Tuesday Tips-Spike Stitch

Welcome back! This week I received a commission order for lemon slices and cherry coasters. Whenever possible I use my own original patterns for commissions, so after a quick brainstorming session I wrote a pattern for the lemon coasters. The pattern is now available on Etsy and Ravelry if you would like to check it out! While writing the pattern for the lemon slices I knew I had to share a spike stitch tutorial with y'all.

Spike stitch is great for adding surface detail for to a project, I have been using it a lot in coaster design lately as a I can add detail without having to come back and embroider. I try to avoid that as much as possible when pattern writing because I know everyone hates weaving in ends!

 

Spike stitch is made like single crochet, but rather than inserting your hook into the next stitch head, you insert it through the fabric however many rows below that the pattern calls for. In this photo I went six rows below, so the fabric folded over but that's okay.

Yarn over from the backside and pull up to the height of the current row. Yarn over and pull through.

 

I hope you enjoyed this quick tutorial. As always, let me know if there is anything specific you would like to learn. See you next week!

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