Learn how to crochet the C2C granny spike stitch with this detailed tutorial. The granny spike stitch is a versatile stitch that works wonders with different colors, and it’s quick and easy to learn.
In this blog post you will have all the step-by-step instructions to create a C2C square and a rectangle. Additionally, I have listed a few ideas on how to change colors as well.
Read through the topics to learn what techniques you will use and what you can make with this granny spike stitch that you make on the bias.
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About the C2C Granny Spike Stitch
Essentially, the C2C granny spike stitch, like the traditional granny stitch, is created with clusters of 3 double crochets. But it’s made diagonally and with a small extra detail in the clusters.
The extra detail means you will insert the hook in the middle double crochet stitch two rows down to create an extended double crochet stitch. Which is done only for the middle stitch in the current cluster.
And that’s the magic to create the “spike” texture. If you have never seen it before, keep scrolling for the step-by-step instructions and photos tutorial.
Abbreviations and terms
- C2C: corner to corner
- ch (s): chain (s)
- granny cluster: a group of 3 double stitches in same space
- dc: double crochet
- dc spike: double crochet spike – yo, insert the hook in the middle dc st 2 rows down, yo again and pull up an extended loop. Complete your dc as normal.
- plain row: a row with no increases and no decreases
- sk: skip
- sp: space between granny clusters
- st (s): stitch (es)
- yo: yarn over
Materials you will need
I used these materials and yarn for this C2C granny spike stitch tutorial:
- Yarn – I used Re-Up Recycled cotton by Lion Brand in color Full Moon and Capri Eco Cotton by Loops & Threads in color Sage.
- Crochet hook – I used a 4.5 mm (US 7) Clover Amour hook. Keep in mind that the larger the hook, the looser the fabric drape will be.
- A sharp pair of yarn scissors.
- Tapestry needle to weave in the ends.
Granny spike stitch color change
The granny spike stitch has a world of possibilities when it comes to colorwork. We’re using two different colors of yarn for this tutorial, switching in every two rows.
Pick the colors that suit best your project and check these other ideas for color change:
- Color change idea #1: Use self-striping yarns if you don’t like dealing with weaving in all the ends when you have to cut the yarn to change colors.
- Color change idea #2: Carrying the yarn is another way to do colorwork without cutting the yarn. But depending on the project and yarn used it may leave the carried strand visible with this technique. Make a swatch to test it out.
- Color change idea #3: Drop the yarn at the end of the row when switching and pick it back up when it’s time to switch back. This may work when you’re using two colors only.
- Color change idea #4: Change yarn colors in every two rows with two different colors, cutting the yarn every time you switch (see photo below). This one is my favorite method and the one I used in this C2C granny spike stitch tutorial.
- Color change idea #5: Change yarn colors in every row for a few rows. As an example, you can use three different colors of yarn, alternating in every three rows. Like the previous one, you cut the yarn every time you switch.
What to use the C2C granny spike stitch for?
The granny spike stitch, like the traditional granny stitch, is certainly amazing for blankets. But what else can you make with it if you’re using the C2C technique?
- Blankets and Afghans – make it as a large square or rectangle. Or make smaller ones and join sew them together.
- Accessories – such as scarves, cowls, and wraps will look amazing with this technique.
- Bags and totes
- Crochet clothing – such as vests, sweaters, and tops.
- Home décor and kitchen stuff – such as cushion covers, table runners, washcloths and kitchen towels.
Granny spike stitch cluster tutorial
Before you go to the c2c granny spike stitch tutorial, I wanted to mention that we are not using a “chain 1” space between the clusters. And the reason why I don’t use a chain is because I like that space closed tighter, as it creates a more solid fabric.
Here is how you crochet the granny spike stitch cluster:
- First, use the space between the two granny clusters in previous row to crochet the granny spike.
- Secondly, crochet the first double crochet (dc) stitch in that space.
- Next, yarn over, insert the hook in the middle double crochet (dc) stitch two rows down, yarn over again and pull up an extended loop. Complete your double crochet as normal.
- Lastly, crochet a third double crochet stitch to complete the cluster.
How to crochet C2C granny spike stitch square
We will have 2 sections for the square pattern. One for increasing in both edges and the other for decreasing in both edges.
Although we are not using chain 1 spaces between the regular clusters, we will still need chain spaces in the edges. And the reason is because we will be increasing and decreasing in this C2C technique.
Here is how you do it:
Square step 1: Crochet section 1
In this section you will c2c increase in both edges. The 4th row in this section will be the repeat. Ch 7 to start.
- Row 1: dc in 5th ch from hook and in next ch, (dc, ch 1, dc) in last ch, ch 4, turn.
- Row 2: dc 3 in 1st ch sp, (dc 3, ch 1, dc) in last ch sp, ch 4, turn.
- Row 3: dc 3 in 1st ch sp, (dc, dc spike, dc) in next sp, (dc 3, ch 1, dc) in last ch sp, ch 4, turn.
- Row 4: dc 3 in 1st ch sp, (dc, dc spike, dc) in next sp to last, (dc 3, ch 1, dc) in last ch sp, ch 4, turn.
Note: Repeat row 4 any odd number of times to your desired project size. The pictured swatch has 9 rows in section 1, which means that section 2 will have 9 rows as well.
And, of course, depending on the size of your square, the row number will change in next section. Once you have reached the last st in last row in section 1, ch 3 instead of ch 4, turn.
- Row 10: this is a plain row before you start decreasing. Dc 3 in 1st ch sp, (dc, dc spike, dc) in next sp to last, dc 4 in last ch sp, ch 3, turn.
Square step 2: Crochet section 2
In this section of the c2c granny spike stitch square you will decrease in both edges. The 2nd row in this section will be the repeat.
- Row 11: sk next 3 dc sts, (dc, dc spike, dc) in next sp to last, dc in sp between the very last two sts, ch 3, turn.
- Row 12: sk next 3 dc sts, (dc, dc spike, dc) in next sp to last, dc in last sp, ch 3, turn.
- Row 13-19: Repeat row 12 until you reach the end of the square. You will have only one cluster in last row.
How to crochet C2C granny spike stitch rectangle
We will have 3 sections for the rectangle pattern. The first one is for increasing in both edges, the second section is for increasing in one edge and decreasing in the other and the third (and last) section is for decreasing in both edges.
Here is how you do it:
Rectangle step 1: Crochet section 1
In this section you will c2c increase in both edges. Ch 7 to start. Then, follow the instructions in Rows 1 to 4 in the square pattern.
You will use those instructions to crochet to any number of rows to your desired project width. For the sake of this tutorial, our swatch has 9 rows in section 1.
The only thing different you will do here to start section 2 is that at the end of row 9, you will chain 4 (not chain 3). Because that’s the edge you will be increasing.
Rectangle step 2: Crochet section 2
In this section of the c2c granny spike stitch rectangle you will increase in one edge and decrease in the other. The first 2 rows in this section will be the repeat.
- Row 10: dc 3 in 1st ch sp, (dc, dc spike, dc) in next sp to last, dc in last sp between the last 2 sts, ch 3, turn.
- Row 11: sk next 3 dc sts, (dc, dc spike, dc) in next sp to last, (dc 3, ch 1, dc) in last ch sp, ch 4, turn.
- Row 12-16: Repeat rows 10 and 11 to this size. Or to any odd number of rows for this tutorial to work.
Note: Rows added in this section will determine the length of your project. Keep in mind that if you’re making a blanket, the more rows you add, the narrower your blanket will be.
Rectangle step 3: Crochet section 3
In this last section you will c2c decrease in both edges, and the 3rd row in this section will be the repeat.
- Row 17: sk next 3 dc sts, (dc, dc spike, dc) in next sp to last, dc 4 in last sp, ch 3, turn.
- Row 18: sk next 4 dc sts, (dc, dc spike, dc) in next sp to last, dc in last sp, ch 3, turn.
- Row 19: sk next 3 dc sts, (dc, dc spike, dc) in next sp to last, dc in last sp, ch 3, turn.
- Row 20-26: Repeat row 19 until you reach the last corner of the rectangle. You will have only one cluster in last row.
There you have the tutorial for the C2C granny spice stitch. I hope you found it helpful and that I got you inspired to create your next c2c crochet project.
Expert tip: If you’re creating several squares or rectangles to make a blanket, crochet a row with the traditional granny stitch around it. You can join as you go to make it easier. Enjoy!
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If you love this stitch, you will also love making The C2C Surf Spray lapghan blanket pictured below.
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