as technique goes, it uses a lot of yarn to create the three-dimensional look and it can take some time before you fully get it, so patience is a must. To work the crocodile stitch, you basically crochet a row of double crochet stitches with alternating spaces that essentially act as post stitches to work other stitches around it. There are some variations to this stitch, but they all have the same basic steps and techniques at their base.
More Crocodile Stitch Patterns
If you want to follow along to a video, check out our Crocodile Stitch Video Tutorial for a step-by-step demonstration. Once you've mastered this technique, you can check out some other Crocodile Stitch Patterns, like the following:
- Crocodile Rock Crochet Baby Blanket
- Ruby and Emerald Crocodile Stitch Blanket
- Crocodile Stitch Afghan Square
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