Reverse Single Crochet

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Are you in need of a quick and easy crochet border?

If so, I have just the stitch for you! The Reverse Single Crochet, also known as the crab stitch, is a versatile border stitch used in all sorts of projects. We’ll discuss its uses a little later, for now let’s talk about how it is accomplished.

The unique texture and pattern the reverse single crochet creates certainly looks complicated, but it is actually achieved in one simple row or round of stitches. As you may have guessed from the title, the reverse single crochet is simply the single crochet worked in the opposite direction of what you are used to. I’ll be honest and say that it takes some getting used to, crocheting in the opposite direction. But with a little practice, a crocheter of any level can create this fun, textured border.

Uses and Applications

The great thing about the reverse single crochet is that you can use it for nearly any project. The catch…it has to be a border stitch. So what do I mean by that? well, as you can see from the image above, the reverse single crochet creates a “bumpy stitch” that cannot be worked into for subsequent rounds.

Let’s get a little specific. Here is a list of projects I have incorporated the reverse single crochet stitch into:

  • Hats (border on the brim)
  • Fingerless gloves
  • Afghans and baby blankets
  • Wash Cloths (shown above)

Use it in the round or by the row. Any way you decide to use it, the reverse single crochet will bring a delightful texture to your project.

Before you get started

Since the reverse single crochet is a border stitch, to practice and follow along with the video tutorial, you will need a swatch or a finished piece. I will be working with a wash cloth and Lily’s Sugar ‘n Cream cotton in the video tutorial. If you would like to crochet a wash cloth like mine, you can get the free pattern and video tutorial here.

Reverse Single Crochet Video Tutorial

This video is also available in a left handed version. Click here to be directed to the left handed tutorial on YouTube.

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Written Instructions

The reverse single crochet can be worked in any multiple.


  • Ch – chain
  • Rsc – Reverse Single Crochet
  • Slst – Slip Stitch
  • YO – Yarn Over

If you are continuing with the same yarn/color as the rest of your project: ch 1 to begin your border row/round.

If you are adding a new yarn/color for your border: create a slip knot with the new yarn and bind on (where you binded off for rounds or on the opposite side of the work for rows) and ch 1. 

Working in the opposite direction that you normally crochet, ch 1 as directed for your situation above. Swing your hook in the backward motion and insert it into the next stitch. YO and pull up a loop, YO and pull through two loops. Repeat until you have reached the end of your row or round. If working in rounds, join with a slst to the chain 1.

[alert-success]Tip: Working with a loose tension will result in a “bumpier” stitch.[/alert-success]

What do you think?

Have you used the reverse single crochet? What projects did you incorporate it into? Tell me in the comments!

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