*~How to Crochet an Alligator~*

Introducing “Silas the Alligator”, the Cutest Little Crochet Alligator Ever!

Behind the Design~

I’d like to introduce you to “Silas the Alligator”, the first of ABC Animal Menagerie! There will be an animal for each letter so subscribe so you don’t miss them!

A few months ago, I was sitting in my favorite local coffee shop letting my little one play in the kids area. It’s a great place with a little train set, books, and chalk board; My special place where I can bring some yarn and have a Mint Mocha Frappe and crochet peacefully! The manager always comes by to check on my latest invention and tell me the latest and greatest about her grandchildren. Then one day she tells me she would like to hire me to crochet 2 little animals for her grandchildren, a 1 year old girl and 5 year old boy, Silas. (You know who the alligator was made for now!) I was pretty excited! He liked pirates so it had to be an Alligator! I love the random custom requests I get and she was so happy and the kids loved them too! It was a wonderful experience! Today I’m sharing with you the full pattern and design for this little Alligator so you can make some too! I was also inspired by the old beanie babies I used to collect so each of my animals will have a poem to go with them and a printable poem tag~

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~Silas the Alligator~

I like to swim and lay,
in the sun all day.
I chase birds and fish,
and my tail goes swish swish.
I’m fast and strong you better
make way,
Let’s spend some time
together and play play play!

Materials Needed:

This alligator was made using Scheepjes Catona yarn. My opinion is this: It is a smooth, soft, tightly twisted yarn, with great stitch definition. It is shiny, and 100% mercerized cotton. I had no issues with is at all. Catona also comes in an insanely large variety of colors! Below I have links showing where to get it online!

Yarn:
1 Ball Scheepjes Cotana 502 Camel
1 Ball Scheepjes Cotana 412 Forest Green

Scrap amounts of:
1 Ball Scheepjes Yarn Cotana 252 Watermelon (For the Mouth)
1 Ball Scheepjes Yarn Cotana 106 Snow White (For the Teeth)
1 Ball Scheepjes Yarn Cotana 515 Emerald (For the Back Ridges)

Safety Eyes: 6 mm eyes are preferred. Buy a bunch or a Buy a variety

Stuffing: Buy Here
Hook
: 3 mm hook  Buy Full Hook Set Here Or Get a great 3.0 mm hook here

Needle: You always need a large eyed blunt needle for sewing in ends! Buy Here

The Video Tutorial:

Here’s my crochet along how to video for “Silas the Alligator”! Get all the materials you need, kick back, and crochet this adorable little animal with me! This video has 2 parts because it is pretty long, I mean, I show you everything! Let’s get started!

Green Body

0:30 Materials and Tips
3:26 Step 1
8:30 Step 2
11:45 Step 3
14:06 Step 4
15:46 Step 5
17:31 Step 6
20:41 Step 7
22:09 Step 8
23:39 Leg 1
29:36 Leg 2
34:41 Leg 3
41:48 Leg 4

Beige Belly + Mouth + Assembly

0:34 Step 1
4:43 Step 2
8:46 Step 3
10:58 Step4
12:53 Step 5
15:02 Step 6
17:05 Mouth
24:26 Sewing in Ends
29:00 Teeth
43:42 Sewing the Body
56:16 Eyes and Stuffing
1:10:05 Ridges

~Patterns~

Stitches and Notes:

Triple Crochet (Tr)
Double Crochet (Dc)
Half Double Crochet (HDc)
Single Crochet (Sc)
Chain (Ch)
Slip Stitch (SlSt)
2 Single Crochet Together (2ScTog)
 

For knowing what the Crochet Symbols are and quick videos of how to do all basic crochet stitches Check out my New Crocheter’s Resource Page!

I also have a How to Read Symbol Patterns video tutorial so check that out too!

The alligator is made from 3 crocheted parts. The Green top of the alligator with feet, the beige belly, and the peach mouth. The mouth is sewn to the bodies with white to create teeth. The 2 bodies of the alligator are sewn together with the green yarn.

1. Green Alligator Body and legs

This is the top part of the alligator plus the legs. The main tricky part of this is where to attach the yarn for the legs. Don’t forget to check the step by step video tutorial if you get stuck somewhere!

Feel free to sew in your ends as you go. I like to keep my ends of my feet till the end so I can stuff the feet last! Also a note about the symbol pattern: The red is where I crochet the feet. I only show the first round for each foot.

Alligator Body Top (Forest Green)

  1. Ch 41. Starting in the second ch from the hook, Sc in the middle bump of each chain across (going into just one loop). In the last chain, do another 2 Sc in the same place. This creates a U-Turn and we will start crocheting on the back of the chains which should have a nice v stitch look. Sc in each stitch across. in the last stitch do a 2nd Sc in the same place then Sl St to end your round.
  2. Ch 1. Sc in the same stitch. Sc in each stitch across until you get to the 3 Sc we did to U-Turn. Then do 2 Sc into each of those 3 stitches. Then Sc into the next 27 stitches.
  3. Turn your work. Sl St into each of the next 4 stitches moving across. Then Sc in each of the next 9 stitches. Ch 8. Skip 4 stitches. Sc in each of the next 6 stitches.
  4. Turn your work. Sl St into the next stitch. Sc in the next 4 stitches. Ch 10. Sc into the next 8 stitches.
  5. Turn your work. Sc in the next stitch (Skipping the stitch you were on). Sc in the next 6 stitches. Ch 14. Sc in the next 3 stitches. Leave a tail for sewing in and cut yarn. (You have finished one side of the alligator’s body)
  6. Attach yarn to the other side of the alligator into the 13th stitch from the tail. (Should look symmetrical) Ch 1. Sc in the same stitch. Sc in the next 13 stitches. Ch 8. Skip 4 stitches. Sc in the next 6 stitches.
  7. Turn Work. Sl St into the next stitch. Sc in the next 4 stitches. Ch 10. Sc in the next 8 stitches.
  8. Sc in the next stitch over (Skipping the stitch you were on). Sc in the next 6 stitches. Ch 14. Sc in the next 3. Leave tail for sewing in and cut yarn.

Leg 1 (Front Leg)

  1. Attach yarn to the 2nd of 7 Sc to the right of ch 14 from the last row. Ch 1. Sc in the same stitch. Sc in the next stitch. Pushing the chains out of the way, you will Sc into the Sc stitch to the right of the Ch 10. Then going down into the row below again. Sc into the Sc stitch to the right of the Ch 8. Ch 3. Sl St with the first Sc stitch to end your round. (This is the base for your leg)
  2. Ch1. Sc in the 4 stitches. Sc into each of the 3 chains. Sl St with the first stitch to end the round.
  3.  Ch1. Sc in the 7 stitches. Sl St with the first stitch to end your round.
  4. Ch1. Sc in the 7 stitches. Sl St with the first stitch to end your round.
  5. Ch1. Sc in the 7 stitches. Sl St with the first stitch to end your round.
  6. Ch1. Sc in the 7 stitches. Sl St with the first stitch to end your round.
  7.  Ch1. Sl St into the next stitch. Ch3. Sl St in the same stitch. Sl St in the next stitch. [Ch 3. Sl St in the same stitch. Sl St in the next stitch] repeat 3 more times. Leave a tail to sew in after stuffing and cut your yarn.

Leg 2 (Front leg)

  1. Pushing aside the chains, attach yarn to the 1st of 9 Sc to the left of ch 8 from the last row. Ch 1. Sc in the same stitch. Sc in the Sc stitch from the row above next to the ch 10. Sc in the stitch from the row above next to the ch 14. Sc in the next stitch. Ch 3. Sl St with the first Sc stitch to end your round. (This is the base for your leg)
  2. Ch1. Sc in the 4 stitches. Sc into each of the 3 chains. Sl St with the first stitch to end the round.
  3.  Ch1. Sc in the 7 stitches. Sl St with the first stitch to end your round.
  4. Ch1. Sc in the 7 stitches. Sl St with the first stitch to end your round.
  5. Ch1. Sc in the 7 stitches. Sl St with the first stitch to end your round.
  6. Ch1. Sc in the 7 stitches. Sl St with the first stitch to end your round.
  7.  Ch1. Sl St into the next stitch. Ch3. Sl St in the same stitch. Sl St in the next stitch. [Ch 3. Sl St in the same stitch. Sl St in the next stitch] repeat 3 more times. Leave a tail to sew in after stuffing and cut your yarn.

Leg 3 (Back Leg)

  1. Attach yarn into the unused Sc from row 7 of the body to the right of row 8. Ch1. Sc in the same place. Sc into the right most stitch of the next row. Sc into the right most stitch of the next row. Sc into the next stitch. Ch 4. Sl St with the first stitch to end the round. (This is the base for your leg)
  2. Ch1. Sc in the 4 stitches. Sc into each of the 4 chains. Sl St with the first stitch to end the round.
  3.  Ch1. Sc in the 8 stitches. Sl St with the first stitch to end your round.
  4. Ch1. Sc in the 8 stitches. Sl St with the first stitch to end your round.
  5. Ch1. Sc in the 8 stitches. Sl St with the first stitch to end your round.
  6. Ch1. Sc in the 8 stitches. Sl St with the first stitch to end your round.
  7. Ch1. Sc in the 6 stitches. 2ScTog between the last 2 stitches. Sl St with the first stitch to end your round.
  8. Ch1. Sc in the 7 stitches. Sl St with the first stitch to end your round.
  9. Ch1. Sc in the 7 stitches. Sl St with the first stitch to end your round.
  10.  Ch1. Sl St into the next stitch. Ch3. Sl St in the same stitch. Sl St in the next stitch. [Ch 3. Sl St in the same stitch. Sl St in the next stitch] repeat 3 more times. Leave a tail to sew in after stuffing and cut your yarn.

Leg 4 (Back Leg)

  1. Attach yarn into the 6th of 7 Sc to the left of the ch 14 of row 5. Ch1. Sc in the same stitch. Sc in the next stitch. Then moving down, Sc in the left most stitch from the row below. Sc in the row below. Ch 4. Sl St with the first stitch to end the round. (This is the base for your leg)
  2. Ch1. Sc in the 4 stitches. Sc into each of the 4 chains. Sl St with the first stitch to end the round.
  3.  Ch1. Sc in the 8 stitches. Sl St with the first stitch to end your round.
  4. Ch1. Sc in the 8 stitches. Sl St with the first stitch to end your round.
  5. Ch1. Sc in the 8 stitches. Sl St with the first stitch to end your round.
  6. Ch1. Sc in the 8 stitches. Sl St with the first stitch to end your round.
  7. Ch1. Sc in the 6 stitches. 2ScTog between the last 2 stitches. Sl St with the first stitch to end your round.
  8. Ch1. Sc in the 7 stitches. Sl St with the first stitch to end your round.
  9. Ch1. Sc in the 7 stitches. Sl St with the first stitch to end your round.
  10.  Ch1. Sl St into the next stitch. Ch3. Sl St in the same stitch. Sl St in the next stitch. [Ch 3. Sl St in the same stitch. Sl St in the next stitch] repeat 3 more times. Leave a tail to sew in after stuffing and cut your yarn.

2. Alligators Belly (Camel)

This is almost like the green body part but a little shorter and no legs! It is easier so feel free to start with this part first!

Belly (Camel)

  1. Ch 34.Starting in the second ch from the hook, Sc in the middle bump of each chain across (going into just one loop). In the last chain, do another 2 Sc in the same place. This creates a U-Turn and we will start crocheting on the back of the chains which should have a nice v stitch look. Sc in each stitch across. in the last stitch do a 2nd Sc in the same place then Sl St to end your round.
  2. Sl St across the next 6 stitches. Sc in each stitch across until you get to the 3 Sc we did to U-Turn. Then do 2 Sc into each of those 3 stitches. Then Sc into the next 27 stitches.
  3. Turn your work. Sl St across the next 4 stitches. Sc in the next 9 stitches. Ch 8. Skip 4 stitches. Sc in the next 6 stitches.
  4. Turn your work. Sl St into the next stitch. Sc in the next 4 stitches. Ch 10. Sc in the next 8 stitches. Leave a tail for sewing in and cut your yarn.
  5. Attach your yarn on the other side symmetrical into the 6th Sc from step 2.Ch1. Sc in the same stitch. Sc in the next 8 stitches. Ch 8. Sc in the next6 stitches.
  6. Turn your work. Sl st into the next stitch. Sc in the next 4 stitches. Ch 10. Sc in the next 8 stitches. Leave a tale for sewing in and cut your yarn.

Mouth (Watermelon)

The mouth is just one round!

1. Slip knot. Ch 21. Sc in the 2nd ch from the hook (Work into the middle bump of each chain).  Sc in the next 2 chains. Hdc in the next 3 chains. Dc in the next 3 chains. Tr into the next 2 chains. Dc in the next 3 chains. Hdc in the next 3 chains. Sc in the next 3 chains.2 more Sc in the last chain to U-Turn. Working in the backs of the chains you just worked in. Sc in the next 3 stitches. HDc in the next 3 stitches. Dc in the next 3 stitches. Tr in the next 2 stitches. Dc in the next 3 Stitches. HDc in the next 3 stitches. Sc in the last 3 stitches. 1 more Sc in the last stitch. Sl St with the first stitch to end the round. Leave a tail, cut and sew in ends.

Sewing and Stuffing...Eyes and Ridges!

Now that you have everything crocheted we are going to start sewing the alligator together! Here’s how I did it (I really recommend watching the part 2 video to see how I assembled everything!):

  1. Use your white yarn to sew the mouth to the top and bottom part of the alligator. Start at one cheek corner. I start at the 2nd of the 4 stitches of the cheek and match the green and beige part on top of each other and match the mouth in between. With the stitches matched up you should be able to whip stitch the mouth together. Check out the part 2 of the video if you are not sure how to sew the mouth together. Go all the way around to the other side leaving one stitch of the cheeks not sewn.
  2.  Starting on one side of the alligator into that last stitch of the cheek you didn’t sew in, use your green yarn to stitch the top to the bottom all the way across. When you get to a leg stitch the flap of the leg to the beige bottom. You will find the green tail is longer than the beige, just sew all the way to the beige then fold the green tail over and sew it together, finally continue down the other side. Stop when you get to the 3rd foot.
  3. Put the safety eyes in at this point and then start stuffing. Be careful not to over stuff the mouth or his mouth will stay open really wide. Once you finish stuffing the body continue stitching the bodies together. Sew in all ends.
  4. Using a hook or a flat head screw driver stuff each of the legs and then sew the legs closed by sewing into each stitch around the foot then pulling tight and sewing in ends.
  5. Finally you will need to crochet the ridges! Start with the middle ridge at the base of the neck. Attach your light green yarn. Ch2. [Sl st into the next gap/stitch. Ch2.] Repeat till you get down to the tail. Then do the same thing on either side this time shorter. Sew in the ends and your done!

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