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How to Crochet Classic DC V-Stitch (Plus 3 Variations)

The V-stitch seems to be taking the crochet world by storm right now. It is a classic crochet stitch that is very easy to work. If you can crochet chains and double crochet stitches, then you can create scarves, blankets, and other items using this stitch. Perhaps the reason it's so trendy right now is because it's simple to crochet but has a textured, detailed look that appears overly complex to others. This guide will show you how to work a classic double crochet V-stitch, as well as several variations.

Classic Double Crochet V-Stitch

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Here are the instructions for creating a row of classic double crochet V-stitch. You'll see that there are V-stitches throughout the middle of the piece with two double crochets at the beginning and end of each row.

1. Crochet a chain that is a multiple of 3+7 stitches. In this example, I've crocheted a starting chain of 22 stitches (15+7).

2. Dc in 4th ch from hook. (This creates two double crochets next to each other because the last three in the row serve as the first double crochet).

3. Ch 1, skip 1.

4. In next chain work dc, ch 1, dc. This is the V-stitch.

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5. Skip 2.

6. Repeat #4 and #5 across row until there are four chains left in your starting chain.

7. Ch 1, skip 2.

8. Dc in each of the last two stitches. This completes your first row of V-stitches bordered by 2 double crochet stitches on either end of the row.

9. Now you're ready to start your next row, so turn the work and ch 3 for your first dc of the new row.

10. Dc in next dc.

11. Ch 1.

12. Work into the center chain one space of the first V-stitch. Dc, ch 1, dc to create a V-stitch right in the center of the V-stitch in the row below.

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13. Repeat #11 and #12 across row to the end of the V-stitches.

14. Ch 1, sk 1.

15. Dc in each of the last two stitches.

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16. Repeat #9 - #15 until the project is the length you desire. Finish off and weave in ends.

No-Space Double Crochet V-Stitch

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One of the most popular variations of the V-stitch right now is to work the double crochet without the chain space in the center of the V. This fabric will have a row of V stitches with one dc stitch on either end of the row. Here's how to do it:

  1. Crochet a foundation chain that is a multiple of 6. In this example, I've crocheted a starting chain of 24.
  2. 2 dc in 4th chain from hook. (This is the V-stitch).
  3. Skip 1, 2 dc in next ch.
  4. Repeat #3 until there are two chains left.
  5. Sk 1, dc in last ch. This completes your first row of V-stitches bordered by 1 dc on either end of the row.
  6. Now you're ready to start your next row, so turn the work and ch 3 for you first dc of the new row.
  7. Skip 2, 2 dc in the space between the two dc that make the V from the row below.
  8. Repeat Step 7 across the V-stitches of the row below.
  9. Skip 1, dc in last ch.
  10. Repeat #6 - #9 until the project is the length you desire. Finish off and weave in ends.

Half Double Crochet V-Stitch

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Many people like the no-space double crochet variation because it's more dense and textured. Another way to achieve a similar dense crochet look is to work the class V-stitch using half double crochet instead of double crochet.

  1. Crochet a chain that is a multiple of 3+6 stitches. In this example, I've crocheted a starting chain of 21 stitches (15 + 6).
  2. Hdc in 3rd ch from hook. (This creates two hdc next to each other).
  3. Ch 1, skip 1.
  4. In next chain work hdc, ch 1, hdc. This is the V-stitch.
  5. Skip 2.
  6. Repeat #4 and #5 across row until there are four chains left in your starting chain.
  7. Ch 1, skip 2.
  8. Hdc in each of the last two stitches. This completes your first row of V-stitches bordered by 2 hdc stitches on either end of the row.
  9. Now you're ready to start your next row, so turn the work and ch 2 for your first hdc of the new row.
  10. Hdc in next hdc.
  11. Ch 1.
  12. Work into the center chain one space of the first V-stitch. Hdc, ch 1, hdc to create a V-stitch right in the center of the V-stitch in the row below.
  13. Repeat #11 and #12 across row to the end of the V-stitches.
  14. Ch 1, skip 1.
  15. Hdc in each of the last two stitches.
  16. Repeat #9 - #15 until the project is the length you desire. Finish off and weave in ends.

Treble Crochet V-Stitch

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In contrast to the dense fabric of the no-space or hdc V-stitch, you can create a dramatic openwork lacy V-stitch by working the class V with treble crochet instead of double crochet.

  1. Crochet a chain that is a multiple of 3+8 stitches. In this example, I've crocheted a starting chain of 23 stitches (15 + 8).
  2. Tr in 5th ch from hook. (This creates two treble crochets next to each other).
  3. Ch 1, skip 1.
  4. In next chain work tr, ch 1, tr. This is the V-stitch.
  5. Skip 2.
  6. Repeat #4 and #5 across row until there are four chains left in your starting chain.
  7. Ch 1, skip 2.
  8. Tr in each of the last two stitches. This completes your first row of V-stitches bordered by 2 treble crochet stitches on either end of the row.
  9. Now you're ready to start your next row, so turn the work and ch 4 for your first tr of the new row.
  10. Tr in next tr.
  11. Ch 1.
  12. Work into the center chain one space of the first V-stitch. Tr, ch 1, tr to create a V-stitch right in the center of the V-stitch in the row below.
  13. Repeat #11 and #12 across row to the end of the V-stitches.
  14. Ch 1, skip 1.
  15. Tr in each of the last two stitches.
  16. Repeat #9 - #15 until the project is the length you desire. Finish off and weave in ends.

Playing with Color in V-Stitch

The examples I've showcased here so far show what V-stitch looks like when worked in a single color, but of course you can play with multiple colors to get a different effect. One very popular design right now is to work two rows in a single color and then switch to a different color for two rows and continue on with new colors every other row. This is a popular choice for V-stitch crochet afghans:

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Another way to get a different effect with the V-stitch is to work the stitch with a variegated yarn. Here's an example of how that looks:

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V-Stitch Crochet Patterns

Here are a couple of our favorite patterns that use the V-stitch:

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V-Stitch and Scallop Shawl

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Rickrack Stripes Throw

by Kathryn Vercillo

How to Crochet Classic DC V-Stitch (Plus 3 Variations)