Learning how to crochet a spike stitch is easy to do, and it's a stitch that can add a fun graphic pattern when you're crocheting a garment. Spike stitches are made with what are essentially elongated single crochets. When you create a regular single crochet, you work into the stitch directly below the new row (so 1 row below). A spike stitch is worked either 2, 3 or 4 rows below the new row you are working. Different lengths of this stitch can be combined in a variety of ways to make fun, geometric designs.
Crocheted spike stitch tutorial
- sc: single crochet
- ch: chain
- C1: color 1 (brown)
- C2: color 2 (blue)
- SP-2: spike stitch 2 rows below
- SP-3: spike stitch 3 rows below
- SP-4: spike stitch 4 rows below
Work 4 rows even of sc.
Join C2, ch1, then turn to begin new row.
Spike Row: SP-2 (work a sc into the 2nd row below hook)
SP-3 (work sc into the 3rd row below hook)
SP-4 (work sc into the 4th row below hook)
Continue (SP-2, SP-3, SP-4) to the end of the row.
Work 4 more rows of sc before joining C1 and working another spike stitch row.
Keep in mind, the spike stitch creates a very stiff and non-stretchy fabric, so it's probably not a good idea to use it for an item that you'd like to have a lot of drape or stretch.
For an easy pattern try the Spiked Crochet Cotton Dishcloth Pattern by Modern Grace Design or check out the Spike Newsboy Beanie and Bootcuffs Pattern by Cuddle Me Beanies for another easy and exciting pattern.
I'm considering using the spike stitch along the button band of a sweater I'm just about to finish. Where might you use this fun stitch?