No, ……… not what you put around gardens to protect them – in fact, it might have been a good idea if we had used some bearing in mind the events of the last few weeks!
These are crochet terms for different stitches which you can use to add texture to your work. The effects of using spike stitches with different colour stripes is amazing and the technique is nothing like as difficult as it looks. Double crochets and trebles are just worked by inserting the hook into a specified stitch or space below the row being worked at the time and drawing a longer loop of yarn up to complete the stitch.
Here are a few examples that I have come across lately:-
Leaping stripes and blocks
This is a most effective pattern which I discovered on Mooglyblog and works up a treat just by using the stitches a couple of rows below the row on which you are working. Check it out ….
You might remember the cushion cover I did in this stitch a while ago.
Retro stripes – simple but striking
Eyelash – all sorts of variations on this exist by adapting the height of each spike stitch which is basically a very long double crochet.
I love the calm, methodical design of this – each wave is defined by the spike stitch and once you become familiar with the ten stitch repeat pattern it works a treat. My example is going to be a baby buggy blanket but I have seen it worked in beautiful textured wool yarns to produce a fabric which would be perfect for a cushion cover.
……….. or a cushion cover. This design has been beautifully worked by one of my lovely crochet ladies. You can see why they fill my Monday mornings with joy!
Spikes and shells
My choice of stitch name for this design as I could not find it described anywhere. There is a good visual tutorial for it on the mypicot website.
The same method of working into stitches below can be used in the round as well to produce striking motifs ……. separating petals with the spike stitches or just incorporating colour spikes.
These are some of the motifs from the Octie throw which I have been working on
………. and the African hexagon flower blanket
Not all of the above examples qualify strictly as spikes but hey, I like them and the effects they produce. What inspires me as well is the diversity of trying out these stitches with different weights and types of yarn and not being afraid to experiment with a whole range of hook sizes.
Oh for a few more crochet hours in each day …….. and I haven’t even started on posts yet!