|Pictures of inspiration by zoomyummy, Mike Sellick, and Catherine Hirst|
So that is what I did today and here is my first attempt:
The first row of any project is usually somewhat frompy and wonky. Yes I'm pretty sure those are real words. The first row tends to twist and is hard to hold onto. Once you get past the first row, things start falling into place.
|My very first attempt at the crocodile stitch (Using Red Heart yarn and a "J" crochet hook)|
Then, following the tutorial, I press on.
The second row helps shore up the "scales" and now it's starting to look like something. The pattern goes one row of 4 scales, then a row of three. This way, you will have an even edge going up the sides. I decide to try a few more rows.
|Hey, I think I'm getting the hang of this!|
The hardest part of this stitch is the second half of the scale. The first side of the scale is from the right side, but the other side of the scale you have to hold the project oddly and almost do five double crochets "backward" or back up the other side of the scale. It doesn't feel right or look right until you get to the top, then you lay the scale flat, and all of the sudden it looks great.
The back of the project sort of resembles a "ladder" for the scales to climb up on.
|I want to find a longer variegated yarn that doesn't change colors so fast, like Mikey had in his tutorial.|
|Hey this is getting fun! Long live the crocodile.|
Once you master this stitch there are some darn cute things you can make with it. I am most inspired by zoom yummy, look how cute this hand bag is!
|Petra over at ZoomYummy rocks. How cute is this?!|
She has Etsy shop where you can purchase this pattern so you can make it for yourself! Another cute thing she made was this scarf. I love the color!
|Pictures used with permission from Petra over at ZoomYummy|
I like that solid yarn colors look just as great as variegated ones.
|This picture is by Catherine Hirst over at her blog|
|Free pattern for this granny square by Joyce Lewis over at Ravelry|
So I will keep you posted on my new stitch. So far it's been a bit of a challenge but ended up being fun. I'm thinking of finding a softer yarn and try a full length scarf, followed shortly by a little hand bag. Can't wait to see what I'll make from it. Have you completed any projects with this stitch? Feel free to share. :)