Moira has been crocheting since she was 14 years old. She loves experimenting with small crochet projects.
When I first saw the crocodile scarf, I was amazed by how stunning the pattern was. I couldn't understand, though, why they named it crocodile stitch* when it is uber soft and dainty compared to crocodile scales. They should have thought of something more appropriate for this beautiful pattern.like mermaid scales stitch or something...
I am just so eager to use it in my crochet projects. Using plarn** and a hook a bit too big for my plarn, I set off to make me a small pouch. The loose tension of my crochet gave my pouch its delicate look. I super love it! This pouch was to be my flagship product in the very first bazaar I will join.
* I wrote an in-depth discussion of how to crochet the CROCODILE CROCHET STITCH PATTERN, which includes free written and charted pattern too for the basic crocodile stitch. Please read it to make crocheting this pouch easy. Most of the terms I used here were defined in that article.
- The resulting purse is shorter than the foundation chain because for every 6 chains, there is only an equivalent of 5 stitches worked on round 1. To remedy this, make your foundation chain longer than your desired finished width.
- This purse is crocheted without turning. Therefore, don't be afraid if the beginning of each odd row slowly moves from the side towards the center.
- This pattern is written in a very generic form. You can adapt it to any size you like.
- All my patterns are free. Check them all out here.
Materials and Tools
- a lot of yarn of your choice (I used flesh 1/4-in single strand plarn from 2 extra large shopping bags)
- zipper of similar color to your yarn (I used YKK 7-in zipper)
- small piece of cloth for lining (I used scrap cloth from my father's shirt that I murdered a year ago when I got interested in t-shirt surgery)
- crochet hook suitable for your yarn (I used #5 hook because I wanted loose tension for my purse)
- sewing thread, needle and pins for applying zipper and lining
Length: 4.5 in
Width: 6 in
- ch - chain
- dc - double crochet
- sl st - slip stitch
- sp - space
- sk - skip
Foundation Chain: Ch 40 (or a multiple of 6 + 4)
Round 1: Ch 3, dc in the 4th ch from hook [ch 1, sk 2 ch, dc* in next ch, ch 1, sk 2 ch, 2 dc** in next ch], repeat till 3 ch left, ch 1, sk 2 ch, 1 dc in last ch. Continue work on the other side of the chain. [Ch 1, 2dc** where lone-dc was anchored, ch 1, dc* where twin-dc was anchored] repeat till last lone dc, ch 1, dc where the first dc of the row was anchored, ch 1, sl st to ch before 1st dc of the row.
Round 2: Ch 1, 5 dc in ch-3 sp, 5 dc along the post of next dc worked from base to top, sl st to next dc, [5 dc along the post of next dc worked from top to base, 5 dc along the post of next dc worked from base to top, sl st to next dc] repeat till last lone dc, sl st to first dc made for the round, sl st to top of lone dc.
Round 3: Ch 3, dc in last lone dc, ch 1 [dc* in between twin dc, ch 1, 2 dc** in lone dc, ch 1] repeat till throughout the round, sl st to top of ch-3.
Repeat Round 2&3 alternately ending with a Round2-repeat.
Finish the purse by working sc's on all the stitches of last odd round.
My purse has a total of 17 rounds including the finishing sc-round.
* This single dc in odd rounds will be referred to as lone dc.
** This 2dc-group in odd rounds will be referred to as twin dc.
After crocheting the purse, its time to add the zipper and lining. I followed this tutorial by Carrie Wolf because it has clear instructions and lots of photos to get you through.
I first used this tutorial when I finished my Ripple Purse and I've made significant progress in my sewing. Check out the photos for evidence!
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2011 Moira Durano-Abesmo
Comments Make ME Happy!
Moira Durano-Abesmo (author) from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines on August 18, 2013:
Barbara Badder from USA on August 14, 2013:
I sent the link to my crochet group.
Moira Durano-Abesmo (author) from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines on February 08, 2013:
Thank you, Anusha!
anusha kommuru on February 07, 2013:
i like all your pencil pouches they re very preety
Moira Durano-Abesmo (author) from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines on March 07, 2012:
I checked the pattern and there was no mistake in that part.
Round 2: Ch 1, 5 DC IN CH-3 SP, 5 dc along the post of next dc worked from base to top.
Ch-3 here is equivalent to the first dc in a twin dc. The 5 DC'S worked on the ch-3 sp, will be crocheted from the top to the base of ch-3, forming the first half of the scale.
That is why the pattern says, 5 DC ALONG THE POST OF THE NEXT DC WORKED FROM BASE TO TOP, to complete the scale.
Sorry about the capital letters. I'm not shouting at you, I'm just trying to emphasize.
I hope this clears the pattern instructions to you.
Aida Adham on March 06, 2012:
Hai there Moira. Thanks for a lovely pattern. I was trying your pattern, and I spotted a mistake:
Your original pattern:
Round 2: Ch 1, 5 dc in ch-3 sp, "5 dc along the post of next dc worked from base to top".
Shouldn't it be ,
Round 2: Round 2: Ch 1, 5 dc in ch-3 sp, "5 dc along the post of next dc worked from top to base".
As I was trying the pattern, if crocheting from base to top, it did not create a scale. As the project become somehow tangling.
Pardon me if I am wrong, but I've tried it a lot of times, still I couldn't get the first scale.
Thanks again for the lovely pattern. Cheers from Malaysia.
Moira Durano-Abesmo (author) from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines on February 12, 2012:
You're welcome Elisa! And thanks for leaving a comment. You made me HAPPY!
elisa on February 12, 2012:
Very nice pouch, great to give for a present. You are very talented. Thank you for the pattern.
Moira Durano-Abesmo (author) from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines on November 19, 2011:
Thank you, htodd. I'm happy you found it great.
htodd from United States on November 19, 2011:
That's really great info..Nice
Moira Durano-Abesmo (author) from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines on October 05, 2011:
You're very welcome AMY JANE! It's my pleasure!
amy jane from Connecticut on October 04, 2011:
This is such a cute design! Thanks for sharing. :)
Moira Durano-Abesmo (author) from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines on October 02, 2011:
Thank you Stephanie!
Stephanie Henkel from USA on October 02, 2011:
I love this crocodile stitch! While I've done some crocheting with "plarn", I haven't tried anything as dainty looking as this little purse. It looks like a fun project, and your step-by-step instructions and photos are perfect. Voted up!
Moira Durano-Abesmo (author) from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines on September 29, 2011:
Go for it MARY! And don't forget to make a hub showing off what you made. I'm sure it's going to be pretty. :D
LadyShael on September 29, 2011:
What a FANTASTIC 'Hubsite' you made Moira! You are the reason I joined :-) I am on disability so I don't have much money for yarn, and you just gave a WONDERFUL gift of all of a sudden having LOTS of 'yarn' I can work with! ALL my Friends have extra plastic bags they don't want and they save me the different coloured ones especially. You have GREAT patterns too, I am going to try the alligator purse first, it is so pretty!
Thank you so much!