How-To: Reverse Single Crochet

A quick demonstration on how to work reverse single crochet, or crab stitch.

Useful For: 
Plexus
Windley

 

Hi, this is Amanda from Berroco and today I’ll be demonstrating reverse single crochet, which is also called crab stitch. It makes a nice edging that almost looks scalloped and can help stabilize an edge. For this demonstration, I’ve been using Weekend, and I’m going to work the edging in a contrasting shade. The most notable thing about working this stitch is that it's reverse, which means that we're going to be working from left to right, instead of right to left like regular crochet.

 

To start, I’m going to insert my hook into the left-most corner of my fabric, and then I'm going to draw a loop through with my new yarn and then I'm going to work one chain stitch, and now I'm ready to start working reverse single crochet. So it feels a little bit awkward when you're used to crocheting in the other direction, but you insert your hook to the right, and then yarn over and draw the loop back to the front, and then yarn over again, and draw that loop through the two that are already on the hook. And that's one reverse single crochet worked. So I will continue doing that - I insert my hook to the right, draw the yarn through, yarn over, and draw that through the two loops on my hook.

 

I've worked the reverse single crochet stitches all the way along the edge and now I'm reaching the end, my last stitch. So I'm going to insert my hook, draw it through, pull that loop through, and now I can cut a six to eight inch tail and then fasten it off. And that's the reverse single crochet stitch or crab stitch - thanks for watching!