Crab Stitch Edging Worked Flat and in the Round

Crab Stitch Edging Worked Flat and in the Round

Sometimes, the edges of our finished projects are less-than-perfect – flared, too flimsy or uneven. Of course, we could wear this garment or accessory, but we all know that we would cringe every time we see those edges, and there is very little chance that this project will ever become our favourite.

In these cases, it is worth spending a bit of extra time and effort and add an afterthought edging to the edges we want to improve.

We’ve already discussed a way to beautify side edges of a finished project. Now, let’s see how we can add a lovely trim to any edge of any project.

We’ll do it by working a set of reverse single crochet stitches – a process known as “crab” stitch.

Why crab? Because just like crabs usually don’t walk forward, we won’t be making our single crochet stitches as usual, from right to left. We’ll make them backwards – from left to right.

This method involves using a crochet hook, but the process is so easy that you’ll be able to follow along even if you’ve never ever crocheted before.

If you want to make the edging slightly wider, start by working one row of regular single crochet stitches. Then work one row of crab stitches.

If you decorate one edge, you won’t need to turn your work – first work the single crochet stitches from right to left, then work crab stitches from left to right.


To download a 14-page PDF with the step-by-step photo tutorial about this method, click here to join the All Tutorials Club 2022.

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If you enjoyed this tutorial,
here’s something else you might find helpful:

“Neat Side Edges” Book

Learn twelve ways to make side edges of a knitted project nice and tidy. Plus, ways to fix side edges, and a way to improve edges of finished projects.


Happy knitting!

Maryna Shevchenko - www.10rowsaday.com

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Crab Stitch Edging Worked Flat and in the Round | 10 rows a day
Crab Stitch Edging Worked Flat and in the Round | 10 rows a day
Crab Stitch Edging Worked Flat and in the Round | 10 rows a day