Most crochet stitches are worked back and forth in rows building one on top of the other. Most crochet edges are a combination of stitches that create a shaped or solid edge that suits the pattern. The reverse single crochet, however, fits neither of these molds and, in my opinion, is in a category all its own.
Also sometimes called the Crab Stitch, a reverse single crochet breaks some of the traditional crochet rules in its construction. For starters, it is worked left to right instead of right to left. This may take a minute or two to wrap your head around when you try it, but it’s worth the effort. Second, you really can’t crochet the reverse single crochets in rows, so it’s best used for an edging. Just remember it will be one row of edging so you won’t have a thick border with it. Also, when using this as an edging, you’ll want to crochet it with the right side of the work facing you. It’s much nicer on the right side than the wrong side. It’s actually quite a list considering how simple of a stitch it is.
This is my go-to stitch when I want a clean yet textured edge to a project. I most often use it when edging baby blankets because babies seem to love the way it feels. It looks like twisted little ridges that feel rope-like to the touch. It’s also an ideal edge for sweater collars and cuffs as well as scarves, hats and mittens.
A reverse single crochet is just like a regular single crochet with one twist: you work the stitch to the right instead of the left. Here’s how to do it:
Remember, you’re working from left to right.
Step 1: Insert your hook into the next stitch to your right.
You’ll notice that the loop on your hook twists a bit. This is exactly what it’s supposed to do.
Step 2: Yarn over and pull that loop through the stitch onto your hook. You’ll have two loops on your hook.
You’ll notice that the loop you just pulled up will twist up to the left of the loop that was already on your hook.
Step 3: Yarn over and pull that loop through the two loops on your hook.
The first stitch may look a little awkward, but after the next two stitches, you’ll see the rope-like twists form.
Try it out!
Create a swatch of any stitch with your favorite yarn and edge it with a revere single crochet. I used rows of half double crochets for my sample. If you use cotton yarn, you’ll have a nice little washcloth when you’re finished. Or, use your favorite crochet stitch to make a baby blanket and use the reverse single crochet as the edging. It may just become your go-to edge stitch as well!
Previously, I talked about the herringbone double crochet. I was so inspired by it that I created a little pattern that incorporates both this stitch and the reverse single crochet. Perfect for any gifting occasion, the Funny Valentine envelope/pouch is just the right size for a note, some chocolates, a gift card, or other small gift that deserves that handmade touch in wrapping. It’s also the perfect size for a little pouch to keep in your purse or bag. It’s currently available on Ravelry but look for it in the KnitCrate Marketplace soon.