Will, I started to make this hat with the crocodile stitch and had to change it to a ear warmer. I lost my place in the pattern that I was writing and where I was at on the hat, LOL.
Tip: Don't started on new pattern when things are getting bizzy for you. Christmas time was a bizzy time for me. We where going to family dinners and trying to get our own family together too. That, was not the right time to design a new pattern. You can in the photo what I did get done.
I have start all over with a new color and pattern, now if I can just stick to it, LOL. Really it's a easy stitch to pick up. Here I will show you with some photos.
Pattern: Crocodile Ear Warmer Stitch
Pattern starts with a foundation. First, ch 78, sl st in first ch to form circle, ch 2 in same spaces, hdc in each ch st around, sl st in the top of ch 3.
Row 1: Ch 4,* skip 2 sts, 2 dc in 3rd st, ch 1, skip 2 sts,1 dc, st in 3rd st, ch 1* repeat around sl st in ch 3.
* Working around the first dc post (of the first 2 dc in same space) work 5fpdc, ch 1, working on the next dc post work 5 fpdc around post, sl st in the top of next dc* (one scale made) Repeat**. Note the 2 dc that are in the same space are the posts you are going to be working around fpdc = front post double crochet.
Photo of foundation:
This is the a photo of the foundation. Next you will a photo of the front of the scale fpdc stitch and what it looks like from the back side.
Next photo views. Back view.
Row 2: In the sl st space ch 4, dc in same st, ch 1. * dc in center of crocodile scale ch 1, 2 dc in between the two scales ch 1,* Repeat. ** sl st in 3rd ch of ch 4 to join row.
Now you are going to work around post of the two dc that are in the same st. 5 fpdc, ch 1,5 fpdc on dc post sl st in top of single dc, scale made. repeat around.
Keep working this pattern to you have 4 rows of scales and then hdc in each st around for the last row. If you want a wider ear warmer then make more rows before you fo the hdc row.
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