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 Backward SC vs. regular SC
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Posted - 11/30/2008 :  10:36:34 PM  Show Profile Send 2totangle a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I've never really learned to crochet respectably, although I've dutifully finished several knit sweaters with crochet edging. Now, for the second time, I've encountered a pattern that instructs me to finish the edges with backward single crochet. I did this once before, and I'm even worse at it than regular crochet. What's the difference in the final effect? Why does a designer choose backward (crab) over regular SC?


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Posted - 12/01/2008 :  02:36:25 AM  Show Profile Send Greyling a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I think the backward crochet finish looks rather fancy. If you're using a smaller gauge yarn (dk or fingering), IMHO, it almost makes the border have a 'faux beaded' effect, like you had sewn on a string of pearls for a nice finish. But that's in MO . It does get easier with practice.

(I've also used it for the border of a 2 stranded, worsted weight, oval rug. It gave the rug a more finished look, and the extra weight at the end held the edges down so they didn't roll up as often.)

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Posted - 12/01/2008 :  10:56:37 AM  Show Profile Send Dicksie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi Suzanne - It's called 'crab stitch' and makes a lovely edge. If you go to my gallery, pg. 1, first item (blue green Gedifra jacket) in row 3 (you can enlarge it to see the detail) the entire jacket, pockets are edged in crab stitch. SC around the item you are finishing. On the second row, after you complete a single crochet stitch, instead of pulling up a loop through the next stitch to the left, pull it up through the next stitch on the right and continue around. Sounds awkward, but worth the effort.
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