The Crab Stitch or “Reverse Single Crochet” is a really fun stitch that I prefer to use for a very finished border on certain projects. Personally, I love this stitch for borders on small items like coasters and placemats. I feel like it really “anchors” the piece. My free Sand Dollar Coasters pattern features it, and it adds great texture, don’t you think?
The reverse single crochet is abbreviated in US terms as “rsc” most often, though you will sometimes see it as “rev sc.”
In UK terms, this stitch is called a “reverse double crochet,” and you will similarly find it abbreviated “rdc” or “rev dc.”
When you see this in a pattern, don’t panic! It may seem awkward at first, but the stitch itself is a simple concept and I know you can do it with a little practice!
Crab Stitch Video Tutorial
Crab Stitch: Step By Step
- Rotate your hook under the loop on the hook so that the hook is on the right side (behind) the loop on the hook. Insert your hook from front to back through the previous stitch.
- Yarn over the hook and pull a loop through the stitch.
- Be sure to keep this new loop in front of the one already on the hook. It sometimes gets squirrely and wants to jump over it.
- Yarn over and pull through both loops on the hook. I like to pull it a little tighter here, but it’s up to you and your tension.
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Kati is the designer behind Hooked by Kati. With thousands of patterns sold around the world, Kati prides herself in creating innovative, easy-to-follow amigurumi patterns. She has designed for several publications, including Crochet!, Crochet World, Simply Crochet, and I Like Crochet. Kati finds her inspiration in science fiction, video games, and numerous visits to the zoo — all passions she shares with her husband and two boys.