5 Apr 2018

6 Ways to Crochet the V Stitch

     The V stitch is one of the basic patterns we use in the crochet world. It is a versatile and easy stitch to work, does not require you to focus much on what you are doing because of its repetitive pattern, just like the classic granny square pattern


   

  Depending on the variation, the V stitch pattern is made of half double, double and treble crochet stitches, all separated by chain of one or two. 

     The V stitch pattern has a beautiful intricate lacy look, can be made flat for blankets, shawls and pieces of clothing, or curly for borders, flowers, fluffy scarfs or novelty decorations.




     This tutorial will show you how to crochet the basic V stitch, also known as the double crochet V stitch) plus 5 other variations:

- double classic V stitch (two double crochet V stitch)
- treble crochet V stitch  
- double treble crochet V stitch
- half double crochet  V stitch
- curly pattern V stitch

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    Things you will need:




Yarn in the color of your choice
Crochet hook to fit the yarn

Shortcuts I've used:
  • hdc - half double crochet
  • dc - double crochet
  • tr - treble crochet
  • ch - chain
  • sk - skip
     I have listed the pattern for each variations, some of it is repetitive, but I think it will be easier for you to follow the pattern for the variation of your choice without having to go back and forth to the main stitch which is the classic V stitch.




THE CLASSIC V STITCH



     The classic V stitch pattern is made of two double crochet stitches separated by one chain. The side borders are 2 double crochet stitches cast in separate chain (except the first leg of the border which is a chain of 3).

First Row

Step 1: ch (multiple of 3 + 7)  - the extra stitches are for the side borders

Step 2: dc in the 4th stitch from the hook to create the border

Step 3: ch1

Step 4: sk2

Step 5: in the next chain (dc, ch1, dc) - this is the V stitch

Step 6: repeat step 4 & 5 until you have 4 chains left

Step 7: ch1

Step 8: sk2

Step 9: dc in each of the last two chains to form the border   




Second Row

Step 1: ch3

Step 2: dc in the following chain

Step 3: ch1

Step 4: sk2

Step 5: dc, ch1, dc to create the V stitch. 

There are two options here:

1. you either work the V stitch in the centre chain of the V stitch in the first row
2. or you work the V stitch in the loop formed by the V stitch in the first row

Step 6: repeat step 4 & 5 until the end of the row, up to the border

Step 7: ch1

Step 8: sk2

Step 9: dc in each of the last two chains to form the border  

     Continue with as many rows as you like, following the second row pattern.


THE TREBLE CROCHET V STITCH





     The treble V stitch is made of two treble crochet stitches separated by one chain. The side borders are 2 double crochet stitches cast in separate chain (except the first leg of the border which is a chain of 4). The pattern created this way is lacy and airy.

First Row

Step 1: ch (multiple of 3 + 8)  - the extra stitches are for the side borders

Step 2: tr in the 5th stitch from the hook to create the border

Step 3: ch1

Step 4: sk2

Step 5: in the next chain (tr, ch1, tr) - this is the V stitch

Step 6: repeat step 4 & 5 until you have 4 chains left

Step 7: ch1

Step 8: sk2

Step 9: tr in each of the last two chains to form the border   




Second Row

Step 1: ch4

Step 2: tr in the following chain

Step 3: ch1

Step 4: sk2

Step 5: tr, ch1, tr to create the V stitch. 

There are two options here:

1. you either work the V stitch in the centre chain of the V stitch in the first row
2. or you work the V stitch in the loop formed by the V stitch in the first row

Step 6: repeat step 4 & 5 until the end of the row, up to the border

Step 7: ch1

Step 8: sk2

Step 9: tr in each of the last two chains to form the border  

     Continue with as many rows as you like, following the second row pattern.


THE DOUBLE CLASSIC V STITCH





     The double classic V stitch is made out of 4 double crochet stitches separated in the middle by one chain (2 double crochet stitches on each side). The side borders are 2 double crochet stitches cast in separate chain (except the first leg of the border which is a chain of 3). 

     This stitch is similar to the classic one with the exception of the extra double crochet on each side of the V which in turn will modify the pattern for the second row onward, you will have to skip 3 chains instead of 3.

First Row

Step 1: ch (multiple of 3 + 7)  - the extra stitches are for the side borders

Step 2: dc in the 4th stitch from the hook to create the border

Step 3: ch1

Step 4: sk2

Step 5: in the next chain (dc, dc, ch1, dc, dc) - this is the double V stitch

Step 6: repeat step 4 & 5 until you have 4 chains left

Step 7: ch1

Step 8: sk2

Step 9: dc in each of the last two chains to form the border   

Second Row




Step 1: ch3

Step 2: dc in the following chain

Step 3: ch1

Step 4: sk3

Step 5: dc, dc, ch1, dc, dc to create the double V stitch. 

There are two options here:

1. you either work the V stitch in the centre chain of the double V stitch in the first row
2. or you work the V stitch in the loop formed by the double V stitch in the first row

Step 6: repeat step 4 & 5 until the end of the row, up to the border

Step 7: ch1

Step 8: sk3

Step 9: dc in each of the last two chains to form the border  

     Continue with as many rows as you like following the second row pattern.


THE DOUBLE TREBLE CROCHET V STITCH






     The double treble crochet V stitch is made out of 4 treble crochet stitches separated in the middle by one chain (2 treble crochet stitches on each side). The side borders are 2 treble crochet stitches cast in separate chain (except the first leg of the border which is a chain of 4). 

     This stitch is similar to the double classic v stitch, just replace the double crochet stitches with the treble crochet ones. The only difference is the number of cast chains and the number of chains cast to form the first leg of the border which is 4 instead of 3.

First Row

Step 1: ch (multiple of 3 + 8)  - the extra stitches are for the side borders

Step 2: tr in the 5th stitch from the hook to create the border

Step 3: ch1

Step 4: sk2

Step 5: in the next chain (tr, tr, ch1, tr, tr) - this is the double treble V stitch

Step 6: repeat step 4 & 5 until you have 4 chains left

Step 7: ch1

Step 8: sk2

Step 9: tr in each of the last two chains to form the border   

Second Row




Step 1: ch4

Step 2: tr in the following chain

Step 3: ch1

Step 4: sk3

Step 5: tr, tr, ch1, tr, tr to create the double V stitch. 

There are two options here:

1. you either work the V stitch in the centre chain of the double V stitch in the first row
2. or you work the V stitch in the loop formed by the double treble V stitch in the first row

Step 6: repeat step 4 & 5 until the end of the row, up to the border

Step 7: ch1

Step 8: sk3

Step 9: tr in each of the last two chains to form the border  



     Continue with as many rows as you like following the second row pattern.



THE HALF DOUBLE CROCHET V STITCH




     The half double crochet V stitch pattern is made of two half double crochet stitches separated by one chain. The side borders are 2 half double crochet stitches cast in separate chain (except the first leg of the border which is a chain of 2). The pattern created this way is more compact and textured.

First Row

Step 1: ch (multiple of 3 + 6)  - the extra stitches are for the side borders

Step 2: hdc in the 3rd stitch from the hook to create the border

Step 3: ch1

Step 4: sk2

Step 5: in the next chain (hdc, ch1, hdc) - this is the V stitch

Step 6: repeat step 4 & 5 until you have 4 chains left

Step 7: ch1

Step 8: sk2

Step 9: hdc in each of the last two chains to form the border   

Second Row




Step 1: ch2

Step 2: hdc in the following chain

Step 3: ch1

Step 4: sk2

Step 5: hdc, ch1, hdc to create the V stitch. 

There are two options here:

1. you either work the V stitch in the centre chain of the V stitch in the first row
2. or you work the V stitch in the loop formed by the V stitch in the first row

Step 6: repeat step 4 & 5 until the end of the row, up to the last border

Step 7: ch1

Step 8: sk2

Step 9: hdc in each of the last two chains to form the border 

     Continue with as many rows as you like, following the second row pattern.


THE CURLY V STITCH


     The curly V stitch pattern is made of two double crochet stitches separated by a chain of 2. The side borders are 2 double crochet stitches cast in separate chain (except the first leg of the border which is a chain of 3). 




     The pattern created this way will coil around itself. If you want it to be extra fluffy, add an extra double crochet stitch on each side of the V stitch ( dc, dc, ch2, dc, dc), starting with the second row. Below you can see a picture of this variation.




First Row

Step 1: ch (multiple of 3 + 9)  - the & extra stitches are for the side borders

Step 2: dc in the 4th stitch from the hook to create the border

Step 3: ch2

Step 4: sk2

Step 5: in the next chain (dc, ch2, dc) - this is the V stitch

Step 6: repeat step 3, 4 & 5 until you have 4 chains left

Step 7: ch2

Step 8: sk2

Step 9: dc in each of the last two chains to form the border   

Second Row




Step 1: ch3

Step 2: dc in the following chain

Step 3: ch2

Step 4: dc, ch2, dc

You will be crocheting a double v stitch in each of the loops formed by the V stitches in the first row, but also in the spaces between the V stitches.

Step 5: repeat step 4 & 5 until the end of the row, right before the border

Step 6: ch2

Step 8: dc in each of the last two chains to form the border 

     Continue with as many rows as you like, following the second row pattern.




     There are lots of other variations, but these are the main ones. Once you master them you will be able to create your own variations.

Happy crafting!

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