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If you’ve been following my patterns, you know that I am a huge fan of texture. It’s one of the reasons that I truly love crochet. There are just so many crochet stitches that can be used to make gorgeous projects with magnificent texture.
When I designed The Ever-Changing Cowl, I knew I would need my crochet stitches to be close together to keep them warm, without sacrificing drape, so the cowl wouldn’t be too stiff. I knew the Spike Stitch would be perfect for this project.
Spike Stitch Crochet Tutorial
The Spike Stitch (aka long single crochet or Lsc) is one of my favourite crochet stitches. It is basically a single crochet, but with one vital difference. Instead of working into the next stitch of the current row, you work this stitch into the row beneath it. In this tutorial, and in the pattern for The Ever-Changing Cowl, we will be working an alternating spike stitch.
We will begin with a row of sc, ch1, sk1 stitches. (See figure 1) Now, instead of inserting your hook into the current row you’re working (see figure 2), insert your hook into the corresponding stitch of the row beneath it. (See figure 3)
Yarn over and draw up a loop. Draw your loop up to the height of a sc worked into the current row. Do not make your loop too small or you will lose height in your finished row. (See figure 4) Yarn over and pull through both loops. (See figure 5) Now ch1 and sk the next st. When you have completed a row of alternating spike stitch (Lsc, ch1, sk1), you’ll notice a different texture emerging. (See figure 6)
Layering rows of alternating spike stitches creates a beautiful texture with a squishy feel to it. It is quite warm, without being stiff. Now that you know how to do the Spike Stitch, head on over to the Ever-Changing Cowl and test your skills!
If you enjoyed this Spike Stitch Tutorial, you might want to check out my other Tips, Tricks, and Tutorials.
Happy Hooking! 😉