Learn to crochet the Camel Stitch with this quick and easy tutorial – everything you need to know to crochet that looks like knit!
The Camel Stitch is a unique crochet stitch in that it looks like knit stitches lying together in rows. It’s a super easy technique that creates amazing texture and uses only half double crochet!
This stitch is perfect for a hat brim, crochet purse, infinity scarf, garment, cowl or even an entire hat or beanie! I’ve even seen this stitch used for a blanket.
No! Camel stitch can be worked back and forth in rows, but it does look a bit different than when it is worked in the round.
There seems to be several publications that use this technique called “Camel Crochet”. I’m guessing since you work into the back loop (also called the third loop), it’s like working into the “hump” of a camel.
This stitch is working in half double crochet, so it’s more of a technique than a stitch pattern. You work hdc into the third loop.
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Camel Stitch in the Round
This is the most common use of the camel stitch as the rounds of hdc lie nicely together on the back side, creating the knit-look V’s.
How to crochet camel stitch in the round:
Step One: This works with any number of stitches, so chain to desired circumference (the measurement around). This will be your stitch count.
Step Two: Ch 2 and work one round even in hdc stitch, join with a slip stitch. You might find it helpful to use a stitch marker to mark the turning chain.
Step Three: Ch 2, yarn over, insert hook into third loop of hdc in previous row and complete hdc as normal.
Repeat step three, joining with slip st at end of round and repeat until desired length.
That’s it! It really is that simple!
Keep in mind that you will be looking at the wrong side of the work as you crochet – the tops of the stitches will be pushed to the back to create the knit-look.
Camel Stitch Video Tutorial
The Most Common Problem
The biggest problem with this stitch is working into the wrong loop. You have to be very careful to work into the third loop of each half double crochet. If you need help identifying the third loop, be sure to view the video tutorial.
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That’s it for crocheting this stitch in the round. It can be worked flat, but it looks much more like knitting in the round.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!!