#356 Crocodile Scrub N Wipe Dishcloth – Maggie Weldon Maggies Crochet

Designer Chris Bordner wrote: ” Been crocheting off and on for 45 years. I love learning new stitches so when the crocodile stitch came out, I was intrigued. True, it is similar to something we already knew, but the way it is used gets attention! After making a number of things with the crocodile stitch, it looked like it could handle some scrubbing as a dishcloth! This year has been a year of great sadness with several deaths in the family and two others diagnosed with kidney failure. I wanted to enter the Dishcloth Challenge for something positive to look back on 2011 for L. My dishcloth can be folded in half for one side to be a scrubber and the single crochet side to be a wiper. ”
Thank you Chris for joining the Dishcloth-A-Day Challenge!
Follow me on to #357 and the rest of the story…

Crocodile Scrub N Wipe Dishcloth

Original Design By: Chris Bordner

Copyright 2011 Maggie Weldon

Skill: Easy
Size: About 8½” square
Materials: Worsted Weight Cotton Yarn: Green – 2 oz, 100 yds (60 g, 92 m) (Lily Sugar ‘n Cream)
Crochet Hook: Size G-6 (4.25 mm)

Special Stitches
V-Stitch (v-st): (dc, ch 1, dc) in same st or sp indicated.

Tips: Make initial chain loose.  The crocodile scales will stick out past the sides to make the cloth 8 inches wide in later rows.  You may need to pull on the sides to straighten the cloth out when you do the first couple rows but as you continue the rows it will hold its shape on its own.  Once you start the single crochet rows, you can keep going until the 2 ounce ball runs out without having to keep count of stitches or rows (mindless crochet while watching TV!)
Row 1: (Right Side) Ch 25 (loosely), dc in 5th ch from hook (skipped ch and dc count as first v-st), [skip next ch, v-st in next ch] across. (11 v-sts) Pull sides to stretch a little.Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as first dc now and throughout), DO NOT TURN, working in side of row, 3 dc over post of last dc worked (top to bottom of v-st), ch 2, TURN, 4 dc over post of next dc of Row 1 (bottom to top of same v-st), * rotate piece 180 degrees clockwis , skip next v-st, 4 dc over post of first dc of next v-st, ch 2, rotate 180 degrees anti-clockwise, 4 dc over post of next dc (same v-st); rep from * across. (6 scales)
Row 3: Ch 3, turn, working in previous row, v-st in next ch-1 sp (middle of scale), * v-st in next v-st (between scales), v-st in next v-st (middle of scale); rep from * across, ending with dc in first dc (3rd ch of ch-3) made on last row.
Row 4: Turn, sl st in next dc, skip next ch-1 sp, sl st in next 2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc over post of first dc of next v-st, ch 2, rotate anti-clockwise, 4 dc over post of next dc (same v-st), * skip next v-st, rotate clockwise, 4 dc over post of dc of next v-st, ch 2, rotate anti-clockwise, 4 dc over post of next dc (same v-st); rep from * across, ending with skip next v-st, dc in last dc. (5 scales)
Row 5: Ch 3, turn, * v-st in next v-st, v-st in next ch-1 sp (middle of scale); rep from * across, ending v-st in last v-st, dc in last dc.
Row 6: Ch 3, turn, 3 dc over post of dc of first v-st, * ch 2, rotate, 4 dc over post of next dc, rotate, skip next v-st, 4 dc over post of dc of next v-st; rep from * across, ending with 3 dc over post of next dc, ch 3, sl st in top of same dc.
Rows 7-14: Rep Rows 3-6 twice.
Row 15: Ch 1, sc in same dc, * skip next ch-1 sp (middle of scale), sc in next 2 dc, sc in ch-1 sp (between scales), sc in next 2 dc; rep from * across. (28 sc)
Rows 16-29: Ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across. (28 sc)
At the end of Row 29, finish off and weave in ends.
– Fold in half for scrub or wipe side.

All Rights Reserved ©2011 Maggie Weldon


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  1. marceme

    thanks for posting all the dishcloths I HAD A CROCKODILE pattern i was gonna send in two months ago and it dissappeared so this is a neat thing i never thought of leaving some of it PLAN STITCH mine was all crockodiles a and folded it over to be MAYBE EIGHT INCHES>>> thanks again for letting me in the group… loving getting all the free DIFFERENT PATTERNS>>> totally love it hugs me

  2. marceme

    forgot to say i like the new format of the pattern area cause the READ MORE Is in a spot i can see it with out having to get a magnifier IT IS OUT IN THE OPEN N OW>>>
    i can see with or with out my glasses now HUGS TO YOU me

  3. Patricia

    I’m very excited to try this pattern. I just recently saw this stitch but didn’t know what to do with it! Thank you very much!

  4. Marny

    What a great idea for using the crocodile stitch – which is on my list of things to learn.

    My heartfelt best wishes to Chris. Thank you for sharing yourself with us. May 2012 bring HEALTH and Laughter and Love and Peace – all in abundance.

  5. Sara

    I tried to do the Crocodile Stitch and I had a lot of trouble. To say it is easy, in my opinion, is under estimating by a huge margin. Easy is a term used for people who are beginner or people who’ve been doing it a while but not done the hard stuff yet.

    • Chelsea

      Look up the stitch on youtube.com
      It will be a lot of help!

  6. Sara

    Nope.. Still don’t get it.. Don’t understand the turning the piece 180 degrees. And I really wanted to learn this stitch. Can you come out with a video tutorial?

  7. Suzanne

    Just the one I have been waiting for, Thank you Chris, lets hope our new Year is imporved, we are praying for it.
    Thanks again for a wonderful year with these patterns are you going to match it again next year?

  8. Pat

    Enjoyed all the dishcloths after hoilday plan on trying some of them Whats The plans for the 365 days of 2012

  9. Bonnie

    I love the looks, just hope I can do a crocodile stitch. Will be trying immy

  10. Suzanne

    Made this the other night, and boy it is great stitch, good to use up wool, takes a lot.

  11. kathleen

    I love this stitch, and love the idea of the potholder. Also when I saw this, it made me think of a skirt with ruffles on the bottom. Hmmmph!

  12. Debbie

    I am so very grateful for finding this dishcloth. She made it totally understandable & NOW I can do this stitch. TY TY TY!!!

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