Sunday, January 16, 2011

Crocodile Stitch


...so I came across a lovely pattern on www.ravelry.com that included using, what they called, the Crocodile Stitch.

Firstly, I have no problem paying for a pattern that someone has created and
posted on the internet. I have no problem paying for an item that I don't want to make myself, from the internet.

BUT, I don't think there is any reason to have to pay to learn a stitch. ONE STINKING STITCH! Then I can make anything I want! Would you expect to charge someone to learn how to make a double crochet? No, I don't think so.

So I really loved this "Crocodile Stitch", but couldn't find it anywhere in an
y pattern that wasn't charging me. I did find a few videos on You-Tube and after watching them a hundred times, came up with my own method. Here is one such video: (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puCaY4mfTo4)

This video, however, only shows how to create the first row, and not the second row and so forth. So again, I figured it out (MY OWN WAY, you can change it up any which way you want to!) and came out with nice results.

So to be a good citizen, I will share my method with you, so that you can have a lovely scarf for yourself and your loved ones.






Crocodile Stitch Scarf

Medium: Crochet

Tools: You can use whatever yarn/hook combination you want. For this swatch I used an "I" hook, and worsted weight yarn, more specifically, "I love this yarn!" bought at my loca
l Hobby Lobby.

Gauge: Whatever you want! :)

Abbreviations: ch - chain, DC - double crochet



Create slip knot. Chain in increments of 3 until you have a chain as long as you want for what you are making.
* For the scarf I made above, I chained 18.

DC in 3rd chain from hook.
*Ch 2, Skip 2 ch, 2 DC* until the end of the chain.

Ch 1. Without turning work over, turn your work 90 degrees.

5 DC in first DC

Ch 1.

5 DC in second DC. This is your first shell/scallop/scale.

Skip next set of 2 DC's. Create Scale pattern in the 3rd set of 2 DC's.

Skip next set of 2 DC's. Create Scale pattern in the 5th set of 2 DC's.

Continue to the end of the row.

Ch 2, turn work over.

2 DC into center of the last Scale you crocheted. Ch 2.

2 DC between the last 2 Scales you crocheted. Ch 2.

Continue to the end of the row.

Ch 1. Turn work over.

Crochet the Scale pattern into the first set of 2 DC's. Skip 2nd set of DC's, crochet the Scale pattern into the 3rd set of DC's and continue to the end of the row.

Make this pattern however long you want, in this case, into a neck warmer or a scarf.

Enjoy!


312 comments:

  1. Hey! I fully agree with you on the paying for single stitch instructions. Ridiculous!

    I also wanted to share an item that was made with this (or a very similar) stitch. It's a tea cozy designed by another on Ravelry and posted on her blog. Here's a link...

    http://crochetroo.blogspot.com/2006/05/scallop-tea-cosy-instructions.html

    Just wanted to share!

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  2. Hi Tinajo!

    Thanks for sharing that with me. I'm actually aware of that tea cosy pattern, but that pattern has the scallops in the same vertical rows, unlike this pattern shows. The pattern I made up alternates the scallops, which is the effect I was going for.

    Thanks again!

    Jenny

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  3. I love you for sharing this!!!

    I was aldo very annoyed to pay for a stitch, so I also used youtube to learn this stitch. However I used the tutorials from Ivy's creations crochet:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bM60MG22S1Q&feature=&p=0579EF442660CA9C&index=0&playnext=1

    She has made a gorgeous dress with it!

    I am just finishing the triangle scarf with this one and used the same stitch as you did. I used a 4 mm hook and 2090 meters!

    The "original" stitch known on ravelry is a little different because the scales are larger. They use treble's for the scales so it uses less yarn and it's a lot faster. The stitch is also different because it uses 2 ch between the Treble's of the back row. But I prefer the original small scales like yours ;-)

    Thanks for sharing!!!

    Marloes

    Raveler: Only

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  4. Thank you for posting this! I purchased one of the patterns a bit back but agree that paying for a pattern for a single stitch is kind of silly.

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  5. Marloes, you're welcome! I know there's a video online but it isn't in English...so I thought I'd come up with my own method and post it. I need to work on doing a video demonstration and posting that too, but unfortunately, I'm not good with a camera lol...and I hate my voice!

    Syntax, you're welcome! Yeah, I never pay for patterns or stitches. The yarn and needles are expensive enough as it is! :)

    Jenny

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  6. You are a very talented and generous lady! Your scarf is beautiful! Thanks so much for your free pattern.

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  7. this is lovely. thanks for sharing! :)

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  8. Thank you! Hope you enjoy it like I have.

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  9. Thank you! I fell in love with this stitch, which is one of the reason I decided to take up crocheting again, but I refuse to pay to learn something, thats just ridiculous.

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  10. I've loved this stitch since the first time I saw it on Ravelry, but I too was hesitant to purchase. I really want to make a blanket to use for a photography prop. Thank you so much for providing this for us! I can't wait to try it out!!

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  11. thanks so much for posting this in English!!! I saw a few charts in portugese and russian going around the web:) Will definitely try it!!!!

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  12. You're welcome!!! I'm pleased as punch that you all are enjoying this stitch. I don't know about you all, but I prefer written instruction instead of spanish spoken instructions. lol call me crazy...

    I'll make a video demonstrating this stitch eventually. Some people learn different ways...written, visual, etc.

    Jenny

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  13. It's lovely. Thank you so much.

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  14. Thanks for the free pattern!

    Btw, I love your new hairstyle ... very chic :)

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  15. Thank you! I thought I would have to transcribe the YouTube video! Blessings upon you!

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  16. Oh thank you thank you thank you!!! I too have been searching the internet to learn this stitch. You are so wonderful to share it with us for FREE :o)

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  17. No problem!! :) I'm still trying to post a video demonstration for this stitch, but it came out too long. Ugh!

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  19. thank you thank you i also have no problem paying for anything,i just didn't want to use credit card for just one stitch,being a senior i have to watch my pennies thks a million we have such wonderful talent out here in crochet and knitting world>>all the crafts people do just amazing

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  20. Thank you for posting and your hard work. Very unique!

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  21. You're welcome smiley!! I'm glad you like it. It was inspired by other people's creations, but I'm glad I could get it on here free. I'm going to make a video today to post so you can have that too!!

    Jenny

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  22. Amen, woman! Paying for a single stitch is NOT cool.

    I kinda know this stitch by figuring it out on my own too, but I'm very happy to now have a reference place to call upon when I need a reminder!

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  23. the scarf you made is so beautiful :) thank you so much for sharing the stitch with us in Seattle ;)

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  24. Terry Devine aka sunnywolfgarJanuary 20, 2011 at 10:36 PM

    This stitch is on my to do list, Trying to get a few wip's done before I start anything else.

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  25. Awesome stitch!! its something new and creative and I cant wait to use it on my next project

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  26. I want to add my thanks to you also. I, too, had watched the videos already on YouTube, but found them confusing. Your written instructions as well as your videos have made this stitch perfectly clear. Thank you!

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  27. The coolest thing is that you came up with your own way of doing it. Instead of paying for instructions, you came up with a version of your very own, and to me, that's kind of magical!

    Beautiful scarf!

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  28. Wow, thanks guys! I feel extra special. :) Hope you enjoy the new videos!!

    Jenny

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  29. I too have been burned by having to buy a pattern to learn a stitch, but in my case I bought an entire book for the so-called "Bavarian Stitch". I saw the book, did a search for "Bavarian Stitch" and all leads went to the book, so I bought it. AFTER I did, I found other patterns using "Star Stitch", "Wool Eater", etc., it really ticked me off! As soon as I saw the link to your videos on Crochet Pattern Central, I ran down the hall to my craft room, grabbed the first yarn that came to hand, a Deborah Norville sock yarn, and began. I love this stitch!! Your videos are easy to follow and I learned to do this in just a few minutes. Thanks so much!!!

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  30. I fell in love with this stitch first time I saw it on Ravelry too. Agree with you for sharing how to stitch this. I'll pay for a pattern but not a stitch! World needs more people like you!

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  31. Is there a way to increase with this stitch? At the ends of rows? In the middle of rows?

    Sorry I have to post as anonymous, but can't figure out my URL (senior moment in progress)
    Ellen (bennietheshrink@yahoo.com)

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  32. Craftygma...your story made me so happy...thank you! I'm really glad you like it. Funny, I first tried this stitch with sock yarn too! haha...it was stretchy. I loved it.

    Thanks Loraly!!! That's so sweet of you to say. :) *blush*

    I don't know about increasing and decreasing, I assume you would add scales at the end of the rows, or subtract from the end of the row.I think if you tried to decrease in the middle of the row it would pucker too much.

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  33. Jenny! You are a lifesaver! I've been "lusting" after the patterns on Ravelry, but I just have this "thing" - it goes against the grain to PAY for a stitch! Plus, money is tight right now, but even if it wasn't, I wouldn't pay. Your video tutorial is amazing; and your voice is great, lol. Now, since I'm a "leftie" I have to figure this out. It looks a little tricky, but no more difficult than BPDC and FPDC, and I managed to make those work out. Again, thanks a million!!!

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  34. This is too funny! I felt the same way, and figured it out from the videos online as well. I did buy the shawl pattern to figure out how to make it triangular and how to increase. Thanks for posting this!

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  35. Thank you so much for posting this... I found you looking for that stitch, and I didn't want to buy the pattern just to learn it. I think you are a saver, and very tallented... I added you to my followers... your explanations are great, simple and very easy to follow!
    Thanks!

    I'd like to post about this in my blog if that's ok with you... (?)

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  36. Shanti, that's fine! :)

    Thanks guys! I love hearing from you every day, it makes my day!

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  37. I am going to share this with my ladies craft group!! Thank you so VERY much! It is MUCH easier than it looks thanks to your very well detailed and easy to follow instructions :) The video along with the instructions made it a breeze! I am now making a scarf for one of my best girlfriends. She'll LOVE it :)
    Thank You Again,
    Sandi Ratliff

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  38. I hope I can comment this time, tried b4 and wouldn't work. Well, as stated, You are an excellent instructor. Truly it is easier than it looks.

    Going to make a throw to go over their chair for someone as a gift.

    Thanks, Thanks, Thanks,
    Vee

    Be Blessed, Be Safe and Thank God Daily

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  39. I was wondering the same with the crocodile stitch. I asked around and found out it's called ponto escama (which I think it means point scale...I think)so if you look up the name you'll find videos on how to do the stitch and the chart for it. It's in Portuguese.

    Here's a website that has a chart:

    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_X2eRK9w_p1c/TG608UD5EoI/AAAAAAAACiU/kn4uUHf8gLI/s1600/cach+escama.png

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  40. paying for a stitch? hhmmmppphhhffffff!

    Thank you!

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  41. What a find!!!! I am so excited about this stitch!!! I had to watch the videos to get a clear understanding of what to do - not sure I could write the instructions any clearer. But I finally figured it out and am loving the stitch!!!

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  42. Jenny - LOVE this pattern, but can't get past the second row; I know I must be doing something wrong; I did four motifs in the first row, then five in the second, now I don't know how to go back to four in the third; I'm stucker than stuck, and I thought I was doing so well; especially for a leftie! Any help would be SO appreciated; thanks!

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  43. I'm having the same problem as Juli. Can't get past the second row. I also have four scales in the first row, and five in the second, and want to go back down to four. I'm just glad I'm not the only one stuck!

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  45. Juli and Teresa, what I did to start the 3rd row and go back to less scales was: I worked just 4 dc in the last side of my last scale, then 3ch and sl st in the dc holding my scale, then 3 ch to start the foundation row again.
    Hope that is somehow clear.

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  46. I love you. Thank you!! I figured most of it out from the tea cozy, but the ends when staggering the scales really threw me. I haven't crocheted for years, knitting instead, and have searched all night for this... Bless the interwebs!

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  47. Wow - thank you so much for posting this!! Like everyone else, I fell in love with this stitch pattern on Ravelry, but just could not justify what little wriggle room I have in the budget on a single stitch. Again - thank you!

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  48. This is awesome! I saw the stitch in the Etsy shop of the lady that supposedly created it. She sells lots of items made with it and also sells the instructions. I was hoping someone would figure it out & post it. I appreciate it so very much!

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  49. ty i'd never heard or seen this stitch but always on the look out for something new.... i'm thinking my 2yr olds obsession with new handbags will love this style :D ty so much love the look of the finished effect :D

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  50. Wonderful!

    I learned this stitch from crochetroo's delightful--and VERY effective--tea cozy:
    http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/scallop-tea-cosy
    Takes a whale of a lot of yarn, but that's what keeps the tea hot!

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  51. thank you so much for posting this!

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  52. Thank you times a million for figuring this out! I love the look of that stitch!

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  53. Thank you, can't wait to try this!

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  54. Thanks so much for posting your videos on this stitch! What a blessing! I have a question though, let's say you start with five scales in your first row...would the second row have 4 and the third have 5? Or should there always be 5 scales but each row is offset? I LOVE this stitch and thing you are fabulous for teaching us!

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  55. <3
    For a long time, I could only find instructions for this stitch in Portuguese, which I couldn't read, or that one on Etsy, which I wasn't gonna pay for.

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  56. thank you for sharing!beautyful work.
    i have a question:
    stitch one shows how to get 4 on 3 but how to get 3 on 4?how looks the back side of the ready work?
    sorry for my english,it is not good.
    greetings
    Joana

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  57. You are awesome! Thank you so much. I can't wait to play with this stitch.

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  58. Okay, I couldn't resist...I had to try it. And honestly, your videos were PERFECT. I'm on row 4 and it looks great. Thank you again! I've fallen in love with this stitch!!

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  59. I LOVE this!! Thank you for posting!!

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  60. one word needed here AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (ok more words needed) THANK YOU for not being
    controlled by GREED.

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  61. Actually I would pay for a single stitch! As you have found this stitch is not a simple and generic stitch like double crochet, which is used as a basis for many others. No this is a stitch that involved difficult trial and error and working out. It probably is in a book somewhere and that is probably where users got it - i.e. they bought it! They then developed a pattern with it and sell it. Now even if it is a stitch like double crochet, and I couldn't do it properly I would have happily paid for someone to explain it well with photo's etc. This is all someone is doing when they sell a stitch. They are charging for their time and expertise - photo's and clear instructions take a lot of work and effort and many can't do it well. I have paid for a knitting stitch as I simply couldn't find it anywhere else - it is an Estonian stitch. Some people like to share, some people try to earn money. You take your pick but I think it IS valid to charge for stitch tutorials. When all is said and done have you created the real crocodile stitch? (Now I do know that that is technically immaterial as it is a nice stitch and your own variation crocodile stitch etc, but you know what I mean - there is no standardisation of the stitch here - which may or may not matter. There is far too much of a reluctance in my view to buy anything in my view - in the days before Ravelry and the Internet ALL those patterns would be paid for. I think we have got greedy!

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  62. The fact that you wanted this stitch so badly that you searched high and low for it just proves that it's worth paying for. In fact, like you said, if you paid to learn it, then you could make anything you wanted from it later. How is that not worth money?

    And now that you took the time to suss out the stitch yourself, create tutorials, etc, you actually know how much work went into it. How is that time and effort not worth money.

    Sure, you can decide to share all your hard work for free, but it's strange that you expect other people to share their hard work for free.

    It makes me sad to see you and all the other commenters who are saying, "Oh! I love this stitch and have been searching everywhere for it" also say in the same breath, "But I'd never pay for it."

    And, for what it's worth, people *do* pay to learn double crochet - from books and in classes.

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  63. I'm sorry you both feel that way.

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  64. If a person wants to keep their secret or force people to reverse-engineer a finished piece, they need to keep the information off the web.

    It's not exactly fair, but crochet is simple mathematics and it's not rocket science. If you see a piece and you're able to figure out how it's been made, I don't see how you've violated anything.
    By the way, what I suspect to be the original method (a better one in my opinion for this stitch) is on Youtube in full detail.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MMPLqDMUuA

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  65. Jenny, thanks so much for your super easy to follow directions. I've watched other videos about this stitch, but yours is the best by far.

    Because of you, I've made a hat, scarf, bag, and necklace and plan on doing the hoodie.

    Thanks again for your genius and sharing what you learned with the crochet community who loves this stitch.

    You are my hero.

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  66. I want to join in with everyone else who is thanking you for this stitch. Considering the research and time you took to develop your version and share it with the world- job well done!
    I also love to donate my knowledge as I feel that it is a gift to be shared.

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  67. Thank you for sharing! I've been lusting after this stitch for a while and wanted to try the stitch out - just a sampling, mind you. Thanks for an awesome tutorial!

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  68. thanks for posting this. I've watched the tutorials to learn this stitch. The reason I didn't want to pay for it is I didn't want to butt heads over copyright infringements. I make items to sell to fund my fiber addiction and freeform art. Now I can incorporate this stitch into my freeform work. Thanks again!

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  69. What I find even funnier, is someone who'll post a pattern, attempt to charge money for it, but then give several close up photos that show you the exact detail and stitches -- so yeah, I copied THAT scarf!

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  70. Just found this through Pinterest and it is gorgeous! You are so, so kind to provide the pattern for FREE! I {heart} free! I took one look at this and thought owl feathers. I'm putting it on my crochet to do list! Thank you again!

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  71. I happened across this pattern from crochetpatterncentral and I hafta say a huge THANK YOU!!!!

    I have been crocheting since I was about 11 years old; I am now 49 and have never known anything but the basic chain and double crochet.

    I am doing my teenage daughter a throw with this stitch; will alternate black, white, and pink yarns.

    I will certainly post a pic if I EVER get it completed LOL

    You are great and I hope to see more videos from you. You are so patient and explain things in a way that even my old brain can understand :)

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  72. Oh wow, that is gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing that!

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  73. Thank you so much for sharing this. I was looking for a stitch to go in a field between granny squares (the original in the pattern was very ugly) This will be perfect!! Thanks for sharing a unique stitch

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  74. totally awesome!!!! thank you for sharing!!!!

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  75. you guys are a bunch of douchebags who care so little for someone elses time and effort. but dont worry, things always come around.

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  76. I find it hard to find free stitch patterns & find it annoying to pay for making a stitch... that being said THANK YOU!!! I was looking for something unique to make a for a throw to use on our chaise & fell in LOVE with this!! Just what I was looking for & didn't know it LOL!! THANK YOU AGAIN!!!

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  77. Thank you so much for posting that wonderful pattern!

    Thanks to your pattern, I can adapt it to make a "dragon-scale" blanket for my husband, who is a fan of dragons. :)

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  78. Thanks so much for for figuring out the stitch and sharing. My girlfriend brought the instructions to our boys Lacrosse game and asked me to help her with it. She couldn't understand how to do it. As I read the instructions and tried to visualize it, I couldn't figure it out either. So I just grabbed my ever present yarn bag, used the other end of a skein of yarn I was making a hat with and plunged in. Very easy, very well written pattern. Thanks so much from both of us.

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  79. Yay! Thank you thank you thank you! I can't wait to get started on this. :) Thank you for figuring it out for the rest of us!

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  80. I just learned to knit about 5 months ago---still wanting to learn to crochet too! But, I just had to say THANK YOU for posting this tutorial & I WHOLEHEARTEDLY agree that it is so ridiculous to have to pay to learn to crochet or knit stitches!!

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  81. Amazing pattern! Can't wait to try it out! Thanks so much!

    PS: What is the color of the blue yarn you used? It is beautiful!

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  82. Thanks! This is by far the coolest stitch I have seen! Looks great - you did a fantastic job! Thanks for sharing!!

    Melissa
    Crocheting Over Coffee

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  83. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! I totally agree with you. I am willing to pay for patterns, items and such. But to pay to learn a stitch. I love your scarf and will make several to donate, my label will include a thank you to you for your help.

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  84. Thank you for sharing this. I've never followed a tutorial on a blog but this was like having a friend teach me a new stitch. I love this pattern and can't wait to create something with it after I get it mastered.

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  85. I bought a pattern for making a neckwarmeer with this stitch and it turns out there is a different and better method for making the stitch. So I find that sometimes it is better to pay for a pattern.

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  86. Thank you so much for doing this and good on you!! I found this ages ago, but like you didn't see why I had to pay to learn a stitch.. I just couldn't figure it out :)

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  87. Good job o explaining this!
    I found just in time for Monster Foot Day!

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  88. Thank-you very much for this wonderful stitch pattern. I'm going to try making a baby hat with 3 rows of the stitching around the face then maybe just do dc rows to the top. I make baby items for my Ladies' Church Group and I think this would be a nice item to donate. It's wonderful that God bestows such amazing talents to us. Take care and have a good weekend.

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  89. I would pay for the pattern because it is part of the knowledge of crochet. The basic stitches have been around for an age and are not subject to copyright but it is how we use those stitches to build up patterns that takes the basic into a new dimension. You have to think of the person who came up with that combination of stitches and used her expertise to use it in a garment etc., I think she deserves recognition for the trouble she went to, knowing full well that once she released her pattern that the technique would become subject to World-wide use. So although I thank the author of this blog for her adaptation, I say a big thankyou to the originator. Regards Joyce

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  90. Hea, thanks for posting it too. My mind is cranking with ideas to use this stitch.

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  91. do you reckon anyone is charging to learn how to chain? loll

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  92. Can't wait to try this! It's beautiful :)

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  93. First I'd like to say thank you! I am greatful for your tutorial. I am a near senior citizen on disablity I have blessfully just recovered from having two strokes, for a short time I lost the use of my left arm. I'm so greatful to be able to crochet again. and I'm greatful for sites like this!
    Now to the point! My funds are extremely limited
    as most people in my situation are. To those who can afford the luxury of purchasing every thing under the sun,may you continue to have that ability,But as far as I'm concerned she's an Angel!

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  94. Thank you so much for sharing!!!! Can't wait to try this one out!

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  95. how do you adapt this stitch to make an afghan?

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  96. I found this stitch through Teresa's video on youtube then did some searching and found your site from a free bag pattern using this. Wonderful, two methods to accomplish this. That is excellent. I have tried the first but not yours yet but I will.

    I have read a lot of the comments here about paying for a piece to learn a stitch. Once upon a time I would have paid, and still might if I found it necessary (I just paid for tutorials to learn things on my knitting machine). After all if I think it is wonderful enough and want to get it right why not pay. Still that depends on what they want for that pattern or tutorial.

    When I begin a new craft, I pay for the things that teach me. I don't often use the patterns themselves, but buy to learn a certain method (stitch in this case) for my own use.

    When a method is posted for our use, such as you have, that is a most excellent thing to have happen. I can then just do my own thing with it. I love that.

    There is another way to look at this. Those who design, sell that design so that we can learn from it, yes they are selling a product. If we want we pay for that product. They work hard to come up with these designs and very often are selling to make a living or at least supplement a paycheck. I have designed my own stuff and know that you don't just sit down and viola it is there. Sometimes it is weeks of frogging till you have it right, sometimes it falls into place.

    For me once upon a time, I learned to crochet. I paid to get materials to teach me. There was no internet, there was no family to show me, there was nothing but me, my yarn, my hook, and the things I bought to show me how. So would I pay to learn to do a double crochet, well yes, and I did.

    Even though I prefer to find it for free, via internet, I do not begrudge the person who can design and chooses to sell that design for us to learn from. After all I sure appreciate the people who buy the services my husband performs so that I can have the money to buy the service that someone else performs. It is no different then my getting paid for my work, which I am sure my boss wishes I did for free. ROFLOL

    So thank you very much for this tutorial, and others who have also done some, and thanks to the person posting the patterns (seen on etsy) so that I can see the beauty that can be made with this stitch.

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  97. Thank you! Thank you! I was driving myself crazy trying to find a written pattern for this. Videos are fine, but I like it all written down better...plus I was getting frustrated because I don"t have the money right now to purchase a pattern.

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  98. thank you thank you thank you! I have been looking for a stitch like this all over the internet & you are the first person to share it, you rock!

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  99. I adore you for posting this. I saw the same stitch and was livid that the designer was asking for money for it, ugh. But oh my lord, you have saved my sanity! I have been scouring the internet for something similar because I had so many ideas on how to utilize the stitch. Agh, I love you <3

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  100. Thanks so much for making these tutorials! I'm new to crochet (I can't follow a pattern yet, and all I know how to do is chain and double crochet), so I was a little concerned about doing something that looks so complex. Your instructions broke it down perfectly for me. Thanks!

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  101. thank you..thank you! you've helped me a lot!you genius,you know that!!

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  102. New follower! Found this picture on pinterest!!!

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  103. You are so awesome! I hope you know that! I agree about having to pay for a stitch. I don't mind paying for patterns but paying to learn the stitch is unfair. Thank you for your fairness, kindess and teaching. I love your site. Thanks!

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  104. Just found hour blog while looking for a book on how go create this pattern. I can take your pattern and make a hoodie or shaw. This is a great starter though, think i sill make my 14 year old daughter a nice scarf for winter. Thank you for sharing.

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  105. Jenny IMHO YOU ARE THE ROCKSTAR OF CROCHET...
    And I do NOT say that lightly.

    I have been crocheting over 50 yrs and I have the same mindset as you...
    Yes I pay for "patterns" believe me I have in the thousands of dollars in patterns..
    So those that give you crap about spending for a "STITCH" ...JUST iggy them...
    I totally respect copyrights ..as do you..
    but c'mon folks..loosen those drawers a bit..it is only a damn stitch..that will generate $$$ to those greedy enough to sell some no brainer books..
    I for one old bag that appreciate you Jenny.

    Hugs and keep on caring enough to speak your mind and talent!!!

    Camilla

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  106. i thank you as well...ive seen this stitch and wanted to learn it. it looks simple, but once you start...not so much. for some reason, mine started off w/ 3 scallops, not 4..my 2nd row has 4..3rd row has 3...now i dont know where to begin on the 4th row!! im gonna take it down and watch the videos again...my stitches look great, tho..
    THANX AGAIN!!!

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  107. Just chiming in to say that I am going to try this stitch. I pay for patterns all the time, but so often the pattern is confusing to me. (I had a hemmoragic stroke 10 yrs ago and while I am OK my brain can take its sweet time working through new things-which is why I do this to start with : ) I am an alpaca farmer and we have our own mill. I am currently working on dyeing a unique batch of yarn, I would love to send you some as a gift in exchange for your kind sharing. I plan on trying your pattern with this yarn. you can email me darlong@gmail with mailing directions if you'd like. Thanks so uch. It's lovely.

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  108. I have heard of this stitch and wondered what it was. Thank you for putting this up. It is really neat!

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  109. So many times we neglect to thank people for there time and consideration. Thanks for sharing a unique pattern that I can't wait to try. You have made my day.

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  110. Hey Everybody!!

    You all crack me up. Either someone doesn't appreciate me posting a free stitch, or they love me to death. I can't win for losing!!

    I appreciate all your kind and (constructive criticism) :) I always chuckle to myself everytime I read someone's comment. It really was no big deal. All I had to do was make some easy videos to make something very effective. I'm please you all enjoy it so much.

    I need to start another project with this stitch!!

    Love to you all,

    Jenny
    www.yarn-muse.blogspot.com

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  111. I think you're fabulous, and am so happy you posted this stitch. I always thought of crafters as a community of sharers, and you restore my faith in that. Thank you!!!! Jane

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  112. I want to say so many things but can only say 'I wish everybody owns a great heart like you'
    GOD bless you.
    You not only deserve love you deserve respect too
    With warm regards
    Gouri Chakraborty

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  113. Do you have a picture of the back of the scarf?

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  114. Thanks so much for posting the written version of this stitch. I am a "leftie" as well, and I hate watching videos, so I've been looking all over for FREE written instructions...I'm a homeschooling mom on a TIGHT budget, who supplements the family income selling my handmade craft items. I just completed my first pattern, which I now have for sale-and these guys (or rather, ladies) are correct-in both aspects. I put a lot of work into my pattern, and would appreciate people paying for that work, but to pay for a STITCH?? No...that's not agreeable to me. I fully intend to work this stitch into some wonderful piece of something, and then sell it! So, I thank you, and can I link your blog in to my own? I know many crafters would be happy to find you!

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  115. THANK YOU. you're a saint. i agree- why should a stitch be private property? LoL. this is so cute i can't wait to try it! it may convince me to actually finish a project for once.

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  116. Amazing tutorial for this fantastic stitch. Can't wait to do it. Hey I found you via Pinterest. You are very clear in your instructions. Thanks so much for taking the time to do this.

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  117. thank you! watching the video is a must as it's a little different than your written instructions- and it helps a lot to see where exactly to layer the DC's.

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  118. Love it~! Thanks for the tutorial ! Such a pretty stitch pattern! May have to try that one..... I only do single and double crochet mostly anyway. LOL ! Betty

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  119. Oh! Thank you so much for sharing this! :)

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  120. Thanks so much for sharing! I think individual stitches should be taught...not bought. Designers using a particular stitch in their patterns have the right to charge a fee for the pattern...not the stitch. How else would the "art" be passed on to future generations?

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  121. ty for the stitch, i totally agree with you.. my problem is i only know how to loom knit.. i taught myself a few months back.. i can convert knitting to the loom.. but i cannot convert crochet :-( if you have any ideas , anyone,, someone... please ,email me tattooedjo4672@yahoo.com... thanks so much...Joann
    oohhhhh and your work is sooo pretty.. didnt want to forget to tell you

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  122. Thank you very much for your time and effort. I'm afraid I must side with the poor population and agree that paying for a "stitch" is unacceptable. I can't even afford to pay for patterns, so I appreciate everyone who posts their beautiful patterns on the internet for people like myself, who love to crochet (or knit) but can't afford to spend much. BTW, I donate hats and small blankets to the Children's Miracle Network, mostly with yarn that has been given to me by kind people. :)

    My name is Sandy, and I look forward to visiting your page again soon.

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  123. Thank you so much! I really appreciate people who take the time to help out fellow crafters.

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  124. Love this stitch! I found this pattern and wanted to do the hat version of this pattern:

    http://cats-rockin-crochet.blogspot.com/2011/08/crochet-crocodile-stitch-adult-hat.html

    I think I will do your scarf first - so I know what I am doing! Thanks a million!

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  125. Thank you for making such an easy to follow vid of this! It is such a gorgeous pattern.

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  126. Wonderful vid! Thank you so much for taking time and posting this for us!

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  127. Such a blessing! Thank you so much for sharing and being an AWESOME Crochet Citizen! Very much appreciated!

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  129. TY! TY! TY! Between the written instructions and the videos, this wasn't nearly as difficult as I thought it would be. Thank you so much for doing this.

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  130. I agree with the post dated September 15th. Greed has taken over and we have forgotten that we are here to teach the future generations how to make wonderful things with our hands. And not to forget to represent Proverbs 31:10-31. Donating handmade items to the poor- as the saying goes...it is more blessed to give than receive. Thanks, for sharing the CROCODILE STITCH and PATTERN. What a double blessing! Your scarf is beautiful! I absolutely love the color and I too would like to have the official color dye name. My husband works at Hobby Lobby and is awarded 15% for employee discount, so you know
    which aisles I shop! Thank you, for sharing.

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  131. Thanks, this is fantastic! Just today I saw a pattern using this stitch and thought the same thing... I don't want to make that project, but must learn that stitch!!

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  132. Hi thank you very much for posting this videos.... i learnt this... check my crocodile stitch bag in my blog....

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  133. Thank you! I love the look of this stitch (haven't tried it yet, but I plan to).

    Lee Ann
    Crochet...Gotta Love It!

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  134. Another Pinterester here. Thanks so much. I am a beginner but your instructions are clear and 'follow-able'.

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  135. Hi, thanks for posting this stitch..I'm still in practice mode, I find the stitch very beautiful but find the back to be, well, not so pretty, is it just me or is it the stitch? If it is just the stitch any ideas on how to pretty up the back?

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  136. I love it!!!! I don't know how to crochet whatsoever, but now I reaaaaaaaaaaaallllllllly want to. I'll trade you, sewing expertise for crocheting?? Lol.

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  137. I've never seen anything like this - so beautiful!

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  138. I so agree with you!! Thank you for posting!!

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  139. Thank you. I appreciate you for sharing this. How wonderful and lovely.

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  140. Thanks so much for the tutorials! I agree with some of the folks on here, it should be free! You are definitely a sweetheart and boosted my confident in community sharing in regards to Arts and Crafts! Thanks again,

    Ida

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  141. Thank you so much for your help. I've been looking for this stitch for a long!!!!!!!!

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  142. Great tutorial! i will make it, thanks.

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  143. This is so great! Thanks for all the time you put into sharing it!
    Featured you on my blog today, swing by if you'd like:
    http://diykindagirl.blogspot.com/2011/10/friday-finds-101411on-monday.html

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  144. How very kind of you to share this stitch. I recently purchased a crochet magazine which featured this stitch. I'm embarrassed to admit but I could not understand the instructions. Thank's to your instructions I finally know how to work the crocodile stitch. Thank you-thank you-thank you!

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  145. Great color! And you are a girl after my own heart - once fell victim to the same crime - not only bought the pattern but the yarn too. I find a lot of "new" stitches in vintage publications...

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  147. yes.. ONE STINKING STICH lol! Thank you so much for sharing and I love your work! Can I use 2 different kind color for the yarn? Each for 1 row and go forth. I wanna make a bag ^^ Please advise, thanks!

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  148. Women so used to share their patterns, crochet, Knitting, quilting stitches..... Thanks for this one. First new one I've understood well in YEARS! I'm 64 and want ro do the scarf for my beloved Daughteinlove! Thank you!

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  149. I just printed your instructions. Thanks for sharing. I am going to learn it and get back to you. It looks lovely. I just hope I can do as good a job as you did. Thanks again!

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  150. Thank you so much for this! I'm using it to make an awesome purse, and it's so nice to not have to pay to learn just one stitch. :)

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  151. THANK YOU! I'm so glad I did another search for this stitch ~ it led me to your blog :O)

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  152. Thank you so much for sharing this!

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  153. Thank you for sharing this! I agree completely that being asked to pay for a stitch is ridiculous! I can't wait to try out your directions. Your scarf is lovely, and I've had a great time reading what other commenters are saying that they will make using this stitch. Thanks again!

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  154. Fantastic !!!! Thank you so much for this video. You are a great teacher. Your intructional videos are very clear and simple.

    Caryn Joy

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  155. Thank you so much I found this tutorial last night and in less than half and hour I had made my first a swatch !
    its a wonderful stitch and your video makes it so easy to understand.
    I am also left handed and as a tip for any left handers out there try watching the video reflected in a mirror,
    it works best with a lap top screen as you can angle the laptop to wards a mirror and see everything reversed.
    many many thanks for this wonderful instructional.
    kindest regards liz. uk

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  156. do not really understand the point of being selfish, let alone with a stitch... a stitch!!! thank you so much for sharing this.

    Saludos desde Argentina :)

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  157. Hi, thanks for posting this. Your instructions were very easy to follow. I have a question about the two sides of this scarf, looking at it from the front. I'm working right-handedly and the left side of the scarf looks neat and the way it does in your photo. But my shells/scallops/shingles on the right side look like hanging half-knuckles. I am unable to figure out why they stick out in that stark manner. Or are they supposed to?
    Thanks!
    RRJ

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  158. Hi. Thanks for the tutorial. Your comment in one of the videos about circles got my attention. I'm fiddling around with that. My first idea was to create the foundation from the center out to the size you want. My first try was two rows, 6 pairs of dc with 2 chains between each pair on first row. and 2 pairs dc in each chain space on second row with 2 ch between the pairs. I then worked a scale one every other dc pair on the outside row (6) and then on the inside row (3). Kinda looks like a flower. I think you could make it any size as long as you have even numbers of pairs of dc in each row. Maybe you can try that and see if it works larger.
    Thanks
    Sue

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  159. THANK YOU FOR SHARING THIS STITCH! I've been trying to find the pattern for it for free or at least in a book w/other stitches. Made something really cute with it: http://pinterest.com/pin/535948083/

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  160. Thank you so much!
    Happy crocheting!

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  161. This is FANTASTIC! You're amazing! I much prefer the staggered look of yours than the other way where the 'scales' lay right on top of one another. My issue now is that I'm trying to work on a crochet baby dress of my own and wanted 1 with a croc stitch skirt but can't work it from the waist down so I get to figure that out now LOL Thanks again for sharing this for FREE! You're amazing!

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  162. Hi Jenny,

    New to your site. Love the scarf. You did such beautiful work. Thank you for sharing your knowledge. Could you please tell me how to find the link for your tutorial video on the crocodile stitch. Thank you in advance. Happy Thanksgiving!

    Cynthia
    cynthia.campbell@nara.gov

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  163. Hi! Just wanna tell that I've finished my handbag with crocodile stitch on it. thank's for the lesson
    Here's my work pics
    http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo243/hamster_forest/392254_2016324742687_1680923325_1450110_905340146_n.jpg

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  164. This is such a great explanation of the Scale/crocodile stitch! I watched the video on Youtube from Crochet Geek and I have to say I like this version better. There's a simple repeatable pattern to the foundation area and once you learn the Scale stitch its easy as pie! I'm not sure what I'll make with this but I'm sure I'll be doing it soon. I happened upon this stitch for the second time this week because of a "Koi" fish inspired purse on Etsy.

    Also an interesting side note, though I'm not sure how I would change the foundation stitching you can make mini-scales using only a single crochet for each scale. They are about half the size of the Double crochet variety and who knows what you could do with that!

    Thanks again!

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  165. Hi Jenny,
    Thanks for the detail demo on tube... I am inspired to create some useful items by using this stich..will keep you posted abt my project ...

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  166. How much yard did it take?

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  167. Thank you so much for posting this. Your instructions and videos are amazing--I can't wait to make a couple scarves for my family and friends. Really appreciate you taking the time to do this!!

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  168. Ok.. I"m sorry I'm really confused. In the first video there were 3 scallops. After finishing the 2nd video and row there are 4 if I place them where you said to place them. Now I'm trying to get to row 3 and watching the video noticed that your piece is completely different than the first two videos with 4 on the bottom and 3 on the top. Am I completely missing something here?? Sorry I had to post anonymous.. anyone who can help please email me at reevestacy@yahoo.com Thank you so much...

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  169. In the second video you show three shells on the bottom and four on the top. But in the third video you show 4 shells on the bottom and three on the top. Your videos are a little confusing. I was crocheting along with you and now have no clue what my work should look like at this point because you changed the pattern from the second video to the third.

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  170. Jenny - so glad your blog turned up in a search for crocodile stitch. Now I can design and create a pair of leg warmers to wear New Years Eve! Thank you and happy holidays - you sure made mine brighter :)

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  171. Thanks so much! This was a great tutorial. It didn't confuse me that one video started with 3 on the bottom then 4 while another started with 4 on the bottom then 3 in the 2nd row. It seemed clear to me that you would start with one, then do the other. I knit a whole scarf with the pattern and feel confident to use this pattern more often. Thank you!

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  172. This showed up on my facebook page today. Wow! I loved it, so I grabbed my hook and yarn and sat in front of my computer and in no time at all I was croheting this crocodile stitch. Thank you so much for making this videos. I have 4 rows complete on a scarf. Love it.

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  173. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!! You have just saved me a ton of time trying to figure it out for myself.

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  174. I just wanted to let everyone know that on you tube there is a step by step video by Teresa from "the art of crochet by Teresa" in both left and right handed styles. It is a little different than your way exp she does a single DC for the second set of posts and slip stithes around that post to help flated out rhe scales. She makes it right along with you so you can easily follow along. I am making a scarf for my daughter out of this stich. I love it. It is fun to make and once you understand what you are doing you wont need the pattern any more. Thanks for posting your guide. Julie S.

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  175. This is so lovely and I love the color you picked. I had seen this stitch, but hadn't been able to figure out how to make it. Thank you for sharing!!!

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  176. I love that yarn as well. Can't wait to try this lovely pattern. Thanks for posting.

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  177. Beautiful! Thanks for figuring this out and sharing it with us!

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  178. Thanks so much for sharing! I can't wait to try this.
    Found you on Pinterest.
    LBC

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  179. hi thanks for putting this up my husdand is making me a blanket for my new baby can not wait for him to be done. as he will have lots more to do when the family see it thanks so much

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  180. You are an angel. I am an old woman who needs instructions for everything except peeing and I was delighted to find your instructions. Thank you so much from Oklahoma.

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  181. Thank you for Sharing this stitch..
    Happy New year to all !!!

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  182. found this stich through crochetpatterncentral, it looks so pretty, got to think of something to use it on lol. I would also just like to say to those people saying" before the internet we had to pay to learn new stiches in books etc"
    most people learnt from their relatives, (mums, nans, etc, and new stiches were shared at meets and social things,the functionality of this died out with mass production when it became more cost effective to purchase rather repair or make. it was function not art, but now because not as many people have parents that can teach them, the net replaces the family aspect and the Social aspect has taken a new shape (we share with the world not just those that are local)
    sorry for rant (and i shouldnt feed the trolls) but i had to say something about the negitive ninnies on here.
    But you lady are wonderful with the true heart of crochet! :D

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  183. Thanks so much!! I finished a ball of this pretty old purple and white mohair that my was left in my grandma's yarn tub tonight making a scarf out of this stitch. Unfortunately, I didn't realize how much yarn it would take to make the scarf!!! Ha ha, I only have 4 skeins, and at 4 rows per skein...the scarf might make 2 feet long if I'm lucky. I'm starting again tomorrow with a nice ripply cream color. Loved the videos and your humor...thank you!!

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  184. Thank you so much! I, too have seen this stitch and wanted to learn how to do it, without buying an entire pattern. Can't wait to try it out!

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  185. Thank you for sharing! There are those of us who can't afford to spend $ even for an idea or pattern that is worthy..

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  186. I only bought one book to learn basic crochet. At 58 years young, and no prior experience I bought the "Crochet for Dummies"lol. I get $274.00 a month disability and because of these "free" tutorials, blogs and videos I was able to make my 7 grandchildren simple but beautiful afghans for Christmas, buying "sale and discounted yarns. I am still on "easy and beginner " patterns but so thankful for the "free patterns , etc..God bless those who share...The stitch looks beautiful but way beyond my level. Love that I found you on Facebook !

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  187. Thanks so much for sharing I have been looking everywhere! Oh I can't wait to try the cowel I have in mind!

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  188. This is BEAUTIFUL. You must be a genius. I'm more a knitter, less of a crocheter, but I might have to pick up a hook just to create this.

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  189. Thanks so much for sharing--it's a beautiful pattern! Also, I think you have a great voice for doing tutorial videos!

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  190. Thank you for the time you spent in sharing this - it is a wonderful stitch for many textile projects, and you present it very clearly.

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  191. Does anyone know how to turn this stich into a scarf like pattern that is sold in the Annie attic book?

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  192. Thanks so much for sharing. This is a beautiful scarf!!

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  193. I REALLY appreciate the instructional vids!!! I am a visual learner and they helped alot!! :) However, there is one thing that might make your instructions a little more understandable. I noticed that when you were forming the scales, you were saying to make 5 dc in each dc of the "v". What you were really doing is making 5 dc in the space between the two stitches and then turning your work to put 5 dc around the post of the other stitch, working in the same space. I got what you were doing, but for some it might be a little more plain to describe it the way I did. Thanks once again for such great vids.

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  194. Thank you!! I'm with everyone else, paying to learn A SINGLE STITCH is ridiculous. We appreciate you sharing your knowledge with us. XO

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