Reverse Single Crochet Stitch Tutorial

The Reverse Single Crochet Stitch Tutorial or Crab stitch or Reverse Double Crochet in UK terms will teach you how to do the opposite of one of the most basic crochet stitches: Single crochet.

The Reverse Single Crochet Stitch Tutorial is also known as the Crab stitch. That is so because it stitches the reverse of the single crochet – just as a crab would walk sideways even though it can walk forward.

In essence, the reverse single crochet stitch is still a single crochet, just stitched in reverse. Though it is essentially a single stitch, the outcome is different. Reverse single crochet stitches are more for edging instead of making a whole fabric out of it like the single stitch. In short, reverse single stitch adds detail.

Reverse Single Crochet Stitch Tutorial

There are different abbreviations available for this stitch. For this post however, we will be using rsc.

  • Symbol chart
    • X with a tilde over it
  • American Term
    • rsc
    • rev sc
    • reverse sc
  • UK Term -reverse double crochet
    • ddc
    • rev dc
    • reverse dc


Once you have mastered the basic crochet stitches, learning this stitch will be awkward at first. It will most likely confuse you as it feels like you’re going against something. The first two steps especially will be hard.

  1. Start by inserting the hook

    As opposed to single crochet stitch (sc), in reverse single crochet stitch (rsc), the hook is inserted to the right of the stitch after the previous stitch.

    When you do this stitch, you don’t to do a chain stitch for a turning chain. You can already begin where you currently are. There is no need to turn or make a starting chain.

    BUT, if you find it hard to start the rsc, you can start with chain stitch. Choosing to immediately do rsc or starting with a chain stitch first will not have a bad impact on your finished product.

  2. Yarn over

    After inserting, yarn over like in sc. This move might feel a bit awkward because you’re working in reverse. I suggest that you be mindful during there confusing times when you’re just starting to crochet rsc.

  3. Draw the yarn into and out of the stitch

    By this time, there will be two loops on the hook. Draw the yarn through the stitch.

  4. Yarn over for the second time
  5. Draw the yarn into and out of the stitch again

    After this, you have finally finished your first reverse single crochet stitch. Congratulations!

  • Using the pencil grip makes this stitch easier, as compared to using the knife grip.
  • Using a different color for this stitch when used as an edging will make the pattern stand out more.
  • Working with cotton yarn, this stitch will make a sturdy edging. Coasters, washcloths and hot pads will benefit a lot by using this stitch as an edging.

The Free Stripe Contrast Blanket Pattern by Yarnspiration is a free pattern. This creates a chunky woven-looking blanket that uses playful colors.

This pattern is an intermediate pattern wherein you can practice your reverse single stitch tutorial in the blanket’s edging. The pattern uses only the basic crochet stitches so when doing this pattern, you can be more mindful when doing your reverse single stitch.

Try the Free Stripe Contrast Blanket Pattern now so you can practice what you’ve just learned from the Reverse Single Crochet Stitch Tutorial!