I mentioned several weeks ago that I have fallen in love with the crocodile stitch. Well here I have a modified version that cuts out most of the holes in the fabric! Also see my tutorial for the standard crocodile stitch in the round.
I do have a couple of notes about this stitch.
First: This makes a thicker fabric than the normal crocodile stitch.
Second: Crocodile stitch is yarn hungry. This modified version is yarn ravenous. Seriously.
Third: I find this stitch much easier in the round. I have provided a photo tutorial for working it flat, but I have also included the instructions for working it in the round.
Fourth: Though this fabric has fewer holes than normal crocodile stitch, it is still crochet material. If you are looking to make a project bag, you will still want to line the bag.
All that being said, this pattern is perfect for small bags (for things like buttons or dice), for thick scarves, etc… (And check back next week for my pattern for a dragon egg dice bag using this stitch.)
Abbreviations (note that I use US terminology)
St – Stitch
Ch – Chain
HDC – Half Double Crochet
DC – Double Crochet
Chain a multiple of four, plus three. Work one row half double crochet.
Row 2: Ch 2, HDC in the same st (these two count as one group of two HDC for the next row), [HDC in the next 3 sts, (2HDC in same st)]. This row has numerous increases, so it will pull slightly at this point. That is okay.
Row 3: Ch2. 4DC in post of first st. Turn work 180 degrees. 5DC in second post. [Skip one st, Sl into next st, skip one st. 5DC into the first post of the group of two HDC. Turn work 180 degrees. 5DC into the second post of the group of two HDC.] Repeat brackets.
Row 4: Ch2. [HDC, HDC into the middle of the “scale” from the previous row, HDC, (2HDC into same st)]. Repeat brackets, ending with three HDCs.
Row 5: Repeat row 3.
Repeat rows 2-5 until work is desired length.
In the Round:
Ch a multiple of 4 and join, taking care not to twist the sts. Work one round HDC.
Round 2: Ch2, HDC in same st (these two count as one group of two HDC for the next round), HDC in next three sts. [2 HDC in same st, HDC in next 3 sts]. Repeat brackets around.
Round 3: Ch2, work 4 DCs in post of first st. Turn work 180 degrees. Work 5 DCs in second post of first set. Skip one st, Sl into next st, Skip one st. [Work 5 DCs into first post in the set of two, turn work 180 degrees, work 5 DCs into second post in the set of two, skip one st, Sl into next st, Skip one st.] Repeat brackets around.
Repeat rounds 2-3 until desired length.