Camel Crochet Stitch Tutorial

The camel crochet stitch is a knit-look stitch that is great for that traditional ribbed look. Use this easy stitch for dishcloths, hats, scarves or blankets.

Camel Stitch Crochet Tutorial


I don’t know about you but I love any crochet stitch that resembles a knit stitch. Fun fact: I do know how to knit but I really only know the basics. I can make a simple hat or scarf and that’s about it. At the end of the day, crochet is my jam and I’m always happy to find a fun new knit-looking stitch to add to my repertoire.

Now, I used Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton yarn for this stitch, which, in my opinion, really brings out those knit-look ridges. When I used a less stiff yarn, like acrylic, the ridges weren’t quite as defined. Don’t misunderstand, you can use any yarn you want, I just found that a stiffer yarn worked the best for this.

The camel crochet stitch gives the look of traditional knit and purl rows. To achieve this look, you will be making a variation of the half double crochet stitch. A half double crochet has 3 loops: the two on the top that we normally crochet into, and a third loop that can either be found on the front or the back depending on what side you’re working from. By continuously working into the third loop, a lovely knit-look fabric begins to form.

Scroll down for the step-by-step crochet stitch tutorial.

Camel Stitch Crochet Tutorial

Video Tutorial for the Camel Crochet Stitch:


  • your favorite yarn and hook combination


  • intermediate beginner


  • you can make your starting chain with any number of stitches – stitch counts do not matter for this particular stitch
  • you will be working in the third loop only, which will be either in the front or the back depending on which side you’re working from
  • this stitch seems to work best when you size down a hook size and use a stiffer yarn such as Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton


  • ch = chain
  • yo = yarn over
  • st/sts = stitch/stitches
  • hdc = half double crochet

Instructions for the Camel Crochet Stitch:

This tutorial is just for a practice swatch. However, if you’re a confident crocheter and want to just jump into making a project (dishcloth, scarf, etc.) then go for it!

Step 1: Ch any number, hdc into the 2nd ch from the hook and in each ch across. Ch 1 and turn. (ch 1 does not count as a stitch)

Camel Crochet Stitch Tutorial

Note the 2 yellow lines. This is where we normally make our stitches. We would normally insert our hook under these two loops.

Instead, we will be making our stitches into this front loop you see circled in red.

Step 2: Yo and insert your hook into this front loop and make one hdc. Continue making one hdc in each st, in the front loop all the way across. Ch 1 and turn.

First stitch of row 2 (when worked in the front loop) looks like the second photo.

Step 3: For row 3, since we are working from the opposite side now, that front loop we worked into in row 2 is now in the back. So you’ll need to flip your work over to access this back loop. See the circled loop in the photo.

Camel Stitch Crochet Tutorial

Step 4: This will feel a bit trickier, but you will now be working each hdc of this row in this back loop. For this row, make one hdc in the back loop in each st across. Ch 1 and turn.

Camel Stitch Crochet Tutorial

Step 5: First hdc in the back loop will look like this. Continue making one hdc in the back loop in each st all the way across for row 3.

Camel Stitch Crochet Tutorial

Step 6: To continue, keep alternating between row 2 (working in the front loop) and row 3 (working in the back loop) until your practice swatch is your desired size.

Camel Stitch Crochet Tutorial

I’m curious to know how you enjoyed making the Camel Crochet Stitch – was it a fun challenge or a smooth and enjoyable experience?

What will YOU make using this stitch? Did you make a practice swatch? Did you just go for it and make a project with it? Either way, I’d love to your work! Please do share and tag me @spottedhorsedesignco on social media. I absolutely love seeing all your makes ❤️

Camel Stitch Crochet Tutorial

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