This easy crochet stitch goes by several names:
- Single crochet spike stitch, or sometimes just spike stitch. Note that there are many different possible variations of the spike stitch. I find it easiest to work spike stitches using the single crochet, but you could also work spike stitches using half double crochet, double crochet, treble crochet, or other stitches.
- Long single crochet stitch
- Elongated single crochet stitch
This stitch is crocheted, but it sort of resembles the embroidered blanket stitch. If you'd like to do a crocheted version of the blanket stitch instead of embroidering it, this stitch is one possible substitute.
Do not confuse this stitch with the extended single crochet, which is a different stitch.
Important Note! You can click on any of the photos in this tutorial to see enlargements.
Instructions for How to Do the Single Crochet Spike Stitch
In the photo at left, the stitches worked in tan yarn are all single crochet stitches. I ended off the tan yarn and I've changed colors so that I am now working in green yarn. I've been working the edging of Erica Jackofsky's pattern for Timber Lily fingerless gloves. The basic pattern repeat is 3 single crochet stitches followed by a spike stitch / long single crochet stitch / elongated single crochet stitch.So at this point in my work, I've worked my three single crochet stitches and I am preparing to follow them up with a spike stitch, which I will demonstrate in the steps below.
Once you understand how to crochet a spike stitch, there are many possible patterns you could work with them.
By the way, I'm assuming you already know how to do single crochet stitch. But if you don't, make sure to check out this single crochet tutorial.
If you were going to work an ordinary single crochet stitch, you'd work it into the two loops of the next stitch. But you're not going to do that. Instead, you're going to work into the corresponding stitch in the row below the next stitch.
Don't worry if your corresponding stitch isn't directlybelow the stitch you'd ordinarily be working into. It might be a little to one side; that's normal.
Also, be aware that you could work a spike stitch into lower rows than that if you like. You could work a stitch into the corresponding stitch two rows down, or even three or four rows down, if you want to. The further down the work you make the stitch, the longer your stitch will be.
My own preference is to keep my spike stitches shorter, because I worry that long spikes could get snagged on things and start looking icky as time passes. It's not a bad idea to be cautious about using lots of long spikes on projects that will be subjected to a major abuse. I wouldn't use lots of really deep spike stitches on, say, kids' clothes, but they'd be gorgeous on throw pillows for the guest bedroom. I do see plenty of interesting crochet patterns around utilizing spike stitches that are three and four rows deep, and many of them are lovely.
Here the upper photo shows me with my crochet hook poised and getting ready to work the next spike stitch.
In the lower photo, I've inserted my hook into the stitch.
The next step: grab the yarn with the crochet hook...
and pull it through the stitch. Make sure to bring it all the way up to the height of the other stitches you've already crocheted.
Wrap the yarn around the crochet hook again...
and pull it through both active loops on the crochet hook.
Here's how the completed spike stitch looks. (Remember, you can click any of these photos to see a larger version.)
Here's another look at this stitch pattern. It makes a really nice edging; I enjoy using this for afghan borders. However, it doesn't have to be worked as a a trim or an edging; you could go back and work more rows of crochet on top of this. There are many interesting possibilities for things you can do with it.
Free Crochet Patterns Made Using the Long Single Crochet Stitch
Want to try crocheting some projects using this stitch? Here are links to some free crochet patterns featuring the spike stitch.
- Timber Lily Fingerless Mitts -- These fingerless mitts are crocheted in two colors. They'll keep your hands warm and comfortable. At the same time, your fingers will retain their mobility for typing, turning pages, pressing buttons, or whatever else you might need to do.
- Winter Snowflake Applique -- This snowflake uses the spike stitch in a slightly different way. Since it's a snowflake, it's crocheted in rounds rather than rows, but the basic method of working the spike stitch is the same; it's a single crochet stitch that's longer than usual because it's worked into the round below the round you'd usually work into.