2022 Stash Busting Crochet Along Stitch Sampler Blanket part 6. Learn new stitches and crochet a beautiful keepsake blanket in the process. It's not to late to join the fun!

It’s time for the 7th installment of this year’s crochet along.

All this year we are working on a row-by-row crochet stitch sampler throw. We will learn approximately 30 new stitches to use on future projects and end up with a beautiful keepsake too. You can find out all about this crochet along here. It’s not too late to join!


This month’s stitches include the spike stitch, braided stitch, and pike stitch.

I love the visual interest of the spike stitch! The main component of this stitch is single crochet but instead of working into the tops of stitches, they are made in the rows below.

Video Tutorial from Repeat Crafter Me

Next up is the braided stitch. You might recognize this one from our 2019 CAL! This stitch is easy peasy. It features alternating rows of half double crochet and double crochet. The double crochets are worked in the back loop which gives a braided look to the half double’s

Photo Tutorial

Finally, we are ending with the Pike Stitch. This stitch creates a loose mesh by alternating extended single crochets and chains across the row. It is similar to the linen stitch except the stitches are worked into the stitch from the previous row rather than in the chain spaces.

Video tutorial from Rich Textures Crochet

Materials and Pattern Information

  • Your chosen worsted weight yarn
  • 5.5mm crochet hook
  • Scissors and yarn needle

Gauge: 6 dc x 4 rows = 2 inches

This is a little tricky, given it is such a mix of stitches. I would say the stitch part of the gauge is easier to get correct for this particular project. As long as your first 2 rows are measuring approximately 42 inches across you should be good.

Measurements: 42 in across x 40 in


  • US Terminology
  • St(s): stitch(es)
  • Ch(s): chain(s)
  • Sc: single crochet
  • Hdc: half double crochet
  • Dc: double crochet
  • Esc: extended sc
  • BLO: back loop only

Special Stitches

Extended Single Crochet: Insert hook into stitch indicated, yo, pull up loop, yo. Pull through 1 loop, yo, pull through last 2 loops

General Notes

  • I’ll note my color changes, but feel free to change color wherever you see fit.
  • Ch 3 counts as a stitch, unless otherwise noted
  • Ch 1 does not count as a stitch, unless otherwise noted.
  • Odd rows are wrong side, even rows are right side

Video Tutorials for these stitches can be found here. – These are a mix of videos I’ve made and ones from other designers

If you are interested in a printable version of this CAL pattern, you can pre-order it on Ravelry. I’ll update it with the new PDF each time a new part is released.


Part 7 Written Instructions

Spike Stitch

Yarn Color: true gray and classic gray

Note: When working sc spike stitches, be sure to pull up loop to the height of previous single crochet so your blanket doesn’t pucker.

Row 79 (set up row to get us working on the correct side): Using true gray, ch 1, sc in same st as ch 1 and in each st across. Turn.

Row 80-83: Ch 1, sc in same st as ch 1 and in each st across. Turn.

Row 84: Change to pale gray: Ch 1, sc in same st as ch 1, *Sc in next st 1 row below, sc in next 2 rows below, sc in next 3 rows below, sc in next st. Repeat from * across. Turn.

Row 85-87: Ch 1 sc in same st as ch 1 and in each st across. Turn.

Row 88: Change to true gray, repeat row 84

Row 89: Ch 1, sc in same st as ch 1 and in each st across. Turn.

Braided Crochet Stitch

Yarn Color: green lagoon

Row 90: Using green lagoon, Ch 2(does not count as stitch), dc in same st as ch 2 and each st across. Turn.

Row 91: Ch 1, hdc in same st as ch 1, hdc in each st across. Turn

Row 92: Ch 2, working in BLO, dc in same st as ch 2 and in each st across. Turn

Row 93-94: repeat rows 91-92

Pike Stitch

Yarn Color: golden beige

Row 95: Using golden beige, Ch 1, esc in same st as ch 1, *ch 1, skip 1 st, esc in next. Repeat from * across. Turn.

Row 96-98: repeat row 95

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