However, even with all that time and effort there are still a number of things I haven't done or have minimal experience with. The Crab Stitch (aka Reverse Single Crochet) happens to be one of those things. But today I conquered my lacking knowledge and successfully executed it (with the help of YouTube).
The project in question is a mat for our over the toilet shelf. It's a white metal number with thin horizontal rods for shelving set about 1" apart. Nice enough for a minimalist setting but highly inefficient for storage when it comes to those smaller bathroom items. With the recent deluge of inspiration I have gotten I have decided to put crochet (or knit) all over our home. Spruce it up a bit and bring more of me into the home and less blah. I thought that a mat laying across the shelf might be perfect for this storage problem. Serving a dual purpose of also decorating the bathroom. Considering my knowledge or stitches I opted for a mat of Tunisian Simple Stitch. It would be both simple and sturdy without being too "pretty", after-all there is a man in the house and frills do not belong in our bathroom (it doesn't hurt that I'm not a fan either).
For those who know Tunisian however there is a slight problem. Much like stockinette in knitting it has a tendency to curl on the edges, the foundation row being the worst. Typically the solution to this is a border or starting with some sort of other stitch that does not curl. I knew I wanted something utilitarian and functional but most of the borders I was aware of were either super boring, or served more as edgings (again something inappropriately pretty for our bathroom). Then I remembered having read that the Crab Stitch was popular as a border and served well to reduce the curl in Tunisian. I made up my swatch, grimacing at that tell-tale curl and took a deep breath and started the Crab Stitch. Initially it took a little getting used to, it is a rather odd way to work, but I got it and pleased as punch it looked perfect for what I wanted!