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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Twisted Single Crochet- Written Instructions, tutorial with step by step pictures & link to video file

 The Twisted single crochet - an alternative to the crab stitch

Twisted Single Crochet- Written Instructions, phototutorial & link to video
Twisted single crochet worked in the round
Love the look of the crab stitch, but hate working in the wrong/reverse direction?
There is a solution! The Twisted Single Crochet!

The twisted single crochet it is a crochet stitch that i learned watching a video file on the Japanese site Gosyo. (See link to video file at the end of this post!)

Do not be confounded with the crab stitch/reverse single crochet! There are 2 different stitches!
Both of them (twisted sc and reverse sc) are used as crochet edgings and give your crochet piece the same look, but the way of working it is different:
       -for the twisted sc the stitches are worked from the right to the left;
       -for the reverse sc/crab stitch the stitches are worked from the left to the right;

Here are my written instructions for this Twisted Single Crochet  (tw sc):
1) Insert the hook from front to back in the next stitch to the left!

2) Yarn over, draw the yarn through the stitch; you have now 2 loops on the hook (make them loose)
To see the pictures bigger, all you have to do is click on them.

3) Leaving the 2 loops on the hook loosely, rotate the hook anticlockwise 360 degrees.

Rotation made
4) Yarn over and draw through the 2 loops on the hook.
Completed stitch twisted sc
The first tw sc it now complete.  Repeat the steps 1-4 for each stitch across the round/row.
Try to work the stitches even, having the same tension for each stitch. It takes a little practice, but after a while you will get the hang of it and make a nice crochet border.

I use this kind of edging for hats. See my crochet pattern with tutorial Spring lacy hat. Another variation of edging using twisted crochet and chains can you find in my crochet pattern Cotton summer hat.

To see the video file on how to work this stitch, go to Gosyo site, scroll down on the page, click on "Crochet symbols and video files"; search for the crochet symbol of the tw sc:
Twisted sc
and click on "Play movie". (Video without sound)

Note: If the video file does not open directly, check out in the download files saved on your PC.  At the beginning of the video there is an empty space,  wait a few seconds until it's starts.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! For more free crochet patterns and tutorial, please visit my FREECrochet Pattern Page!

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