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Happy Holidays, lovelies!

It’s time for another fun Embossed Crochet CAL adventure! I had a few goals for this one:

  • It had to be quick, pretty and easy, so you can make it as a gift or for yourself, even if last minute.
  • It had to have some texture and neat stitches, but easy to memorize.
  • It had to be versatile. You can use this scarflette in many different ways, but you can also customize it into a longer scarf or a wrap… oh and It’s also reversible!!!

While I was in a “pretty in pink” kind of mood, I also played with the same yarn and came up with a Vortex shape shawl. I had been drooling over knitted vortex shape shawls and set myself to figure a way to “translate it” into crocheting.

It was a blast seeing the shape magically appear by simply increasing and decreasing on the right spots.

This is also an easy pattern to memorize after some rows, REVERSIBLE, and easy to customize size. The shawl on pictures was made with only one row of our lovely Dream Swirl (about 650 yards) and it measures 28” (71 cm) wide by 42” (107 cm) long, which is on the short side for a shawl or let’s call it a shawlette. If you like a more generous size shawl, I will give instructions to customize it, just make sure to double on the yarn required.

***The Embossed Leaves Vortex Shawl is a premium CAL offered at 50% from December 7 through December 31st, 2018. You can purchase the ad-free, PDF file for only $3.00 HERE or you can purchase a bundle HERE with both the scarflette and shawl patterns for only $4.80 or 60% off its regular price. Note the scarflette pattern will also be available for free (with ads) on the Bonita Patterns Blog***

How do I get the scarflette pattern?

This call will be free with ads on the Bonita Patterns Blog (HERE) or you can purchase it HERE an ad-free PDF at will be available at a 50% off it’s regular price, from December 6 through December 31, 2018.

CAL Schedule:

This CAL schedule is as follows:

Thursday, December 6, 2018 – Supplies List and general information.

Thursday, December 13, 2018 – Full pattern will be posted for free (for a limited time only on www.bonitapatterns.blog) from December 13 through December 31, 2018. An ad-free full pattern PDF is available HERE for only $3.50

 

Supplies List

For small scarflette:

1 rolls of Bonita Yarns Dream Swirls (Sport Weight, #2, 50% cotton/ 50% acrylic 650 yds/600 m – colorway showcased in pattern is Pink Cadillac)

For scarf or wrap:

2 rolls of Bonita Yarns Dream Swirls (Sport Weight, #2, 50% cotton/ 50% acrylic 650 yds/600 m – colorway showcased in pattern is Pink Cadillac)

US Size G (4.00 mm) hook

Yarn needle

Scissors

Save 15% with coupon code HOLIDAY15 when purchasing Bonita Yarns Dream Swirl for this project!

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Crocodile Stitch Mini Scale Gloves: a One-Skein Wonder Project

November is here and most crocheters I know are setting into Holiday gifts production mode. Whether you are a planner or a procrastinator, these gloves should be in your arsenal of quick projects. “I can make a pair of these in one hour”, says Judy Iriana, follower of our Bonita Patterns CALs on Facebook. Last time I checked, she had made five pairs already!

This is Judy Irina’s first pair, made with Bonita Yarns Dream Baby in Grey Degrade.

—The Crocodile Stitch Mini-Scale CAL pattern will be FREE (for a limited time) from Tuesday, October 16 through November 16, 2018, in serial form as published on the Bonita Patterns Blog. The pattern will be posted in parts on the Bonita Patterns Blog, and the free version will include affiliate links and ads.

An ad-free full pattern PDF is available HERE for only $4.40 

Crocodile Stitch Mini-Scales Gloves – Part Two

Designed by Lianka Azulay© 2018

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Materials:

1 skein of Dream Baby (DK weight; 100% acrylic; Yds: 393 m: 360).  Pattern showcased in pictures was made with Dream Baby in Violet Fields colorway. You can purchase this color and over 30 colorways HERE.

Abbreviations:

Beginning (beg)

Chain (ch)

Front Post Half Double Crochet (FPhdc)

Half double crochet (hdc)

Single Crochet (sc)

Slip Stitch (sl)

Space (sp)

V-stitch (V-st)

Yarn Over (yo)

Gauge

With F crochet hook, in V-st pattern as follows:

4 V-sts and 6 rows = 2”

Row 1:  Ch 14, dc in 5th ch from hook (counts as V-st), *skip 2 chs,

V-st In next st, repeat from * across (4 V-sts)

Rows 2 – 4:  Ch 3 (doesn’t count as dc), *V-st in next ch 1 sp, repeat from * across (4 V-sts)

CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size hook to obtain gauge

  • Sizes (measurements based on circumference of hand flat just under knuckles without including thumb see above):

    Small/Medium: 6.5 in to 7.5 in

    Large/Extra Large: 7.5 in to 8.5 in

    Instructions given to size Small/Medium in black font; changes for sizes Large/Extra Large ( ) and color coded in red for easy identification.

    Special Stitches Used:

    Front Post Half Double Crochet (fphdc) – Yo and insert hook from the front to the back around the post of the dc of previous row. Complete for a regular dc stitch.

    Half Double Crochet Two Together (hdc2tog) –Yarn over, insert hook into st or sp indicated, pull up a loop, 3 loops on hook.  YO, insert hook into next st, pull up a loop, 5 loops on hook. Yo, pull through all 5 loops on hook.

    Puff Stitch (PS) – Working loosely: yo, insert hook in st indicated, yo, pull through and bring yarn up to height of rest of stitches (3 loops on hook), yo, insert hook in same stitch, yo, pull through and bring yarn up to height of rest of stitches (5 loops on hook), yo pull through all loops on hook.

    V-Stitch (V-st) – Work (1 hdc, ch 1, 1 hdc) in stitch indicated.

    Part Two Instructions: use same directions for both Right and Left hand gloves

    Rnd 23 (decrease): Sl st in first 2 sts, sl st in ch-1 sp, ch 3 (count as a hdc and a ch-1), hdc in same ch-1 sp, yo, insert hook in next sp between scales and in ch-1 sp directly behind scales and complete a V-st, * V-st in nex ch-1 sp, yo, insert hook in next sp between scales and in ch-1 sp directly behind scales and complete a V-st, repeat from * around to last two ch-1 sp, hdc2tog over last two ch-1 sps; join with sl st in top of first hdc. [10 V-sts + 1 hdc, 12 V-sts + 1 hdc]

    Rnd 24: Sl st in ch-1 sp, working from top to bottom around post of first hdc of next V-st, work 4 FPhdc, ch 1, turn work so V-st is sideways and post of second hdc of V-st is on the bottom, working from bottom to top around post of second hdc of V-st, work 4 FPhdc * skip next V-st, working from top to bottom around post of first hdc of next V-st, work 4 FPhdc, ch 1, turn work so V-st is sideways, working from bottom to top around post of second hdc of V-st, work 4 FPhdc, repeat from * around to last st (this is the hdc2tog from previous round); join with sl st in top of first hdc. – [5, (6) scales]

    Rnd 25 (wrist and arm sections begin): Sl st in first 2 sts, sl st in ch-1 sp, ch 2 (doesn’t count as st), * (PS 1, ch 1, PS 1) in next ch-1 sp, rep from * around to last st dec in Rnd 24 or last sp in between scales, (PS 1, ch 1, PS 1) in last st; join with sl st in top of first PS – [20 PS + 10 ch-1 sp, 24 PS + 12 ch-1 sp].

    Rnd 26 – Rnd 34: Sl st in first ch 1 sp, ch 2 (doesn’t count as st), * (PS 1, ch 1, PS 1) in next ch-1 sp, rep from * around, join with sl st in top of first PS – [20 PS + 10 ch-1 sp, 24 PS + 10 ch-1 sp].

    Last Row: Ch 1 (doesn’t count as sc), sc in same stitch as beg ch-1, sc in first ch-1 sp, sc in next PS, * sc in next PS, sc in next ch 1 sp, sc in next PS, rep from * around, join with sl st in top of first sc. Fasten off and weave in all ends. – [30 sc, 36 sc].

    You can purchase an ad-free full pattern PDF is available HERE for only $4.40 

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    Crocodile Stitch Mini Scale Gloves: a One-Skein Wonder Project

    Thank you for joining another Bonita Patterns Crochet Along!

    I am seriously stoked that you will try these gloves that I managed to design using only ONE skein of yarn. For those familiar with the Crocodile Stitch, you know that this stitch is a yarn eater, so a one-skein project is somewhat of a feat.

    My goal for this crochet along was to design something quick, gorgeous AND affordable (I’m that ambitious!). I am sure biased, but I confident that my bestselling, super soft,  Bonita Yarns Dream Baby is a major element to make these gloves extra gorgeous. Best of all, this yarn is budget-friendly (Reg. price $5.50) and as an extra bonus to our CAL participants,  we are offering a 15% off discount from Friday, October 26 through Monday, October 29, 2018Use coupon code DREAMDEAL15 during checkout. 

    Whether you sell finished items or is planning to make a baker’s dozen of these for gifts, you will save or profit AND impress with your finished project.

    Can you resist all these  Bonita Yarns Dream Baby  colorways? c

    If you need the ultimate set… check out Crocodile Stitch Hooded Capelet and Poncho. These gloves are the perfect match for it. You can purchase the capelet HERE

    Now to Part One of the Gloves…

    —The Crocodile Stitch Mini-Scale CAL pattern will be FREE (for a limited time) from Tuesday, October 16 through November 16, 2018, in serial form as published on the Bonita Patterns Blog. The pattern will be posted in parts on the Bonita Patterns Blog, and the free version will include affiliate links and ads.

    An ad-free full pattern PDF is available HERE for only $4.40 

    Crocodile Stitch Mini-Scales Gloves

    Designed by Lianka Azulay© 2018

    Skill Level:

    Intermediate

    Materials:

    1 skein of Dream Baby (DK weight; 100% acrylic; Yds: 393 m: 360).  Pattern showcased in pictures was made with Dream Baby in Violet Fields colorway. You can purchase this color and over 30 colorways here: www.bonitapatterns.com

    Abbreviations:

    Beginning (beg)

    Chain (ch)

    Front Post Half Double Crochet (FPhdc)

    Half double crochet (hdc)

    Single Crochet (sc)

    Slip Stitch (sl)

    Space (sp)

    V-stitch (V-st)

    Yarn Over (yo)

    Gauge

    With F crochet hook, in V-st pattern as follows:

    4 V-sts and 6 rows = 2”

    Row 1:  Ch 14, dc in 5th ch from hook (counts as V-st), *skip 2 chs,

    V-st In next st, repeat from * across (4 V-sts)

    Rows 2 – 4:  Ch 3 (doesn’t count as dc), *V-st in next ch 1 sp, repeat from * across (4 V-sts)

    CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size hook to obtain gauge

  • Sizes (measurements based on circumference of hand flat just under knuckles without including thumb see above):

    Small/Medium: 6.5 in to 7.5 in

    Large/Extra Large: 7.5 in to 8.5 in

    Instructions given to size Small/Medium in black font; changes for sizes Large/Extra Large ( ) and color coded in red for easy identification.

    Special Stitches Used:

    Front Post Half Double Crochet (fphdc) – Yo and insert hook from the front to the back around the post of the dc of previous row. Complete for a regular dc stitch.

    Half Double Crochet Two Together (hdc2tog) –Yarn over, insert hook into st or sp indicated, pull up a loop, 3 loops on hook.  YO, insert hook into next st, pull up a loop, 5 loops on hook. Yo, pull through all 5 loops on hook.

    Puff Stitch (PS) – Working loosely: yo, insert hook in st indicated, yo, pull through and bring yarn up to height of rest of stitches (3 loops on hook), yo, insert hook in same stitch, yo, pull through and bring yarn up to height of rest of stitches (5 loops on hook), yo pull through all loops on hook.

    V-Stitch (V-st) – Work (1 hdc, ch 1, 1 hdc) in stitch indicated.

    Pattern Notes:     

    1. The main pattern for the glove is designed to fit both left and right hands.
    2. ABOUT STITCHES: In these gloves, we used a modified version of the traditional Crocodile Stitch by crocheting FPhdcs instead of FPdcs when making the scales. Also, the V-sts used in the foundation mesh for the crocodile stitch are made with hdcs instead of dcs or (hdc 1, ch 1, hdc 1) in stitch indicated. Lastly, to keep all the stitches proportional in size, the puff stitches (PS) have been adapted to a smaller size than usual. Please see “special stitches” box above for full description of stitches.
    3. In short, the “crocodile stitch” is formed by a two-row repeat: a row of V-sts followed by a row of scales (or shells). This is a fairly easy pattern to execute and fast to memorize.  The only novelty about this design is that the scales are crocheted in front of the V-sts with clusters of front post half double crochets (fphdcs) from top to bottom, then from bottom to top, as opposed to working them on top of the row, like in most shell patterns.
    4. Directions are given for sizes Small/Medium in black font and sizes Large/X-large in red.

    Part One Instructions: use same directions for both Right and Left hand gloves

    Ch 36 (42), being careful not to twist chain, join with sl st in first ch to form a ring.

    Rnd 1: Ch 3 (count as a hdc and a ch-1 sp), hdc in same stitch as beg ch,* sk 2 ch, V-st (hdc 1, ch 1, hdc 1) in next ch, rep from * around; join with sl st in top of first hdc. [12 (14) V-sts]

    Row 2: Ch 2 (doesn’t count as st), working from top to bottom around post of first hdc of first V-st, work 4 FPhdc (see pic A), ch 1, turn work so V-st is sideways and post of second dc of V-st is on the bottom  (V point of V-st will be facing right; see pic B), working from bottom to top around post of second hdc of V-st, work 4 FPhdc (see pic C), * skip next V-st, working from top to bottom work 4 FPhdc around post of first hdc of next V-st, ch 1, turn work so V-st is sideways, working from bottom to top around post of second hdc of V-st, work 5 FPhdc, rep from * around; join with sl st in top of first hdc. [6, (7) scales]

    Row 3: Sl st in first 2 sts, sl st in ch-1 sp, Ch 3 (count as a hdc and a ch-1), hdc in same ch-1 sp, yo, insert hook in next sp between scales and in ch-1 sp directly behind scales and complete a V-st (see pic D), * V-st in nex ch-1 sp, yo, insert hook in next sp between scales and in ch-1 sp directly behind scales and complete a V-st, repeat from * around; join with sl st in top of first hdc. [12 (14) V-sts]

    Rnd 4: Sl st in ch-1 sp, working from top to bottom around post of first hdc of next V-st, work 4 FPhdc,   ch 1, turn work so V-st is sideways and post of second hdc of V-st is on the bottom, working from bottom to top around post of second hdc of V-st, work 4 FPhdc * skip next V-st, working from top to bottom around post of first hdc of next V-st, work 4 FPhdc,  ch 1, turn work so V-st is sideways, working from bottom to top around post of second hdc of V-st, work 4 FPhdc, repeat from * around; join with sl st in top of first hdc. – [6, (7) scales]

    Rnd 5: Rep Rnd 3 – [12 (14) V-sts]

    Rnd 6: Rep Rnd 4 – [6, (7) scales]

    Rnd 7: Rep Rnd 3 – [12 (14) V-sts]

    Rnd 8: Rep Rnd 4 – [6, (7) scales]

    Rnd 9: Rep Rnd 3 – [12 (14) V-sts]

    Rnd 10: Rep Rnd 4 – [6, (7) scales]

    Rnd 11: Rep Rnd 3 – [12 (14) V-sts]

    Rnd 12: Rep Rnd 4 – [6, (7) scales]

    Rnd 13: Rep Rnd 3 – [12 (14) V-sts]

    Rnd 14: Rep Rnd 4 – [6, (7) scales] 

    Rnd 15: Rep Rnd 3 – [12 (14) V-sts]

    Rnd 16: Rep Rnd 4 – [6, (7) scales]

    NOTE for Rnd 17: In previous V-st rounds you sl st to first ch-1 sp before making first V-st. However, in Rnd 17 you DO NOT. You will make your first V-st in same st as beginning chain.

    Rnd 17: Ch 3, (count as hdc and a ch-1), hdc in same st as beg ch (see pic E), ch 5 (this will create the thumbhole. After working next stitch, try the thumbhole on. If you want to customize the hole, inc or dec the “ch 5”, making more or less chains to suit you), skip next scale, * yo, insert hook in next sp between scales and in ch-1 sp directly behind scales and complete a V-st, V-st in next ch-1 sp, repeat from * around; join with sl st in top of first hdc. – [11 V-sts + 5 ch (13) V-sts + 5 ch]

    Rnd 18: Ch 2 (doesn’t count as st), working from top to bottom around post of first hdc of first V-st, work 4 FPhdc, ch 1, turn work so V-st is sideways and post of second hdc of V-st is on the bottom, working from bottom to top around post of second hdc of V-st, work 4 FPhdc, skip next ch-5, working from top to bottom around post of first hdc of next V-st, work 4 FPhdc,  ch 1, turn work so V-st is sideways, working from bottom to top around post of second hdc of V-st, work 4 FPhdc * skip next V-st, working from top to bottom around post of first hdc of next V-st, work 4 FPhdc,  ch 1, turn work so V-st is sideways, working from bottom to top around post of second hdc of V-st, work 4 FPhdc, repeat from * around; join with sl st in top of first hdc. – [6, (7) scales]

    Rnd 19: Rep Rnd 3 – [12 (14) V-sts]

    Rnd 20: Rep Rnd 4 – [6, (7) scales]

    Rnd 21: Rep Rnd 3 – [12 (14) V-sts]

    Rnd 22: Rep Rnd 4 – [6, (7) scales]

    Part Two will be available on Friday, November 2nd, 2018. If you can’t wait… You can purchase an ad-free full pattern PDF is available HERE for only $4.40 

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    Crocodile Stitch Mini Scale Gloves: a One-Skein Wonder Project

    These gloves feature a mini-scale version of the Crocodile Stitch and puff-stitch clusters for lovers of textured stitches. This is a quick, one-skein wonder that can be made in our bestselling Bonita Yarns Dream Baby for approximately $5! This is the p-e-r-f-e-c-t project to gift during the holidays or to sell as a finished item.

    If you have seen or made our Crocodile Stitch Capelet, these gloves are the perfect match for it. You can purchase the capelet HERE

     

    Crocodile Stitch Capelet and Poncho

     

    How do I Get my Pattern?

    The Crocodile Stitch Mini-Scale CAL pattern will be FREE (for a limited time) from Tuesday, October 16 through November 16, 2018, in serial form as published on the Bonita Patterns Blog. The pattern will be posted in parts on the Bonita Patterns Blog, and the free version will include affiliate links and ads.

    An ad-free full pattern PDF will be available for purchase on Friday, October 26, 2018.

    CROCODILE STITCH MINI-SCALE CAL SCHEDULE:

    Pattern instructions will be posted on blog on the following dates:

    • TUE, October 16, 2018: Supplies List
    • FRI October 26: Part one.
    • FRI, November 2nd, 2018:Part two.

    We have a very interactive and supportive Facebook Group where we crochet along, share project pictures, answer questions and just have a lot of fun with like-minded crafters from all over the world.

    Join us HERE or find us on Facebook as “Bonita Patterns CALs”

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    This Capelet showcases a variation of the the Crocodile Stitch that creates a leaf-like shape. It is a quick project, yet, unique. perfect for Spring, gifts and for those that sell finished items. I used my ultra-soft Dream Baby yarn, which is 15% off for CAL participants (use coupon code CROCHETMONTH at check out for 15% off entire site). You can choose from over 20 colors and make this project for only $9.35 (plus S & H)!

    **IMPORTANT FINE PRINT: This CAL pattern will be FREE (Free for a limited time. Gloves not included. Cowl pattern only) from Tuesday, March 20 through Wednesday, April 30, 2018, in serial form as published on the Bonita Patterns Blog. The pattern will be posted in parts on the blog, and the free version will include affiliate links and ads. If you’d like to start early on the full pattern, you can purchase a discounted, ad-free, printable PDF, with photo tutorial HERE***

    Materials:

    2 skeins of Bonita Yarns Dream Baby (Double Knitting) in Forest colorway; 100% acrylic (360 yards/100 grams per skein). You can purchase this yarn at www.bonitapatterns.com

     


    Size G (4.00 mm) crochet hook

    Yardage: approximately 400 yds

    1 large toggle button size 2” (optional) long or a large button of your choice. You may use a shawl pin or brooch as a closure for the capelet.

    Gauge:

    With G crochet hook in FPdc ribbed pattern (dc each ch in first row and FPdc each st of all following rows): 9 sts and 7 rows = 2″.

    Model: Bresha Webbs

    Bonita Patterns was honored to have actress Bresha Webbs modeling our Capelet. Amongst other things, Ms. Webbs plays Imunique on the TV sitcom, “Love That Girl.”

    Thank you, Bresha!*

    Abbreviations:

    Beginning (beg)

    Chain (ch)

    Decrease (dec)

    Double Crochet (dc)

    Front Post Double Crochet (FPdc)

    Long V-Stitch (LV-st)

    Picot (P)

    Repeat (rep)

    Right Side (RS)

    Single Crochet (sc)

    Slip Stitch (sl st)

    Space (sp)

    Stitch (st)

    Treble Crochet (tr)

    Wrong Size (WS)

    Yarn Over (yo)

    Special Stitches Used:

    Front Post Double Crochet (FPdc) – Yo and insert hook from the front to the back around the post of the dc of previous row. Complete as for a regular dc stitch.

    Long V-Stitch (LV-st) – Work (tr 1, ch 1, tr 1) in st indicated.

    Picot (P) – ch 3, sl st into 3rd ch from hook. Picot made.

    Treble Crochet 2 Together or Treble Decrease (Tr2tog): Work a Tr in stitch indicated until two loops are left on hook (this is as an incomplete tr). Keeping these two loops on hook, work another tr in stitch indicated until you have three loops remaining on hook. Yarn over, pull through all three loops on hook. One tr st decreased.

    Pattern Notes:

    1. The capelet construction is quite simple. This project is worked in two parts: a base scarf to serve as the capelet foundation, and five leafy appliqués. The scarf is crocheted in a ribbed FPdc pattern with a DC edging. The focal point of the design is made of a new version of the Crocodile Stitch that now resembles a leaf more than a scale.

    2. In short, the “Crocodile Stitch” is formed by a two-row repeat: a row of V-sts followed by a row of scales (or shells). This is a fairly easy pattern to execute and fast to memorize. The only novelty about this design is that the scales are crocheted around the V-sts with clusters of front post double crochets (fpdc) and front post treble crochets (fptr) from top to bottom, then from bottom to top, as opposed to working them on top of the row, like in most shell patterns.

    3. For those familiar with the Crocodile Stitch I used in other patterns, you will notice that instead of making the scales with a row of V-sts (dc 1, ch 1, dc 1) as the foundation for the scales and FPdcs to make the scales, this time you will crochet a longer version of the V-st, the Long V-st ( tr 1, ch 1, tr 1; see Special Stiches on page 2) and the following scale row will be crocheted with FPdcs, FPtrs and a Picot. If you have worked the Crocodile Stitch before, this version will not be hard.

    The Crocodile Stitch Leafy Fingerless Gloves makes the perfect match for this cowl. If you would like to make a the gloves, from March 14 through April 17, the gloves pattern is being offered at a 50% discount for only $2.75 from December 12, 2017 through February 28, 2018. No coupon needed, please find the pattern HERE.

    Crocodile Stitch Leafy Appliques: Make 5 using same directions

    Text and images Copyright ©2014 by Bonita Patterns & Lianka Azulay, all rights reserved. No pattern may be reproduced or distributed — mechanically, electronically, or by any other means, including photocopying, without written permission. Finished products created with this pattern may be used for commercial sale. It is appreciated if design credit to Bonita Patterns is listed in finished products.

    Ch 6

    Row 1 (WS): Tr in 6th ch from hook [beg ch-5 count as a tr and a ch-1 or 1 Long V-st (LV-st)]; turn. – (1 LV-st)

    Row 2 (RS): Ch 3 (count as a dc), working from top to bottom around post of first tr of first LV-st, work 3 FPdc, 4 FPtr, (see pic A), Picot (ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch from hook; see pic B), turn work so LV-st is sideways and post of second tr of LV-st is upside down (V point of LV-st will be facing right; see pic C), working from bottom to top around post of second tr of LV-st, work 4 FPtr, 4 FPdc (see pic D); turn – (1 leafy-scale).

    Row 3 (WS): Ch 5 (count as a tr and a ch-1), tr in same st as beg ch, LV-st in next ch-1 sp, LV-st in last st; turn (see pic E) – (3 LV-sts).

    Row 4 (RS): Ch 3 (count as a dc), working from top to bottom around post of first tr of first LV-st, work 3 FPdc, 4 FPtr (see pic A), Picot (ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch from hook), turn work so LV-st is sideways and post of second tr of LV-st is upside down (V point of LV-st will be facing right), working from bottom to top around post of second tr of LV-st, work 4 FPtr, 4 FPdc, skip next LV-st, working from top to bottom around post of first tr of next LV-st, work 4 FPdc, 4 FPtr, Picot, turn work so LV-st is sideways, working from bottom to top around post of second tr of LV-st, work 4 FPdc, 4 FPtr; turn – (2 leafy-scale)

    Row 5 (WS): Ch 5 (count as a tr and a ch-1), tr in same st as beg ch, LV-st in next ch-1 sp, yo twice, insert hook in both next ch-1 space and in space between scales directly behind ch-1 sp (see pic F) and complete a LV-st, work a LV-st in next ch-1 sp, LV-st in in top of last st (see pic G); turn – (5 LV-sts).

  • Row 6 (RS): Ch 3 (count as a dc), working from top to bottom around post of first tr of first LV-st, work 3 FPdc, 4 FPtr, Picot, turn work so LV-st is sideways and post of second tr of LV-st is upside down (V point of LV-st will be facing right), working from bottom to top around post of second tr of LV-st, work 4 FPtr, 4 FPdc (skip next LV-st, working from top to bottom around post of first tr of next LV-st, work 4 FPdc, 4 FPtr, Picot, turn work so LV-st is sideways, working from bottom to top around post of second tr of LV-st, work 4 FPdc, 4 FPtr) twice; turn – (3 leafy-scale)

    Row 7 (WS): Ch 4 (count as a tr), LV-st in next ch-1 sp, * yo twice, insert hook in both next ch-1 space and in space between scales directly behind ch-1 sp and complete a LV-st, work a LV-st in next ch-1 sp, rep from * across to last st, tr in in top of last st; turn – (5 LV-sts + 2 tr).

    Row 8 (RS): Sl st in first 2 sts, sl st in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, working from top to bottom around post of next tr of next LV-st, work 4 FPdc, 4 FPtr, Picot, turn work so LV-st is sideways and post of second tr of LV-st is upside down (V point of LV-st will be facing right), working from bottom to top around post of second tr of LV-st, work 4 FPtr, 4 FPdc, skip next LV-st, working from top to bottom around post of first tr of next LV-st, work 4 FPdc, 4 FPtr, Picot, turn work so LV-st is sideways, working from bottom to top around post of second tr of LV-st, work 4 FPdc, 4 FPtr; sl st in next ch-1 sp, sl st in next 2 sts – (2 leafy-scale)

    Row 9 (WS): Ch 4 (count as a tr), LV-st in next 2 ch-1 sp, yo twice, insert hook in both next ch-1 space and in space between scales directly behind ch-1 sp and complete a LV-st, work a LV-st in next 2 ch-1 sp, tr in top of last st; turn – (5 LV-sts + 2 tr).

    Row 10 (RS): Rep Row 6 – (3 leafy-scale)

    Row 11 (WS) decrease: Ch 4, tr in next ch-1 (first ch-4 and tr count as a dec), yo twice, insert hook in both next ch-1 space and in space between scales directly behind ch-1 sp and complete a LV-st, work a LV-st in next ch-1 sp, yo twice, insert hook in both next ch-1 space and in space between scales directly behind ch-1 sp and complete a LV-st, Tr2tog (see page 2 under Special Stitches and pic H for visual aid) over next ch-1 sp and last st; turn – (3 LV-sts + 2 tr2tog).

    Row 12 (RS): Ch 1, working from top to bottom around post of first tr of first LV-st, work 4 FPdc, 4 FPtr, Picot, turn work so LV-st is sideways and post of second tr of LV-st is upside down (V point of LV-st will be facing right) working from bottom to top around post of second tr of LV-st, work 4 FPtr, 4 FPdc skip next LV-st, working from top to bottom around post of first tr of next LV-st, work 4 FPdc, 4 FPtr, Picot, turn work so LV-st is sideways, working from bottom to top around post of second tr of LVst, work 4 FPdc, 4 FPtr; sl in last st; turn – (2 leafy-scale)

    Row 13 (WS) decrease: Ch 4, tr in next ch-1 (first ch-4 and tr count as a dec), yo twice, insert hook in both next ch-1 space and in space between scales directly behind ch-1 sp and complete a LV-st, Tr2tog over next ch-1 sp and last st; turn – (1 LV-st + 2 tr2tog).

    Row 14 (RS): Ch 1, working from top to bottom around post of next tr of first LV-st, work 4 FPdc, 4 FPtr, Picot, turn work so LV-st is sideways and post of second tr of LV-st is upside down (V point of LV-st will be facing right) working from bottom to top around post of second tr of LV-st, work 4 FPtr, 4 FPdc; sl in last st; Fasten off – (1 leafy-scale)

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    This Capelet showcases a variation of the the Crocodile Stitch that creates a leaf-like shape. It is a quick project, yet, unique. perfect for Spring, gifts and for those that sell finished items. I used my ultra-soft Dream Baby yarn, which is 15% off for CAL participants (use coupon code CROCHETMONTH at check out for 15% off entire site). You can choose from over 20 colors and make this project for only $9.35 (plus S & H)!

    **IMPORTANT FINE PRINT: This CAL pattern will be FREE (Free for a limited time. Gloves not included. Cowl pattern only) from Tuesday, March 20 through Wednesday, April 30, 2018, in serial form as published on the Bonita Patterns Blog. The pattern will be posted in parts on the blog, and the free version will include affiliate links and ads. If you’d like to start early on the full pattern, you can purchase a discounted, ad-free, printable PDF, with photo tutorial HERE***

    Materials:

    2 skeins of Bonita Yarns Dream Baby (Double Knitting) in Forest colorway; 100% acrylic (360 yards/100 grams per skein). You can purchase this yarn at www.bonitapatterns.com

     


    Size G (4.00 mm) crochet hook

    Yardage: approximately 400 yds

    1 large toggle button size 2” (optional) long or a large button of your choice. You may use a shawl pin or brooch as a closure for the capelet.

    Gauge:

    With G crochet hook in FPdc ribbed pattern (dc each ch in first row and FPdc each st of all following rows): 9 sts and 7 rows = 2″.

    Model: Bresha Webbs

    Bonita Patterns was honored to have actress Bresha Webbs modeling our Capelet. Amongst other things, Ms. Webbs plays Imunique on the TV sitcom, “Love That Girl.”

    Thank you, Bresha!*

    Abbreviations:

    Beginning (beg)

    Chain (ch)

    Decrease (dec)

    Double Crochet (dc)

    Front Post Double Crochet (FPdc)

    Long V-Stitch (LV-st)

    Picot (P)

    Repeat (rep)

    Right Side (RS)

    Single Crochet (sc)

    Slip Stitch (sl st)

    Space (sp)

    Stitch (st)

    Treble Crochet (tr)

    Wrong Size (WS)

    Yarn Over (yo)

    Special Stitches Used:

    Front Post Double Crochet (FPdc) – Yo and insert hook from the front to the back around the post of the dc of previous row. Complete as for a regular dc stitch.

    Long V-Stitch (LV-st) – Work (tr 1, ch 1, tr 1) in st indicated.

    Picot (P) – ch 3, sl st into 3rd ch from hook. Picot made.

    Treble Crochet 2 Together or Treble Decrease (Tr2tog): Work a Tr in stitch indicated until two loops are left on hook (this is as an incomplete tr). Keeping these two loops on hook, work another tr in stitch indicated until you have three loops remaining on hook. Yarn over, pull through all three loops on hook. One tr st decreased.

    Pattern Notes:

    1. The capelet construction is quite simple. This project is worked in two parts: a base scarf to serve as the capelet foundation, and five leafy appliqués. The scarf is crocheted in a ribbed FPdc pattern with a DC edging. The focal point of the design is made of a new version of the Crocodile Stitch that now resembles a leaf more than a scale.

    2. In short, the “Crocodile Stitch” is formed by a two-row repeat: a row of V-sts followed by a row of scales (or shells). This is a fairly easy pattern to execute and fast to memorize. The only novelty about this design is that the scales are crocheted around the V-sts with clusters of front post double crochets (fpdc) and front post treble crochets (fptr) from top to bottom, then from bottom to top, as opposed to working them on top of the row, like in most shell patterns.

    3. For those familiar with the Crocodile Stitch I used in other patterns, you will notice that instead of making the scales with a row of V-sts (dc 1, ch 1, dc 1) as the foundation for the scales and FPdcs to make the scales, this time you will crochet a longer version of the V-st, the Long V-st ( tr 1, ch 1, tr 1; see Special Stiches on page 2) and the following scale row will be crocheted with FPdcs, FPtrs and a Picot. If you have worked the Crocodile Stitch before, this version will not be hard.

    The Crocodile Stitch Leafy Fingerless Gloves makes the perfect match for this cowl. If you would like to make a the gloves, from March 14 through April 17, the gloves pattern is being offered at a 50% discount for only $2.75 from December 12, 2017 through February 28, 2018. No coupon needed, please find the pattern HERE.

    Crocodile Stitch Leafy Appliques: Make 5 using same directions

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    Ch 6

    Row 1 (WS): Tr in 6th ch from hook [beg ch-5 count as a tr and a ch-1 or 1 Long V-st (LV-st)]; turn. – (1 LV-st)

    Row 2 (RS): Ch 3 (count as a dc), working from top to bottom around post of first tr of first LV-st, work 3 FPdc, 4 FPtr, (see pic A), Picot (ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch from hook; see pic B), turn work so LV-st is sideways and post of second tr of LV-st is upside down (V point of LV-st will be facing right; see pic C), working from bottom to top around post of second tr of LV-st, work 4 FPtr, 4 FPdc (see pic D); turn – (1 leafy-scale).

    Row 3 (WS): Ch 5 (count as a tr and a ch-1), tr in same st as beg ch, LV-st in next ch-1 sp, LV-st in last st; turn (see pic E) – (3 LV-sts).

    Row 4 (RS): Ch 3 (count as a dc), working from top to bottom around post of first tr of first LV-st, work 3 FPdc, 4 FPtr (see pic A), Picot (ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch from hook), turn work so LV-st is sideways and post of second tr of LV-st is upside down (V point of LV-st will be facing right), working from bottom to top around post of second tr of LV-st, work 4 FPtr, 4 FPdc, skip next LV-st, working from top to bottom around post of first tr of next LV-st, work 4 FPdc, 4 FPtr, Picot, turn work so LV-st is sideways, working from bottom to top around post of second tr of LV-st, work 4 FPdc, 4 FPtr; turn – (2 leafy-scale)

    Row 5 (WS): Ch 5 (count as a tr and a ch-1), tr in same st as beg ch, LV-st in next ch-1 sp, yo twice, insert hook in both next ch-1 space and in space between scales directly behind ch-1 sp (see pic F) and complete a LV-st, work a LV-st in next ch-1 sp, LV-st in in top of last st (see pic G); turn – (5 LV-sts).

  • Row 6 (RS): Ch 3 (count as a dc), working from top to bottom around post of first tr of first LV-st, work 3 FPdc, 4 FPtr, Picot, turn work so LV-st is sideways and post of second tr of LV-st is upside down (V point of LV-st will be facing right), working from bottom to top around post of second tr of LV-st, work 4 FPtr, 4 FPdc (skip next LV-st, working from top to bottom around post of first tr of next LV-st, work 4 FPdc, 4 FPtr, Picot, turn work so LV-st is sideways, working from bottom to top around post of second tr of LV-st, work 4 FPdc, 4 FPtr) twice; turn – (3 leafy-scale)

    Row 7 (WS): Ch 4 (count as a tr), LV-st in next ch-1 sp, * yo twice, insert hook in both next ch-1 space and in space between scales directly behind ch-1 sp and complete a LV-st, work a LV-st in next ch-1 sp, rep from * across to last st, tr in in top of last st; turn – (5 LV-sts + 2 tr).

    Row 8 (RS): Sl st in first 2 sts, sl st in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, working from top to bottom around post of next tr of next LV-st, work 4 FPdc, 4 FPtr, Picot, turn work so LV-st is sideways and post of second tr of LV-st is upside down (V point of LV-st will be facing right), working from bottom to top around post of second tr of LV-st, work 4 FPtr, 4 FPdc, skip next LV-st, working from top to bottom around post of first tr of next LV-st, work 4 FPdc, 4 FPtr, Picot, turn work so LV-st is sideways, working from bottom to top around post of second tr of LV-st, work 4 FPdc, 4 FPtr; sl st in next ch-1 sp, sl st in next 2 sts – (2 leafy-scale)

    Row 9 (WS): Ch 4 (count as a tr), LV-st in next 2 ch-1 sp, yo twice, insert hook in both next ch-1 space and in space between scales directly behind ch-1 sp and complete a LV-st, work a LV-st in next 2 ch-1 sp, tr in top of last st; turn – (5 LV-sts + 2 tr).

    Row 10 (RS): Rep Row 6 – (3 leafy-scale)

    Row 11 (WS) decrease: Ch 4, tr in next ch-1 (first ch-4 and tr count as a dec), yo twice, insert hook in both next ch-1 space and in space between scales directly behind ch-1 sp and complete a LV-st, work a LV-st in next ch-1 sp, yo twice, insert hook in both next ch-1 space and in space between scales directly behind ch-1 sp and complete a LV-st, Tr2tog (see page 2 under Special Stitches and pic H for visual aid) over next ch-1 sp and last st; turn – (3 LV-sts + 2 tr2tog).

    Row 12 (RS): Ch 1, working from top to bottom around post of first tr of first LV-st, work 4 FPdc, 4 FPtr, Picot, turn work so LV-st is sideways and post of second tr of LV-st is upside down (V point of LV-st will be facing right) working from bottom to top around post of second tr of LV-st, work 4 FPtr, 4 FPdc skip next LV-st, working from top to bottom around post of first tr of next LV-st, work 4 FPdc, 4 FPtr, Picot, turn work so LV-st is sideways, working from bottom to top around post of second tr of LVst, work 4 FPdc, 4 FPtr; sl in last st; turn – (2 leafy-scale)

    Row 13 (WS) decrease: Ch 4, tr in next ch-1 (first ch-4 and tr count as a dec), yo twice, insert hook in both next ch-1 space and in space between scales directly behind ch-1 sp and complete a LV-st, Tr2tog over next ch-1 sp and last st; turn – (1 LV-st + 2 tr2tog).

    Row 14 (RS): Ch 1, working from top to bottom around post of next tr of first LV-st, work 4 FPdc, 4 FPtr, Picot, turn work so LV-st is sideways and post of second tr of LV-st is upside down (V point of LV-st will be facing right) working from bottom to top around post of second tr of LV-st, work 4 FPtr, 4 FPdc; sl in last st; Fasten off – (1 leafy-scale)

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    I just love how easy one can make a garment with just a few rectangles put together. Add interesting stitch textures and beautiful, quality yarn and you create magic!

    Let’s jump finish our Top in Part Two of our CAL!

    Crocodile Stitch Kimono Top

    Text and images Copyright © by Bonita Patterns & Rachel Azulay & Lianka Azulay, all rights reserved. No pattern may be reproduced or distributed — mechanically, electronically, or by any other means, including photocopying, without written permission. Finished products created with this pattern may be used for commercial sale. It is appreciated if design credit to Bonita Patterns is listed in finished products’ online listings and tags.

    Pattern Notes:

    1- Instructions given to size Small through Large in black font; changes for sizes X-Large through 3 X-Large are in [ ] and color coded in red for easy identification.

    Ch 69 (Ch 69)

    Row 1 (Row 1):  V-st in 6th chain from hook * skip next 2 ch, V-st in next ch, rep from * across to last ch, dc in last ch; turn – (21 V-sts+ 2 dc).

    Row 2 (Row 2) : Ch 3 (counts as a dc), working from top to bottom around post of first dc of first V-st, work 4 fpdc, ch 1, turn work so V-st is sideways and post of second dc of V-st is upside down (V point of V-st will be facing right), working from bottom to top around post of second dc of V-st, work 5 fpdc  * skip next V-st, working from top to bottom around post of first dc of next V-st,  work 5 fpdc, ch 1, turn work so V-st is sideways, working from bottom to top around post of second dc of V-st, work 5 fpdc, rep from * across; turn  – (11 scales).

    Row 3 (Row 3) : Ch 3 (counts as a dc), work a V-st in next ch-1 sp, * yo, insert hook in both next ch-1 space and in space between scales directly behind ch-1 sp and complete a V-st, work a V-st in next ch-1 sp,  rep from * across to last dc, dc in in top of last st; turn – (21 V-sts + 2 dc)

    Row 4 (Row 4): Sl st in first 2 sts, sl st in next ch-1 sp, working from top to bottom around post of first dc of next V-st, work 5 fpdc, ch 1, turn work so V-st is sideways and post of second dc of V-st is upside down, working from bottom to top around post of second dc of V-st, work 5 fpdc, * skip next V-st, working from top to bottom around post of first dc of next V-st, work 5 fpdc, ch 1, turn work so V-st is sideways, working from bottom to top around post of second dc of V-st, work 5 fpdc, rep from * across to last V-st, sl st in next ch-1 sp, sl st in next 2 sts; turn – (10 scales).

    ***As  special offer, during our “Celebrating Crochet Multi-CAL Event”, we are offering a 15% off yarn purchases at Bonita Patterns & Yarns. Use coupon code CROCHETMONTH at checkout. Offer ends April 31st, 2018***

    Row 5 (Row 5): Rep Row 3; turn – (21 V-sts + 2 dc)

    Row 6 (Row 6): Rep Row 2; turn – (11 scales)

    Row 7 (Row 7): Ch 5 (count as dc and ch 2) dc in next ch-1 sp, *ch 2, insert hook in next ch-1 sp and in sp, between scales directly behind ch-1 sp and complete a dc, ch 2, dc in next ch-1 sp, rep from * across to last st, ch 2, dc in last st; turn – (22 ch-2 sp)

    Row 8 (Row 8): Ch 5 (count as dc and ch 2), dc in next dc, *ch 2, dc in next dc, rep from * across; turn – (22 ch-2 sp).

    Row 9 (Row 9): Ch 3 (count as dc), * skip next ch-2 sp V-st in next dc, rep from * across to last dc, dc in last dc; turn – (21 V-sts + 2 dc)

    Row 10 (Row 10): Rep Row 2; turn – (11 scales)

    Row 11 (Row 11): Rep Row 3; turn – (21 V-sts + 2 dc)

  • Row 12 (Row 12): Rep Row 4; turn – (10 scales)

    Row 13 (Row 13): Rep Row 3; turn – (21 V-sts + 2 dc)

    Row 14 (Row 14): Rep Row 2; turn – (11 scales)

    Row 15 – Row 38 (Row 15 – Row 46):  Rep Row 7 through Row 14, alternately. There will be a total of 15 (18) Crocodile Stitch Rows and 8 (10) mesh Rows.

    Last Row: Ch 1 (count as 1 sc), *sc in next 2 sts, sc in next ch-1 sp, sc in next 2 sts,  insert hook in next ch-1 sp and in sp between scales directly behind ch-1 st and complete a sc, rep from *across to last 4 sts, sc in each of the las 4 sts; Fasten off. – (67 sc)

    Assembly & Schematics

    Weave in yarn ends. With yarn needle and yarn, sew front and back of bodice section with the ribbed stripes in vertical orientation, turn waist section inside out. Sew top front and back sections were shown in schematics (note that top front and back ribbed pieces are on horizontal orientation). Join two top front and back by sewing 8” leaving a neck opening of  about 9” on front and 9” on back. (see schematics)

    Note: Instead of sewing with yarn and needle, you can also join the kimono pieces by crocheting them together with the following sequence:

    * ch, sl st, rep from * across 2 pieces held together.

    Make sure you crochet a ch-1 between each sl st. This will ensure your joined pieces retain their stretchy properties. If you only join the pieces with sl st across, the joining seams will be stiff.

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    Alas, we have arrived at part two of our Crocodile Stitch Poncho! I can’t wait to see pictures of your finished ponchos floating on social media!

    Directions for Right Side Panel (make two using same directions)

    All Sizes

    Row 1: Join yarn to first ch of Row 1 of Crocodile Stitch panel, working in end rows, ch 1, sc 93 across evenly. I suggest you start crocheting 3 sc in first end row, followed by 2 sc in next end row and repeat this sequence of 3, 2, 3, 2, ending with 3 scs. Note that as a rule of thumb, when working on end rows of dcs, we usually crochet 2 sc for each end row. However, with the Crocodile Stitch, when the scales begin on the first V-st it tends to create a larger space in that end row, therefore the need to have 3 scs in some rows.

    Row 2: Ch 3 (count as dc here and throughout), dc in next sc and in each sc across; turn. – (93 dc)

    Row 3 – Row 13: Ch 3, dc in each dc across; turn. – (93 dc)

    Row 14: Ch 3 (count as a BPdc), * FPdc in next st, BPdc in next st, rep from * across; turn. – (93 sts)

    Row 15: Ch 3 (count as a FPdc), * BPdc in next st, FPdc in next st, rep from * across; turn. – (93 sts)

    Row 16: Rep row 14; turn. – (93 sts)

    Row 17: Rep Row 15; turn. – (93 sts)

    Row 18: Rep row 14; turn. – (93 sts)

    Row 19: Rep Row 15; turn. – (93 sts)

    Sizes Small through Large: Fasten Off

    Sizes X-Large through XXX-Large Only

    Row 3 – Row 13: Ch 3, dc in each dc across; turn. – (93 dc)

    Row 14: Ch 3 (count as a BPdc), * FPdc in next st, BPdc in next st, rep from * across; turn. – (93 sts)

    Row 15: Ch 3 (count as a FPdc), * BPdc in next st, FPdc in next st, rep from * across; turn. – (93 sts)

    Row 16: Rep row 14; turn. – (93 sts)

    Row 17: Rep Row 15; turn. – (93 sts)

    Row 18: Rep row 14; turn. – (93 sts)

    Row 19: Rep Row 15; turn. – (93 sts)

    Row 20: Rep row 14; turn. – (93 sts)

    Row 21: Rep Row 15; turn. – (93 sts)

    Row 22: Rep row 14; turn. – (93 sts)

    Row 23: Rep Row 15; turn. – (93 sts)

    Fasten Off.

  • Directions for Left Side Panel (make two using same directions)

    All Sizes

    Row 1: Join yarn to last st of Row 74 of Crocodile Stitch panel, working in end rows, ch 1, sc 93 across evenly.

    Row 2: Ch 3 (count as dc here and throughout), dc in next sc and in each sc across; turn. – (93 dc)

    Row 3 – Row 13: Ch 3, dc in each dc across; turn. – (93 dc)

    Row 14: Ch 3 (count as a BPdc), * FPdc in next st, BPdc in next st, rep from * across; turn. – (93 sts)

    Row 15: Ch 3 (count as a FPdc), * BPdc in next st, FPdc in next st, rep from * across; turn. – (93 sts)

    Row 16: Rep row 14; turn. – (93 sts)

    Row 17: Rep Row 15; turn. – (93 sts)

    Row 18: Rep row 14; turn. – (93 sts)

    Row 19: Rep Row 15; turn. – (93 sts)

    Sizes Small through Large: Fasten Off

    Sizes X-Large through XXX-Large Only

    Row 3 – Row 13: Ch 3, dc in each dc across; turn. – (93 dc)

    Row 14: Ch 3 (count as a BPdc), * FPdc in next st, BPdc in next st, rep from * across; turn. – (93 sts)

    Row 15: Ch 3 (count as a FPdc), * BPdc in next st, FPdc in next st, rep from * across; turn. – (93 sts)

    Row 16: Rep row 14; turn. – (93 sts)

    Row 17: Rep Row 15; turn. – (93 sts)

    Row 18: Rep row 14; turn. – (93 sts)

    Row 19: Rep Row 15; turn. – (93 sts)

    Row 20: Rep row 14; turn. – (93 sts)

    Row 21: Rep Row 15; turn. – (93 sts)

    Row 22: Rep row 14; turn. – (93 sts)

    Row 23: Rep Row 15; turn. – (93 sts)

    Fasten Off.

    Directions for Bottom Edging (make two using the same directions)

    All Sizes

    Row 1: Turn work so scales are upside down and your left panel is now the right one and vice versa. Join yarn to first end-row of right-side panel, Ch 3 (count as dc), dc in same end row as beg ch-3, 2 dc in each left panel end row, dc in next 43 sts (this is the foundation ch of Crocodile Stitch panel), 2 dc in each end row of left-side panel; turn. – Sizes Small through Large (119 dc), X-Large through XXX-L (135 dc)

    Row 2: Ch 3 (count as a BPdc), * FPdc in next st, BPdc in next st, rep from * across; turn. – Sizes Small through Large (119 sts), X-Large through XXX-L (135 sts)

    Row 3: Ch 3 (count as a FPdc), * BPdc in next st, FPdc in next st, rep from * across; turn. – Sizes Small through Large (119 sts), X-Large through XXX-L (135 sts)

    Row 4: Rep row 2; turn. – Sizes Small through Large (119 sts), X-Large through XXX-L (135 sts)

    Row 5: Rep Row 3; turn. – Sizes Small through Large (119 sts), X-Large through XXX-L (135 sts)

    Row 6: Rep row 2; turn. – Sizes Small through Large (119 sts), X-Large through XXX-L (135 sts)

    Row 7: Rep Row 3; turn. – Sizes Small through Large (119 sts), X-Large through XXX-L (135 sts)

    Fasten Off.

    Assembly

    Choosing the seaming method of your preference or using sl st joining, sew top right and left panels leaving only the Crocodile Stitch panels open where we are going to crochet the collar. You can also sew a section of the side edgings, if you prefer.

    Collar

    All Sizes

    Rnd 1: Join yarn to center stitch of any of the Crocodile Stitch panels, Ch 3 (count as dc), dc in each st around, join with sl st in first dc. – (86 dc)

    Rnd 2 – Rnd 24: Ch 3 (count as BPdc), FPdc in next st, *BPdc in next st, FPdc in next st, rep from * around, join with sl st in first st. – (86 dc). Fasten Off.

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    Crocodile Stitch Kimono Top

    by Rachel Azulay©

    Materials

    Sizes Small – Large: 5 skeins of Bonita Yarns Merino Dream

    Sizes XL – 3 XL: 6 skeins of Bonita Yarns Merino Dream.

    US Crochet hook size G (4.00 mm)

    Yarn needle

    Size G (4.00 mm) crochet hook

    ***As  special offer for our “Celebrating Crochet Multi-CAL Event”, for the duration of the CAL we are offering a 15% off on yarn needed for the project. Use coupon code CROCHETMONTH at checkout.

    Abbreviations:

    Beginning (beg)

    Chain (ch)

    Double Crochet (dc)

    Repeat (rep)

    Right Side (RS)

    Single Crochet (sc)

    Slip Stitch (sl st)

    Space (sp)

    Stitch (st)

    Wrong Side (WS)

    Yarn Over (yo)

    Special Stitches Used

    Front Post Double Crochet (fpdc) – yo and insert hook from the front to the back around the post of the dc of previous row. Complete as for a regular dc stitch.

    V-Stitch (V-st) – Work (dc 1, ch1, dc 1) in st indicated.

    Gauge:

    In ribbed dc (dc in the back loop only) pattern: 7 sts and 3 1/2 rows = 2″

    Pattern Notes:

    1- Instructions given to size Small through Large in black font; changes for sizes X-Large through 3 X-Large are in [ ] and color coded in red for easy identification.

    2- The blouse construction requires no shaping with increases or decreases, which makes for an easy garment project for beginners and intermediate crocheters. This project is worked in three parts: bodice section, made in a ribbed, form flattering stitch pattern; top front and back sections crocheted in both ribbed section and Crocodile Stitch. There are a total of 6 individual pieces that are joined during finishing with minor sewing.

    3- In short, the “crocodile stitch” is formed by a two-row repeat: a row of V-sts followed by a row of scales (or shells). This is a fairly easy pattern to execute and fast to memorize. The only novelty about this design is that the scales are crocheted in front of the V-sts with clusters of front post double crochets (fpdcs) from top to bottom, then from bottom to top, as opposed to working them on top of the row, like in most shell patterns.

  • Directions for Top Ribbed Section (make two using same directions)

    Ch 65

    Row 1 (Row 1): Dc in 4th ch from hook (beg ch-3 counts as dc) dc in each across; turn – (63 dc)
    Row 2 – Row 24 (Row 2 – Row 29): Working in Back Loops only, Ch 3 (counts as dc here and throughout), dc in each dc across; turn. – (63 dc)

    Bodice Section (make two following the same directions):

    Ch 56

    Row 1 (Row 1): Dc in 4th ch from hook (beg ch-3 counts as dc) dc in each across; turn – (54 dc)
    Row 2 – Row 31 (Row 2 – 36): Working in Back Loops only, Ch 3 (counts as dc here and throughout), dc in each dc across; turn. – (54 dc)

    Next week, Wednesday, April 4th we will post Part Two of the Kimono Top.

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