Add Drama to Your Next Project With the Spike Stitch


The spike stitch is one of those things that gives you a lot of bang for your buck: It looks complicated and advanced, but is actually super simple. Gotta love that! When you create a regular single crochet stitch, as you know, you work directly into the stitch in the previous row. A spike happens when you form that same stitch, but work it two, three, or four rows below. Different lengths of the stitch can then be combined in a variety of ways to make fun, geometric designs. Learn how this method can add a dramatic, graphic design to your project.

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


With C1, chain 12. Work 4 rows even of sc.

Join C2, ch1, then turn to begin new row.

Insert your hook into the next space in the second row below the hook.

Pull up a loop, pulling the yarn up enough so that it's even with the other loop on your hook.

Yarn over and pull through both loops (just like a regular single crochet), completing the SP-2.

Make a SP-3 stitch into the next space, working into the third row below.

SP-4, following the same steps but working into the fourth row down.

Continue (SP-2, SP-3, SP-4) to the end of the row. Or, create your own variation for a different graphic pattern!

Work 4 more rows of sc before joining C1 and working another spike stitch row.

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