Crochet Crocodile Stitch
Tip the scales in a fun, textural direction with the crocodile stitch! Join Moogly founder Tamara Kelly as she guides you through the steps you need. During class, Tamara starts with techniques for the basic crocodile stitch before moving on to shaping with increases and decreases. Want to try out your new skills? You'll work a fun pillow project as you get some practice working with written patterns. Tamara will even teach you how to work crocodile stitch in the round, create fun edgings and add fabulous embellishments! By the end of class, you'll be able to bring your crocodile-stitch skills to nearly any project, for results that say, "Why don't you stay for a while, crocodile?"
Tamara Kelly is the professional designer and blogger behind Moogly, a site dedicated to connecting the crochet community through patterns, tutorials and more. She has written for publications such as I like Crochet and Country Woman and is a proud member of the Crochet Guild of America. Tamara's Awards include 2013 Craftsy Blogger Award for Best Tutorials, Yarn Box Top Crochet Designer of 2013 and 2013 Top Blogger on All Free Crochet Afghan Patterns.
Materials: What you Need
Lesson Plan: What you Learn
Meet Moogly mastermind Tamara Kelly, who begins with a quick conversation about how crocodile stitch works. Then, follow along to create your base layer of mesh crochet, and learn how to create the additional layers that will become your crocodile scales. That's the crocodile stitch!
Discover how to shape your scales for more versatility. Tamara starts with three scales and works up to five scales, demonstrating increases along the way. Want to work back to a single stitch? This lesson ends with the decreases you need to make it.
Put your newfound skills to the test with a crocodile stitch pillow project! Since crocodile stitch patterns are written a few different ways, Tamara shows you how to easily navigate the differences and follow along. Then, learn to set up for your project, work your pillow and bring the two sides together with a neat seam job.
Why limit yourself to flat projects? In this lesson, Tamara shows you how to work crocodile stitch in the round for scaly socks, mermaid tails and more! You'll move step by step through planning your project, working your base row of mesh, working your scales, and increasing and decreasing, all in the round.
Crocodile stitch can be a real yarn-eater. Luckily, just a little bit of the pattern can go a long way. Find out how to spice up your projects with crocodile-stitch edging, as Tamara guides you through methods for working around curves and making scales point out instead of in.
Fun embellishments are ahead! Follow along with Tamara as she shows you how to use your scales as whimsical accents in the round and add afterthought scales to your work. For crocodile with extra style, the lesson ends with steps for incorporating beads.