Twisted Single Crochet: Written Instructions, Tutorial with step by step pictures & Video Tutorial

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 - an alternative to the crab stitch

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Twisted single crochet worked in the round

The twisted single crochet it is a crochet stitch that i learned watching a video file on the Japanese site Gosyo.

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 the 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.

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

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Rotation made
4) Yarn over and draw through the 2 loops on the hook.
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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.

Update February 2016:  Tamara Kelly from Moogly Blog made a Video Tutorial you can watch below:

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  1. I wanted to watch the video but it was not working..this seems neat..I will have to give it a go sometime..would give a flatter look to a row that is the last one..boarder I guess you could say.

  2. Hi! Yes, it is a border/edging. :)
    The video opens as a download on your pc. You have to wait a little, than look in your downloads files. Hope this will help.

  3. Do you mean turn the hook 180 degrees? 360 is a full turn. I like stitch better tthan the crab stitch, I can't crochet left to right!

  4. How do you finish the edging when working in the round, such as for a hat or blanket edge? I don’t know how to make it seem continuous. Thanks!

  5. I like this stitch however, it seems like a lot more work twisting each stitch completely around. I'll give it a go because the crab stitch eludes me.

  6. Thank you so much! I can not get the crab stitch and this stitch looks so much neater.