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Crochet Stitch: Crab Stitch

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 its worth the effort. Second, you really cant crochet the reverse single crochets in rows, so its best used for an edging. Just remember it will be one row of edging so you wont have a thick border with it. Also, when using this as an edging, youll want to crochet it with the right side of the work facing you. Its much nicer on the right side than the wrong side. Its 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. Its 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. Heres how to do it:

Remember, youre working from left to right.

Step 1: Insert your hook into the next stitch to your right.

Youll notice that the loop on your hook twists a bit. This is exactly what its supposed to do.

Step 2: Yarn over and pull that loop through the stitch onto your hook. Youll have two loops on your hook.

Youll 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, youll 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, youll have a nice little washcloth when youre 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. Its also the perfect size for a little pouch to keep in your purse or bag. Its currently available on Ravelry but look for it in the KnitCrate Marketplace soon.

Written by Aimee Hansen of Yarngerie, who has also been a featured crochet designer in Knitcrate. Check out her featured patterns: Favorite Things Shawl & Phoenix Rising Shawl in the Knitcrate Shop!

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