I was looking at a knitting magazine and spotted a top with a very pretty but subtle edging at neck, armholes, and bottom edge. The accompanying blurb said that it was finished with Reverse Single Crochet. I liked it, it was just a little bit lacey, a little bit stiffer than the body of knitting (so it made the edges firmer and added a tiny bit of flare). It’s also a bit like a very light cording on the edge of the garment.
Weirdly, I’d never heard of reverse single crochet before. Am I the only one?
Doing a bit of research, I found that it’s also known as Crab Stitch, and it’s used where you want that little bit of lacy edge and an almost picot sort of feel, but where you also want to firm up an edge when you don’t want it to stretch out. So very useful for deep necklines or ones where the shape is important, cuff edges, etc. And of course, for crocheters, you can use it to simply put a lightly lacey edge on your crocheting.
So here’s a tutorial on Crab Stitch. There’s a lot of them out there, including lots of videos, so if this one doesn’t work for you, do Google for the many more, but I chose this one from Woolly Wonders just because I like the color of the yarn she used for her photos!