Excellent write-up on how to read crochet patterns. Great tips on things that aren't specifically written into patterns their just inherent. Plus the basics on learning stitches, what to do with asterisks, parenthesis, etc. Love this! by Kharis
Crochet - 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? From Do It Darling.