Spike Stitches might look tricky, but they're lots of fun! They just take a little bit of practice, and a careful reading of the directions to see where the hook goes each time! Here's how to crochet spike stitches.
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How to Crochet Spike Stitches Video Tutorial
Crochet Awesomeness shown in this video (click the links to buy your own!):
- Furls Fiberarts US - J, 6.00 mm hook in Purpleheart
- Furls Fiberarts Yarn Bowl
- Bernat Handicrafter Yarn (caked with a Stanwood Needlecraft 10 oz yarn winder)
Spike Stitches can be made with any height of stitch - single crochets, half doubles, doubles, trebles, etc. Like so many stitches, the thing that sets them apart is where you insert the hook!
Prep the stitch with the usual number of yarn overs, and then insert the hook where the pattern tells you to. It might be one row down, it might be ten - just count down the number of rows below the next stitch.
After you insert the hook, yo and pull up a loop all the way up to the height of the current working row. This is the trickiest part - you want the loop that's already on the hook to stay relatively taut, but you need the spike part to go loosely around the previous rows so that you don't squish them down when you finish the stitch.
Then, when you finish the stitch, you should have enough play to arrange the spike so that the strands lay nice and flat as shown. When you move to the next stitch in the pattern, you make sure to skip over the stitch in the previous row that spike stitch was worked over. Like a post stitch, you won't be working into the top of the stitch here.
And that's all there is to spike stitches! Most of the time, when working a "spike stitch" you'll be going straight down, as shown here. But read your directions closely - they can send your hook anywhere. That's what keeps crochet so interesting!
Try out spike stitches in the Magic Spike Mandala and matching afghan square. And if you've caught the spike stitch bug, be sure to check out this tutorial video for Spike Clusters, and give the Blue Agave Phone Pouch a try!
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