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Knit Mermaid / Crocodile Stitch Pattern

knit mermaid stitch pattern sample made with bright green yarn

There are tons of crochet Mermaid stitches out there (also known as crocodile stitch), but if you prefer knitting rather than crochet, then this pattern is for you. Mermaid stitch has a low level of complexity making it a top choice for beginner knitters interested in making a blanket, scarf, or hat. To make your life even easier I managed to shoot a quick video tutorial. Check it out below and subscribe to my channel to get the latest knit and crochet tutorials. Have a great time knitting this gorgeous crocodile stitch pattern.

Knitting materials and tools:

<> DPN 4 mm (US6 / UK8)

<> Caron Simply Soft (4) – 100% acrylic: 170 grams -288 m per skein.

Common abbreviations of knit stitches:

k – knit

p – purl

st(s) – stitch(es)

sel s – selvage stitch: always slip the first stitch purlwise, work to the last stitch, purl the last stitch

knit crocodile stitch pattern sample

Knit mermaid / crocodile stitch instructions:

Cast on a multiple of 8 sts plus 6 extra sts and plus 2 selvage stitches.

Row 1 (RS): sel s, purl all stitches, sel s.

Row 2: sel s, knit all sts, sel s.

Row 3 (RS): sel s, *k6, slip next 2 sts with yarn in front – repeat from*, k6, sel s.

Row 4: sel s, *p6, slip next 2 sts with yarn in back – repeat from* p6, sel s.

Row 5(RS): Repeat Row 3.

Row 6: Repeat Row 4.

Row 7(RS): Repeat Row 3.

two samples of mermaid stitch pattern made with bright green and white yarn

Row 8: sel s, purl all sts, sel s.

Row 9 (RS): sel s, purl all sts, sel s.

Row 10: sel s, knit all sts, sel s.

Row 11 (RS): sel s, k2, slip next 2 sts with yarn in front, *k6, slip next 2 sts with yarn in front – repeat from*, k2, sel s.

Row 12: sel s, p2, slip next 2 sts with yarn in back, *p6, slip next 2 sts with yarn in back – repeat from* p2, sel s.

Row 13(RS): Repeat Row 11.

Row 14: Repeat Row 12.

Row 15(RS): Repeat Row 11.

Row 16: sel s, purl all sts, sel s.

Repeat Rows 1-16 as many times as needed.

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Ros 19th October 2020 at 16:30

I think this is a gorgeous stitch pattern. Thank you so much for sharing. I would love to try knitting a baby blanket using this stitch. 💕💛💕

Knitting Guru 20th October 2020 at 19:16

Hi, yeah, it will be perfect for blanket. Could you plz share photo of your blanket when it is done, I would highly appreciated.

LINDA JOHNSON 20th October 2020 at 07:58

this pattern knits up beautifully. I would like to use this as a border on babies cardigans or dressses. Thank you for this, it is so very pretty

Knitting Guru 20th October 2020 at 19:18

Thanks Linda. I really appreciate your feedback. I have already used it for a hat, and it is gorgeous.

Trish 6th December 2020 at 22:58

Thank you for this tutorial. The pattern is much easier to do than I had expected it would be. I would like to use this stitch for a baby blanket. I’m not sure why, but looking at the photo of the green and the white works in progress, the green one shows off the pattern much better than the white. Therefore I shall make the blanket in a bright colour as opposed to pastel which is usually my choice for baby. Thank you for presenting the photo with this comparison.
I would also like to say that I appreciate your clear set of instructions!

Knitting Guru 7th December 2020 at 08:54

Thank you so much Trish. This is so kind of you. I am happy you like this stitch and can use it for a blanket

kim 23rd March 2021 at 11:46

i would like to know if you could knit this stitch in the round and how would you increase stitches

Knitting Guru 23rd March 2021 at 23:16

Hi. You need only to change the even rows. For ex 2 row instead of knit all stitches you need to purl them. Or when it says hold the yarn in back you need to hold it in front. And sorry I did not get you when you have asked about increases, could you plz clarify?

c8h10n4o2 23rd April 2021 at 19:56

I’m thinking of doing this in a mix of colors (a gradient and a solid). If I’m reading right, I would change every 8 rows, correct?

Knitting Guru 24th April 2021 at 01:33

hi, yes you are absolutely right


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