Reverse Single Crochet (Crab Stitch)

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Video Tutorial: Reverse Single Crochet, aka the Crab Stitch! Learn to crochet backwards and make great edgings! #crochetReverse Single Crochet (RSC), also known as the Crab Stitch, is a great, modern edging for your work. Perfect for everything from blankets to bags, it gives a firm edge with real visual interest. It takes a bit of practice, but it’s worth it. And now there’s a moogly video tutorial!

How to Crochet the Reverse Single Crochet/Crab Stitch – Right Handed

How to Crochet the Reverse Single Crochet/Crab Stitch – Left Handed

So as you can see, the Reverse Single Crochet is worked from left to right, and while it takes some practice, it’s a great stitch to have in your arsenal. It is hard to crochet into though, so it’s generally used for edgings and borders. Give it a try! And thanks for watching.

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    Cory says

    Just wanted to let you know–I did a search for crab stitch (in the blog) and didn’t get this tutorial–I had to click from the sidebar. I don’t know if you can tag or reference it so that it shows up, but you might want to. Thanks, I needed the video and I knew it was right here, it was nice to have the resource!

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    Kristin says

    Thank you for such a clear, well done tutorial on how to do a crab stitch. Just what I was looking for!

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    Nancy says

    Tried a few videos and some books before I found your tutorial. Easy to follow, not a lot of extra chatter and I’ve got it now! Thanks!

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    Gillian McM says

    Just watched the reverse crochet video for the umpteenth time for a project I’m doing. I can never remember how to do it because I don’t use it often, but I don’t have to worry, because I can just go back and hear your very nice voice explaining it to me yet again, and you never say, “Sheesh, haven’t you memorized it already??”
    Thanks a million!

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    mary ochoa says

    thank you so much for your tutorial on reverse sc. I have been working on a blanket for my grandson and it called for a reverse sc. I looked everywhere…even a tutorial but they didn’t help. Came on to your website and I got it almost immediately! Yes it does take a little practice but your tutorial was very visual and well explained. Thank you again!

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    Wendy says

    Thanks to your video tutorial for the crab stitch I finally figured out what I was doing wrong! And now that I know how wonderful your videos are, I’m sure I will be back again. Thank you so much for the time you invest in helping fellow crafters learn new things or just maybe learn another way to do something. Thanks again!

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    darlene koske says

    good morning..i was wondering if you could show me how to finish off the crab stitch when going around a 12 pointed star pattern..i love both these for new born s and do them all the time ..but my endings just dont look all the good..kinda messy if i do say say so ..thanks for any help you can give and love your tutorials..<3

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    Sandra says

    Thanks for the exceptionally clear tutorial. After forty+ years of crocheting, it’s always great to learn something new.

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    Linda says

    Your videos are always a great help to me and this one is no exception. I finally understand how to do the crab stitch!! I have just completed a throw and want to use it for my border. Most border/edging patterns I have read tell you to work two or more stitches in each corner. How many crab stitches need to be put in the corners? Thanks so much.

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    Eleanor says

    Hi Tamara, could you please add a video for left handed reverse single crochet? I usually have no trouble reversing a right handed video but this stitch I just can’t get the hang of :-(. Thanks!


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