Reverse Single Crochet Stitch:


The Reverse Single crochet or what some call the crab stitch is more typically used for an edging or what some refer to as a finishing stitch. It is widely used for a simple edging on afghans, potholders, pillows, washcloths, etc.. As you can see it can be used on any straight edged item to give it a simple cord like finish.

This is one of the simplest of any edging technique you would use but it is very stylish and effective when finishing a project.

All right enough chit chat. Go and gather your yarn and hook and lets get started on crocheting your first Reverse Single Crochet.

Reverse Single Crochet (rev sc or rsc) Tutorial:

Crochet 15 Single Crochet (Single Crochet) for a foundation row. Do not turn your work.

Note: Remember as you are working this stitch that the same side of the work will always be facing you. You do not turn you work to crochet this stitch.

Note: The Reversed Single crochet is worked from left to right instead of right to left.


To work the first Reverse Single crochet insert hook into the last stitch of the row you crochet.


Yarn over, around the hook and pull the yarn through the stitch.


Yarn over, and pull the yarn through both stitches on the hook. You just crocheted your first reverse single crochet.

Note: you are basically working a single crochet backwards.


Continue this process across to the end. You should now have an edging that looks like a cord. I was amazed at the effectiveness of this stitch the first time I saw it.

I hope you found this tutorial useful and helpful. Let me know how you enjoy perfecting this stitch as you add it to your growing list of stitches. See you next week as we contiune  in our journey of the wonderful world of crocheting.

Until next week, keep those hooks flying.


About crochetwithpassion

I have been certified through the Craft Yarn Council both in teaching and Instructor. I also have been teaching people to crochet for over fifteen years. This is what I will be doing through this blog. In the Crochet Master Class there are 18 projects. Some of the projects will be familiar to me such as Hairpin Lace; Tunisian Crochet; Filet Crochet; Double Ended Crochet; painted Crochet; Aran Crochet and Irish Crochet. However there are several in the book that are new and have peaked my interest and that includes the following: Woven Crochet; Tapestry Crochet; Entrelac Crochet; Fashion Crochet; Tassels; Bullion Stitch; Overlay Crochet; Bead Crochet; Bruges Crochet; Free-form crochet and Wire Crochet. Since Crocheting is a time consuming craft I will only be posting once a week. If you are like me and love to crochet but would really like to challenge yourself to go beyond what you are now doing, come along with me and move to the next level. Although the actual patterns will not be posted (copyright law) I will take you through each project and go through the process of each one. This is not a blog about free crochet patterns or selling crochet tools. What I would like to do is take you with me on the journey through this book as I learn and crochet each of 18 projects. I will attempt to crochet each project in the book, and in the process recording in detail my progress and the problems I encounter along the way and the process I went through to accomplish each project. I am hoping that you will not only learn from my experience but that it will inspire you to push yourself to the next phase in your crocheting skills. Until next time; keep those hooks flying.
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4 Responses to Reverse Single Crochet Stitch:

  1. I really liked this, and it was very helpful!!

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