Crocodile stitch heart or leaf – free crochet pattern 1



This pattern is dedicated to all those people out there, far away from their loved ones, who, like me, would like to send them all their love.

My heart is breaking as I watch the news of what is going on in my country and I feel powerless, far away as I am.

I do have crochet, though, and that helps keep my spirit up and hope for the best.

I hope this pattern brings you joy and gives you an idea for something nice for your loved ones.

my heart is with you


I started working on this design as I needed two leaves for my wildflower blanket and I needed them to be 3D somehow.

This pattern uses the extended dc from the bridal shawl of Lion Brand (which I can’t really access any more because I forgot my login information for their website to download the pattern again and I’m too lazy to go through the whole process just to get a pattern that I already have in my head).

If you want that pattern, you have to open an account to download it, here.

Using the edc (extended double crochet) stitch, it was quite easy to create a heart shape, especially the top part, which can be quite tricky.

The crocodile stitch is a common stitch that has been explained in numerous tutorials and videos online.

For this instance, we will use an extended double crochet, explained in the stitch section.

Yarn and yardage

You can use any yarn you like, with the corresponding hook. This will affect the finished size of the heart.

I used a simple acrylic yarn, 12 wpi, with a 3.5 mm hook, at about 70 m (more than half of a 50 g skein).

The finished object measures 25 cm in length and 25 cm in height (measured at the widest and from the tip to the bumps).

Hook

The size specified on the yarn tag, in this case 3.5 mm.

Notions

Yarn needle, scissors.

Difficulty

Advanced beginner (due to the edc and crocodile stitch).

Stitches

Edc – yarn over, insert hook and pull up one loop, insert hook and pull through one loop, insert hook and pull through two loops on hook, yarn over and pull through two loops on hook.

V-st – make two edc in one st.

Picot – ch 3, sl st in back loop of first ch.

Crocodile stitch – after working the foundation row, rotate work clockwise 90 degrees, 6 edc in first post, picot, rotate work clockwise 180 degrees, 6 edc in second post (sl st in top of next post, if there is one).

Beg. crocodile stitch – ch3, rotate work clockwise 90 degrees, 6 edc in first post, picot, rotate work clockwise 180 degrees, 6 edc in second post.Crocodile stitch crochet heart pattern

Steps

Chain 6, sl st in first ch (counts as first V-st).

R1. Beg. crocodile stitch in the first V-st.

R2. ch3 (counts as first post of V-st), edc in same st, ch3, edc in middle of V-st, ch3, V-st in top of first edc of crocodile st.

R3. Beg. crocodile stitch in the first V-st, crocodile stitch in next v-st.

R4. ch3 (counts as first post of V-st), edc in same st, ch3, edc in middle of V-st, ch3, V-st in edc post, ch3, edc in middle of V-st, ch3, V-st in top of first edc of crocodile st.

R5. Beg. crocodile stitch in the first V-st, [crocodile stitch in next v-st] 2 times.

R6. ch3 (counts as first post of V-st), edc in same st, [ch3, edc in middle of V-st, ch3, V-st in edc post, ch3, edc in middle of V-st] 2 times, ch3, V-st in top of first edc of crocodile st.

R7. Beg. crocodile stitch in the first V-st, [crocodile stitch in next v-st] 3 times.

R8. ch3 (counts as first post of V-st), edc in same st, [ch3, edc in middle of V-st, ch3, V-st in edc post, ch3, edc in middle of V-st] 3 times, ch3, V-st in top of first edc of crocodile st.

R9. Beg. crocodile stitch in the first V-st, [crocodile stitch in next v-st] 4 times.

R10. ch3 (counts as first post of V-st), edc in same st, [ch3, edc in middle of V-st, ch3, V-st in edc post, ch3, edc in middle of V-st] 4 times, ch3, V-st in top of first edc of crocodile st.

R11. Beg. crocodile stitch in the first V-st, [crocodile stitch in next v-st] 5 times.

R12. ch3 (counts as post stitch), [ch3, V-st in in middle of V-st below, ch3, edc] 4 times, ch3, edc.

R13. Beg. crocodile stitch in the first V-st, [crocodile stitch in next v-st] 5 times.

R14-R17. Repeat rows 12-13.

Do not cut yarn.

Right heart bump

R1. Ch1, sc, hdc, dc in horizontal ch3, [edc in middle of V-st, ch3, V-st in edc post] 2 times, edc in middle of V-st, dc, hdc, sc in horizontal ch3, sl st in edc post.

R2. Working on the wrong side, sl st through 4 st. Work 2 crocodile stitches on the right side, sl st in edc post.

R3. Ch1, sc, hdc, dc in horizontal ch3, edc in middle of V-st, ch3, V-st in edc post, edc in middle of V-st, dc, hdc, sc in horizontal ch3, sl st in edc post.

R2. Working on the wrong side, sl st through 4 st. Work 1 crocodile stitch on the right side, sl st in edc post. Fasten off.

If you want to add a leaf stalk, before making the left bump, after attaching the yarn:

Ch 15, dc in 3rd ch from hook, dc in next 4ch, hdc in next 5 ch, sc in next 4 ch and sl st where you attached the yarn. Continue with left bump.

Left heart bump

Attach yarn in middle edc from R17.

R1. Ch1, sc, hdc, dc in horizontal ch3, [edc in middle of V-st, ch3, V-st in edc post] 2 times, edc in middle of V-st, dc, hdc, sc in horizontal ch3, sl st in edc post.

R2. Working on the wrong side, sl st through 4 st. Work 2 crocodile stitches on the right side, sl st in edc post.

R3. Ch1, sc, hdc, dc in horizontal ch3, edc in middle of V-st, ch3, V-st in edc post, edc in middle of V-st, dc, hdc, sc in horizontal ch3, sl st in edc post.

R2. Working on the wrong side, sl st through 4 st. Work 1 crocodile stitch on the right side, sl st in edc post. Fasten off.

Now that the heart is finished, you can use it as an appliqué or an element in a larger piece.

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Thank you for being here with me and for taking your time to make something nice for your loved ones. I’m sure they will appreciate the gesture.

Love and hugs,

Andrea

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