The Theory Behind a Crochet V Stitch
Like the name suggests, crocheted V-stitches resemble the letter V. The V is usually formed by crocheting a tall stitch, then a chain, then another of the same sort of tall stitch, all into the same stitch or space.
So, for example, you might have a double crochet, then a chain stitch, then another double crochet. If you work those 3 stitches together into the same stitch, the result looks like a V. You could also work a V stitch with treble crochets, double trebles, or even taller stitches instead of the double crochets.
If you’re working in rows, it’s necessary to give some thought to the other stitches surrounding the v stitch. Working the V as described means an increase of 2 stitches. If it isn’t your intention for your piece to grow continually wider as you work, you’ll need to compensate for the increases. To accomplish this, you need to skip some stitches before you work another V, or apply some other means of decreasing.
That's the basic theory behind the V-stitch. You can apply this theory to crochet many different V-stitch variations; there are limitless possibilities.
Free Instructions for V Stitch and Variations Thereof:
Want to see a demonstration of how to crochet the basic v stitch, worked in rows? If so, this is the tutorial for you. The page includes many step-by-step photos so you can see every step of the process.
This video introduces you to one possible way of crocheting a V stitch pattern. In this video, Yvonne demonstrates how to work a stitch pattern that incorporates both the v stitch and double crochets.
Please be aware that this video has some edits which make the design appear to move along faster than it ordinarily would -- so you'll have to pay careful attention to catch everything that's going on.
When you're finished watching, be sure to hit the "back" button to return here for more v stitch tutorials and patterns.
Most of the v stitch patterns I've seen involve working v stitches stacked directly on top of each other. What if you vary the repeat so that the vs are staggered, sort of like bricks in a wall? This v stitch variation is one possible way of doing that.
This stitch pattern is more open, and lacier, than most of the usual v stitch patterns you see around. It's also, in my opinion, more interesting to crochet, and a bit faster too.
I've used this stitch extensively in my crochet pattern designs; for example, the photo at left shows a scarf I've crocheted in this stitch pattern. I've also crocheted a baby blanket in this pattern; the baby blanket is linked further down the page.
V Stitch Project Examples
I’ve posted two different hat patterns where some of the V stitches are purposely used for increasing. There are also scarves and other assorted patterns I've designed using this stitch. If you'd like to make any of these projects, just click the links posted below to go to the free crochet patterns.
This beanie utilizes v stitches to create a lacy look.
This hat is similar to the beanie linked above, with the main difference being the addition of a brim.
Don't let the words "thread crochet" intimidate you. This scarf is super easy, and quicker than you'd think.
This v stitch edging is such a lovely way to finish off a baby blanket.
This baby blanket makes use of the lacy interrupted v stitch pattern, and it's finished with the edging linked above.
This v stitch scarf is an integral part of my wardrobe. I've received many compliments on it, which makes me smile every time.