Camel Crochet Instructions

    by Genevieve Van Wyden

    About the Author

    Genevieve Van Wyden began writing in 2007. She has written for “Tu Revista Latina” and owns three blogs. She has worked as a CPS social worker, gaining experience in the mental-health system. Van Wyden earned her Bachelor of Arts in journalism from New Mexico State University in 2006.


    Most crochet stitches are easy to identify as crochet just by looking at them. Other stitches resemble knitting, but are created using a single crochet hook. One of these is the camel crochet stitch, which isn’t really its own stitch. Instead, it’s a special way to insert the hook that causes the top loops to roll over; when the stitch and row is completed. It resembles knitting, is reversible and can use less yarn than standard crochet stitches. In order to learn this stitch technique, you must know how to make the single crochet stitch.

    Things You'll Need

    • Size G crochet hook
    • Light-worsted yarn in a light color
    • Scissors

    Make a slip knot with your yarn. Slip your hook into the knot and tighten the knot around the throat of the hook. Make 30 chains for your foundation chain, which is for practice only.

    Begin a single crochet stitch. Instead of slipping the hook under the top loops -- the "V" at the top -- insert it under the horizontal bar under these top loops.

    Continue your single crochet by slipping the hook under the horizontal bar of each chain until you finish the row.

    Continue crocheting by slipping your hook under each horizontal bar of the stitches for row one. Continue until you have completed row five.

    • Use a hook small enough to use with a light worsted weight yarn.
    • This stitch resembles the stockinette stitch in knitting.
    • Few patterns using the camel crochet technique exist outside of books published in the 1990s by South African designer Naka Pillman. The term "Camel Crochet" was trademarked by her publisher at that time, preventing other designers from using the term in their work. The trademark was removed in 1998.