Granny Spike Stitch – leaves fewer gaps, because the second double crochet is crochet through the top of the second double crochet of the row below. Possibly use a dc,tc, dc pattern in the clusters?
The granny square crochet stitch is one of the easiest and fastest to use to accomplish a finished project. It tends to create a pattern that has a lot of spaces. A great way to produce a tighter, more uniform design is to use the granny spike stitch. You can go subtle, or quite dramatic. It’s an easy way to play with colors and create the type of pattern you’ll love for many projects to come.
Here’s the basic pattern for the granny spike stitch:
1) Start out by making two rounds with the standard granny square pattern. You can do them in one color, or two. It’s really up to you.
2) Round 3: This is where the granny pike pattern really begins. Create a DC into the space of the previous round below.
3) Round 4: Your second DC needs to be worked through the second DC of the row below. This ST needs to kept somewhat loose, or use a TC instead.
4) Round 5: Add another DC through the same open space of the row below. Simply repeat and the pattern that emerges is tight and doesn’t contain all the spaces left by the traditional granny square stitch.
To add a dramatic look to your project you can do the DC in the open space of the second row down, TC in the second DC of the second row down and follow up with a third DC to the open space of the second row down. This can even be done with the third row down, but you will have to change to all TC and remember to keep the yarn slack enough to allow for the dramatic length you need to go. The effects are amazing!