I recently discovered the beautiful crocodile stitch! It's makes such beautiful luxurious pieces!
I started with a scarf and have progressed to other items, including the bootie pattern below, again for my future niece/nephew!
Initially it can be difficult to get your head around the crocodile stitch but with the help of a couple of brilliant tutorials (linked to below) you can master it! And once you have you'll find that it's really quite easy and there'll be no stopping you!
Size: 0-6 months, app. 10 cm foot length.
Materials per bootie:
25g of yarn in one colour (I used dk Special by Stylecraft, shade 1218 'Parchment')
4mm crochet hook
st(s) – stitch(es)
ch – chain stitch
hdc – half double crochet
sl st - slip stitch
Special stitches used:
v st - work one hdc, ch 1 and hdc again into same st
fphdc – yo and insert hook from the front to the back around the post of the hdc of previous row. Complete as for a regular hdc stitch.
NB. This pattern works the toe of the bootie towards the heel.
Rnd 1: Ch2 (remember the loop you put on the hook is not classed as a ch), join with sl st in first ch to form a circle.
Rnd 2: Ch2 (counts as first hdc), hdc 9 into centre of circle, join with sl st to first st (10 hdc in total)
Rnd 3: Ch2, 1hdc in same st, then 2 hdc in each st around the work, join with sl st to first st (20 hdc in total)
Rnd 4: Ch2, ch1 and hdc in same st *skip next st, then work a v stitch in next st*, repeat from * to * around, join final v st to first with sl st. This row and rows 5 to 8 form the toe area of the bootie.
Rnd 5 - 8: Repeat row 4 working the v st in each ch 1 space of the row belows v st
Rnd 9: Ch2, ch1, hdc in same st, then work six further v stitches into ch 1 spaces on the row below, turn the work (this row and following two form the side and back of bootie).
Rnds 10 - 12: Ch2, ch1, hdc in same space, then v st into each of the seven v st ch 1 spaces below*
Now for the fun bit! The Crocodile Crochet Cuff!
To make bootie's cuff you should begin by attaching the yarn in the middle of the heel.
Rnd 1: Ch 3, hdc in same stitch,* skip 1 ch, v st in next ch, rep from * around; join with sl st in top of first hdc. – (make sure that you have 10 v sts)
Rnd 2: Ch 2 (counts as a hdc), working from top to bottom around post of first hdc of first V-st, work 3 fphdc, turn work so v st is sideways, ch 1, working from bottom to top around post of second hdc of v st, work 4 fphdc , * skip next v st, working from top to bottom work 4 fphdc around post of first hdc of next v st, ch 1, turn work so v st is sideways, working from bottom to top around post of second hdc of v st, work 4 fphdc, rep from * around; join with sl st in top of first hdc.- (5 scales in total)
Rnd 3: Ch 3, hdc in same st, yo, insert hook in sp in the centre of the scales below and complete a v st, *v st in next ch 1 sp, yo, insert hook in sp in the centre of the scales below and complete a v st, repeat from * to * around; join with sl st in top of first hdc - (9 v sts)
Rnd 4: Repeat rnd 2 into alternate v st
Rnd 5: Repeat rnd 3
Rnd 6: Repeat rnd 2 into alternate v st
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