How to Crochet the Spike Stitch by Anna Nikipirowicz
Spike stitches are a great fun to do, they are essentially elongated stitches. They're created by inserting the hook into a row or a few rows below the next stitch on the working row and pulling the loop all the way up to the height of current row. This results in the spike being the same on both sides of the work, which produces a very interesting reversible fabric. You can combine different lengths of this stitch to create a very unique design.
I want to show you how to work the spike crochet stitch using the lovely eyelash pattern and a double crochet stitch. However, spike stitches can be achieved using any height of stitch, just yarn over as many times at the start as needed, insert the hook into your desired row, pull the loop up to the height of the current row and finish the stitch as normal.
I’m using Paintbox Cotton Aran in 2 colours and a 4.5 mm (US 7) crochet hook
Ch – chain
Dc (US sc) – double crochet (US single crochet)
St(s) – stitch(es)
RS – right side
Changing colour – I recommend changing colour at the last yarn around the hook of the last stitch in a row, this will give you a very neat finish. (To see more about changing colours click here.)
This stitch is worked over multiples multiple of 6 sts + 3
With colour A make 15 ch
Row 1 (RS): 1 dc in second ch from hook, 1 dc in each ch to end, turn.
Rows 2 to 4: ch 1, 1 dc in every st to end, change to colour B, turn.
On the next row, we will create our spikes. Before we do this it is important to know where to insert the hook to create them. In the eyelash pattern the spikes are worked into 1, 2 and 3 rows below the current working row, then into 2 and 1 rows below to create the effect that resembles the lower lashes of an eye, hence the name.
Row 5: ch 1, 1 dc in next 2 sts, now we are going to make our first spike, * insert hook in dc 1 row below next st, pull loop up to the height of the current row and finish dc as normal, our first spike is complete.
Now, make 1 dc in dc 2 rows below next st
Next make 1 dc in dc 3 rows below next st
Work, 1 dc in dc 2 rows below next st, 1 dc in dc 1 row below next st, 1 dc in next st. You have created your first eyelesh, your work should now look like this:
Rep from * to last st, 1 dc in last st, turn.
Rows 6 to 8: as row 2, changing to yarn A at the end of 8th row, turn.
Row 9: ch 1, 1 dc in first st, * 1 dc in dc 3 rows below next st, 1 dc in dc 2 rows below next st, 1 dc in dc 1 row below next st, 1 dc in next st, 1 dc in dc 1 row below next st, 1 dc in dc 2 rows below next st, rep from * to last 2 sts, 1 dc in dc 3 rows below next st, 1 dc in last st, turn.
Repeat rows 2 to 9 until you reach the desired length. Try working the eyelash stitch in lots of different colours, there’re no limits!