Spiked Double Crochet Stitch Tutorial

Hi, friends!

It’s a great day to learn a new stitch, don’t you think? Today, I want to teach you how to make the spiked double crochet (SPdc) stitch. It sounds scarier than it is, I promise. If you can double crochet, you can spike double crochet.

A spike stitch is a stitch that is worked into a location one or more rows below the previous row.  They can be worked directly below your current stitch position or to the left or right of it.  You can spike any stitch because the way you work the stitch itself doesn’t change, only the placement.  For this tutorial, we are focusing on the double crochet variation.

Scroll down for a video tutorial, just in case you need to see it in action.

Photo Tutorial

To get started, I’ve got a swatch of regular double crochet that I’m going to use to illustrate a few of the possible placements for your SPdc stitches. Ultimately, you’ll spike your stitch wherever your pattern tells you, but if you’re making up your own pattern, just know that you can spike wherever you want!

PRO TIP: When you spike your stitches, be sure to keep a looser tension so that you don’t squish the fabric. This is best illustrated in the video tutorial included below.

The image shows a swatch of 2 rows of red-orange double crochet with a row of cream double crochet half-worked. An arrow labeled "1" points to the top of the next stitch from the previous row to be worked. An arrow labeled "2" points to the base of that same stitch. An arrow labeled "3" points to the base of the stitch to the right of that next stitch. Similarly, an arrow labeled "4" points to the base of the stitch to the left of the next stitch. Text on the image reads: "Instead of working a double crochet under the top V of the next stitch like you normally would (arrow 1), work it into the base of any stitch in the previous row, for example: directly below (arrow 2), 1 to the right (arrow 3) or 1 to the left (arrow 4), or wherever your pattern instructs."
The image shows a swatch of 2 rows of red-orange double crochet with a row of cream double crochet and spiked double crochets worked into it. The three center stitches of the cream row from left to right are spiked to the left, to the center, and to the right of the stitches in the previous red-orange row. They are labeled with arrows numbered 4, 2, and 3, respectively. Text on the image reads: "Example placements 2, 3, and 4."
The image shows a swatch of 2 rows of red-orange double crochet with a row of cream double crochet and spiked double crochets worked into it. The three center stitches of the cream row are spiked into the base of the stitches directly below them, from left to right, one row below, two rows below, and one row below. Arrows pointing to the first and third spiked double crochet stitches are labeled "1 Row Below" and the center spiked double crochet is labeled "2 Rows Below." Text on the image reads: "You can work it one row below or more than one row below."

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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