Edging – Crab Stitch & Twisted SC

Crab stitch was one of the first decorative, single row edgings I learned. It creates a rope like edge by working backwards (from left to right). I recently learned a stitch called the twisted single crochet, which creates a very similar edge, but working forwards.

Crab Stitch & Twisted Single Crochet - Tutorial on StitchesnScraps

Crab Stitch (Reverse Single Crochet)

The instructions are simple – single crochet in each stitch, working from left to right. Actually doing it can be a bit awkward. For the first stitch, just make a single crochet as you normally would.

Crab Stitch - first sc - Stitches'N'Scraps.comNow without changing anything, insert your hook into the next stitch to the right (instead of to the left). The loop on your hook will naturally twist as you do this.

Crab Stitch - insert hook - Stitches'N'Scraps.com

Yarn over and pull up a loop like you normally would for a single crochet.

Crab Stitch - pull up a loop - Stitches'N'Scraps.comThen yarn over and pull through both loops.

Crab Stitch - finish stitch - Stitches'N'Scraps.comThe twisting of the loops creates the rope like effect. You will see this more clearly after completing a few more stitches.

Crab Stitch - Stitches'N'Scraps.com


Twisted Single Crochet

Twisted single crochet gives you the same twist in the loops, but working forwards instead of backwards. I learned this technique fairly recently, from Moogly. This one is harder to show in pictures, so I have included both a photo and video tutorial.

Photo Tutorial:

Start as you normally would for a single crochet – insert hook, yarn over, draw up a loop.

Twisted sc - pull up loop - StitchesNScraps.com

Now twist your entire hook around completely one time, so the two loops on your hook twist around each other.

Twisted sc - Twist the hook - StitchesNScraps.com

Yarn over and pull through both loops to finish your single crochet as normal.

Twisted sc - finish the stitch - StitchesNScraps.com

Here’s how it looks after a few more stitches:

Twisted sc - StitchesNScraps.com

Video Tutorial (no sound):


The two edges are very similar, though not quite the same. Depending on where your working yarn is when you start an edging, sometimes it might be easier to work backwards in a crab stitch, and sometimes it might be easier to work forwards in a twisted single crochet.


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