How to Crochet Spike Stitch

How is it possible to make a single crochet fancy? Simple, work a Spike Stitch a few rows below the working row and voila!

In the crochet Spike Stitch video Marly teaches you how to do a fun new stitch that can be used in any accessory or garment. By using two colors you will get a fun looking stitch but you don’t have to stop with just one color…use many colors!

Now you’ve learned this fun technique, here is a link to a fun and FREE pattern that Marly has designed using the spike stitch in the body of the pattern making. This quick project uses less than 100 yds of yarn in each color and can be made in about an hour. Click on the image below to get your free Spike Stitch Coffee Cozy Pattern.

Free Pattern + Free Instructional Video = Success!

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Lion Brand, “Heartland yarn” (100% acrylic, 251 yds/100g) —save 20% on this yarn at Craftsy


5 mm/H (Marly uses Addi Crochet Hooks)


Removable Stitch Markers (Marly uses these)

Stitches Used (and YouTube Video links to help you learn)

Pattern Stitch

Spike Stitch (flat): need to chain a multiple of 3 stitches +2 (+1 for the turning chain)Screen Shot 2014-12-04 at 11.11.31 AM

Row 1 (foundation row): With the first color, Single crochet (sc) into 2nd chain from hook and in each chain to the end, change color to second color on last stitch of row, turn.

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in first sc, and in each sc to the end, turn.

Row 3: Ch 1, sc in first sc, and in each sc to the end, changing color to first color on the last stitch of row, turn.

Row 4 (create spike):This is the row I begin with in the video— Ch 1, sc in each of the first two stitches, spike stitch [long single crochet] into the sc 3 rows below the next stitch on the working row.

TIP: Since you are using two colors for this swatch the row you need to work into when doing the spike stitch will be easily recognized since it is the the last row of the opposite color. For this first row of spike stitch that means it is the foundation row.

You will work the single crochet as normal as there is nothing different to it other than the placement of it. You will now skip the sc on the working row directly above the stitch you just made as this new stitch represents that stitch now. If you mistakenly work into that single crochet you will end up with too many stitches at the end of your row.

WARNING: This is so important I am going to reiterate it. Make sure you DO NOT work into the sc st on your working row that is directly above the sc you did 3 rows below it.

Okay, let’s continue with row 4, after the spike stitch sc in the next two stitches, then spike stitch in the next. You will repeat this until you have 2 stitches left on the row, sc in the last two stitches.

Row 5: Ch 1, sc in first sc, and in each sc to the end, changing color to second color on the last stitch of row, turn.

Repeat rows 2 – 5 for pattern stitch.

That’s it! Now, go and make something fun! Don’t forget the FREE PATTERN for the Spike Stitch Coffee Cozy

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Marly Bird

The One and Only, Marly

Marly is a knitwear and crochet designer (and yarn addict) that is here to help you learn how to knit and crochet in a way that's fun and approachable.

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