Spike Stitch – Week 16 of The 50 Stitches CAL

The Spike stitch is a great stitch for adding icicle like detail to a project. You can play around with the length and placement of your spikes to make a beautiful design.

There is no set multiples for this stitch, it depends on your design for the spikes.

You can purchase the ad free, printable version of the pattern on Ravelry for just £2.40 which includes a weekly update with the next square

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/the-50-stitches-cal

This pattern is written in US terms, but the UK translation is below

UK translation

Single crochet (sc) = double crochet

The Pattern

You will need a 3.5 mm hook 

Chain 31

Row 1. In the 3rd chain from your hook (the turning chain counts as your first stitch) make a sc. Sc in every stitch across – 30 stitches

Turn

Rows 2-4. Chain 1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) sc in every stitch – 30 stitches. 

At the end of row 4 change colour.

Turn

Row 5. Chain 1 and sc in the first stitch. *Sc in the next stitch. In the next stitch insert your hook in the sc of row 3, pull up a loop to the same height as your previous stitch and complete as a sc. For the next stitch insert your hook in the sc in row 2 pull up a loop and complete as a sc. In the next stitch insert your hook into the sc of row 1, pull up a loop and complete as a sc.* repeat the pattern between *and* across the row. You will have 7 sets of spikes in the row.

Change colour at the end of the row

The holes you should make your spikes in
Where your spikes should go
Pull up a loop
Pull up your spike to the same height as your other stitches in the row

Turn

Rows 6 – 10. Chain 1, sc in first stitch. Sc in every stitch across – 30 stitches

At the end of row 10 change colour

Turn

In the next row I have changed the placement of the spikes from row 5, so that they have an offset look.

Row 11 – chain 1 and sc in first stitch. *In the next stitch insert your hook in the sc in row 2 pull up a loop and complete as a sc. In the next stitch insert your hook into the sc of row 1, pull up a loop and complete as a sc. Sc in the next stitch. In the next stitch insert your hook in the sc of row 3, pull up a loop and complete as a sc* repeat the pattern across the row

Rows 12 – 16. Chain 1, sc in first stitch. Sc in every stitch across – 30 stitches

At the end of row 16 change colour

Turn

Row 17 – Chain 1 and sc in the first stitch. *Sc in the next stitch. In the next stitch insert your hook in the sc of row 3, pull up a loop and complete as a sc. In the next stitch insert your hook in the sc in row 2 pull up a loop and complete as a sc. For the next stitch insert your hook into the sc of row 1, pull up a loop and complete as a sc.* repeat the pattern between *and* across the row.

Change colour at the end of the row

Turn

Row 18 – 22. Chain 1, sc in first stitch. Sc in every stitch across – 30 stitches

At the end of row 22 change colour.

Turn

Row 23. Chain 1 and sc in first stitch. *In the next stitch insert your hook in the sc in row 2 pull up a loop and complete as a sc. For the next stitch insert your hook into the sc of row 1, pull up a loop and complete as a sc. Sc in the next stitch. In the next stitch insert your hook in the sc of row 3, pull up a loop and complete as a sc* repeat the pattern across the row

At the end of the row, change colour.

Turn

Row 24 – 28 Chain 1, sc in first stitch. Sc in every stitch across – 30 stitches

At the end of row 28 change colour.

Turn

Row 29 – Chain 1 and sc in the first stitch. *Sc in the next stitch. In the next stitch insert your hook in the sc of row 3, pull up a loop and complete as a sc. Then in the next stitch insert your hook in the sc in row 2 pull up a loop and complete as a sc. For the next stitch insert your hook into the sc of row 1, pull up a loop and complete as a sc.* repeat the pattern between *and* across the row.

Tie off and weave in ends

You will have 5 rows of spikes in total.

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The Border

Sc in each stitch across the top and bottom.

Down the sides make 1 sc in the side of each row, except for row 23 where you will make 2 sc in the side of the row.

The Interlocking Border

If you are joining as you go, we need to add the interlocking border and weave it into the border of the previous square so they are joined together. Use a 4mm hook for this part of the border on all squares.

Start the border in the extra corner stitch on the bottom left hand side with a standing single crochet, and single crochet in the next corner stitch.

*Chain 4, skip the next 3 stitches, single crochet in the next two stitches* repeat this pattern across the bottom edge until you reach the next corner (you should have 6 loops). Make a single crochet in all 3 corner stitches. Carry on the pattern above. Do this for 3 sides.

When you get to the top left corner, single crochet in the 3 corner stitches then chain 4. Pull up a loop, then insert your hook into the top right loop of the previous square. Hook the loop from your chain 4 and pull it up through the loop on the adjoining square. Pull your loop tight, skip 3 and single crochet in the next 2 stitches of the adjoining square.

You should have joined the first 2 loops together. Repeat this for all 6 loops until you get back to the bottom left hand corner. Single crochet in the corner stitch, and join into the standing stitch.

You can now tie off and weave in your ends.

If you would like to close the gap between the corners of your squares, you can do this with a single stitch. I show you how in this video

If you have any questions about the pattern or the CAL, then come on over to the Facebook group – 50 Stitches where you can show us your completed squares too.


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