Spiked Boxes Crochet Stitch Tutorial + Coaster Pattern

Hi there!

I recently came upon this fun new stitch and I wanted to share it with you! Because I’m showing it to you in rows, I figured we could do a quick coaster pattern with it as well! Let’s dive in!

This stitch pattern is basically a 2 stitch repeat worked over a multiple of 2+1 stitches. The extra stitch is used to create space for a slanted spike stitch that leaves with a fun texture and an almost-herringbone type pattern when worked in rows. Just note that the +1 is only for the foundation chain, as you will lose it in working the first row. But more on that in a bit.

It is really only a 1-row repeat, but it does require a bit of a foundation before you can just start repeating the same row over and over. There’s also a little trick you’ll need to know before tying off to keep things square and even. Ready to get started?

For the coaster pattern, I’m using some scrap CYC 4 worsted weight yarn (Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice in Dusty Cedar) and a 6.5mm crochet hook.

Photo Tutorial + Pattern

Materials + Tools

  • 17 yards of CYC 4 worsted weight yarn, shown in Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice in Dusty Cedar – makes one coaster
  • 6.5mm / K crochet hook
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle

Stitches + Abbreviations

  • Chain (ch)
  • Half Double Crochet Decrease (hdc2tog) – See my tutorial available here!
  • Double Crochet (dc)
  • Spike Stitch – a stitch worked into a location lower than the top of the stitches of the previous row, for this tutorial/pattern, the spike stitch will be worked into a gap located between indicated stitches of the previous row.

Finished Coaster Size

4.75″ W x 4.5″ H (12 cm W x 11.5 cm)

Notes

  • This pattern is written in US Terms and set for Advanced Beginner/Intermediate skill level.
  • Adjusting for size or tension: Your foundation chain must be a multiple of 2 + 3 chains
  • This pattern is worked in turned rows.
  • Chain-3s at the beginning of rows DO COUNT as a double crochet
  • Stitch counts appear at the end of each row in ( )s

Pattern

Foundation: Chain 15

Row 1: Skip 3 chains (counts as the first dc of the row), hdc2tog over the 4th and 5th chain from hook, dc into the same chain you just worked into (5th chain). *Hdc2tog over the next 2 stitches, dc into the same chain as the last leg of the decrease you just worked. Repeat from * across until two chains remain. Hdc2tog over the last two chains to end the row. (12)

Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as a dc), hdc2tog the first two stitches, starting with the stitch at the base of the ch-3. Dc into the gap between the hdc decrease and the dc from the previous row. This is a dc spike stitch.

Note how it slants due to the gap being slightly behind the stitch. This will give us that faux-herringbone look when we are finished. If that gap is a little hard to spot, use your fingers to feel it out.

*Hdc2tog over the next two stitches, dc spike stitch into the gap between the decrease and dc from the previous row. Repeat from * across until two stitches remain, a decrease and the ch-3 that began the previous row. Work a hdc2tog over those last two stitches to end the row. (12)

Row 3: Ch 3 (counts as a dc), hdc2tog over the first 2 stitches, starting with the stitch at the base of the ch-3, then dc spike stitch into the gap between the decrease and the dc from the previous row.

Note, this gap should be a bit more easily-identifiable due to the additional room created by the dc spike stitches of the previous row.

*Hdc2tog across the next 2 stitches, dc spike stitch into the gap between the decrease and dc spike stitch from the previous row. Repeat from * across until 2 stitches remain, the decrease and ch-3 from the beginning of the previous row. Hdc2tog over those two stitches to end the row. (12)

Note, in the picture of the completed Row 3 below, I chained one after the final decrease. This is simply to lock the decrease in place long enough so I could take the picture. Do not count that chain in the stitch count for this row.

Row 4-7: Repeat Row 3. Do not tie off, we need to square out the final row.

To get that slant look with the spike stitch, we had to start with an odd number of chain stitches and then decrease by one stitch in the first row to build that slant off of. Our stitch count remained the same from Row 1 onward, but if you want to square up that corner after finishing the last decrease stitch of Row 7, you’ll need to add one last stitch to that row.

Row 7 Finish: Work a double crochet into the top of the ch-3 from Row 6, in the same place we just worked the second part of our last hdc decrease. Tie off and weave in ends!

Repeat Row 3 four more times for a total of 7 rows, but don't tie off. You'll notice you have 12 stitches in your final row when you started with 13 foundation chains (12+3 and the 3 counted as a double crochet, so it counts as 1 foundation chain = 13 foundation chains). We want to square up our coaster, so we will work one last double crochet into the top of the chain-3, then tie off.

Video Tutorial

If you want to see this stitch in action, I’ve recorded a video tutorial for you as well!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! If there’s a stitch you’d like to see me make a tutorial for, let me know in the comments below!

Until next time!


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