Cult of Crochet

Crocodile Scarf Tail

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So this is where I’m up to with the crocodile scarf. I looked at a few different websites explaining the crocodile stitch and while everyone does seem to do it slightly differently once I got my head around the general idea it was actually very easy. I also discovered that my main issue with watching videos to learn stitches is that I get bored after about 10 seconds. Apart from videos there didn’t seem to be much of anything else and what there was was quite sketchy and vague. So for everyone out there like me here is a detailed photo tutorial of how I created the scarf so far….

Crochet terms are English as always so have a look at the conversion chart for the American alternatives. Also as I’m left-handed all the photos show the steps as seen by a left-handed crocheter – I’ll try to give written instructions for both left and right-handers but if you’re right-handed and struggling try flipping the photos and if you’re still confused then leave a comment or drop me an email.

Some of the instructions I watched flipped the work back and forth to create the scales however I found it easier to always have the front facing me and spin the work. Experiment and do whatever works for you though.

TAIL

Step 1. Chain 3

Step 2. tr into the 3rd chain from the hook.

Step 3. turn 90 degrees anticlockwise (clockwise if you’re right-handed) and crochet 5tr around the tr from step 2.

Step 4. ch1 and turn the work 180 degrees anticlockwise (clockwise if you’re right-handed) and crochet 5tr around the initial chains from step 1.

Step 5. ch2, slip stitch into the centre top of the scale. chain 2 and tr into the top of the scale again. This is the basis for the next scale.

Step 6. turn 90 degrees anticlockwise (clockwise if you’re right-handed) and crochet 5tr around the tr from the previous step.

Step 7. ch1, turn 180 degrees anticlockwise (clockwise if you’re right-handed) and crochet 5tr around the chains from step 5.

Repeat steps 5-7 until the tail is as long as you would like it. My scarf has 8 scales in the tail. Now we need to increase up to the width of the main body of the scarf….

INCREASING

Step 8. ch2, tr around the last tr of the scale

Step 9. ch1, tr into the centre top of the scale, ch1, 2tr between the first and second tr of the scale

Step 10. Follow steps 6 & 7 to create a scale around the 2 trebles you just completed

Step 11. We now need to attach this scale to the single treble from step 9. Turn the work 180 degrees so it is as shown in the photo below and insert the hook under the single tr as shown by the red arrow and slip 1 stitch.

Step 12. Keeping the work in this orientation follow steps 6 & 7 again to create a second scale around the chains and trebles on the other side (this can be a little awkward the first few times).

We are now going to increase again on the next row.

Step 13. ch2, tr around last tr of scale, ch1, tr into centre of scale, ch1, 2tr between the scales, ch1, tr into centre of scale, ch1, 2tr into 1st treble of the end scale.

Step 14. Repeat steps 10-12 to create scales around each set of 2 trebles.

To make the increase up to the full scarf width gradual we are now going to decrease on the next row before increasing again…

DECREASING

Step 15. ch2, sl st into the centre of the 1st scale, ch2, sl st between the first and second scale, ch2, tr between the first and second scale, ch1, tr into the centre top of next scale, ch1, 2tr between the next scales. Your work should now look like the photo below.

Step 16. Repeat steps 10-12 again to create scales around the sets of 2 trebles.

Now you know how to increase and decrease you can use the steps above to make the crocodile scarf as follows (if you have followed all the steps above you will have just completed row 4).

I am using bamboo ribbon yarn that I’m not sure of the weight of and a 5mm hook which makes each scale ~2.5cm (1 inch) in width and height.

row 1 (tail): 1 scale for as long as you like (I have used a chain of 8 scales for my tail)

row 2: increase to 2 scales

row 3: increase to 3 scales

row 4: decrease to 2 scales

row 5: increase to 3 scales

row 6: increase to 4 scales

row 7: increase to 5 scales

row 8: decrease to 4 scales

Continue alternating between 4 and 5 scales to a row until the body of the scarf is as long as you want it. Then check back for instructions of how to complete the head once I get to that myself :)

See you later alligator….

UPDATE: The scarf is now finished. Instructions for the head and finishing touches can now be found here: Crocodile Scarf Head

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