Crocodile Stitch Baby Blanket

Designed specially for the Bernat Blog, this sweet baby blanket will make the most perfect and unique baby gift for the new mom in your life. 

Measurement:
Approx 35″ [89 cm] square.

Materials:

  • 7 Balls Bernat Softee Baby in Mint Colorway
  • Size 5.5 mm (U.S. I or 9) crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge. Optional: 7 yds [6.5 m] of contrast color satin ribbon 3/8″ [9 mm] wide.

Guage:
6 V-sts and 8 rows = 4″ [10 cm]

Pattern:
Ch 124.

1st row: (WS). (1 dc. Ch 1. 1 dc) in 7th ch from hook (counts as 1 dc. Ch 1. 1 dc. Ch 1. 1 dc). *Miss next 2 ch. (1 dc. Ch 1. 1 dc) in next ch – V-st made. Rep from * to last 3 ch. Miss next 2 ch. 1 dc in last ch. Turn. 39 V-sts.

2nd row: Ch 3. Work 4 dc down post of first dc of first V-st. Ch 1. Work 5 dc up post of 2nd dc of the same V-st – beg scale st made. (See photo 1 on page 2) *Miss next V-st. Work 5 dc down post of first dc of next V-st. Ch 1. Work 5 dc up post of 2nd dc of the same V-st – scale st made. Rep from * to last dc. Sl st in last dc. Turn. 20 scale sts. (See photo 2 on page 2).

3rd row: Ch 3. V-st in first ch-1 sp of 1st row. *Inserting hook from front to back between next 2 scales and ch-1 sp of 1st row directly behind it, work V-st. (See photo 3 on page 2) Rep from * to last dc. 1 dc in top of last dc of 1st row. Turn. 39 V-sts. (See photo 4 on page 2).

4th row: Sl st in each of first 2 dc and next ch-1 sp. Miss next dc. *Scale st around next V-st. Miss next V-st. Rep from * to last V-st. Miss next dc. Sl st in next ch-1 sp and each of last 2 dc. Turn. 19 scale sts.

5th row: Ch 3. V-st in first ch-1 sp. *V-st in next ch-1 sp. Inserting hook from front to back between next 2 scales and ch-1 sp of 3rd row directly behind it, work V-st. Rep from * to last ch-1 sp. V-st in last ch-1 sp. 1 dc in last dc. Turn. 39 V-sts.

6th row: Ch 1. Scale st around first V-st. *Miss next V-st. Scale st around next V-st. Rep from * to last dc. Sl st in last dc. Turn. 20 scale sts. Rep 3rd to 6th rows 21 times more, ending on a 6th row. Do not break yarn. There will be 45 rows of scales.

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Edging:
1st rnd: (RS). Ch 1. 2 sc in same sp as last sl st. Work 89 sc down left side of Blanket, 3 sc in corner, 119 sc across bottom of Blanket, 3 sc in corner, 89 sc up right side of Blanket, 119 sc across top of Blanket and 1 sc in same sp as first sc. Join with sl st in top of first sc. 428 sc.

2nd rnd: Ch 6 (counts as dc and ch-3). 1 dc in same sp as sl st. *[Ch 1. Miss next sc. 1 dc in next sc. Ch 1. Rep from * to next corner sc, (1 dc. Ch 3. 1 dc) in next corner sc] 3 times. **Ch 1. Miss next sc. 1 dc in next sc. Ch 1. Rep from ** to next corner sc. Join with sl st in 3rd ch of ch 6.

3rd rnd: Sl st in first ch-3 sp. Ch 3. 4 dc in same sp as last sl st. *3 dc in each ch-1 sp to next ch- 3 sp. 5 dc in next ch-3 sp. Rep from * around, ending with 3 dc in each ch-1 sp to next ch-3 sp. Join with sl st in top of ch 3.

4th rnd: Ch 3. 2 dc in each dc around. Join with sl st in top of ch 3. 5th rnd: Ch 3. *2 dc in next dc. 1 dc in next dc. Rep from * around. Join with sl st in top of ch 3. Fasten off.

Finishing:
Optional: Cut 4 pieces of ribbon measuring 60″ [152 cm] each. Weave one ribbon piece along each edge of Blanket. Tie bows at each corner.

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35 thoughts on “Crocodile Stitch Baby Blanket

  • December 12, 2013 at 4:46 pm
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    What a cute baby blanket. It looks like it would take forever to make though.

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  • December 12, 2013 at 4:56 pm
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    Oh I’m so glad you posted this! I’ve been thinking it would make a lovely afghan to have one all in crocodile stitch, and here’s a pattern, and free no less! Thank you so much!

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  • December 12, 2013 at 6:11 pm
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    With 5 friends having babies in Feb/March 2014, I am excited to try the crocodile stitch. Thank you for posting the free pattern.

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  • December 21, 2013 at 3:49 am
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    I can’t wait to try this pattern!!

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  • January 17, 2014 at 7:12 pm
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    Thank you so much for this! It’s beautiful. I’ve been crocehting for 18 years but I’ve never seen this stitch before. Can’t wait to give it a try.

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  • February 6, 2014 at 5:15 pm
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    I love, love, love this pattern. Every time I try it ,none of the scales are flat and there is space in the middle of each scale, a hole if you will. Does anyone know what I am doing wrong. I have tried different hook sizes and they all end up the same. I really want to have a go but am getting a bit dispondant with the results.

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    • March 20, 2014 at 6:43 pm
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      Julie, there is a small opening in the middle of the scales because of the ch-1 on the V-st. However it should not be so huge. For what you describe, I believe you are crocheting too tight. Try crocheting looser and with a larger hook.

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  • February 7, 2014 at 8:34 pm
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    We just found out that we are having our first grand baby in late September……so it gives me time to learn this stitch and get the blanket done! Must get started soon, though~
    Thank you for posting this, and free is a bonus.

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  • February 24, 2014 at 9:04 pm
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    Just Learning and I am trying to learn so much thank you

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  • February 26, 2014 at 9:11 pm
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    This baby blanket is beautiful. It was time consuming, but then I did take my time making it so it would look good. I’m now having problems with the border but I think I now know how you did it. I’m going to try it and see what it looks like after it is finished.

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  • March 4, 2014 at 7:43 pm
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    Are my scales supposed to be wrong side showing?

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    • March 20, 2014 at 6:38 pm
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      If you mean the back of your FPdcs showing instead of the front, yes. That is how supposed to be. The FPdc is a reversible stitch, so it does not affect the look of the scales.

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  • June 5, 2014 at 7:12 am
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    would realy like to do the crockerdile pattern

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  • June 11, 2014 at 8:10 pm
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    Forgive my ignorance but what does (WS) stand for at the beginning of row 1? Thank you.

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    • July 12, 2014 at 9:08 pm
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      No problem, Debra. WS in crochet and knitting patterns means “Wrong Side” (the back of the work) and RS means Right Side respectively (the front of work). This is only used when you are working with non-reversible stitches like the crocodile stitch, where there is a front and back. Most crochet stitches are reversible… That’s why you don’t see this notation so often.

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  • January 25, 2015 at 8:50 pm
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    I have never seen this stitch before and am anxious to give it a try. Love the color choice in this blanket. Wish me luck.

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  • April 27, 2015 at 8:37 pm
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    This is an awesome pattern. I have made the shawl but never thought of an afghan . Its wonderful the why it lays so nice . Thank you !

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  • April 27, 2015 at 8:41 pm
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    This is an awesome pattern ! Thank you ! I have made a shawl using it but it is wonderful made into an afghan ! Thank you again

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  • May 3, 2015 at 8:28 pm
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    I love the ease of this stitch but not happy with the look of the wrong side. I would love to give this as a gift but unsure because of that side.

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    • May 20, 2015 at 4:55 pm
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      That is the first time I hear this. In fact some people have told me they even like the wrong side because it looks like the bullion stitch. The Croc stitch is not a reversible stitch. You can always sew fabric in the back to cover it.

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      • December 27, 2015 at 10:11 pm
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        I agree, I think the back side is lovely!

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  • May 6, 2015 at 4:31 am
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    Love this pattern. Doubling it (width and length) for adult version.

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  • May 8, 2015 at 5:46 pm
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    Can this blanket be made larger

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    • May 20, 2015 at 4:52 pm
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      Yes. It can. Just add multiples of 6 to the foundation chain til you get to the width you wish. To increase the length, just keep repeating the Croc Stitch instructions.

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  • May 19, 2015 at 12:01 pm
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    I’m so confused by the edging, it’s not coming out right! Baby Aghan came out Beautiful, now if I can get the edging right!

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  • June 3, 2015 at 9:41 pm
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    I have made several scarves with the crocodile stitch, and it is a fun stitch once you learn it. The is a really good tutorial that shows you how to do the stitches and it helps you make sense of what they are talking about. I just google searched how to crochet crocodile stitch.

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  • June 15, 2015 at 7:56 pm
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    just found out my daughter is having twins so I am going to try this pattern for something different. its a boy & a girl!

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  • June 30, 2015 at 1:05 pm
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    This is lovely some time I will try to do it

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  • September 5, 2015 at 7:28 pm
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    This looks really beautiful and unique. Is it hard to do? Thx for sharing the pattern

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  • October 11, 2016 at 3:02 am
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    Thank you for the gorgeous pattern That will surely keep me busy and i love baby patterns but can be made larger

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