Watch how to crochet the diagonal spike stitch (video & written instructions)

The diagonal spike stitch builds to a dynamic, masculine pattern which is ideal for men's scarves but can also make a charmingly rugged afghan or textured throw.
The stitch builds to a warm and chunky effect with a marked zigzag pattern that's sure to be both memorable and super-cozy.
Watch the New Stitch a Day video on the Diagonal Spike Stitch:
You can use any yarn for the diagonal spike stitch, but as it is quite a distinct, chunky pattern, don't go too heavy weight-wise - think of a nice DK which will be warm but will allow you to retain the definition of the stitches. Refer to your manufacturer's band for tips on crochet hook sizes. You'll also need a pair of scissors and a tapestry needle for weaving in ends.
* repeat from here as stated
ch chain stitch
dc double crochet
rep repeat
sdc spike double crochet
sk skip
st(s) stitch(es)
yo yarn over
Special stitches involved in this pattern
The spike double crochet (sdc) is worked by following these steps: yo, insert hook in first dc of previous 3dc block, yo, draw up loop (avoiding crushing 3dc block), yo, draw up 2 loops twice.
Written instructions
This pattern is created in multiples of four plus 2, so chain enough sts to suit your project length, plus 2.
Row 1: sk 3ch, *1dc into each of next 3ch, sk next ch and work 1sdc; rep from * ending with 1dc into last ch, turn.
Row 2: 3ch, sk 1 st, *1dc into each of next 3sts, sk next st and work 1sdc; rep from * ending with 1dc into top of turning ch, turn.
Repeat row 2 until you have reached your desired length.