What you will need for this project is two skeins of worsted weight yarn, 4 ply US, 10ply AU and a 5mm / H hook.

Abbreviations:
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
sl st = slip stitch
sts = stitches
sk a st = skip a stitch

 

THE TUTORIALS

Right handed version

Left handed version

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To Start:
Ch 3 and sl st into beginning stitch to form a ring

 

Round 1
ch 1 and work 12 DC’s into ring, sl st into beginning stitch (12 sts)

Round 2

ch 1 and dc into the back loop only of the same stitch and then DC into the back loop of the next 2 dc’s. Then go back and DC into the front loops that you skipped, starting from the first dc you did. This is called the Double Crochet Crossover Stitch, if you need a beginner video see this one. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YVkOJb6e6s

Then repeat for rest of round, *dc 1 into the back loop only of the next three stitches, then back up and dc into the front loops you skipped. * repeat until last two stitches. Dc in front loops on last two stitches, then back up and dc into the front loops of the last two stitches. Just like you did before, only you have two stitches instead of three. sl st into beginning stitch (24 sts)

 

Round 3
Repeat round 2 doing the double crochet crossover stitch (48 sts)

 

Round 4

ch 1 and dc into same stitch, and in next 2 stitches, dc inc, dc in next 3 sts, dc increase, Dc 1 in the last 3 sts, sl st into the beginning st. (58 sts)

 

Round 5

ch 1 and dc into same stitch, and in next 2 stitches, dc inc, dc in next 3 sts, dc increase. Until last three stitches of round. They will be worked as followed, Dc 2, dc 1, dc 1. sl st into the beginning st. (72 sts)

 

Round 6

ch 1 and dc into same stitch ch 1, * sk a st, dc 2 into next st , ch 1, sk a st, dc into next st, ch 1* repeat until end of round. No need to ch 1 after the last DC of the round, just sl st into the beginning stitch to end the round and the slip stitch will count as the ch 1.

 

Round 7

ch 1 and using the two dc’s to the left first, working down, * dc 5 using the post of the first dc, then working your way back up. DC 5 onto the other DC post. Sl st into the post of the following DC* work all your stitches this way, sl st into the top of the st of the beginning DC.

 

Crocodile Stitch Draw Bag 1

 

 

Round 8
ch 1 and Turn your work, DC 2 into this same beginning stitch, ch 1, * dc 1 into the middle of the crocodile stitch, ch 1, dc 2 into the top the next dc, ch 1 * repeat until end of round. just sl st into the beginning stitch to end the round and the slip stitch will count as the ch 1.

 

Crocodile Stitch Draw Bag 2

Crocodile Stitch Draw Bag 3

 

 

Round 9
ch 1 and Turn your work, sl st onto the post of the dc to the left, then work your crocodile stitch using the posts of the next 2 dc’s. Sl st into next stitch. Repeat this for rest of round. Sl st into beginning dc.

 

Round 10
ch 1 and Turn your work, DC 2 into this same beginning stitch, ch 1, * dc 1 into the middle of the crocodile stitch, ch 1, dc 2 into the top the next dc, ch 1 * repeat until end of round. just sl st into the beginning stitch to end the round and the slip stitch will count as the ch 1.

 

Round 11
ch 1 and Turn your work, sl st onto the post of the dc to the left, then work your crocodile stitch using the posts of the next 2 dc’s. Sl st into next stitch. Repeat this for rest of round. Sl st into beginning dc.

 

Rounds 12 – 33
ch 1 and Turn your work,
Repeat rounds 8 and 11 until you reach round 38. You should have 14 rounds of crocodile stitch rows.

 

Round 34 (We’re Repeating round 10 one more time)
ch 1 and Turn your work, sl stitch into the first DC of round, then start your first Crocodile stitch in the next double dc’s. Repeat this for rest of round. Sl st into beginning st.

 

Crocodile Stitch Draw Bag 4

Crocodile Stitch Draw Bag 5

 

Round 35
ch 1 and Turn your work,
sl st onto the post of the dc to the left, then work your crocodile stitch using the posts of the next 2 dc’s,as before. Work the round as usual for this round only stop after you have 6 crocodile stitches done. After the sixth crocodile stitch, sl st into the next dc as usual. Ch 3 and turn your work

 

Crocodile Stitch Draw Bag 6

 

Row 36
sl st into the middle of your crocodile stitch and ch 2, DC into this same stitch, ch 1. Dc 2 in the top of the DC from last round and ch 1, continue this until your very last scale, dc in the very last scale (your 6th scale) ch 1 andturn your work

 

Crocodile Stitch Draw Bag 7

Crocodile Stitch Draw Bag 9

Crocodile Stitch Draw Bag 10

 

Row 37
Start your first crocodile stitch to the nearest place to the left in the double dc’s, and work this row as normal, slip stitch into last dc. Ch 3 and turn your work. (5 scales left)

 

Crocodile Stitch Draw Bag 11

 

Row 38
sl st into the middle of your crocodile stitch and ch 2, DC into this same stitch, ch 1. Dc 2 in the top of the DC from last round and ch 1, continue this until your very last scale, dc in the very last scale (your 5th scale) ch 1 and turn your work

 

Row 39
Repeat row 37, you should be decreasing by one crocodile scale each row. (4 scales left)

 

Row 40
Repeat row 38

 

Row 41

Repeat row 37 ( 3 scales left)

 

Row 42
Repeat row 38

 

Row 43
Repeat row 37 ( 2 scales left)

 

Row 42
Repeat row 38

 

Row 43
Repeat row 37 , sl st into final dc and ch 1 and cut your yarn leaving a tail to be worked in with a tapestry needle. ( 1 scales left)

 

Crocodile Stitch Draw Bag Flap

Making the string

Ch 101, cut yarn leaving some tail to be worked in later. Feed it through row 34 , weaving in and out of the dc stitches, and behind the crocodile scale stitches.

 

The Handles

Connect to the left side of the flap, (or the right side if your left handed) and working to the left of the scale on the flap, start in the top of the double dc’s where you would normally do a scale and instead do a sc attachment. Sc into the next 6 sts giving you 7 sc’s total. Ch 1 and turn working 7 sc’s across the handle. Ch 1 and turn and repeat until your handle is 66 rows or as long as you want. Just end on an even number.

Crocodile Stitch Draw Bag 12

Crocodile Stitch Draw Bag 13

Find your 7 stitches on the other side of your bag, starting from the first 2 double crochets from the scale of the flap and counting over 7. Mark this 7thstitch with a marker and turn your bag inside out.

Crocodile Stitch Draw Bag 14

Now from your marker, count over to the right 7 stitches. Go through the stitch on your strap, then through this 7th stitch, and working this way until you attach all 7 stitches and reached your marker. Ch 1 and cut yarn leaving a tail to be worked into the strap.

Use it as is as a tote bag or add a lining if you wish to use it as a purse. Enjoy!

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