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Crocodile Stitch Poncho Part One

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Crocodile Stitch Poncho

by Rachel Azulay ©

Materials:

10 skeins (for sizes Small – Large) or 11 skeins for sizes XL – 3 XL of Bonita Yarns Dream Baby (Double Knitting) in Mountain Shades; 100% acrylic (360 yards/100 grams per skein). You can purchase HERE

US Size H (5.00 mm)

Yarn needle

Gauge

With H (5.0 mm) crochet hook in dc ribbed pattern 9 sts and 7 rows = 2″.

 

Abbreviations:

Beginning (beg)

Chain (ch)

Double Crochet (dc)

Repeat (rep)

Right Side (RS)

Single Crochet (sc)

Slip Stitch (sl st)

Space (sp)

Stitch (st)

Wrong Size (WS)

Yarn Over (yo)

Special Stitches Used:

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

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.

V-Stitch (V-st) – Work (dc 1, ch1, dc 1) in st indicated.

Pattern Notes

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 in front of the V-sts with clusters of front post double crochets (fpdcs) from top to bottom, then from bottom to top, as opposed to working them on top of the row, like in most shell patterns.

 

 

Directions (Make two using same instructions)

 

Ch 45

 

Rnd 1 (WS): V-st (dc, ch 1, dc) in 6th ch from hook (beg ch 3 count as dc), *skip next 2 ch, V-st in next ch, rep from * across to last ch, dc in last ch; turn — (13 V-sts + 2 dc)

Row 2 (RS): Ch 3 (count as a dc), working from 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 post of second dc of V-st is on the bottom (V point of V-st will be facing right), working from bottom to top around post of second dc of V-st, work 5 fpdc  * skip next V-st, working from top to bottom around post of first dc of next V-st, work 5 fpdc, ch 1, turn work so V-st is sideways, working from bottom to top around post of second dc of V-st, work 5 fpdc, rep from * across; turn – (7 scales)

Row 3 (WS): Ch 3 (count as a dc), work a V-st in next ch-1 sp, * yo, insert hook in both next ch-1 space and in space between scales directly behind ch-1 sp and complete a V-st, work a V-st in next ch-1 sp,  rep from * across to last dc, dc in in top of last st; turn — (13 V-sts + 2 dc)

Row 4 (RS): Sl st in first 2 sts, sl st in next ch-1 sp, working from top to bottom around post of first dc of next V-st, work 5 fpdc, ch 1, turn work so V-st is sideways and post of second dc of V-st is on the bottom, working from bottom to top around post of second dc of V-st, work 5 fpdc, * skip next V-st, working from top to bottom around post of first dc of next V-st, work 5 fpdc, ch 1,turn work so V-st is sideways, working from bottom to top around post of second dc of V-st, work 5 fpdc, rep from * across to last V-st, sl st in next ch-1 sp, sl st in next 2 sts; turn – (6 scales)

  • Row 5 (WS): Ch 3, work a V-st in ch-1 sp of first V-st, * V-st in next ch-1 sp, yo, insert hook in both next ch-1 sp and in space between scales directly behind ch-1 sp and complete a V-st, V-st in next ch-1 sp, repeat from * across to last ch-1 sp, V-st in last ch-1 sp, dc in last st; turn – (13 V-sts + 2 dc)

    Row 6 (RS): Ch 1, working from top to bottom around post of first dc of first V-st, work 5 fpdc, ch 1, turn work so V-st is sideways and post of second dc of V-st is on the bottom, working from bottom to top around post of second dc of V-st, work 5 fpdc * skip next V-st, working from top to bottom around post of first dc of next V-st, work 5 fpdc, ch 1, turn work so V-st is sideways, working from bottom to top around post of second dc of V-st, work 5 fpdc, rep from * across to last dc, sl st in last dc; turn – (7 scales)

     Rows 7 – 74: Repeat Rows 3 through 6 for pattern. There will be 37 rows of scales

     


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