Dip down into previous rows and draw up a crochet spike stitch! You can work almost any crochet stitch as a spike stitch. Learn how in this tutorial.
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What is a Spike Stitch?
What defines a stitch as a spike stitch is where you put your hook. A crochet spike stitch is placed below where you would normally make a stitch. It can be one row below or several.
Where to Put Your Hook
This is the part that gets confusing sometimes, because it can be worded in different ways. Pay attention to the syntax of the instructions.
“Next stitch x rows below”
If the instructions say “below” without anything after it, you can add the words “where your hook is” to the end. So “next stitch 2 rows below” becomes “next stitch 2 rows below where your hook is”.
This means the next stitch you would normally work into is actually the “next stitch 1 row below”.
“X rows below the next stitch”
Sometimes instructions will say something like “below the next stitch” or “below the next chain space”. In this case, you don’t have to add any words. The instructions are telling you where to start counting from. Instead of counting from the hook, you start counting from the indicated stitch, space, or whatever the instructions state.
So “2 rows below the next stitch” is the same thing as “3 rows below (where your hook is).” Note that in the illustration I used a random stitch and not actually the next stitch, just to make it easier to see.
How to Crochet a Spike Stitch
Once you’ve determined where your hook goes, you’re ready to crochet your spike stitch! Almost any stitch can be worked as a spike stitch. The “spike” part refers to the drawing up of the loop from below, and the rest of the stitch name tells you what stitch to make. So a spike dc is a double crochet drawn up from below.
Draw up the loop
First, do anything you would normally do before drawing up a loop. For a spike double crochet, do a yarn over first, just like you would for a normal double crochet. For a spike single crochet, there’s nothing to do first, just insert your hook.
Then insert your hook in the indicated stitch or space. It should go exactly where you would normally work into that stitch or space, for example under the top 2 loops for a regular stitch. You’ll probably see the legs of a previous stitch already coming out of that same spot.
Stick your hook all the way through to the back of the work, then yarn over and pull up a loop. This will make the yarn wrap around your fabric, encasing any stitches above the spike stitch.
Pull that loop up nice and big to the top of the fabric. It should be at the height it would normally be at for a regular stitch. This loop is what makes the stitch a spike stitch.
Finish the stitch
Now finish the stitch as you normally would. For a double crochet this means [yarn over and pull through 2 loops on your hook] twice.
If you’re working a more complex stitch, like a puff stitch or cluster, you may need to pull up more loops. Every time you need to pull up a loop, do it in the indicated stitch below and make sure to pull it up nice and big like you did the first time.
Skip a stitch
The instructions should specify whether or not to skip the stitch above your spike stitch, i.e. the stitch that is encapsulated inside your spike stitch. If it doesn’t specifically say, assume that you are to skip that stitch, and continue your pattern from the next stitch.
Try it out!
Now that you know how to crochet a spike stitch, try out your new skills on this Patio Chair Caddy pattern! It uses spike half double crochets for an all-over texture.
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