Designer Lianka Azulay from Bonita Patterns shows us how to crochet the crocodile tip, walking through the decrease steps in the round.
An experienced crochet artist is able to even increase and decrease in rows and round in a variety of points.
The fun part is the satisfaction gained, seeing the hours of work that come into the final product, whether for yourself or a gift for a lucky friend.
The crocodile stitch is a favorite of those who like to buy beautiful, interesting crochet wearables without even realizing how much time (and skeins) have gone into them.
Yes, it’s a yarn eater, and yes, it will take a little longer than your typical crochet project. It’s also an instant eye-grabber and worth the effort.
To master this technique, first you should know a few special points:
dc2tog (Double Crochet Two Stitches Together)
Yarn over, insert a hook at indicated point, pull up a loop, yo, pull through 2 loops, yo, insert into next st, pull through a loop, yo, pull through 2 loops, yo, pull through all 3 loops.
fpdc (Double Crochet Front Post)
sc2tog (Single Crochet Two Stitches Together)
Insert a hook in the indicated point, pull a loop, I, pull through the two loops.
v-st (V stitch)
Work (1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc) in indicated stitch.
Afterwards, always keep in mind that the foundation of any scale is v-stitches. In the round, you need 2 v-sts for each ladder, so depending on the number of ladders you want to decrease, decrease the number of v-sts by making a dc2tog in the next 2 ch-1 sp. Usually it will be decreased evenly, for hats and uniforms, but if you need to decrease the irregularity, it is up to you. The rule still applies.
That’s it the step-by-step reduction process:
Decrease of v-st round:
Dc2tog (Yo, insert hook in ch-1 sp, yo, pull 2 loops, keep 2 loops on hook, yo, insert hook in ch-1 sp, yo, pull through 2 loops, keep 3 loops on hook, yo, pull through 3 loops) v-st in next ch-1 sp, v-st, v-st. Repeat from the beginning for each decrease, join.
Sl st in first ch-1 sp, sl st in next dc, sl st in next st, starting ladder (Ch 1, working top to bottom around post of first dc of first v-st, work 4 fpdc, ch 1, turn work so v-st is sideways and place of second dc of v-st is reversed), working from bottom to top around place of second dc of v-st, work 5 fpdc * skip the next v-st, working from top to bottom around the place of the first dc of the next v-st, work 5 fpdc, ch 1, turn the work so v-st is sideways, working from the bottom at the top around the place of the second dc of v-st, work 5 fpdc -(2 scales) – Sl st to jump to the next usable v-st to start the next scale. Repeat from the beginning.
It’s also much easier when you have a fantastic mentor like Lianka Azulay, the queen of crocodile stitch, who breaks down her patterns so you can crochet in her classes. CreativeU.com!
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