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Topic: mud flap tank crochet edging  (Read 762 times)
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« on: May 13, 2005 10:01:18 PM »

I'm almost done with my tank but have gotten so frustrated by the last step: crab stitch around the armholes and neck!  I won't have a chance to visit my LYS for a week, so I am hoping you guys can help.  I've never done crochet before, and the very brief instructions in the SnBN book aren't enough for me to figure this out.  It's apparently supposed to look like this: http://www.crochetcabana.com/stitches/ltc-stitches-reverse_sc.htm but when I do it it looks more like a really crappy braid.  Anyone have a great explanation of how to do this stitch or can point to a good resource for figuring this out?

« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2005 04:54:27 PM »

I think that you'd have better luck with replies in the crochet discussion boards.  Nonetheless, I'll assume you've read the basic instructions for single crochet (that's all you'll need) in SnB.  Below, I've taken instructions from crochetcabana.com.

Reverse single crochet (aka "crab stitch") is simply single crochet from left to right (single crochet is normally right to left). With the right side of the garment facing you, chain one, * insert the hook into the next stitch to the right, and yo and draw up a long loop. Yarn over by hooking the yarn down from the back, and pull through both loops on the hook,*. Proceed across the row, repeating between the *'s.

I hope that helps. Again, I would suggest you try the crochet boards.
« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2005 10:15:50 PM »

I recently made the mudflap tank and found the crab stitch to be the most frustrating part. When I read how to do it in SnB, I didn't get it so I looked at stitchguide (http://www.stitchguide.com/stitches/crochet/stitch_pages/cro_reverse_sc.html) and I still didn't get it. But by looking at both illustrations together it somehow clicked so I would suggested having the SnB book in front of you while looking at stitchguide. Also, practice on your gauge swatch because it is a lot easier on straight edges than around those armholes. Hope that helps. Good luck!
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