How to Crochet Spikes - dummies

By Susan Brittain, Karen Manthey

Long stitches produce a spike on both sides of the fabric, so they’re well suited for a design that’s reversible. Long stitches (or spikes) are usually single crochet stitches that you work into either the tops of stitches or spaces between stitches one or more rows below the current row, creating a vertical spike of yarn that extends over several rows of stitches.

1Insert the hook from front to back under the top two loops of the designated stitch one or more rows below.

This example goes three rows below.

2Draw the yarn through the stitch and up to the current level of work.

Don’t pull the yarn tight, or your rows will bunch.

3Yarn over (yo) and draw the yarn through the 2 loops on your hook.

You’ve completed a long single crochet stitch (although the length varies depending on where you stick the hook, of course).