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
- 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.
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