What is the crab stitch you ask? Also known as the reverse single crochet stitch, I tend to only use this for a border in crochet because of the beautiful edge it gives. While it is not easy to go back through and continue crocheting after this stitch, it does make for a beautiful edge on baby blankets, big blankets, hats… anything to which you would normally add a border.
Reverse Single Crochet Stitch
The crab stitch (a.k.a. reverse single crochet) is literally the single crochet stitch done in reverse. Instead of working as you normally would (right to left) you are working left to right. For right handed crocheters, that is. Ready for the video tutorial? Written instructions are given below.
Written instructions for Crab Stitch
Treat this stitch exactly like a single crochet, except that you are working into the stitch to the RIGHT of your crochet hook (not the left).
To start the row, chain one and insert hook into the next full stitch to the right. (see photo)Pull up a loop. Yarn over and pull through both loops on hook. First crab stitch (reverse single crochet) made. Continue in the same manner around your entire piece, until you reach the beginning. Fasten off and weave your end in, blending into the first crab stitch of the row.
The crocheted Crab stitch isn’t an easy stitch at first, but with a bit of practice, you’ll be flying through it and making beautiful edges in no time. The crochet crab stitch border would be perfect to finish off necklines, bottoms, and cuffs on a sweater or tank top. Ready to try it in real life? Use our Easy Peasy 30-Minute Beanie pattern!
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