Crochet A to Z: V-Stitch

I’m doing the A to Z Challenge for the month of April with the theme “Learn to Crochet A to Z.” For more details, and to see previous posts, click on the link at the top of my blog!

Hello my friends! Only a few days left in the A to Z Challenge… it feels like it’s gone by fast! Of course that’s thanks in part to your wonderful, supportive comments. You always make me smile and give me encouragement to keep going. This is why I like blogging so much – because of you guys! I really appreciate your kind words. ❀

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Today we’re doing the V-stitch, which is perfectly suited for an alphabet challenge, don’t you think? It’s a very simple stitchΒ – all you need to know is the chain and double crochet. Β It’s named thusly because it looks like the letter “V.”

I’d love to make a scarf with this stitch. I’ve used it for a lot of doll dresses – it makes a wonderful drapey fabric for a skirt, and the holes aren’t a problem if you use a smaller hook. Well, maybe it would be a problem for a human garment, but we are talking about dolls here. You can just stick a pair of doll leggings underneath. πŸ™‚

In the example above I used a J (6.00 MM) hook and some Lily Sugar ‘n’ Cream worsted-weight cotton yarn…simply because it was closest. In this mini photo tutorial, I’ll be using worsted-weight acrylic yarn and a D (3.25 MM) hook. That’s smaller than I would recommend, but I really like the polka-dot handle on this hook and wanted to include it in the photo tutorial. #overlyhonest

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Here’s whatΒ the V-stitch looks like when worked more tightly. Sorry about this photo not wanting to rotate – I don’t know what’s up. (Well, yes I do. The wrong end of the picture.)

So, I like to start by making a chain that’s a multiple of three. If you’re new to this concept, that just means your starting chain has to be divisible by three. If you hate math, just count to three over and over again until the chain is the desired length. πŸ˜›

 

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Then go into the fifth chain from your hook and dc, ch 1, dc all into the same stitch.

*Sk 2, (dc, ch 1, dc) all into the same st.* Repeat until the end of the row, then make 1 dc into the last stitch.

The V-stitch is basically a double crochet, one chain, and another double crochet all into the same stitch.

At the end of the row, chain 3 and turn. This counts as your first double crochet.

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Then make a V-stitch into each of the previous V-stitches. Insert your hook like this, into the chain space, and make (dc, ch 1, dc).

At the end of the row, make 1 dc into the turning chain.

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That’s all there is to it – just keep repeating this row until your project is the desired size!

You can also modify the V-stitch with 2 chains, taller stitches, stuff like that. This is the most commonly used version.

Have you tried the V-stitch before? What do you think of it? I’d love to hear your favorite crochet stitches, basic or advanced – I’m always looking for new crochet things to try!

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9 thoughts on “Crochet A to Z: V-Stitch

  1. River says:

    Wow, V-stitch is so light and lacey! It would make a wonderful shawl – actually, now that I’ve said that, I think I do have a V-stitch shawl from my grandmother. Hmm, now I want to make one too!

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    • Claire says:

      It really is super light and lacy – I need to use it more often! That shawl from your grandmother sounds lovely, I’ve seen some gorgeous vintage shawls with this pattern… now you’re causing me to want to make one, as well! πŸ˜€

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  2. quietwatercraft says:

    You’re right, that polka dot handle is adorable!
    I’ve never used V-stitch on it’s own before, just as a base for the dragon scale stitch. It looks really pretty! Maybe I’ll make my next spring/summer scarf out of V-stitches.

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    • Claire says:

      Thank you! I actually pilfered this crochet hook from my mom – none of my crochet hooks are that cute. πŸ˜› I forgot about the V-stitch being used as a base for the dragon scale stitch – that’s a fantastic use for it. I wish I were better at the dragon scale stitch because it’s stunning! πŸ™‚

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      • quietwatercraft says:

        Aw I’m the first crocheter in my family (at least for the last 3 generations) so I don’t have anyone to steal from!
        It took me a wee while to get the dragon stitch, but after making 4 dragon scale booties I feel like I could do it in my sleep

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  3. Lydia Howe says:

    That’s one stitch I think I learned how to do at one point, but I’m not entirely sure.
    And yes, isn’t it crazy that the challenge (and the month!) is nearly over? It’s been a fun experience.

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    • Claire says:

      It’s a fun stitch, I don’t remember when I learned it, but I love how it looks! And yes, I can’t believe the challenge is almost over – it’s been really fun, I’m super glad I learned about it through your blog! πŸ™‚

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