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I was looking for an easy and simple border to put around my Heart Coaster. I think the Crab Stitch, or as it is sometimes called The Reverse Single Crochet is perfect for the job. What do you think?
You can find the free pattern for The Heart Coaster here: How to do Tapestry Crochet – Step by Step tutorial
Crab stitch is a popular stitch for finishing off the edge of a blanket. The stitch is dense, so it is excellent if you are looking for a border that does not have holes.
The crab stitch is also known as a reverse single crochet because you are working in the opposite direction you would typically work. So for right-handed crocheters, you work from left to right, and left-handed crocheters work from right to left. That’s it. 🙂
The actual mechanics of a reverse single crochet stitch are the same as for a regular single crochet — except in reverse.
Instead of working from right to left, you work from left to right. It creates a somewhat twisted, rounded edge that’s good for making a simplistic finished edge for your work.
Do you think it is too complicated to work in the opposite direction? It really isn’t difficult, and with this step by step photo tutorial, you can learn the crab stitch.
If you can single crochet, you can do it in reverse! 🙂
Abbreviation for Crab Stitch is – reverse sc.
The symbol in the graph looks like this: You usually don’t work stitches into the tops of the reverse single crochet, that is why you won’t find this stitch in the middle of a project.
If you make a round of regular single crochet before adding the reverse single crochet border can make the entire process simpler.
Remember to save this tutorial on Pinterest so you can come back to it later!
Making sure the right side is facing you, join yarn and chain 1, or if you are making the border with the same color as the body, just ch 1. Instead of going into the stitch to the left (as usual), you are going to work into the stitch to the right.
Insert the hook, from front to back, in the next stitch to the right.
It is hard to show this in photographs, that is why I am also showing you the images from https://www.dummies.com/crafts/crocheting/stitches/
You can also find it in the book: Crochet for Dummies
This book is useful for the first-time crocheter, or if you are looking to expand your skills, Crocheting For Dummies
shows you how to choose the right tools, create basic stitches, and finish off your work. It provides step-by-step
instructions and full-color photos for the basics as well as more advanced techniques. It has 368 pages, so I think it really covers everything you want to learn about crochet.
Yarn over (yo) and pull the yarn through the stitch.
Yarn over and pull the yarn through the two loops on the hook.
Repeat the preceding steps in each stitch across the row.
In the corners, you are making the same reverse single crochet. If you crochet a regular single crochet border before doing the row with the crab stitch, you have three single crochet in the corner. You make a crab stitch in each of them.
To complete your crab stitch border, stop when you’ve reached the stitch you started in.
Instead of making a crab stitch in that first stitch, slip stitch into the same stitch you started in.Cut your yarn and pull through. When you weave in your ends, you’ll want to weave the tail through the stitches to the right.
Your project is finished!
What do you think? Is it complicated? Will you use this border on your projects?
You can use the Crab stitch border on The Heart Coaster Pattern.
Which border do you use the most? You can tell me in the comments below.
Have a beautiful day, and enjoy crocheting.