Crochet Crocodile Stitch Tutorial {part 1 of 2}

A step-by-step full photo tutorial of how to work the crochet crocodile stitch. This is a complicated stitch, but makes a beautiful pattern. It adds a third dimension to your crochet projects!
Crochet Crocodile Stitch Tutorial to Make a Clutch Purse
I used this stitch to create an adorable clutch! This stitch was quite tricky for me at first, and I had to really study several YouTube videos to figure it out. I really wanted a nice photo tutorial because videos drive me crazy –  it’s so hard to rewind and impossible to watch in slow motion. So, if you also prefer photo tutorials, then you are in luck!
This is quite a tricky stitch, so I’ve broken it down in two parts. When you’re done with this one, go to part 2!
Let’s get started!
Step #1
Make a chain however long you want, as long as it’s multiples of 6. For a clutch, I made a 36 chains.
  • In the third chain from the hook, work 2 half double crochets (in the same chain). 
  • Chain 1, skip 2 chains and work 1 half double crochet.
  • *Chain 1, skip 2 chains and work 2 half double crochets in the same chain.
  • Chain 1, skip 2 chains and work 1 half double crochet.*
Repeat the length of your chain, ending with 1 half double crochet in the last chain.
Crochet Crocodile Stitch Tutorial - Make a Chain of Multiples of 6

Here’s how the first 2 half double crochet will look, with the last 3 chains.

Step #2:
On the first of the two half double crochets, work 4 half double crochets from top to bottom.

Crochet Crocodile Stitch Tutorial - Step 2 - Work 4 Half Double Crochets
Step #3:
Turn your work upside down and work 4 more half double crochets on the last of the set of 2 half double crochets from bottom (of the work) to the top.
Crochet Crocodile Stitch Tutorial - Step #3 - 4 More Half Double Crochets
Here’s how step #3 will look after you’ve worked 2 of the half double crochets.
Crochet Crocodile Stitch Tutorial - Step #3

Once you finish step #3 and turn your work right side up, the first completed crocodile stitch will look like this!

Crochet Crocodile Stitch Tutorial - First Completed Crocodile Stitch Tutorial

Step #4:
Work a slip stitch on the next single half double crochet.

Crochet Crocodile Stitch Tutorial - Step #4
Step #5:
Start the next crocodile stitch on the next pair of half double crochets by crocheting 4 half double crochets on the first post closest to your right hand and from top to bottom. Then, just like in step #3, turn your work upside down and work 4 more half double crochets on the second post.
Crochet Crocodile Stitch Tutorial - Step #5

Completed step #5 – now you’ve finished two crocodile stitches!

Crochet Crocodile Stitch Tutorial - Step #5 completed

Continue working steps #2 to #4 for the length of your work, working a crocodile stitch on each pair of half double crochets and a slip stitch on each single half double crochet. You will end with a crocodile stitch and it should look like this!

Crochet Crocodile Stitch Tutorial - Work steps 2 to 4

Now, head on over to part two to finish the project!

About Sara McFall

Sara is the owner and founder of My Merry Messy Life, which started in 2011 as a way to chronicle her journey to a natural, chemical-free lifestyle and to share her passions of mothering, real food, homeschooling and crochet. She is a mama to three precious and energetic little boys and wife to a university professor who loves to sing, dance ballet and ballroom, and live simply and naturally.