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How to make the crochet spike stitch

The spike stitch is made by inserting the hook in stitches from lower rows. It can be worked with any type of crochet stitch: single, half-double, double…   

The spike stitch can be made 1, 2, 3, or any number of rows below. The abbreviation sdc-1 indicates that you will be working a spike double crochet one row below, while ssc-2 indicates that you will be working a spike single crochet two rows below.

The following example uses single crochet. From right to left, we will be working a spike single crochet one row below (ssc-1), a spike single crochet two rows below (ssc-2), and a spike single crochet three rows below (ssc-3) by inserting the hook in the spaces indicated by the red dots:  

Here is a demonstration of the ssc-1:
Insert hook in the next stitch, 1 row below.  

Pull the yarn through the stitch so that it will be high enough to maintain the work’s elasticity.

Yarn over and pull through 2 loops on hook to complete the single crochet.

Here is a demonstration of the ssc-2:

Insert hook in the next stitch, 2 rows below. 

Pull the yarn through the stitch so that it will be high enough to maintain the work’s elasticity.

Yarn over and pull through 2 loops on hook to complete the single crochet.

Here is a demonstration of the ssc-3:
Insert hook in the next stitch, 3 rows below. 

Pull the yarn through the stitch so that it will be high enough to maintain the work’s elasticity.

Yarn over and pull through 2 loops on hook to complete the single crochet.

You can also watch this video that shows how to work a spike single crochet (French only):