This stitch is very similar to the crab stitch, but there are 1 or 2 chain spaces between each stitch. The beauty of our Modified Crab Stitch is very similar to the traditional crab stitch.
Like the traditional crab stitch, you’ll be working in the opposite direction (from left to right).
Step 1: Sc in that first stitch.
Step 2: Ch1 (or Ch2 – depending on the pattern).
Step 3: Put your hook in the correct next stitch when counting backwards. For us, we’ll show this as skipping 1 stitch. Sc.
Repeat steps 2 and 3 until you’re finished.
Practice makes perfect
Make a trial swatch by:
- Chain an even number of chains.
- Working in the second chain from the hook, work *dc, ch1; rep from * to 2 sts rem. DC. DO NOT TURN.
Make Sure that your MCS doesn’t bind your swatch or that you worked the MCS tighter than the previous row (like this).
If your MCS row goes in a bit, pull it out and try one of these remedies:
- work it with a hook that’s one size larger
- be sure to pull the loops out all the way to avoid the cinching.
And if this does happen, be happy that you took the time to make a swatch.
This creates a swatch of double crochets with chains in between them. Once you’re comfortable, try out the MCS on the real piece.