Twisted Single Crochet

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If you like the look of Reverse Single Crochet (aka the Crab Stitch), then you’ll love the Twisted Single Crochet! Here’s how it’s made!

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How to Crochet the Twisted Single Crochet – Right Handed

How to Crochet the Twisted Single Crochet – Left Handed

As Seen in This Video (click for more info)

In words…

To make the Twisted Single Crochet, you insert the hook in the next stitch, pull up a loop (keep both loops on hook loose), turn the hook counter clockwise (loops remain on hook), yarn over and pull through both loops.

It can be a little tricky pulling through those loops after the twist, so it’s definitely important to keep both those loops a little bigger than usual before the twist. If it’s looking a little odd at first, make a few more twisted sc, and then give your fabric a quick gentle tug – that seems to pull the stitches right into place!

The Twisted Single Crochet has the same look as the Reverse Single Crochet/Crab Stitch, but you can keep working in the usual direction – and some say they find it a lot easier! What do you think? Which do you prefer?

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    Lisa Schwartz says

    Great video. Just a heads up that on the left-handed version you say to rotate the hook counter-clockwise, but because the video is a rotated version of the right-handed video it actually shows you rotating it clockwise. You might want to add a mention of that so as to not confuse people.

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    Tina says

    Thank you so much for this tutorial. I love how you simplify and explain everything so even a beginner can understand. This is much easier than doing the crab stitch and is every bit as beautiful. I thoroughly enjoy all your video tutorials. Thank you.

  3. 9

    Linda says

    Thanks for showing this. I was just saying to someone earlier today that I have a scrap blanket my Mom made, and she called it a twisted stitch but never got around to showing me before she died. Then I see your video posted in a FB crochet group. How wonderful! Would a twisted double work the same way, twisting before the final pull thru? Thanks so much!

    • 10

      Tamara Kelly says

      Thank you Linda! I’ve been pondering a Twisted double myself this week – I haven’t seen it before, but I think it could have a really neat look!

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    I ran into this stitch late last year. I was so tired of the reverse single crochet. I have edged so many baby blankets with this stitch as a substitute for more than the reverse single crochet. I’ve had a lot of compliments on it too.

  5. 13

    Lisa Mcavey says

    Very clear explanation! I might try this to finish off the edge on a blanket. It looks easier than the reverse single crochet which I have done.

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    Soffity says

    Your videos are terrific thanks. I had terrible trouble with the crab stitch at first but after practising I find I can zoom along with no trouble. All that hook turning sounds time consuming but if it suits others then good oh. When trying a new stitch it’s a good idea to give it more than one or two goes, often if you go away and try again later it will all work out. You need patience and perseverance to crochet well.

  7. 17

    Bobbie Samrow says

    Love learning new stitches. I’ve loved the crab/reverse SC since I learned it, I’m sure I will be using this one as often. Thanks

  8. 19

    Cathy says

    Excellent video. I watched another one I found Googling and was totally confused. Not sure it will be easier than the reverse single crochet, but I won’t know until I try it.

    • 24

      Tamara Kelly says

      You can crochet another row into it, but I’m afraid it’ll hide the twist. To add it in the “middle” of a pattern, I’d work it in the front loop only, then continue the pattern in the back loop only of the previous row. :)

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    Terry Given says

    This stitch looks lovely! Thank-you for sharing it!! My favorite reverse stitch is actually the half double crochet. It is my β€œgo to” stitch for borders on afghans, baby blankets, scarfs and much more. Is there a twisted half double crochet stitch?

    • 26

      Tamara Kelly says

      I’ve been playing with a dc version, but for hdc I think the version would be to pull the loops up *really* tall, since there is one more to deal with!

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    Tamara, thank you for the easy way to make that twisted single croc. stitch. I really like the way you go into detail, some times I get so confused but, thanks to you I believe I have it down pat now.
    Sandra Berg

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    Cathy K says

    Saw this first in your newsletter, so had to watch video! It’s an interesting alternative to the crab stitch! I’m going to have to try this & see if I can prevent a tightening of my border πŸ˜‰ Thanks for all you great patterns & wonderful videos!

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    Veronika says

    A very clear and easy to follow tutorial – thank you :) I really like the look of this stitch and will use it for sure.

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