Crab Stitch Crochet Tutorial

Sep 27, 2021 | Tutorials

Learn Crab Stitch Crochet with this complete photo and video tutorial by Nana’s Crafty Home!

The Crab Stitch also known as the Reverse Single Crochet Stitch (rsc) is a stitch used frequently for decorative edging in crochet. Perfect for adding as your final touch to blankets, baskets and dish cloths.

I have used the crab crochet stitch in many of my previous designs and will be including it in a couple of upcoming designs the pumpkin jack o’lantern and black cat treat cups. It adds a touch of visual interest and finishes off the top of my basket nicely.

The trick in this stitch is in it’s name the Reverse Single Crochet stitch. Instead of working this stitch in a forward direction as you would normally, you are working in the reverse direction. So for a right-handed crocheter you are working from left to right instead of right to left.

It is worked just as you would with a regular single crochet stitch – insert hook, pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through both loops. However, you are inserting your hook into the previous stitch instead of the next stitch.

Working this stitch may feel a little awkward at first but with practice you will quickly get the hang of it. Super simple with a very unique look!

I also have a complete video tutorial for you as well. You can find it here on my blog but if you are unable to see the video due to ad-blockers you can also find the video on YouTube.  Subscribe to my YouTube Channel to get notified whenever I post a new video.

To get free crochet patterns and get notified of future giveaways, sign up for my newsletter. I never share or sell your information to third parties — it stays private!

If you would like daily crochet inspiration be sure to follow me on FacebookInstagramPinterestYouTubeTwitter and Tumblr.

You may like the following free patterns that feature the Crab Crochet Stitch at Nana’s Crafty Home:

  1. Alpine Ridges Hat free crochet pattern
  2. Any Holiday Dish Cloth free crochet pattern
  3. Jack o’Lantern Treat Cup free crochet pattern

Crab Stitch Crochet Tutorial (aka Reverse Single Crochet)


WeCrochet Shine Worsted Weight yarn in Sweet Potato
#4 worsted weight 60% Pima cotton / 40% Modal

Crochet hook size I (5.5 mm)


rsc = reverse single crochet

Time needed: 10 minutes

Crab Stitch Tutorial

  1. At the end of your row do not turn.

    Skipping the first stitch under the loop on your hook, insert hook into the previous stitch.crochet crab stitch tutorial

  2. Complete a single crochet stitch

    Pull up a loopCrochet crab Stitch tutorial

  3. Yarn over and pull through both loops to complete stitch.

    reverse single crochet stitch process tutorial

  4. First complete rsc.

    crab stitch crochet free tutorial

  5. Continue repeating steps, keeping your loops on the right side of your previous rsc stitches.

    crochet crab stitch tutorial

If you are working in the round rather than in a row you will want to connect the final stitch to the first stitch with a slip stitch to complete the round and finish off your edge.

crochet crab stitch tutorial
crab stitch tutorial in the round

I hope you found this tutorial helpful – thank you so much for being here! Do you have a simple edge solution for your projects? Let me know in the comments below – I would love to hear about them!

Copyright 2021 Tonya Bush/Nana’s Crafty Home

Socia Media links:






Facebook Group:

Sign up for my Newsletter:

crochet crab stitch tutorial


About Me

Hi! Thank you so much for being here! I am Tonya the designer behind Nana's Crafty Home. As a wife, mother, Nana of 9 & with 2 fur babies, my days are filled with love, laughter, hugs and yarn! Here you will find colorful and creative crochet designs for yourself or loved ones. My hope is that you will be inspired to learn and create along with me!