In the past, I have shown you how to do a star stitch as well as shared a couple patterns. Today, I’m going to show you how to do the camel stitch. It’s a key part of a pattern I will be releasing on Ravelry soon.
You do need to know how to do the basic half-double crochet. If you don’t know how to do that, here’s a quick description.
After you do your starting chain, yarn over and insert your hook in the second chain from the hook. Yarn over and pull up a loop. You should have three loops on your hook. Yarn over and pull through all three loops. There’s your half-double crochet.
The camel stitch is a variation of that. It works in the third loop (I’ll describe that in a minute) and produces a ridge that mimics a row of knit stitch.
Here’s what you need to know for that.
You will need:
Crochet hook (I’m using a 7.0mm hook because that’s what I’m using for the pattern)
Worsted weight yarn
For your swatch:
Row 1: HDC in 2nd ch from hook, HDC across, chain 1, turn your work
Row 2: In 3rd loop (see pictures), HDC across. When looking at the stitch, you see the first two loops you usually work into. Rotate your work slightly to you. You should be able to see the third loop on the back of the row.
Repeat row 2 until you have approximately 20 rows or until you are satisfied wth how your camel stitch looks.
For Visually Impaired Crocheters
Finding the third loop might be difficult. I had trouble with it when I first started. to help with this, I did a setup row of single crochet. In fact, when I started this swatch, I had trouble seeing the third loops. So I went back and did the single crochet setup. Then I started Row 1 of the half-double crochet. That way, when I started Row 2 working in the third loop, that loop was facing me. I could feel where it was and, after a while, I got to where I could see it.
I’m not saying it got easier to see. I think that because I trained myself where that loop was, I started to see where my hook needed to go, whether I actually see the loop/stitch or not.
If this doesn’t help, let me know and I will do my best to break it down more to help you get this stitch effect.