There’s always something more to learn!

Years ago when I was making my first blanket.

first blanket
This is the finished blanket

I wanted a firm edging for it and discovered Crab Stitch.

crab stitch edging
A row of crab stitches

I looked on-line for help in how to do it because all my efforts didn’t seem to give me what I needed. At last I found instructions that worked and later I wrote up my version of the method for anyone else who was interested and as something I have referred to ever since when I needed to remember.

These instructions are in my Tutorials section of the Menu under Crochet.

They involve turning the hook through 180 deg which works very well.

Pull through stitch ******* start to turn hook clockwise
Continue turning till you are back where you started ***then pull through as normal

Now recently, after having had to revisit the instructions when making the ear-saver ear saver

I saw a post with a video of someone doing the stitch and decided to watch.

They, like so many written versions, did not seem to need to rotate the hook and so I decided to try doing it their way.

But at first I continued to get simply the normal double crochet worked in the other direction as you can see here. reverse dcs

I decided that their secret must lie in the pulling of the first loop through but it didn’t seem to be highlighted in the pictures and happened too quickly to see in the video. So I stared and I thought. Finally I noticed that in the video the hook was inserted upside down which seemed very awkward but I tried it and after many attempts I eventually managed to see how to twist my hook to get the required result. crab stitch

Maybe it should be called upside-down stitch.

4 thoughts on “There’s always something more to learn!

  1. I will have to try this one.. I have always had issues with that stitch (crab). I thought it was do to my left handedness . I will have to try these different ways of doing it.

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    1. Do. It does seem to be do it with the hook the normal way up and twist or do it with the hook upside down and the twist occurs as you manoeuvre it. Which ever way you do it you should have the loop pulled through the previous stitch nearest the end of the hook. I find I get a neater crisper look with the twist method but the other method is quicker.


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