Crochet Spike Stitch 101 + Four Remarkable Free Patterns

Spike stitch crochet is an easy colorwork technique and creates a beautifully subtle texture. Perfect for beginning crocheters and experienced alike, spike stitches can be used to create a wide variety of different designs. The crochet spike stitch is known by many names including the crochet long stitch, long single crochet, and the elongated single crochet.

In this free eBook, we explore the spike stitch. You will learn how to work this simple stitch, from short vertical stitches to long spike stitches and diagonal spike stitches. Then put your new knowledge to use with four free patterns that highlight the possibilities of this innovative stitch. Download this fabulous, free fabulous spike stitch crochet pattern eBook today!

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Download this free guide to long stitch colorwork + 4 free spike stitch patterns.
Learn how to create each of these long stitch patterns when you download this eBook.

If you’ve never explored spike (long) stitch patterns, here’s your chance to join the fun!

With this free download you will learn how to work the crochet spike stitch in varying heights, working spike stitches one, two, three or more rows below the working row. You will also learn how to work long double crochet and single crochet in both vertical and diagonal crochet stitch designs, to create a variety of spike looks. Also included are beautiful spike and long stitch patterns. This easy stitch is a perfect colorwork or texture option. Download your copy today.

How to Crochet Spike Stitch Article

How to Crochet Spike Stitch Article

A short how-to article (Crocheting the Spike Stitch) will introduce you to the construction and possibilities of spike stitches. This simple stitch can be worked to a variety of heights vertically as well as diagonally to create a distinctive textured fabric. You’ll learn how to work long double crochet, single crochet, and other heights of stitches over rows of contrasting colors to create fun colorwork designs.

Spike Stitch Cluster Pattern: Imperial Vest by Kristen Heln Strohm

Free Vest Pattern

Imperial Vest by Kristen Heln Strohm

This unique vest is a stylish accessory with a sleek fit. This vest is great for men and women and the spike edging elegantly highlights the edges and a chic V construction in the back. Work the long stitch in a contrasting color to draw attention or in the matching color for a more subtle trimming

Long Double Crochet Pattern: River Scarf by Ruth Garcia-Alcantud

Free Scarf Pattern

River Scarf by Ruth Garcia-Alcantud

This beautiful scarf utilizes eyelets and crochet spike stitches (as a modified long double crochet stitch) to create a textured scarf that will beautifully pair with jeans or a favorite dress. The easy lace pattern is quickly memorized, and this scarf can be easily modified for a wider, shorter, or longer piece.

Long Single Crochet Pattern: Popsicle Boots by Robyn Chachula

Free Boots Pattern

Popsicle Boots by Robyn Chachula

These adorable boots are a great introduction to spike stitches and working the long single crochet (aka single crochet spike). Short spikes worked over stripes of color create a unique colorwork design in warm and wearable crochet boots. The faux leather sole gives a little grip and structure to the boot, which is helpful for new walkers.

Long Stitch Clutch Pattern: Starburst Clutch by Toni Rexroat

Free Purse Pattern

Starburst Clutch by Toni Rexroat

This simple but elegant clutch is a beautiful way to highlight the attractiveness and possibilities of spike stitches. By combining single crochet spike stitches worked to different lengths and in different directions, this clutch makes an easy and eye-catching accessory. Try working this clutch in a single color or in more than two colors for a variety of looks.

What are you waiting for? Download your free (spike) long stitch patterns today!

A simple and beautiful colorwork technique and a great way to create a firm textured fabric, the crocheted spike stitch is a very easy stitch that can be adapted to sweaters, socks, home decor, and accessories. They are also easy to add to nearly any single crochet project without complicated modifications. You can work an entire fabric, as with the Starburst Clutch, or use a few dispersed stitches to highlight the design as with the Imperial Vest.

This eye-catching stitch allows you to quickly create beautiful colorwork, and learning how to crochet with spike stitches is easy. Spike stitches are worked in single crochet and created by inserting the hook in a stitch at least two rows below. After yarning over, the loop is pulled up to the height of the row being worked. Yarn over and draw through two loops on your hook just as you would a normal single crochet. Learn how to crochet spike stitch and create beautiful colorwork and textured stitches with this free download.

Use the basic spike stitch crochet pattern to create extra fun on boots, vests and more.