A Double Crochet stitch is a very common stitch seen in almost every crochet pattern. Double Crochet is abbreviated dc in crochet patterns. (Note that if you are using an UK or Australian crochet pattern a DC is called a TR (Treble) stitch).
The DC is taller than the SC stitch.
Make a slip knot and chains. In this example chain 16. Turn. Do not remove hook.
How to crochet working row 2 of Double Crochet stitches
Yarn over and insert hook in 4th chain from hook as picture shows. The skipped chains create the first DC of the row. Yarn over pull through loop creating 3 loops on hook, yarn over and pull through the 1st 2 loops on hook, yarn over and pull through the remaining 2 loops on hook. You have now created a Double Crochet. Yarn over and insert hook into next chain, yarn over and pull through the chain, yarn over and pull through the 1st 2 loops on hook, yarn over and pull through the remaining 2 loops on hook. Repeat until you have 1 dc in each chain to end. You will now have 14 dc made. Turn.
Begin new row by chain 3 which acts as 1st double crochet. Each new row begins with Ch 3. Continue crochet dc in each dc to end. End with 1 dc in 3rd ch of 3-ch.
Fasten off and Weave in ends.
Cut of yarn and pull through chain on hook, tighten to fasten off. You can use a needle to weave in end by sewing the last bit of yarn back into work.
Single Crochet is abbreviated as sc in crochet patterns. This stitch is the shortest of stitches if we don’t include the Slip Stitch (sl). Single Crochet is easy to make. (Note that if you are using UK or Australian crochet pattern they will call a SC stitch a DC (double crochet) stitch).
Make a slip knot and chains. In this example chain 10.
How to crochet the working row 2 of single crochet stitches
At end of chain turn. Do not remove hook when you turn. This is called the turning chain. Skip last chain made, and insert the hook into 2nd chain from hook. Yarn over, pull yarn through chain creating 2 loops on hook, yarn over and pull yarn over both loops on hook.
Insert hook into remaining chains. In each chain repeat the process: Yarn over, pull yarn through chain creating 2 loops on hook, yarn over and pull yarn through both loops on hook. At end of chain turn. Again do not remove hook from work when you turn. Loop on hook is called turning chain. You now have 9 sc on hook (one less then your foundation chain).
Insert hook into last sc made previous row. Continue crochet in each sc like this: Insert hook into the middle of the last sc stitch previous row. Yarn over, pull through chain creating 2 loops on hook, yarn over and pull yarn through both loops on hook. Continue to end of row. Fasten off.
Fasten off and Weave in ends.
When Fastening off you cut the yarn and pull it through loop on hook. Remove hook from work. Pull yarn tight.
When you Weave in end you can use a sewing needle and insert the needle into the stitches weaving in the end yard back into work.
How to crochet the Crocodile stitch Free Crochet Tutorial
This tutorial uses UK stitch abbreviation. If you are used to use US stitch abbreviation use DC where the patterns says TR.
Start by crochet a chain with a multiple of 3 (+ 3 for foundation chain).
In this example start by ch 39.
Round 1. 1 tr in 3rd ch from hook. *Ch 2, sk 2 chs, 2 tr in next ch,*, repeat between ** to end.
The shells are now to be crochet on to the 2-tr groups as described below.
Round 2. Ch 1, crochet 5 tr down the 1st tr of the 2-tr group (last tr previous row), ch 1 and insert hook from right to left (looking directly at the work), crochet 5 tr up the next tr (you have now crocheted a Shell), *sk next 2-tr-group, crochet shell in next 2-tr group*, continue to end of row.
Round 3. Turn work over, ch 2, *2 tr into the center of last shell, ch 2, 2 tr in the middle of 2-tr-group (the 2-tr group you skipped previous row), ch 2*, repeat between ** to end of row, ending with 2 tr in center of shell.
Continue creating your next row of Shells. Repeat round 2 and round 3 until you have the desired length.
My inspiration for this crochet pattern is the wonderful waterlily. This pattern kind of happened while I was trying to make something else, as it often does, and I quickly had to assemble this gorgeous crochet flower bracelet. This crochet pattern is very easy to make. You can use old scrap yarn as I did, and a couple of old buttons laying around (if you have any).
You can use any type yarn you like as long as it is fluffy and a bit chunky.
Crochet hook size 4.0 and 3.0
Two buttons of your choice.
First crochet motif
Round 1. Ch 1. 10 dc in ch. Join with sl st in 1st dc.
Round 2. Ch 3, 2 dtr in same st, *1 picot on top of last dtr, ch 4, 3 dtr in next st*, repeat 10 times, end with ch 4, sl st on top of ch 3.
Second crochet motif
Round 1. Ch 1. 6 dc in ch. Join with sl st in 1st dc.
Round 2. Ch 3, 2 dtr in same st, *1 picot on top of last dtr, ch 4, 3 dtr in next st*, repeat 6 times, end with ch 4, sl st on top of ch 3.
Third Crochet motif
Round 1. Ch 1. 10 dc in ch. Join with sl st in 1st dc.
Round 2. Ch 3, 2 dtr in same st, *1 picot on top of last dtr, ch 4, sk 1 st, 3 dtr in next st*, repeat 5 times, end with ch 4, sl st on top of ch 3.
Assemble crochet pattern
Assemble motif 2 on top of motif 1, and motif 3 on top of motif 2. Attach a button in the middle to hold all the motifs together. Use a long string of same yarn, and attach from bottom of motif 1 and through the middle to the top of motif 3, through the button, and down again through the bottom of motif 1. Use same string and chain 20 ch with crochet hook size 3, attach a button to end of ch 20.
This crochet top happened as a freestyle crochet piece while trying to relax over the Christmas holiday. My nephew pointed out to me it looked like a butterfly in the middle, thus the butterfly in the flower name. As you can see from the video below, my parrot Jupiter is eager to help. He is very well behaved in this video. More often than not he grabs the crochet hook and flies away with it! He is very cheeky like that. My other parrot Neptune enjoyed being a fashionista as you can see in the picture below.
Make 2 identical pieces.
Round 1: Ch 3, sl st in 1st ch, 6 dc in ring, sl st in 1st st.
Round 2: Ch 6, 1 sl st in 3rd ch from hook, (ch 2, 1 dc) in every dc across, sk 1 ch on remaining chs between rings, 1 sl st in next ch, 1 dc in remaining chs to 1st dc on ring 1. (Ch 2, 1 dc in every dc across), 1 dc in 1st dc ring 2.
Round 3: Repeat round 1, (Ch 2, 1 dc) in dc across, 1 sl st in ch-2 sp ring 2. (Ch 5, 1 dc next 2 ch sp) x repeat across all rings. Sl st between the 3 rings, end with 1 sl st in 1st 5 ch sp.
Round 4: 9 dc in all 5-ch sps across all rings.
Round 5: Sl st to 5th dc, (Ch 7, 1 sl sts in 5th dc next 9 dc-cluster) x repeat across.
Round 6: (2 dc + 3 htr + 2 dc) in every 7 ch sp across.
Round 7: 1 dc in every sts across.
Round 8: (Ch 3, sk 1 dc, 1 sl st in next sc) x repeat across, sl st in 1st 3 ch sp.
Round 9: (Ch 7, sk 3 ch sp, 1 sl st in next 3 ch sp) x repeat aross, sl st in 1st 7 ch sp.
Round 10: Repeat row 6.
Round 11: (Ch 7, sl st in remaining 3 ch sp row 8) x repeat across, sl st in 1st 7 ch sp.
Round 12: Repeat row 6.
Round 13: Sl st in every sts across EXCEPT middle htr in 3-htr group: in middle htr crochet 1 picot.
Round 14: Continue on petal made row 9 and 10. *1 sl st to middle htr in 3-htr group: Ch 10, 8 dc in 2nd ch from hook, sk 1 ch, 1 dc in next ch, sk 1 ch, 3 dc in next ch, 1 sl st in 1st dc in 8-dc group, 1 sl st in rest of ch back to petal*, repeat between ** across. This makes little mini-petals that will be used both to create wonderful decoration and also to attach front and back to each other as described below.
Attach as follows. Stitch 3 of the mini-petals per side as shoulder straps. The fourth will be under the arm and thus created an armhole. Attach with 5 ch. On one side you attach the 5 ch with sl st on opposite mini-petal, then turn and dc across the foundation chain back to the mini-petal and end with sl st. On the other side you ch 5, turn and dc back to mini-petal over the cord. Do not attach 5 ch to other mini-petal opposite side. End with sl st. One side will be attached with buttons. Continue attaching mini-petals to opposite petals with either buttons or sl st until the waist. Leave remaining petals. In the picture above I have attached 3 mini-petals as shoulder straps and 2 petals below arm. The rest of the mini-petals are left as decoration.