“Do not free a camel of the burden of his hump; you may be freeing him from being a camel.”

G. K. Chesterton

Looking for a stitch that provides lateral texture and divides spaces in your design?

The camel stitch (also known as working in the third loop) is a great stitch to use to incorporate either of these features into your work! If you are anything like me, you like clean breaks and divisions as well as organization in your designs. I always have to make sure there is symmetry and equivalency throughout my patterns. The camel stitch provides a dividing line or just provides a nice strip of lateral texture.

The XOXO Slouch by Crafting for Weeks

Do you hate it when different foods touch on your plate? If you do, you might also hate it when a designs runs together and there is no break or division. When you incorporate the camel stitch or work through the back loop, it pushes the top of the stitches from the previous row to the front of the work and gives the surface a nice straight line of texture. This line can serve as added texture, but it can also separate areas of design.

Trying to design a quilt that has different designs throughout? Or maybe you are working on scarf that needs a line of separation between different areas of texture? The camel stitch can easily be incorporated to break up certain areas and divide sections in your designs.

Whether you are just looking for a variety of texture or needing to separate spaces in your project, the camel stitch will…

…carry that load.

The XOXO Slouch by Crafting for Weeks

Skill Level – Easy

Step One – Understanding the Stitches

To begin the camel stitch, you must first understand the construction of basic crochet stitches. The camel stitch is typically used when working in the round because the loop that you work through is on the back side of the stitches from the previous row. It must also be worked on rounds that were previously worked in HDC or DC or there will not be a third loop to work through. The pictures below will show the loops that are made in typical HDC and DC construction.

Here you see the typical two loops that are formed from any basic crochet stitch. These two loops form the “V” at the top or edge of a row.
If you flip the work over and look at the back of a project that has been worked in HDC or DC you will see a third loop that was formed from the yarn over. This is the loop that you will work into.

Step Two – Completing the Stitches

To complete a camel stitch, YO, insert the hook into the third loop.
Pull up a loop through the third loop.
YO and complete the stitch.

In the picture above, you can see the ridge that is beginning to form after just a few camel stitches!

If this tutorial helped you, please share it! I would love to see your work! You can tag me on Instagram and Facebook @theplushpineapple. Use the tag #theplushpineapple.

Also, be sure to check out some of my other stitch tutorials including How to Achieve an Invisible Seam and How to Crochet C2C!

“Much love, sunshine, and pineapples”


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Sarah is the maker and designer behind A Plush Pineapple. She is a wife of thirteen years to her college sweetheart and momma to two awesome kiddos. When she is not crocheting, designing, or blogging, you can probably find her soaking up the sun or eating seafood. Her goal as a designer is that love, sunshine, and pineapples make their way into the hearts and homes of all who make her designs.