Size - Using the hook and yarn specified, your square should be a nice even 12″ when you are done. Joyce does say that she is a very tight crocheter, so your square might come out bigger!
Using a 4 mm crochet hook (US G/6 UK 8) and double knit yarn, as I have done, your finished square will be 8.5″ big IF you stop at Round 13 and leave out Rounds 14-17. Please note that you will still need to make Rounds 18-20, which form the crocodile stitch petals. My Yarn and Colour Choices
I am using Stylecraft Special DK.
Saffron (Rounds 1-4)
Fondant (Rounds 5 and 20)
Pomegranate (Rounds 6 and 19)
Lipstick (Rounds 7, 8, and 18)
Sherbet (Rounds 9 – 13)
Meadow (Optional Round 14)
Please Note that I changed the Optional Round to Sherbet in my final afghan.
Notes - Joyce uses chain stitches to start her rounds, which is not unusual in and of itself, but they way she uses them is different than what you might be used to. In Round 5, for example, the initial ch-2 counts as a chain stitch and a sc.
US Crochet Terminology used. (See this comparative chart if you need help transcribing from US to UK)
If you feel like practising the invisible join, feel free to use it whenever you change colours.
Please Note: The yarn used for the photo tutorial below is DROPS Paris Cotton.
Crocodile stitch – this stitch has a slightly different configuration in each of the 3 rounds it is used in. It is explained in each of those rounds.
Bubble stitch – the bubble stitch is made slightly differently in each of Rounds 2 – 4, but consists either of a (sc, tr) or a (sc, tr, sc).
Long double crochet
Crocodile Flower Square Photo Tutorial
Thank you very much to Joyce Lewis for giving us permission to do this photo-tutorial for her Crocodile Flower Square. And a special thank you to Kimberly Slifer for letting me do these tutorials and for obtaining the necessary permission.
Round 1 As written. If you are not familiar with working into a magic ring, this video tutorial from Moogly is clear and easy to follow. Please remember, when working into a magic ring you HAVE to work away your initial tail very well. If you just cut it, your whole square might unravel! Stitch count: 12 dc’s – including initial ch-3
Round 2 Ch 1 and TURN so that the back of Round 1 is facing you. This round (and the next 2) will be worked with the wrong side of the work facing you.
From this point onwards, you will work with the right side facing you. So turn your center so that the bubbles are all smiling at you, not at your lap.A last reminder of how to identify the trebles. They should be directly behind each bubble stitch and their top loops will also be slightly larger than those of the sc’s.
Joyce instructs you to join your yarn by making a sl st, followed by a ch-2. I prefer starting with a standing single crochet instead, but it is totally up to you! Join your yarn by making a standing single crochet in the first sc after any tr around (Photo 1). Sc in the same st. Make 2 sc’s in the next st (Photo 2). *Ch 5 (Photo 3) and sl st into the sc at the base of the ch-5, creating a ch-5 loop (indicated with an arrow in Photo 3 and illustrated in Photo 4). Skip the next tr (Photo 5) and make 2 sc’s in each of the next 2 sc’s*. Repeat as instructed in the pattern and join to the first sc with a sl st. Fasten off and work away your tails of yarn. Stitch count: 48 sc’s and 12 ch-5 loops
Round 6Join your yarn by making a sl st in the first sc after any ch-5 loop. Ch 4 (counts as first tr) – see Photo 1.As written. When making the sl st into the side of the treble, insert your hook under the top 2 loops of the tr, but from the side.
I don’t really know how to explain this bit, hehe, and got all the way to Round 20 before I realized exactly where to make the sl st. If you have difficulty making this sl st, insert your hook between the posts, or “legs” of the 2 tr’s and make a sl st around the post of the last tr instead, as I did before I realized how to do it properly (Photos 4 and 5). In this round (and the next), it doesn’t matter which way you do it. It will only matter when you get to the surface crochet bit in Round 18. Fasten off at the end of this round and work away your tails of yarn. Stitch count: 36 tr’s, 12 ch-3 spaces, and 12 ch-6 loops
Round 7 . As written.
The initial ch-8 counts as a (tr, ch-4). When joining, remember to join to the fourth ch of the beginning ch-8. Stitch count: 36 tr’s, 12 ch-4 spaces, and 12 ch-6 loops . This is what you should end up with.