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Reverse Single Crochet Stitch Crab Stitch



The reverse single crochet stitch is a versatile stitch for producing a Bouillon edge to finished projects. You can learn this stitch for the edges of afghans, place-mats, or other square items that need a more substantial edge. This is a simple tutorial.


  1. After completing a row of single crochet stitches, do not turn.

    (Completed row of single crochet stitches.)
  2. Do not turn the work. Insert the hook back into the 2nd last stitch completed.

  3. Yarn over, and pull through the stitch, just as you would for a single crochet.

  4. Yarn over again, and pull through the two loops on the hook.

  5. Insert the hook into the next stitch.

  6. Yarn over, and pull through.

  7. Yarn over, and pull through the two loops on the hook.

  8. Continue making the reverse single crochet across the row, and the end result is a lovely, coiled style edge to your finished projects.


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Jul 8, 2013

Thank you. I came across a pattern using reverse sc and had no idea how to do it. So simple really and so effective.


Dec 27, 2012



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Mar 16, 2012

Loved this. Thank you so much. I knew how to make a reversed single crochet, but didn't know that it was called a crab stitch


Oct 13, 2011

great directions and pictures! thanks! I was stumped by the pattern directions but this made it clear!


Sep 2, 2011

thank you so much nice finishing st.


Jul 14, 2011

. Thank you!!!


Mar 13, 2011

This was very helpful. However, it would help even more if you had these instructions for the left handed crocheter. it is not always that easy to interpret the right hand directions, even for an advanced crocheter like myself.


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