Twisted Single Crochet Ribbing – How to Crochet Tutorial with Video

Add chunky textured ribbing to your projects by learning how to crochet the twisted single crochet. This fun stitch is similar to the crab stitch and can also be used as a border. Includes both a photo and video tutorial.
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If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I’m a bit obsessed with the twisted single crochet stitch. I’ve shared swatches and samples and posted teaser pics of TWO different patterns that feature twisted single crochet stitches. Stay tuned for the Twisted Whims Hat and the Double Twist Pumpkins patterns because they’re amazing!

hand crocheting ribbing using the twisted single crochet, on a fur background.

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My obsession started when I was trying to use the crab stitch as a border, but it wasn’t working out as I’d hoped. Then, I stumbled upon an easier alternative — the twisted sc! Both are modifications of traditional single crochet stitches, but the crab stitch is crocheted backward and the twisted sc is crocheted forward (much simpler!)

You can use the twisted single crochets as a border by crocheting into both loops, or, as this tutorial demonstrates, you can crochet into the back loops in order to create chunky ribbing within a project. I love to play around with the amount of rows between each “rib,” like in my Double Twist Pumpkin pattern. See below for a couple different examples of twisted single crochet ribbing (and a bit of the window pane stitch).

collage of crocheted swatches with a bowl of yarn balls and a hand holding a blue hook

Supplies / Materials

  • Yarn
  • Hook that matches your yarn

For this tutorial, I used:

NOTE: Furls’ crochet hooks are my absolute favorite and I use them whenever possible. They’re beautiful, ergonomic, and help me get even stitches. They are a splurge, but are so worth it. My favorites are the Streamline (both regular and swirl) and Odyssey. Click the link to check out all of their hooks.

Abbreviations (US Terminology)

  • ch – chain
  • sc – single crochet
  • blo – back loops only
  • yo – yarn over
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • dc – double crochet

Notes

  • starting/foundation chain can be any number
  • to crochet a twisted sc border, use both loops
  • to crochet twisted sc ribbing, use back loops only (blo)

Twisted Single Crochet Video Tutorial

Twisted Single Crochet – Photo Tutorial

Before beginning your twisted stitches, crochet at least one row of standard stitches (e.g. sc, hdc, dc, etc.). Then, ch 1 and turn.

To crochet the twisted sc:

a. Insert your hook (blo for ribbing, both loops for border) and yo

b. Pull up the first loop on your hook. Tilt up your hook to make the top loop a little longer.

collage of images demonstrating how to crochet the twisted single crochet stitch

c. Rotate your hook a full 360* counter-clockwise

d. yo and pull through the remaining two loops

Repeat until you reach the end of the row.

two hands crocheting into the back of a teal swatch

Crocheting behind twisted stitches (for ribbing):

When you’ve completed the row of twisted single crochets, chain and turn your work.

Crochet a row of standard stitches into the back loops (see image above). For the pictures, I used single crochets.

Do you see how your twisted stitches are only on the front of the project? One of my pattern testers described it as a “party in front, business in the back” situation. The back of your project will look like it’s just standard stitches (e.g. all single crochets).

K, Bye!

That’s all I have for you today, but please reach out if you have any additional questions about crocheting the twisted single crochet stitch, or using it to create ribbing within a project.

And if you use this tutorial to crochet anything, please tag me (@youshouldcraft) so I can see what you’ve created! I love sharing my readers’ work in my Stories. 🙂


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