How to Crochet the Crab Stitch

Have you ever wanted a beautiful edging for a crochet piece? I don’t know about you, but to me, a project doesn’t seem quite complete without a nice edging. When done right, edgings give my project that perfect “finished” look.

Today, I’m going to show you an edging that I absolutely love! When you learn how to crochet the crab stitch, you will never go back! It is very easy once you get the hang of it, and it makes a beautiful edging for many types of crochet projects. So let’s get right to it!

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How to Crochet the Crab Stitch

The crab stitch, put simply, is a backward single crochet stitch. I know. That sounds scary. But it’s really not that bad, and I will take you through it step by step.

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Step 1:

Do a couple rows of double crochet to start out with. It doesn’t matter how many, but you’ll want at least around 15 so you can practice the crab stitch across the row.

Step 2:

Now let’s start our first crab stitch!

To begin, DO NOT TURN when you finish your last double crochet row. You are now going to be working backward across the row—from left to right, instead of right to left like normal.

Now, insert your hook into the first double crochet on your right.

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Step 3:

Yarn over, pull up a loop. Now, when you do this yarn over, it is exactly the same as usual; it will just feel a little weird because of the backward direction of everything.

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Step 4:

Yarn over, pull through the 2 loops on your hook.

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And that’s it! Just keep repeating Steps 2-4 with each stitch. Like I said, it will feel a little strange at first, but you get used to it with practice. If you are confused or have any questions at all, feel free to contact me. 🙂

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Happy crocheting!

— Rachel 🙂