How To: Crab Stitch/Reverse Single Crochet

This stitch is perfect for edging projects, and the added bonus to it looking great is it also makes the edges more study to making your projects last even longer.

The stitch itself is a single crochet (sc) stitch, the only difference is you actually work it in the other direction and complete the stitches going the opposite way around the row/round.  This sounds tricky I know (it had me in a complete mess when I first tried it!), but once you get going with this you will have the hang of it in no time.  

Once you have completed the row/round previously you are ready to start on the row/round of Crab stitch/Reverse single crochet. 

  1. To start, ch1 (picture 1).
  2. sc into the previous stitch:
    • Insert the hook into the stitch in the direction shown in the picture (pointing downwards) (picture 2 and 3). 
    • Yarn over (picture 4).
    • Pull up loop holding the hook in the same position as when you inserted it (2 loops on hook) (picture 5).
    • Yarn over (picture 6).
    • Pull through all loops on the hook (picture 7).
  3. Repeat (picture 8) until you have finished the row, and for a round (picture 9) complete a slip stitch into the top of the ch1 at the start of the round to complete (pictures 10 and 11). 

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Picture 2
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Picture 4
Picture 5
Picture 6
Picture 7
Picture 8
Picture 9
Picture 10
Picture 11

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