crochet crocodile

We’re pleased to welcome Cray the crochet crocodile (or is he a crochet alligator?), the newest free pattern in our Juna series! We’ve always wanted a standing amigurumi crocodile pattern but couldn’t find any that we loved. So we decided to take on the challenge and create one for this series and we’re so glad we did. With his big eyes and big smile, we absolutely love him! Grab your hooks and let’s try him out.

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Amigurumi crocodile free pattern

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Abbreviations

Sl st: Slip stitch

SC: single crochet

INV DEC: invisible decrease

INC: two SC in the same stitch

BLO: back loops only

Materials

  • Yarn: You will need 100 grams of DK yarn in green and a small amount in lemon yellow and grey. I use DK yarn but worsted weight/aran yarn will work just as well.
  • Crochet hook: For amigurumi, you typically go down one or two hook sizes from that recommended on your yarn label.
  • Tapestry needle
  • Stitch marker: You can use a locking stitch marker but even a scrap of yarn will do! This pattern is worked in the round, so place a stitch marker at the first stitch of each round so that you can keep track of where each row begins.
  • Polyfill stuffing
  • Safety eyes: I use 12 mm eyes or you can crochet eyes for children under 3
  • Embroidery thread: A small amount of black for eyebrows.

Method

Legs (make 2)

Stuff legs lightly as you go.

Use green yarn

Round 1: 6 SC into a magic circle (6)

Round 2: INC in each stitch around (12)

Round 3: (SC, INC) six times (18)

Round 4: (2 SC, INC) six times (24)

Round 5: SC around BLO (24)

6-12 (7 rounds): SC around (24)

Fasten off for the first leg.

Repeat rounds 1-12 for the second leg but don’t fasten off.

Body

Round 13: Slip stitch into the first unworked stitch of the first leg. SC in the remaining 23 stitches of the first leg and the 24 stitches of the second leg. (48)

SC  around (48)

Stuff the body.

Round 42: (6 SC, INV DEC) six times (42)

Round 43: (6 SC, INV DEC) six times (36)

Round 44: (4 SC, INV DEC) six times (30)

Round 45: (3 SC, INV DEC) six times (24)

Round 46: (2 SC, INV DEC) six times (18)

Round 47: (SC, INV DEC) six times (12)

Ensure that the body is stuffed firmly.

Round 48: INV DEC six times (6)

Fasten off. Insert needle in front loop of each stitch and pull tight to close.

Eyes

Inner eye (make 2)

Using grey

Round 1: 6 SC into a magic circle (6)

Round 2: INC in each stitch around (12)

Round 3: (SC, INC) six times (18)

Slip stitch into the first SC and fasten off.

Outer eye (make 2)

Using green

Round 1: 6 SC into a magic circle (6)

Round 2: INC in each stitch around (12)

Round 3: (SC, INC) six times (18)

Round 4-6 (3 rounds): SC in each stitch around (18)

Slip stitch into the first SC and fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Eye Assembly

Insert a safety eye in the centre of the inner eye piece. Put the inner eye piece into the outer eye piece and sew them together, using the yarn tail from the outer eye piece. Don’t stuff the eyes. Sew the eyes onto the top of the head at approximately six rounds from the top (or Round 43 from the bottom), with approximately six stitches between the eyes. I would suggest pinning the eyes, the snout, and the belly patch onto the body before sewing them on, to ensure that you are satisfied with the spacing.

close up of amigurumi crocodile's eyes

Snout

Use green yarn.

Round 1: Chain 10. Starting from the second chain from the hook, 8 SC, 3 SC in the last chain as your work turns. Now continue on the other side of the chain. 7 SC and INC in the last chain (20)

Round 2: INC in the first stitch, 7 SC, INC in each of the next three stitches, 7 SC, INC in each of the next two stitches (26)

Round 3-4 (2 rounds): SC in each stitch around (26)

Round 5: SC, INC, 7 SC, (SC, INC) three times, 7 SC, (SC, INC) twice (32)

Round 6-10 (5 rounds): SC around (32)

Round 11: 2 SC, INC, 7 SC, (2 SC, INC) three times, 7 SC, (2 SC, INC) twice (38)

Round 12-17 (6 rounds): SC around (38)

Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.

Nostrils (make 2)

Use green yarn

6 SC in a magic circle. Sl st into the first SC.

Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing

Stuff the snout. Be sure not to overstuff it otherwise it will lose its shape. Sew the nostrils onto the snout at around Round 3, 4 stitches apart. Sew the snout onto the body of the crocodile, approximately one row below the eyes and centered to them. Embroider on a mouth.

Belly Patch

Use lemon yellow yarn.

Row 1: Chain 10. Starting from the second chain from the hook, 9 SC. Chain 1 and turn. (9)

Row 2: INC, 7 SC, INC. Chain 1 and turn. (11)

Row 3: INC, 9 SC, INC. Chain 1 and turn. (13)

Row 4: INC, 11 SC, INC. Chain 1 and turn. (15)

Row 5-7 (3 rows): 15 SC. Chain 1 and turn. (15)

Row 8: DEC, 11 SC, DEC. Chain 1 and turn. (13)

Row 9: DEC, 9 SC, DEC. Chain 1 and turn. (11)

Row 10: 11 SC. Chain 1 and turn (11)

Row 11: 11 SC (11)

Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.

Sew onto the body between Rounds 17 and 29, right under the snout.

Arms (make 2)

Use green yarn

Round 1: 6 SC into a magic circle (6)

Round 2: INC in each stitch around (12)

Round 3: (5 SC, INC) twice (14)

Round 4-5 (2 rounds): SC around (14)

Round 6: (5 SC, INV DEC) twice (12)

Round 7: (4 SC, INV DEC) twice (10)

Round 8-16 (9 rounds): SC around (10)

Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing. Sew the arms onto the body at Round 32.

Toes (make 6)

Use green yarn

Round 1: 4 SC in a magic circle (4)

Round 2: SC around and slip stitch to the first SC (4)

Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.

Sew three onto the front of each leg, evenly spaced.

crochet crocodile from the back with tail visible

Tail

Use green yarn

Round 1: 6 SC in a magic circle (6)

Round 2-3 (2 rounds): SC around (6)

Round 4: (SC, INC) three times (9)

Round 5-6 (2 rounds): SC around (9)

Round 7: (2 SC, INC) three times (12)

Round 8-9 (2 rounds): SC around (12)

Round 10: (3 SC, INC) three times (15)

Round 11-12 (2 rounds): SC around (15)

Round 13: (4 SC, INC) three times (18)

Round 14-15 (2 rounds): SC around (18)

Round 16: (5 SC, INC) three times (21)

Round 17-18 (2 rounds): SC around (21)

Round 19: (6 SC, INC) three times (24)

Round 20-21 (2 rounds): SC around (24)

Round 22: (7 SC, INC) three times (27)

Round 23-24 (2 rounds): SC around (27)

Round 25: (8 SC, INC) three times (30)

Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.

Do not stuff. Fold in half and sew closed. Sew onto the crocodile between Rounds 22 and 23 at the back.

Your Cray is now complete! We hope you enjoyed this crochet crocodile free pattern! We would love to see your finished crocodiles, so share them them in our Facebook group Amigurumi with Chai Coffee Crochet or tag us on Instagram @chaicoffeecrochet

If you enjoyed this pattern, why not try the more of our free patterns in our Juna series.

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