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Crocodile Stitch Leafy Capelet – Part One

Posted by Lianka Azulay on

This Capelet showcases a variation of the the Crocodile Stitch that creates a leaf-like shape. It is a quick project, yet, unique. perfect for Spring, gifts and for those that sell finished items. I used my ultra-soft Dream Baby yarn, which is 15% off for CAL participants (use coupon code CROCHETMONTH at check out for 15% off entire site). You can choose from over 20 colors and make this project for only $9.35 (plus S & H)!

**IMPORTANT FINE PRINT: This CAL pattern will be FREE (Free for a limited time. Gloves not included. Cowl pattern only) from Tuesday, March 20 through Wednesday, April 30, 2018, in serial form as published on the Bonita Patterns Blog. The pattern will be posted in parts on the blog, and the free version will include affiliate links and ads. If you’d like to start early on the full pattern, you can purchase a discounted, ad-free, printable PDF, with photo tutorial HERE***

Materials:

2 skeins of Bonita Yarns Dream Baby (Double Knitting) in Forest colorway; 100% acrylic (360 yards/100 grams per skein). You can purchase this yarn at www.bonitapatterns.com

 


Size G (4.00 mm) crochet hook

Yardage: approximately 400 yds

1 large toggle button size 2” (optional) long or a large button of your choice. You may use a shawl pin or brooch as a closure for the capelet.

Gauge:

With G crochet hook in FPdc ribbed pattern (dc each ch in first row and FPdc each st of all following rows): 9 sts and 7 rows = 2″.

Model: Bresha Webbs

Bonita Patterns was honored to have actress Bresha Webbs modeling our Capelet. Amongst other things, Ms. Webbs plays Imunique on the TV sitcom, “Love That Girl.”

Thank you, Bresha!*

Abbreviations:

Beginning (beg)

Chain (ch)

Decrease (dec)

Double Crochet (dc)

Front Post Double Crochet (FPdc)

Long V-Stitch (LV-st)

Picot (P)

Repeat (rep)

Right Side (RS)

Single Crochet (sc)

Slip Stitch (sl st)

Space (sp)

Stitch (st)

Treble Crochet (tr)

Wrong Size (WS)

Yarn Over (yo)

Special Stitches Used:

Front Post Double Crochet (FPdc) – Yo and insert hook from the front to the back around the post of the dc of previous row. Complete as for a regular dc stitch.

Long V-Stitch (LV-st) – Work (tr 1, ch 1, tr 1) in st indicated.

Picot (P) – ch 3, sl st into 3rd ch from hook. Picot made.

Treble Crochet 2 Together or Treble Decrease (Tr2tog): Work a Tr in stitch indicated until two loops are left on hook (this is as an incomplete tr). Keeping these two loops on hook, work another tr in stitch indicated until you have three loops remaining on hook. Yarn over, pull through all three loops on hook. One tr st decreased.

Pattern Notes:

1. The capelet construction is quite simple. This project is worked in two parts: a base scarf to serve as the capelet foundation, and five leafy appliqués. The scarf is crocheted in a ribbed FPdc pattern with a DC edging. The focal point of the design is made of a new version of the Crocodile Stitch that now resembles a leaf more than a scale.

2. In short, the “Crocodile Stitch” is formed by a two-row repeat: a row of V-sts followed by a row of scales (or shells). This is a fairly easy pattern to execute and fast to memorize. The only novelty about this design is that the scales are crocheted around the V-sts with clusters of front post double crochets (fpdc) and front post treble crochets (fptr) from top to bottom, then from bottom to top, as opposed to working them on top of the row, like in most shell patterns.

3. For those familiar with the Crocodile Stitch I used in other patterns, you will notice that instead of making the scales with a row of V-sts (dc 1, ch 1, dc 1) as the foundation for the scales and FPdcs to make the scales, this time you will crochet a longer version of the V-st, the Long V-st ( tr 1, ch 1, tr 1; see Special Stiches on page 2) and the following scale row will be crocheted with FPdcs, FPtrs and a Picot. If you have worked the Crocodile Stitch before, this version will not be hard.

The Crocodile Stitch Leafy Fingerless Gloves makes the perfect match for this cowl. If you would like to make a the gloves, from March 14 through April 17, the gloves pattern is being offered at a 50% discount for only $2.75 from December 12, 2017 through February 28, 2018. No coupon needed, please find the pattern HERE.

 

 

Crocodile Stitch Leafy Appliques: Make 5 using same directions

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Ch 6

Row 1 (WS): Tr in 6th ch from hook [beg ch-5 count as a tr and a ch-1 or 1 Long V-st (LV-st)]; turn. – (1 LV-st)

Row 2 (RS): Ch 3 (count as a dc), working from top to bottom around post of first tr of first LV-st, work 3 FPdc, 4 FPtr, (see pic A), Picot (ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch from hook; see pic B), turn work so LV-st is sideways and post of second tr of LV-st is upside down (V point of LV-st will be facing right; see pic C), working from bottom to top around post of second tr of LV-st, work 4 FPtr, 4 FPdc (see pic D); turn – (1 leafy-scale).

Row 3 (WS): Ch 5 (count as a tr and a ch-1), tr in same st as beg ch, LV-st in next ch-1 sp, LV-st in last st; turn (see pic E) – (3 LV-sts).

Row 4 (RS): Ch 3 (count as a dc), working from top to bottom around post of first tr of first LV-st, work 3 FPdc, 4 FPtr (see pic A), Picot (ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch from hook), turn work so LV-st is sideways and post of second tr of LV-st is upside down (V point of LV-st will be facing right), working from bottom to top around post of second tr of LV-st, work 4 FPtr, 4 FPdc, skip next LV-st, working from top to bottom around post of first tr of next LV-st, work 4 FPdc, 4 FPtr, Picot, turn work so LV-st is sideways, working from bottom to top around post of second tr of LV-st, work 4 FPdc, 4 FPtr; turn – (2 leafy-scale)

Row 5 (WS): Ch 5 (count as a tr and a ch-1), tr in same st as beg ch, LV-st in next ch-1 sp, yo twice, insert hook in both next ch-1 space and in space between scales directly behind ch-1 sp (see pic F) and complete a LV-st, work a LV-st in next ch-1 sp, LV-st in in top of last st (see pic G); turn – (5 LV-sts).

  • Row 6 (RS): Ch 3 (count as a dc), working from top to bottom around post of first tr of first LV-st, work 3 FPdc, 4 FPtr, Picot, turn work so LV-st is sideways and post of second tr of LV-st is upside down (V point of LV-st will be facing right), working from bottom to top around post of second tr of LV-st, work 4 FPtr, 4 FPdc (skip next LV-st, working from top to bottom around post of first tr of next LV-st, work 4 FPdc, 4 FPtr, Picot, turn work so LV-st is sideways, working from bottom to top around post of second tr of LV-st, work 4 FPdc, 4 FPtr) twice; turn – (3 leafy-scale)

    Row 7 (WS): Ch 4 (count as a tr), LV-st in next ch-1 sp, * yo twice, insert hook in both next ch-1 space and in space between scales directly behind ch-1 sp and complete a LV-st, work a LV-st in next ch-1 sp, rep from * across to last st, tr in in top of last st; turn – (5 LV-sts + 2 tr).

    Row 8 (RS): Sl st in first 2 sts, sl st in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, working from top to bottom around post of next tr of next LV-st, work 4 FPdc, 4 FPtr, Picot, turn work so LV-st is sideways and post of second tr of LV-st is upside down (V point of LV-st will be facing right), working from bottom to top around post of second tr of LV-st, work 4 FPtr, 4 FPdc, skip next LV-st, working from top to bottom around post of first tr of next LV-st, work 4 FPdc, 4 FPtr, Picot, turn work so LV-st is sideways, working from bottom to top around post of second tr of LV-st, work 4 FPdc, 4 FPtr; sl st in next ch-1 sp, sl st in next 2 sts – (2 leafy-scale)

    Row 9 (WS): Ch 4 (count as a tr), LV-st in next 2 ch-1 sp, yo twice, insert hook in both next ch-1 space and in space between scales directly behind ch-1 sp and complete a LV-st, work a LV-st in next 2 ch-1 sp, tr in top of last st; turn – (5 LV-sts + 2 tr).

    Row 10 (RS): Rep Row 6 – (3 leafy-scale)

    Row 11 (WS) decrease: Ch 4, tr in next ch-1 (first ch-4 and tr count as a dec), yo twice, insert hook in both next ch-1 space and in space between scales directly behind ch-1 sp and complete a LV-st, work a LV-st in next ch-1 sp, yo twice, insert hook in both next ch-1 space and in space between scales directly behind ch-1 sp and complete a LV-st, Tr2tog (see page 2 under Special Stitches and pic H for visual aid) over next ch-1 sp and last st; turn – (3 LV-sts + 2 tr2tog).

    Row 12 (RS): Ch 1, working from top to bottom around post of first tr of first LV-st, work 4 FPdc, 4 FPtr, Picot, turn work so LV-st is sideways and post of second tr of LV-st is upside down (V point of LV-st will be facing right) working from bottom to top around post of second tr of LV-st, work 4 FPtr, 4 FPdc skip next LV-st, working from top to bottom around post of first tr of next LV-st, work 4 FPdc, 4 FPtr, Picot, turn work so LV-st is sideways, working from bottom to top around post of second tr of LVst, work 4 FPdc, 4 FPtr; sl in last st; turn – (2 leafy-scale)

    Row 13 (WS) decrease: Ch 4, tr in next ch-1 (first ch-4 and tr count as a dec), yo twice, insert hook in both next ch-1 space and in space between scales directly behind ch-1 sp and complete a LV-st, Tr2tog over next ch-1 sp and last st; turn – (1 LV-st + 2 tr2tog).

    Row 14 (RS): Ch 1, working from top to bottom around post of next tr of first LV-st, work 4 FPdc, 4 FPtr, Picot, turn work so LV-st is sideways and post of second tr of LV-st is upside down (V point of LV-st will be facing right) working from bottom to top around post of second tr of LV-st, work 4 FPtr, 4 FPdc; sl in last st; Fasten off – (1 leafy-scale)

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