How to Make a Crochet Spike Stitch

Learn how to make an easy crochet spike stitch for your next crochet project today with our free tutorial below.

The spike stitch is a simple to learn technique that will add a unique look to any project.

The Crochet Spike Stitch

How to Make a Spike Stitch in Crochet

You will love the fact that the spike stitch is one of the most interesting crochet stitches out there for crochet projects.

The spike stitch uses two different colors of yarn and a single crochet, which makes it a great beginner-friendly stitch to try.

I can promise you it is an easy technique to master and creates an excellent looking texture on your crochet projects! I’ll explain below the basics of the spike stitch technique below.

Spike Stitch Steps

  1. With color A work, a row of chain stitches
  2. Single crochet across those chains
  3. Change to color B, working into a stitch down and pulling it up to the current row.
  4. Follow along with the picture tutorial below for more information and help.

The Crochet Stitch You’ll Need to Know

If you can single crochet, then you can make a spike! It is essentially just like a single crochet, but instead of working the yarn into the current row, you drop to the row before it.

The Stitch

Single Crochet

Single Crochet Crochet Stitch

Abbreviation: sc
Difficulty Level: Easy
Learn this stitch →

Patterns Using This Stitch →

Keep on reading down to find the free spike stitch crochet tutorial to get started with your new favorite stitch.

Mix The Spike Stitch up With Color

The spike stitch looks great with any color combination! Adding two or more colors to a project like this always makes it more eye-catching and exciting.

The Yarn

Red Heart Soft

This yarn is made by Red Heart, and is a Weight 4 – Medium yarn.

Red Heart Soft

Fiber: 100% Acrylic
Yardage: 5oz solids, 4oz heathers (varied)
Hook: 5 mm (H-8)
Substitute: Red Heart Soft Baby Steps

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I used Red Heart Soft for this sample, but any weight of yarn can be used to create a spike. Just be sure to use the corresponding hook to the yarn weight, or you will end up with a not so lovely looking crochet piece.

Uses for The Spike Stitch

This stitch can be used in various patterns, and a few of my favorite ones are.

  1. Blanket
  2. Handbag/ Purse
  3. Washcloth
  4. Sweater
  5. Square

I think this stitch pattern would make a great blanket, handbag, or washcloth! I can even envision it as a sweater.

The possibilities are endless with this fun stitch, and I think I need to add all three of those to my crochet list as soon as I can. New crochet blanket here I come!

Ready to Learn All About The Spike Stitch?

If so, keep on scrolling down for the free spike stitch crochet tutorial, and please be sure to ask if you have any questions!

If you’d like to try more unique crochet stitches, I can help. Explore the Easy Crochet Tutorials archives for inspiration.

I hope you enjoy this simple crochet tutorial.

Happy Spike Stitching!

Spike Stitch Crochet Tutorial

Skill Level: Easy



Remember to Chain 1 at the end of every row and turn your project.

Spike Stitch

Chain the desired amount in Color A and then, starting in the second chain from the hook, work a row of single crochets.

How to Make a Spike Stitch - Crochet Tutorial From Easy Crochet

Change to Color B. (How to change colors in crochet tutorial HERE.) Next, insert the hook into the top of the stitch below the current row being worked to move on.

How to Make a Spike Stitch in Crochet From Rescued Paw

Yarn over and draw yarn back through the stitch.

How to Make a Spike Stitch - Crochet Tutorial From Easy Crochet

Pull through the work to the height of the current row you are working on.

How to Make a Spike Stitch in Crochet From Easy Crochet

Yarn over and pull through the two loops on hook.

How to Make a Spike Stitch in Crochet From Rescued Paw

A crochet spike stitch has been created!!!

How to Make a Spike Stitch in Crochet From Rescued Paw

Keep on going until you have completed a row! Always make sure to chain 1 and turn at the end of every row.

How to Make a Spike Stitch in Crochet From Rescued Paw

To achieve the look, make a row of spike stitches followed by a row of single crochets of the same color for a total of 2 rows. You can change colors now by using this tutorial.

Change colors every two rows to achieve the classic spike stitch look.

I hope you enjoyed this crochet stitch tutorial and will make your next crochet project using the spike stitch.

Crochet Tutorials to Try Next

I hope you enjoyed this spike stitch tutorial. Want more tutorials just like this? Take a look at our Primrose Stitch Tutorial and Sand Stitch Tutorial to add even more fun crochet stitches to your library.

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  1. I am glad I found this pattern. I have looked for this stitch for a very long time. I made a blanket for a friend using it and could not find it again. I am so glad to be able to use it again.

  2. Do you have a video showing this stitch I’m kind of new and love this look but I’m not sure I totally understand how to do it. Thanks!

    1. Hi Linda,

      The tutorial is on the page (not an external page). When you scroll down and it stays Spike Stitch I have the tutorial written out with pictures of each step. Happy Crocheting!


  3. Hi Krista, beautiful work! I do better with a written tutorial. Is a pdf available for the spike stitch?
    Thank you!

  4. I just wanted to take a minute to tell you what a great job you did explaining this Stitch. I read several posts on how to do the spike stitch but just wasn’t getting it until I saw yours. Your pictures were a great help. Thanks again

  5. Can a foundation single crochet work for the start of this project or is it better to do the chain and then the single crochet? I have only ised the fsc once so I’m not sure if it will change the look of the design. Thank you.

  6. Nice pattern. I’m having trouble keeping my edges straight, though. It’s slanting toward the side with the color change. What am I doubt wrong?. Thanks

  7. Thank you for this, you kept it easy. I will explore your site further, but for now I had to tell you, I love crochet AND rescued fur babies too!!

  8. This makes a beautiful hound tooth pattern. I have seen other hound tooth patterns but this is much easier. Thanks

  9. Love it – I was looking for a simple two color – quick stitch for a baby blanket! Perfect with a simple edge. Thanks

  10. How do you come up with a pattern,
    without a pattern? I can do basic stitches and can read patterns but

    can’t imagine how to come up with a pattern of my own.

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