To do this project you will need:
HOOK: 5mm hook or a size US H
YARN: 7 or 8 skeins of 4ply US / 10 ply worsted weight yarn depending on how big your making it.
DC = Double Crochet
Sl St = Slip stitch
CH = Chain
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Row 1 = ch 6 and in second ch from hook DC and ch 1, skip a chain and DC 2 into next st and ch 1, skip a ch and DC 1 into last st and ch 1.
Row 2 = Now working on the post only this row, DC 5 onto first post working down,
then DC 5 onto next post working back up.
You have your first Crocodile stitch! Now sl st on the next DC post
Next work another Crocodile stitch using the next 2 DC’s posts.
Ch 1 and turn
Row 3 = This time working in the first part of the top DC, put 2 dc’s in that space, ch 1.
Next DC 1 into the center of the crocodile st from the previous row, ch 1, repeat to the end, once you put your last DC into the Crocodile st from the previous row, you will want to put 2 DC’s in between the 5th and 4th dc’s in the last crocodile st from the previous row. As shown in the photo below.
Keep repeating rows 2 and 3 til you have your shawl as big as your like.
Changing colors as you see above, only on the DC row, not the Crocodile st row.
When your shawl is big enough and you have both sides made you can now sew your project together.
I used the single crochet method. Lay one side down with crocodile scales facing up, then lay the other side on top with the crocodile scales facing down. Now you can start single crocheting about ¾ of the way across and then test it on yourself or another to see where you should stop and start for the head space. Mark your spot and then sc the other side. Leaving a hole for the head. Now you can flip it to face the right way and add your fringe.
To add the fringe take some of the color you wish to use, and using a movie cd case or a book, and wraping it around the wide way, not the long way, wrap it many times keeping note of the end of the yarn where you started, (end on the same side where you started) cut the yarn down one of the sides.
now that you have some yarn bits cut, take 5, or use more if you want thicker fringe, and feed it through the hole at the bottom of the crocodile stitch where the space in between the 5 sets dc’s you made for the scale as shown in the picture below.
Feed the tails through the loop you just pulled through and pull snug
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