Crab Stitch (reverse double crochet)

How to Crochet a Reverse Double Crochet Stitch

The reverse double crochet stitch (abbreviated reverse dc) is sometimes called the crab stitch. The actual mechanics of a reverse double crochet stitch are the same as for a regular double crochet — except in reverse.

Instead of working from right to left, you work from left to right. It creates a somewhat twisted, rounded edge that’s good for making a simple finished edge for your work. You usually don’t work stitches into the tops of the reverse double crochet, so you won’t find this stitch in the middle of a project.

1. Insert the hook, from front to back, in the next stitch to the right.

Be sure to have the right side of your work facing you.

Second part of a reverse single crochet stitch

2. Yarn over (yo) and draw the yarn through the stitch.

This step is similar to how you work a regular double crochet — only backwards.

One reverse single crochet is complete.

3. Yarn over and draw the yarn through the 2 loops on the hook.

One reverse double crochet is complete.

4. Repeat the preceding steps in each stitch across the row.

This image shows several completed reverse double crochet stitches.

The symbol for a reverse single crochet stitch

5. Take a look at the reverse double crochet stitch symbol.

Many people who crochet prefer to read crochet stitch diagrams instead of written instructions. This symbol for reverse double crochet stitch would appear in a stitch diagram.

What the following video on making the crochet crab stitch for edges