Learn how to half double crochet in the 3rd loop, also known as the Camel Stitch. This step by step tutorial will help you identify the 3rd loop on the back of a hdc stitch and learn how to crochet into it.
This stitch abbreviates as tlo in some crochet patterns, and by the name Camel Stitch in others. You’re only inserting your hook under one loop, not both like usual.
The half double crochet is special, in that it has a unique “third loop.” This loop is the one that is on the back, when you look at the post of your hdc stitches.
This is one of my favorite crochet stitches. I love the texture of the half double crochet stitch in the 3rd loop. That’s one reason I use it in the Hygge Cozy Cardigan Pattern.
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To help define the 3rd loop, in this picture it’s underlined in blue.
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Crochet Patterns Featuring the Camel Stitch
The camel stitch creates this cozy neckline in the Hygge Cozy Cardigan Pattern.
The ridges created on the opposite side of crocheting in the 3rd loop are excellent for pumpkins. You might like the Ribbed Crochet Pumpkin pattern for home decor.
Or if crochet hats are a favorite to make, then the crochet pumpkin hat makes excellent use of the 3rd loop/camel stitch.
You can use the 3rd loop hdc to crochet ribbing for sweaters, like I did here for the Briones Sweater.
- any weight yarn pictured here is I used Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Cotton in Glowing*, any #4 worsted weight will work.
- compatible hook with your yarn
- You”ll need to start with a row of stitches to find the third loop.
How to Get Started
- To start a row of half double crochet stitches begin with any number of chains, plus 2.
- Hdc in the 2nd chain from hook and in each chain across.
- Turn your work at the end of a row.
- Ch 2 to start a new row.
Stitches/Abbreviations (US Terms)