Reverse Single Crochet Stitch Crab Stitch


Reverse Single Crochet Stitch Crab Stitch

Learn the crab stitch crochet pattern with this tutorial!

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 to follow, even for beginners. Don't let your projects just be square! Give your rectangular crochet patterns extra flair with this crab stitch crochet border.

How to Crochet the Reverse Single Crochet Stitch (Crab Stitch)

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

  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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I love using reverse single crochet aka the crab stitch. It creates such a nice decorative edge to my work. I really like using it to put a nice edge on basket, bag patterns. I have used it on hats and clothing patterns, but I find it limits how much your piece will stretch.

Thank you for your reverse stitch picture instructions. I love this stitch and did not know it was termed the Crab Stitch also. So I decided to make a choker for a Valentine's Day present for my daughter and needed a simple row of stitches to hold a charm. So this stitch made it look like rope. I wanted to put a row at the top and bottom of the single stitch so I went around the edging with singles. Any other suggestion to create a top and bottom edging of the reverse stitch for my choker?

Recently I read someone on FB saying they had struggled and struggled to do Crab Stitch. I hope they see this. What a great description and tutorial. I use Crab Stitch regularly to finish off a variety of articles. Do you use it and what kind of things do you use it on? I like it for a fairly plain edge rather than perhaps doing a scallop.

Such a simple stitch and a really nice, plain edging that I have never seen before. Im never such what edging will look right on which project. Sometimes I feel any of the more decorative edgings are not right for the piece I am making. I love the way this crab stitch seems to give a very definite edge without any fuss or frills for those plainer designs.

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



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

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

thank you so much nice finishing st.

. Thank you!!!

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.


I am teaching a friend how to crochet, and had never heard of this stitch. Of course it is the finishing on her current project,,,,so, Teacher needed help fast. Your instructions are so clear and easy to follow. I can now show her how to do it. Thank you!!

Thank you for the tutorial on how to make a reverse crochet stitch. I have been crocheting for many years and I had never heard of a reverse single crochet. Thanks again. I've learned something new today. Joan Krager

Thank you soooooo much. this was hard to find

I am 67 years old and have been crocheting since I was a child. I am working on a bedspread made from 10 bedspread weight cotton thread with the popcorn stitch. It's made in squares sewn together. When sewn together, these squares have a "rounded" effect, rather than smooth and straight. I have been trying to think of a way to give this spread a "finished" look when it is completed. This is the perfect finish for a project I've dreamed about ever since childhood. Just goes to show, you're never too old to learn something new. Thank you so much for all your tutorials. I'm still learning after all these years, and I love it.


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