Reverse Single Crochet Stitch

Reverse single crochet stitch or crab stitch is crocheted just like a regular single crochet stitch, but instead of working from right to left, crab stitch is worked from left to right, crocheting each stitch in a stitch on the right of the previous stitch.

Crab stitch is great for giving a nice finished edge to your crochet pieces.


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1. Insert your hook through the stitch on the right of the previous stitch.

2. Grab the yarn with your hook and draw
up a loop.


Tip! I find it easiest not to yarn over as usual, but to grab the yarn moving the hook down over the yarn.


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3. Yarn over and draw through both loops
on the hook.
4. This creates a nice decorative edge.



Video Tutorial

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Right-handed version

Left-handed version


Comment from: violet [Visitor]

Hi Kristi, love your blog and the tutorials are wonderful! Thanks for being so generous with your knowledge. With the reverse single crochet stitch I keep having a problem with ending it so I improvise, but it doesn’t look good. Can you please help?!?! Violet

27/09/18 @ 10:53
Comment from: kristi [Member]  

Hi Violet,

Sorry, I am away on vacation and don’t have my crochet things with me, so I can’t show you, but I’ll try to explain how I do it. After you finish your last stitch, just cut the yarn and fasten off. Thread the yarn tail onto a needle. Then make sure your last stitch is slanting to the right (or left if you’re left-handed) at the same angle as all your other stitches and then take your needle and make a little stitch on the wrong side, keeping that last stitch in place.

I hope it helps a little.


27/09/18 @ 11:06