Spike Your Project with the Crochet Spike Stitches
The Dusty Plum Dress by Moon Eldridge elevates a simple a-line shape with fabric created using crochet v-stitch by incorporating a gorgeous wide crochet colorwork stripe down the front. Eldridge created this eye-catching textured detail by working treble crochet spike stitches in alternating colors.
One of the advantages of traditional crochet is that because you only have one live loop at a time, you can work your crochet stitch just about anywhere–be it in the same sitch, the next stitch, or a stitch two or three rows below. Crochet spike stitches create their raised texture by working a long stitch, generally a double or treble crochet, not in the row you are currently crocheting but into a row one or two rows previous. Because the stitch is worked over the top of the fabric, this creates a raised stitch with the great texture.
If you work your spike stitches in an alternative color, like the front of the Dusty Plum Dress, you can also create an exciting crochet colorwork design. This crochet dress is worked in long rows from neckline to hem, so you can see the spike stitches, which you will work vertically, stretching horizontally across the front of the dress.
Let’s take a look at how to work a crochet spike stitch. Many spike stitches are worked in single crochet by simply pulling the stitch up to the desired height using the strands of the stitch to create the spike. Eldridge uses the height of the treble crochet post to create the spike.
We’ll start with a very basic pattern.
With color A, chain 27.
Row 1: Chain 1, single crochet in the second chain from the hook and in each chain across.
Row 2: Chain 3 double crochet in first two single crochet, chain 1, skip next single crochet, double crochet in next single crochet; rep from * across, turn. Chain 3, double crochet in first double crochet in each double crochet across changing to color B in last double crochet.
Row 3: Chain 1, single crochet in the first two double crochet, working in front of previous row treble crochet in the next single crochet two rows below, *single crochet in the next two stitches, treble crochet in the next single crochet two rows below; repeat from * across.
You can see the spikes created by the treble crochet spike stitches. Repeat Rows 2 through 3 if you think you need a little bit more practice. The incorporation of v-stitches makes the Dusty Plum Dress center color panel a little bit more complicated, but as long as you understand the concept of the spike stitch and follow the instructions step-by-step, you shouldn’t have any trouble.
Are you ready to try the crochet linen stitch. If you’ve never crocheted a dress, or even if you have several crochet dresses in your closet, download or order your copy of Interweave Crochet Summer 2019 and start the Dusty Plum Dress. You’ll love the crochet spike stitches!
Explore more crochet patterns in Interweave Crochet!