Crocodile Granny Square Border Pattern
Crocodile Granny Square Border Pattern

Crocodile Around the Border

The following are instructions for a border for a typical granny square. Many crocheters decide to do one large granny square instead of doing multiple and sewing them together. My personal goal was to come up with several designs that can be applied to a typical granny square.

Instructions Granny Square Itself

The instructions are for changing colour as indicated in the Christmas Granny Square Afghan as found on Yarnspirations. You can change colours as often or as little as you wish.

Granny Square Afghan Square
Granny Square Afghan Square

Note: Ch 6 at beg of rnd counts as dc and ch 3.

Crochet Granny Square Diagram
Crochet Granny Square Diagram

Instructions for the This Border

This border is a yarn hog. People who have done the Crocodile Stitch know this to be true as well.

The mesh that is on the understand to where the Crocodile Stitch is sitting is done all at the same time. Then, we come back and do the Crocodile Stitch for all three rounds after that.

Create the Mesh First

  1. Fasten onto any ch-3 space. Ch 3, 1 dc, ch 3, 2 dc into the same space (counts as corner). *ch 2, 2 dc into the next ch-1 space. Repeat * across to next corner. In corner, 2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc. Start * again. At the end, ch 2 and join to the top of the beginning ch 3.
  2. Slip stitch twice to the ch-3 space in the corner. Ch 3, 1 dc, ch 3, 2 dc into the same space (counts as corner). *ch 2, 2 dc in between the 2 dc that sit together. Repeat * across to next corner. In corner, 2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc. Start * again. At the end, ch 2 and join to the top of the beginning ch 3.
  3. Repeat Step 2 one more time. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Crocodile Stitch Layers

Start on the first layer that is closest to the centre of the afghan. In this case below, you see it in pink.

All crocodile stitches are worked in pairs with the two dc’s that sit beside each other. One dc, you will work on the post heading toward the outside of the afghan, the 2nd dc you will work along the post toward the inside of the afghan. This will make the crocodile stitches have the scales facing outward.

  1. With the afghan facing right side up. Choose the first dc, if you are right handed, the first dc will be on the right. If you are left handed, the first dc is on the left.
  2. Fasten onto the first dc post closest to the middle of the afghan. Ch 3 (counts as dc), 4 dc around the same post heading toward the outside of the afghan. Ch 1. Place 5 dc into the next dc post, starting at the post from the outside of the afghan working toward the middle of the afghan. *skip over to next pair of dc. Dc around the post from the middle of the afghan to the outside. Ch 1. Dc around the post from the outside of the afghan working towards the middle. Repeat this concept * all the way around. Join with a Slip Stitch to the top of the Ch 3 and fasten off.
  3. Fasten on new colour and repeat the same steps for the 2nd round of the mesh. Fasten off.
  4. Fasten on new colour and repeat the same steps for the 3rd round of the mesh. Fasten off.

I have placed a video tutorial below showing how to do the Crochet Stitches. The difference is that the mesh has already been created, so for the Crocodile Stitch Layers, you are working over the existing mesh.

Crocodile Granny Square Border Pattern
Crocodile Granny Square Border Pattern
Crocodile Granny Square Border Pattern
Crocodile Granny Square Border Pattern
Crochet Crocodile Border Underside
Crochet Crocodile Border Underside

Video Demonstration of a Typical Granny Square

The Crocodile Stitch is done in the same way. The difference is that the mesh that is created in the Granny Square Border is done in advance for all rounds and then the Crocodile Stitch is applied to the rounds afterwards.