Reverse Single Crochet (rsc)

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The reverse single crochet stitch is typically used as an edging on crocheted or knitted work.  It creates a very pretty finished edge, and like its name suggests, is done like the single crochet stitch, except "backwards".


Pattern Abbreviation:  rsc

 

 

The photos below show an example of the reverse single crochet stitch being worked into a row of double crochet stitches.


Reverse Single Crochet (rsc), Step 1

 

Step 1:  Prepare to do reverse single crochet after completing a right side row.  Once the right side row is complete, do not turn.

 

Reverse Single Crochet (rsc), Step 2

 

Step 2:   With hook facing downwards, insert hook into the first stitch to the right.  Engage the working end of the yarn through the hook on the other side of the fabric.

Reverse Single Crochet (rsc), Step 3

 

Step 3: Pull  the loop through the stitch so that there are now 2 loops on the hook. The movement of pulling the yarn through so that the hook faces left will twist the loops on the hook. Yarn over.

 

 

 

Reverse Single Crochet (rsc), Step 4

 

Step 4:  Pull the yarn through the 2 loops on the hook as you would to sc.  This completes a reverse single crochet stitch.

Reverse Single Crochet (rsc), Step 5

 

Step 5: Twist the hook around to insert into the next stitch to the right and rsc again.  The twisting movement of working backwards causes the loops on the hook to twist, resulting in the decorative effect of the stitch.

 

 

Reverse Single Crochet (rsc), Step 6

 

Pictured is a row of reverse single crochet worked on a row of double crochet.