Spike stitches are stitches that extend down further than a crochet stitch typically would. Usually, you'd work your basic stitches into the tops of the stitches in the row or round below. With a spike stitch, you might go two rows down, or even further.
Spike stitches can be used to introduce extra color, texture and interest into your crochet stitch patterns. Crochet work often emphasizes visual elements that draw the eye in the horizontal direction, since rows of crochet stitches are typically worked from side to side. Spike stitches introduce interesting vertical elements into the work. You can use spikes to create satisfying balanced effects, but you can also use them to create interesting asymmetrical designs too. There are many fascinating possibilities.
There's no limit to the amount of different stitch patterns and crochet projects you can create using spike stitches. This page is dedicated to exploring some of the possibilities.
In this tutorial, you first learn to crochet a basic spike stitch based on the single crochet. You'll also learn how to incorporate the spike stitch into an interesting edging pattern, pictured at left.
This two-color stitch pattern incorporates spike stitches into a crochet fabric that's otherwise comprised of single crochet.
Crochet Patterns and Projects Featuring the Spike Stitch
The following free crochet patterns include spike stitches, among other stitches.
This snowflake design incorporates spike stitches for added visual interest.
These fingerless gloves feature a spike stitch edging crocheted in a color that contrasts with the main color of the gloves.