Crochet Spike Stitch Pattern: Autumn Spike Cowl by Pine Tree Crochet

I’m so excited to introduce Whitney from Pine Tree Crochet and to share her crochet spike stitch pattern for the Autumn Spike Cowl! If you’ve never worked the spike stitch before, not to worry. I’ve linked up a helpful video tutorial to guide you through each step.

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About Pine Tree Crochet

Whitney has been playing with yarn for about 10 years. Her passion started with making prayer blankets for those in need. She would often experiment with different stitches and patterns and started designing her own patterns and sharing them on her blog. Her love for the outdoors and tall pine trees inspired her blog name, Pine Tree Crochet.

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Autumn Spike Cowl

Crochet Spike Stitch Pattern by Pine Tree Crochet

The Autumn Spike Cowl works up quickly using only one skein of Paintbox Yarns Chunky Pots. This cowl is worked in the round with a one-row repeat using the diagonal spike stitch. This cowl would be a great stash buster or gift for that special someone. You will definitely want to make more than one!

Skill Level

  • Advanced Beginner


  • 1 skein Paintbox Yarns Chunky Pots, bulky (5), (200g/7oz, 272m/298y)
    • I used the color Making Hay
    • Approx. 240 yards
  • You can also use any bulky (5) yarn, just be sure to check your gauge
  • H/5mm hook or hook necessary to meet gauge
  • Scissors
  • Tape Measure
  • Darning Needle


  • 12 dc and 6 rows is 4” (10 cm) in the diagonal spike stitch.
  • **If you match the gauge used in this pattern, your cowl will be the same size as listed above.

Finished Size

  • Approximately: 16.5” (42 cm) laid flat in length (33”/84 cm around) x 8” (20.5 cm) wide


  •  Chain 2 counts as a stitch.
  • This cowl is crocheted in the round using the diagonal spike stitch and is finished off with one row of sc.
  • I cut the yarn after each round and continued crocheting with the next color in the chunky pot. If you prefer not to cut the yarn, just keep crocheting!

Stitch Abbreviations In US Terms

  • ch – chain
  • dc – double crochet
  • fsc – foundation single crochet – Fiber Flux has a helpful video tutorial for this stitch here.
  • R – Round
  • sc – single crochet
  • sk  – skip
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • st – stitch
  • Diagonal Spike Stitch: The Diagonal Spike Stitch consists of a group of 4 dc stitches in a row, with the fourth dc worked in the same stitch as the first dc (across the previous 2). Each group of stitches is separated by skipping 1 stitch from the previous row. Rich Textures Crochet has a helpful Diagonal Spike Stitch video here.

Pattern Instructions

  • R1 – Make 100 fsc and sl st to the first st. (I started with brown, the first color I pulled from the middle). Be careful not to twist the stitches when you sl st to the first st. (100)
  • Alternatively, you can ch 100, sl st to first st. Ch 1 and sc in each st around. Sl st to first st. (100)
  • R2 – With next color in pot, ch 2 (counts as a dc), dc in next 2 st, dc in the same st as the begining ch 2. *Sk next st, dc in next 3 st, dc in same st as the first dc of the group of 4 dc (across the previous 2 dc). Repeat from * around. Sl st to 2nd ch. (100 dc or 25 diagonal spike stitches)
  • R3-12 – Repeat row 2.
  • R13 – With next color in pot, ch 1 and sc in each st around. Sl st to first st, cut yarn and weave in ends. (100)
© 2020 by Whitney Dunning/Pine Tree Crochet and published with permission by Underground Crafter. This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Whitney’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. if you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: Thanks for supporting indie designers!

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