Crocodile Stitch Kimono Top
by Rachel Azulay©
US Crochet hook size G (4.00 mm)
Size G (4.00 mm) crochet hook
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Double Crochet (dc)
Right Side (RS)
Single Crochet (sc)
Slip Stitch (sl st)
Wrong Side (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.
V-Stitch (V-st) – Work (dc 1, ch1, dc 1) in st indicated.
In ribbed dc (dc in the back loop only) pattern: 7 sts and 3 1/2 rows = 2″
1- Instructions given to size Small through Large in black font; changes for sizes X-Large through 3 X-Large are in [ ] and color coded in red for easy identification.
2- The blouse construction requires no shaping with increases or decreases, which makes for an easy garment project for beginners and intermediate crocheters. This project is worked in three parts: bodice section, made in a ribbed, form flattering stitch pattern; top front and back sections crocheted in both ribbed section and Crocodile Stitch. There are a total of 6 individual pieces that are joined during finishing with minor sewing.
3- 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 for Top Ribbed Section (make two using same directions)
Row 1 (Row 1): Dc in 4th ch from hook (beg ch-3 counts as dc) dc in each across; turn – (63 dc)
Row 2 – Row 24 (Row 2 – Row 29): Working in Back Loops only, Ch 3 (counts as dc here and throughout), dc in each dc across; turn. – (63 dc)
Bodice Section (make two following the same directions):
Row 1 (Row 1): Dc in 4th ch from hook (beg ch-3 counts as dc) dc in each across; turn – (54 dc)
Row 2 – Row 31 (Row 2 – 36): Working in Back Loops only, Ch 3 (counts as dc here and throughout), dc in each dc across; turn. – (54 dc)
Next week, Wednesday, April 4th we will post Part Two of the Kimono Top.
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