"Hump" Granny - Mary Marcontell

This "Hump" Crochet Stitch (hcst) gives a softer, "knit" look to regular crochet, and can be used in any place you would use an ordinary crochet stitch.
(The lovely Camel Crochet is a name and process copyrighted by Naka Pillman, whose work I have never seen nor read, except as information found on the internet.)

How to find the right thread in your work:

Notice that in crochet, you create a "chain" along the top of your work as you go along.
Regular crochet generally uses one or the other or both of these top threads.

"Hump" Crochet uses the single "back thread" that lies horizontally just below the top chain, on the back of the work - You insert your hook through this back thread. Use this thread for sc or dc or whatever stitch you are making.

For this particular square, I used an otherwise unremarkable pattern, and did the "Hump" Crochet Stitch (hcst) to create the unmistakeable "Hump" Crochet look.

Abbreviations used:
ch - chain
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
slst - slip stitch
dhcst - double "hump" crochet stitch

Directions:
NOTE: Use normal dc stitches in the corners. Along the sides, use the "Hump" Crochet Stitch (hcst).

Row 1:
Ch 4 for tight center, or 6 for loose center; join with slst to form ring; ch 2 (forms the first dc), dc 15 in ring.
Circle of 16 dc made.

Row 2:
Variation 1, with plain center:
(Ch 5, dc) in the same st (forms the last dc on this side, and the 3-chain corner, and first dc of next side, first corner formed);
dc in next 3 dc; (dc - ch3 - dc) in next dc (second corner formed);
dc in next 3 dc; (dc - ch3 - dc) in next dc (third corner formed);
dc in next 3 dc; (dc - ch3 - dc) in next dc (fourth corner formed);
dc in next 3 dc; join with slst in 2nd chain of beginning ch5.
First square row completed, with 5 dc on each side.

Variation 2, with circle of "knit-look" stitches around the center circle:
(Ch 5, hcst) in the same st (forms the last dc on this side, and the 3-chain corner, and first dc of next side, first corner formed);
hcst in next 3 dc; (hcst - ch3 - hcst) in next dc (second corner formed);
hcst in next 3 dc; (hcst - ch3 - hcst) in next dc (third corner formed);
hcst in next 3 dc; (hcst - ch3 - hcst) in next dc (fourth corner formed);
hcst in next 3 dc; join with slst in 2nd chain of beginning ch5.
First square row completed, with 5 dc on each side.

Row 3:
slst 2 in the corner space:
(Ch 5, dc 2) in the corner space (forms the last dc on this side, and the 3-chain corner, and first 2 dc of next side, first corner formed);
hcst in each of the 5 stitches on this side in the previous row; (dc 2 - ch3 - dc 2) in the corner space (second corner formed);
hcst in each of the 5 stitches on this side in the previous row; (dc 2 - ch3 - dc 2) in the corner space (third corner formed);
hcst in each of the 5 stitches on this side in the previous row; (dc 2 - ch3 - dc 2) in the corner space (fourth corner formed);
hcst in each of the 5 stitches on this side in the previous row; dc in the corner space, join with slst in 2nd chain of beginning ch5.
Second square row completed, with 9 dc on each side.

Continue on in this format to the desired size.

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