Reverse single crochet (rev-sc) also called crab stitch, creates a neat rounded edge with a beautiful texture.
Rev-sc is a basic single crochet stitch worked in the opposite direction. The resulting stitch is tremendously altered by changing where you put your hook to make the stitch.
This stitch is perfect for the final row or round of a piece, and it’s one of my favourites to finish pillows and blankets to create a sturdy, non-stretchy edge.
Let’s take a close look on how to make Reverse single crochet stitches (rev-sc):
1. To begin each reverse single crochet you have to work in the opposite direction from your usual direction of work, to the right if you are right-handed (1a), to the left if you are left-handed (1b).
2. Insert your hook from front to back into the previous stitch.
3. Yarn over and draw up a loop.
4. Yarn over and draw through both loops on hook.
5. Working this way you are twisting your stitches and the Vs on the top of your stitches are hidden, making a rounded, twisted cord edging. Continue working backward around, making a reverse single crochet stitch in each stitch around.
6. You could continue working down the side of your fabric making 3 reverse single crochet stitches into the corner stitch, as you would make for a single crochet edging.
The result is a lovely textured edge that can be used for home decor projects, garments and fabrics.
My Rainbow dots pillow is finished making reverse single crochet stitches all around the edge, producing a beautiful corded edging. So Charming!
Hope you give it a try 😉