The Spike Stitch Granny Square is a fun twist on a traditional granny square. This is a fun square to make with an easy 2 row repeat.

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This week’s square was designed by me. I will also be designing the very last square of the CAL. This square has been on my “idea list” for a couple of years and it was fun to be able to finally move it from just an idea to an actual pattern.

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Tips for Crocheting this Square

I used the Spike Stitch Granny Stitch for this square, which I introduced during our 2019 crochet along. That time I had worked it in rows but knew I had to try it in the round.

Instead of working 3 double crochets in each ch-1 space around the square, the center double crochet is replaced with a long double crochet worked into the top of the center double crochet from the group 2 rows below it.

You can get a better look at how that looks in this tutorial. (note: the tutorial is not for this square specifically just the stitch used)

To make a long double crochet, yarn over, insert your hook into that center stitch, pull up a long loop to the height of the current row, and complete the double crochet as usual. The key to this stitch is not working your long double crochets too tightly.

One thing I did have to change, was to work half double crochets in the corner stitches rather than the usual double crochets. This helped my square stay a little bit more square. It was pretty wonky still though and really benefitted from blocking. You can see a before picture below.

Before blocking, my square was 12 inches measured at the corners but only 11 inches across the center. Blocking helped to even that out.

Materials and Pattern Information

  • 104 yds #4/worsted weight yarn
    • Red Heart Super Saver showed in sample
  • 5 mm Hook
  • Scissors
  • Yarn Needle

Gauge and Sizing

  • Gauge: square should measure approx 2.5 in after rnd 2
  • Finished Size: 12 inches square


  • US Terminology
  • Ch(s): chain(s)
  • St(s): stitch(es)
  • Hdc: half double crochet
  • Dc: double crochet
  • Sl st: slip stitch
  • Long Dc: long double crochet
    • Double crochet into stitch indicated pulling up first loop to height of current row. 
  • Sc: single crochet


  • Ch 2 counts as 1 hdc, Ch 3 counts as 1 dc
  • Turn after each round
  • Join each round to the top turning chains using a slip stitch
  • Watch your tension on long dc stitches, don’t make them too tight.
  • Block your square when finished
  • I changed color every 2 rounds in this order: Buff, tea leaf, cafe latte, real teal, buff, tea leaf

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How to Crochet a Spike Stitch Granny Square

Rnd 1: Ch 4, join with sl st to form ring. Ch 3, 2 dc, *ch 2, 3 dc, repeat from * 2 more times. Ch 2, Join. Turn

Rnd 2 (RS): Ch 3, (2dc, ch 2, 3dc) in ch-2 space, *ch 1, (3dc, ch 2, 3dc) in next ch-2 space. Repeat from * 2 more times. Ch 1, Join. Turn

Rnd 3: Join new color in any corner, Ch 2, (2 hdc, ch 2, 3 hdc) in corner ch-2 space, Ch 1, *(dc, long dc into stitch directly below 2 rows below, dc, ch 1) in each ch-1 space along side. (3 hdc, ch 2, 3 hdc) in ch-2 space (corner made). ch 1, Repeat from * around omitting last corner. Ch 1, join. Turn. 

Rnd 4: Ch 3, (long dc into stitch directly below 2 rows below, dc) in ch-1 space, Ch 1, *(dc, long dc into stitch directly below 2 rows below, dc, ch 1) in each ch-1 space along side. (3 hdc, ch 2, 3 hdc) in ch-2 space (corner made), ch 1. Repeat from * around. Turn.

Rnd 5-10: Repeat ends 3 & 4. Do not turn after last round. 

Rnd 11: Join new color in any stitch. Ch 1, sc evenly around placing 1 sc in each stitch and ch-1 space. Place (2sc, ch 1, 2sc) in each corner ch-2 space. Join. Finish off, weave in ends and block square if desired. 

The next square will be available on 2/2/23!

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    1. You probably just crochet tighter than I do. We all have different natural tension. You could start over with a larger hook or just add more rounds to reach 12 inches. Alternatively, I’ve seen that some people are going to leave theirs for now and see how the other ones measure up. As long as they are all the same size (whether that is 10 inches, 11 inches, or 12 inches) in the end, they will all join up nicely.

    2. Mine also came out to 10 inches. I am adding one additional repeat. Won’t be able to tell if it is hook size (H) yarn or tension until I compare it to second block.

  1. Any chance you could do some video tutorials at the start of this CAL, ie this square? I’ve never done squares before and would be helpful to learn some basics about a square vs rows. Thanks!

    1. I can certainly try! You can always hop over to youtube and do a search for a granny square tutorial to give you an idea of what to expect. If you’ve ever made a hat in the round, this is sort of the same idea except you will be adding corners.

  2. Hi Heather
    Will there be an ebook of the whole cal for sale. I have an eye condition that make it difficult to read on the computer or device for more than a few minutes, but can read paper for hours,something to do with moving pixels. It will make it so expensive to buy individual patterns thankyou

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