How to Crochet: Reverse Single Crochet Stitch (Crab Stitch)

Last Updated on July 8, 2024

The Crab Stitch is also known as a Reverse Single Crochet stitch. It’s a beautiful crochet edge stitch that will add a unique finish to your project.

You can use it for many projects, such as hats, scarves, washcloths, or hot pads. I think it will make beautiful crochet edging for a granny square blanket.

In this post, you will find both written instructions and a photo tutorial.

Crab stitch crochet border made by gootie

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The Reversed Single Crochet stitch (AKA Crab Stitch), is not as complicated as it looks. The stitch is made while working a single crochet in the “wrong direction”.

That means that if you usually work a crochet row from right to left, when working the Crab stitch, you will work from left to right, crocheting into both loops of the stitch to the right of your crochet hook, which makes it a single crochet reverse stitch.

If you are looking for more inspiration for crochet borders, you can check out my Berry Edging crochet stitch.

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Skill level – Easy (requires some experience)

Materials I Used in This Tutorial
– Crochet hook 4.0 mm / G (I love the Tulip Etimo crochet hooks).
–  DK (#3) weight yarn – I used Fibra Natura Cottonwood.

Abbreviations (US)
ch – chain
sc – single crochet

crochet baby washcloth pattern made by gootie

Reverse Single Crochet Stitch Photo Tutorial

Ch 1, work a single crochet into the stitch to the right of your hook – working from the left to the right.


crochet from left to right

With the Right Side facing you: Insert your hook into the stitch to the right side of your hook (pic 2), and pull up a loop (pics 3&4), yo over and pull the yarn through all 2 loops on your hook (pic 5).

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Continue working into the stitches to the right (pics 6-8).

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