Crocodile Dahlia Square

This really cute Crocodile Stitch pattern is so easy to work up!  Now, this pattern is a bit different as you will start your square at the outer most row of Crocodile Stitches; then you will work your way into the center, reducing each row by 4 Crocodile Stitches as you go.  Next you will work up the top center piece and then complete the square by working the edging.

Please, PLEASE, don’t let the way this pattern is worked up scare you.  It is so easy!  Really!  Once you finish your 3rd row it is nothing but repeats as you work your way into the center of the design.  Plus, Iv even included a video tutorial to help you work your way through the first 5 rows!

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I think this Crocodile Dahlia square would be absolutely beautiful worked into an afghan; either as 12 inch squares or as a single huge square!

Don’t forget to put the pattern to your Raverly Library, add it to your favorites and I would love to see your finished square!

Crocodile Dahlia
Copyright KatiDCreations, 2018

PLEASE READ THE NOTES PRIOR TO WORKING THE PATTERN

Yarn:
Red Heart With Love
CA – Pewter
CB – Peacock
CC – Eggshell

Gauge:
13 DC stitches x 7 rows = 4 inches squared

Hook size:
J/6.00mm

Stitches:
CH – Chain
SC – Single Crochet
HDC – Half Double Crochet
DC – Double Crochet
sl st – Slip Stitch
sp (s) – Spaces
sk – Skip Stitch(es)
RS – Right Side is facing you

Special Stitches:
Picot Crocodile Stitch – I work the Crocodile Stitch as indicated with a Picot between the two sets of 5DC, which is what gives the st a pointed look instead of the traditional curved look of the Crocodile st.
Crocodile Stitch – tutorial found HERE by Moogly
Picot – tutorial found HERE by Moogly
Invisible Join – tutorial found HERE by Look at What I Made

Notes:
1. This square is worked from the outside in. Please don’t let this scare you. The pattern repeats and works up very quickly. If you are not familiar with working the Crocodile Stitch I would HIGHLY recommend crocheting a swatch to get the hang of it.
2. Mark your CH5 sps as it will help you as you work your second row of Crocodile Stitches
3. With each new row of Crocodile Stitches you will be reducing the number by 4 (one on each side of the square)
4. I chose not to finish off CA during the entire square, you can easily carry the yarn up the back of the project without any issues (thus eliminating all those unnecessary ends)

 

Crocodile Dahlia

CA
R1. CH123 (do not join), DC in the 4th CH from hook (the 3 sk chs will be used as your first DC), *CH1, sk next 2 sts, DC in next st, CH1, sk next 2 sts, work 2DC in next st; repeat from * 3 more times, CH1, sk next 5 sts (this is your corner of the square), 2DC in next st; repeat from * 4 more times, continue to repeat around, CH1. On last repeat you will not work the 2DC after skipping the CH5. Make sure your work is not twisted and Join with sl st in top of first DC. Do not finish off, pull up a loop and drop from hook. (5 sets of 2DC between each CH5) You will have a tail of CH5 hanging, you will want to join that to the 4th CH where the first DC was worked into.

CB
R2. RS, Join with sl st into the top of the first single worked DC after any corner, Picot Crocodile, *sl st in next DC, Picot Crocodile; repeat from * to corner, sl st around the CH1 (normally there would be a single DC, but to get the pattern to work you will sl st around the CH1), Picot Crocodile; repeat from * around. Join with sl st in same DC as first sl st was worked. Finish off

CA
R3. Pick CA back up, Turn, sl st in next st, sl st in the sp between the two sets of 5DC of the Picot Crocodile st, sl st in next st, sl st in sl st, CH3 (counts as first DC), DC in same as sl st, *CH1, DC in sp between the two sets of 5DC, CH1, 2DC in next sl st; repeat from * twice more, CH1, sk next 3 st locations (DC, 2DC, DC, this is what allows the square to decrease in size), 2DC in next sl st; repeat from * twice more, on the 4th side of the square you will repeat from * as indicated, CH1, skip next 3 sts and join with sl st in top of first DC.

R4. Turn, RS, st st in CH1 corner, *Picot Crocodile, sl st in next DC; repeat from * twice more, Picot Crocodile, sl st around CH1 sp; repeat from * around. Join with sl st in same CH1 sp as first sl st was worked. (16 Picot Crocodile sts)

R5. Turn, sl st in next st, sl st in the sp between the two sets of 5DC of the Picot Crocodile st, sl st in next st, sl st in sl st, CH3 (counts as first DC), DC in same as sl st, *CH1, DC in sp between the two sets of 5DC, CH1, 2DC in next sl st; repeat from * once more, CH1, sk next 3 st locations (DC, 2DC, DC), 2DC in next sl st; repeat from * around, CH1. Join with sl st in top of first DC. Do not finish off

CC
R6. RS, Join with sl st into the top of the first single worked DC after any corner, Picot Crocodile, *sl st in next DC, Picot Crocodile; repeat from * to corner, sl st around the CH1 sp, Picot Crocodile; repeat from * around. Join with sl st in same DC as first sl st was worked. Finish off (12 Picot Crocodile sts)

CA
R7. Pick CA back up, turn, sl st in next st, sl st in the sp between the two sets of 5DC of the Picot Crocodile st, sl st in next st, sl st in sl st, CH3 (counts as first DC), DC in same as sl st,* CH1, DC in sp between the two sets of 5DC, CH1, 2DC in next sl st, CH1, sk next 3 st locations (DC, 2DC, DC), 2DC in next sl st; repeat from * around, CH1. Join with sl st in top of first DC

R8. RS, sl st in CH1 sp, *Picot Crocodile, sl st in next DC, Picot Crocodile, sl st around CH1 sp; repeat from * around. Join with sl st in same CH1 sp as first sl st was worked. (8 Picot Crocodile sts)

R9. Turn, sl st in next st, sl st in the sp between the two sets of 5DC of the Picot Crocodile st, sl st in next st, sl st in sl st, CH3 (counts as first DC), DC in same as sl st, *CH1, sk next 3 st locations (DC, 2DC, DC), 2DC in next sl st; repeat from * around, CH1. Join with sl st in top of first DC. Finish off

CB
R10. RS, Join with sl st in any CH1 sp, *Picot Crocodile, sl st in CH1 sp; repeat from * around. Join with sl st in same as joining. Finish off.

Center Flower

With CC
Magic Circle
Working in Circle, *3DC, Picot, 3DC, sl st back into the ring; repeat from * 3 more times. Finish off leaving an 18 inch tail so you can attach the Center Flower to the square.

Edging

CA
E1. RS, Join in any CH5 sp, CH1, work 7HDC in CH5 sp (put st marker in the 3rd and 5th HDC worked in corner), HDC in next CH (2DC was worked), *2HDC in CH2 sp, HDC in next CH (single DC was worked), 2HDC in CH2 sp, HDC in next CH (2DC was worked); repeat from * to corner, work 7HDC in CH5 sp (put st marker in 3rd and 5th HDC worked in corner), HDC in next CH (2DC was worked); repeat from * around. Join with sl st in top of first HDC 128 sts

E2. CH1, you will work HDC around entire square, when you get to a HDC with a st marker in it you will work 2HDC
in each of those sts. Join with sl st in first HDC

E3. CH1, HDC in same as joining and around. Finish off and join with Invisible Join

Copyright KatiDCreations.com, 2018
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