Spiked Granny Crochet Cowl

granny spike crochet stitchThis modern granny spiked cowl is a simple crochet project that can easily be finished in a weekend. It uses a simple granny stripe stitch with a slight alteration – a spike! A spiked treble is simply a treble that is worked into the top of a stitch two rows below. If you’re unsure of what this means, the images below should help to explain it more clearly. You will see the term ‘spk tr’ wherever you need to work this stitch. All stitches are in UK terms. I have used Debbie Bliss Rialto DK for this cowl because it is so soft and squishy! There are lots of delicious colours for you to choose from. Have fun!!

What you’ll need

Debbie Bliss Rialto DK – Yarn A (White), Yarn B (Petunia), Yarn C (Grey), Yarn D (Tangerine)

4mm, 3.5mm crochet hook

yarn needle


measures approx 15cm wide and 105cm around

Stitch Guide

ch – chain

dc – double crochet

tr – treble

skp tr – spiked treble stitch

You’ll be working in rows to create your granny spike cowl. Once you have finished your rows, you will twist the cowl before joining.

Let’s get started!

To start, make a slip knot with the yarn A and using the 4mm hook and ch172 – Foundation ch. Feel free to chain an few extra stitches if you’re not sure you’ve counted correctly. You can always undo them at the end. If you’d like your cowl longer or shorter, alter your number of chains in the foundation row and sticking to multiples of 4.

Row 1

tr into the 4th ch from the hook, tr into the next st (counts as 3tr). * Ch1, skip a ch and work 1tr into the next 3 ch, ch1. Repeat from * until you reach the end of the row.granny spike crochet stitch

Row 2

Attach Yarn B and cut Yarn A leaving a generous tail (You will be using the tail to attach one end to the other to form a cowl). Ch4 (counts as 1tr, ch1) and then work (tr, spk tr, tr) into the next ch-1 sp : t0 create the spiked treble, the middle tr is worked into the empty ch from the foundation ch below (see image below) In the following rows the spk tr will be worked into the top of the middle tr from 2 rows below.  * Ch1, (tr, spk tr, tr) into the next ch1 sp. Repeat from * to end. Ch1, tr into the top of intital ch3 from Row 1.granny spike crochet stitch

Row 3 

Attach Yarn C and cut yarn B leaving a generous tail. Ch3 (counts as first tr), tr into the middle tr (spk tr) from round one (see image), tr into same sp. * Ch1, (tr, spk tr, tr) into the next ch-1 sp. Repeat from * to end.granny spike crochet stitch granny spike crochet stitch

Row 4

Attach Yarn D and cut yarn C leaving a generous tail. Ch4, (counts as 1tr, ch1) and then work (tr, spk tr, tr) into the ch-1 sp. * Ch1, (tr, spk tr) in each ch-1 sp across the row. Ch1, tr into the top of intital ch3 from Row 1. Finish with a tr into the top of the beg ch3 from the previous row.granny spike crochet stitch granny spike crochet stitch

Row 5

Attach Yarn A and cut yarn D leaving a generous tail. Ch3 (counts as first tr), spk tr,   tr into same sp. * Ch1, (tr, spk tr, tr) into the next ch1 sp. Repeat from * to end.

Repeat rows 2 – 5 three more times and fasten off.

Joining the crochet cowl

Step 1 – Twist your work before laying the two ends side by side (see image)modern crochet cowl

Step 2 – Using the generous tails, join the ends by threading a yarn needle and weaving them together. The cowl doesn’t have a designated right side, so twisting it won’t effect the design. You will notice that pink and orange don’t match up, but the grey and white will, making it almost seamless in appearance. If you want them to match exactly, don’t twist your cowl. I prefer a twist as it sits nicely.

Step 3 – After you have joined your two ends, using your 3.5mm hook and Yarn A work a border of dc around the cowl. Attach Yarn A at the join, working over the top of the tr stitches first. Work 1dc into each tr and ch sp. When you get to the start of the foundation chain work 1dc into each ch stitch. Because the cowl is twisted, you will continue to work dcs until you reach where you began. SS into the intial dc and fasten off. All done! granny spike crochet stitchgranny spike crochet stitchmodern crochet cowl













  1. August 10, 2016 / 11:07 pm

    Fabulous Mandy, love everything about this cowl…colours and style both have a vintage feel. Just finding yarn in my stash and off to make one.

    Thanks for sharing.
    Love Heike xx

    • redagapeblog
      August 17, 2016 / 9:47 pm

      Thank you Heike! You are always too kind. Thanks for stopping by xx

  2. Kimmy
    January 8, 2017 / 6:59 pm

    Beautiful work .. just beautiful ♡

    • redagapeblog
      January 9, 2017 / 7:04 am

      Thanks so much. I’m so pleased you like it. 🙂

  3. DeDe Roettger
    January 10, 2017 / 12:13 pm

    This is absolutely GORGEOUS!!! I am going to “attempt” to make it. Love the way it looks! Beautiful!

    • redagapeblog
      January 15, 2017 / 10:13 am

      yay! I hope you enjoy making it. 🙂

  4. Judy
    January 19, 2017 / 4:14 am

    This is a BEAUTIFUL pattern – done so elegantly – I crochet a lot and I really like this. Thank you so, so much for sharing it!

    • redagapeblog
      January 21, 2017 / 12:15 pm

      You’re very welcome. xx

  5. Chris Apao
    December 27, 2017 / 4:28 am

    I am so happy this showed up in my facebook page this morning. Nice way to unwind after the Christmas mess is over. Thank you for sharing this pattern with us! And Happy New Year!

    • redagapeblog
      December 27, 2017 / 12:45 pm

      Happy New Year to you too! 🙂

  6. Chrissy D
    January 9, 2018 / 8:58 pm

    The Spike Granny Cowl popped up on Pinterest on my iPad today & I’m so glad it did, it’s absolutely beautiful, & the colours are so – me!
    My mother taught me to crochet when I was 4 years old & I’m now….er….an awful lot older, (actually I’m even a lot older than that) & I’ve been crocheting ever since. It’s one of my passions in life along with a host of other things & I loved seeing the cowl you made along with the pattern this morning. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.
    All the best!

    • redagapeblog
      January 16, 2018 / 7:54 am

      Hello Chrissy! Thanks for leaving such a lovely comment. I love these colours together too and the spike stitch add a nice change to the traditional granny stripe. Happy Making! Mandy xx

  7. Jamie
    March 24, 2018 / 11:48 pm

    I’m an absolute crochet newbie and I’m having real trouble figuring out how to join the ends neatly… I don’t quite understand what you’ve done when you just ‘weave them together’. Could you explain this a little more?
    It looks pretty wonderful so far, if I do say so myself 🙂 just the stringy ends that are ruining it for me.
    Thanks for a lovely pattern!

    • redagapeblog
      March 28, 2018 / 2:29 pm

      Hi Jamie!
      I used all of those stringy ends to join to the two end together. Start at one edge of the unjoined cowl and thread the yarn onto a needle. Use this threaded needle to join to the opposite side of the cowl. It’s best if you can keep like colours together – white yarn woven onto white yarn. You don’t need to use the entire length of the ends, weave back and forth from one side to the other a few times and then trim. Pick up the next thread in the line and repeat the same process.
      I hope this helps!

      Mandy xx

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