I've had a photo of the spike stitch over at a Pinterest board of crochet items I wanted to make. I had wanted to try this and yesterday I saw the pattern for it at Crochet Me, reminding me to get started.
So I got started, using Elann's Lara cotton in marine, oasis and butter. One change I did was to use hdc for the spikes, which made for a defined strip, which is okay for this.The stitch is easy to learn. The cloth made is stiff, but I'm using cotton. I'm going to try it on worsted wool. I thought of making a dishcloth but instead will make a sewing needle case.