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FREE Crocodile Stitch Patterns for Crazy Beautiful Crochet

When my friend had a baby girl last summer she was given a gorgeous baby blanket using a crochet stitch I hadn’t noticed before. I looked it up and found out it was called the crocodile stitch. I’m seeing more and more crochet patterns using this unique stitch that creates a beautiful, organic 3-D fabric.

Here are some of our very favorite free crocodile stitch patterns!

Crocodile Stitch Baby Blanket

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1. Crocodile Stitch Baby Blanket

This crochet pattern is perfect for a unique baby blanket that your mama-to-be friends will surely love!  The 3-D design that the pattern creates is fun for baby to practice hand-eye coordination skills and observe colors. Try using a self-striping or color blocked yarn for this project to get a beautiful color impact in your crochet

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Free Crocodile Stitch Flower

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2. Free Crocodile Stitch Flower

This small, quick project is the perfect first step if you just want to practice the stitch. Whip it up in no time, then use it as an appliqué on another project. Even better? You can use any yarn in your stash for this pattern.

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Crocodile Stitch Mini Purse

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3. Crocodile Stitch Mini Purse

Want to keep your use of crocodile stitch small? This mini purse (which would make a great coin purse or gift card holder) is perfect. Using two colors and small beads gives this pattern even more texture and interest! 

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MBdC Midnight Purse

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4. Midnight Purse

This purse pattern will require a little more time and attention, as it includes a fabric lining and zipper (on top of the advanced stitchwork). Still, the work is worth it when you end up with a bag as beatuiful as this. We love the subtly sparkly yarn!

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Crocodile Stitch High Top Booties

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5. Crocodile Stitch High Top Booties

As if baby booties crocheted to look like sneaker weren’t cute enough already, these booties really kick it up a notch! The crocodile stitch gives the shoes an extra texture (and probably some extra warmth for the baby).

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More crocodile stitch resources

Experienced crocheters, follow this written pattern for the crocodile stitch:

  • Row 1 (Foundation): ch 3, dc into last st, *ch 2, skip 2 sts, 2 dc in next st, repeat from * across
  • Row 2 (Scale): ch 3, turn, 4 dc down first dc post, ch 1, 5 dc up second dc post, *ch 1, working in next set of posts, 5 dc down first dc post, ch 1, 5 dc up second dc post, repeat from * across
  • Row 3 (Foundation): ch 3, turn, dc on top of scale, *ch 2, 2 dc at top of next scale, repeat from * across
  • Row 4 (Scale): turn, skip first set of posts, *ch 1, working in next set of posts, 5 dc down first dc post, ch 1, 5 dc up second dc post, repeat from * across

For a different form of instructions, download this free guide from Craftsy member ShiFio.

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Giannina Iannotti

Affascinante questo punto e meravigliosi i risultati!!

Giannina Iannotti


Michelle Elliott

Is there a knit version of this stitch

Lela Walker

I was at my sister in laws she had a pan scratcher that some one had crochet for her and it was great on pans..DO anyone know anybody that makes them and where I could get one. Lela Walker.


Hi…I crochet pot scrubbers…give thrm as gifts..

Janie Strickland

I love crocheting of any kind!

Linda Waterman

I hope this stitch works out ok. I have never attempt it. Before. But I would love to try it. It’s for my nieces baby. And she likes different things So I am going to give it a try. Thank you. Linda Waterman.


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