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Thursday, December 16, 2010

crocodile stitch

This is a similar in concept, meaning three-dimensional of look, to the snow queen. It's not the same, but it's pretty cool anyway. It is in Portuguese, but I thought it was neat enough for you to see. If you know how to crochet the visuals should be enough for you to understand how to do this.
I might have these in the wrong order; each one is roughly 10 mins., some are much shorter. She talks a lot; wish I understood her better because I am sure with that much talking I must be missing something. There are 10 videos. I have figured out she is explaining how to make the dress starting at the bottom hem up. I am not interested in making this dress, just the techniques employed.

There are some patterns on Ravelry that incorporate this technique if you like it. I have two of them, just have not looked at them yet. I wanted to try and understand what the stitches did before I read the patterns so in case they don't make sense to me.

part 1 explaining first row

part 2 explaining second row

part 3 explaining 1st round of decreases

part 4: cutting and attaching thread to side to make front section of dress while making the back section open

part 5: filling decreases on back and showing back opening

part 6 continuing decreases

part 7 (haven't a clue what she was showing here) I think she is saying to go straight up sides till you get to under arm.

part 8 after having traveled straight up the side with out decreasing. Also showing how to secure stitches to go under arm

part 9 decreasing around the bust edges, sloping in

part 10 just showing lacing of the dress and the cord to make the lacing

update July 31, 2011
Found some more tutorials on this in English though

Update Aug 3 2011
found a pattern on ravelry for free with a tutorial if you wan to try it follow link below


  1. Beautiful fish-scale (escama) pattern for a lovely mermaid dress.
    Thanks for sharing.

  2. Thank you so much for these you tube tutorials. Even though it was not in English, I could follow the pattern visually perfectly. And I only needed Step 1 and 2 for the "crocodile stitch" pattern. I did see the stitch on a triangle shawl online but they were selling this pattern. I never buy a pattern that looks this simple, because I know someone with a kind heart will eventually show us, like yourself. Thanks again. Happy Stitching, Melissa M.


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