How to Crochet the Basic V Stitch

The V-stitch is a pretty stitch that works up quickly compared to many other crochet stitches. It's a great stitch to know for working big projects like afghans. But it's also useful for crocheting many other types of projects. Here is how to crochet the basic v-stitch. You can also see more variations of the V-stitch.

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    V-Stitch Instructions

    Completed Rows of Basic Crochet V Stitch
    Completed Rows of Basic Crochet V Stitch. Completed Rows of Basic Crochet V Stitch -- Photo © Michael Solovay

    Multiple of 3 + 7 stitches.

    Abbreviations

    Special Stitch: the V-stitch. To complete each V-stitch, work 1 dc st, 1 ch st, and 1 more dc st in the same chain or space. In this variation of the v-stitch, you’ll stack rows and rows of v-stitches on top of each other.

    Crochet your starting chain.

    Row 1: dc in 4th ch from hook. The last 3 chs counts as the 1st dc in the row. Ch...MORE 1, skip next ch, [dc in next ch, ch 1, dc in same ch. Skip next 2 chs.] Rep the sequence in brackets across the row. At the end of the row, ch 1, skip 2 chs, then work 1 dc in ea of the next 2 ch sts.

    ch 3, turn.

    Row 2: your turning chain counts as the first dc in the row. Dc in next dc. Ch 1, work 1 v st in ea v st across the row. Ch 1, skip next ch, work 1 dc in ea of the last 2 dc sts.

    Rep row 2 until the piece reaches your expectations for being a good length, then end off and weave in your ends.

    Now see the step-by-step photos.

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    Step by Step V-Stitch Tutorial

    Photo © Michael Solovay

    Start by crocheting your foundation chain.​

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    Photo © Michael Solovay

    You'll work into the fourth chain stitch from your hook, which is the chain I'm indicating in this photo. See where my left thumb is pointing? That's the spot to work into.

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    Once you've worked your double crochet stitch into the 4th chain from hook, this is what it looks like. The first three chains in the row count as 1 double crochet. So you'll have two double crochet stitches, as pictured.

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    Chain 1.

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    Skip the next chain, and then work a double crochet stitch into the next chain stitch.

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    Chain 1.

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    Work another double crochet stitch into the same stitch where you worked the last one. One v stitch is completed.

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    Next, you're going to work another v stitch. Yarn over hook to begin the first double crochet in the v stitch.

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    Skip the next 2 chain stitches.

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    Complete the double crochet stitch.

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    Work another chain stitch.

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    .Work another double crochet stitch in the same place, completing the v stitch.

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    Continue working in this established pattern all the way across the row.

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    When you get to the end of the row, you'll work a chain stitch, and then after that, you'll work one double crochet stitch into each of the last two stitches.

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    Photo © Michael Solovay

    This creates a nice neat edge that matches the edge you made at the beginning of the row.

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    Work 3 chain stitches to be used as a turning chain.

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    Turn the work over so you can work the second row by crocheting back across the first row.

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    Your turning chain will count as the first double crochet stitch in the row, so there is no need to work another stitch in the first stitch. You'll work a double crochet stitch into the next double crochet.

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    Chain 1.

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    Yarn over to begin your next v stitch.

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    You're going to work this v stitch into the v stitch in the row below.

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    Here's how it looks once the first double crochet is completed.

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    Chain 1.

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    Then work another double crochet to complete the V stitch.

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    Completed Rows of Basic Crochet V Stitch
    Completed Rows of Basic Crochet V Stitch. Completed Rows of Basic Crochet V Stitch -- Photo © Michael Solovay

    Continue working a v stitch into each v stitch across the row, and then continue working in the established pattern until the piece is as long as you want it to be.

    There you have it -- the basic v stitch worked in rows.

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    Easy V Stitch Lace Scarf
    Easy V Stitch Lace Scarf. Easy V Stitch Lace Scarf -- Photo © Amy Solovay

    Want to try a project using this stitch? The scarf pictured at left utilizes the v stitch. It's a simple pattern with lots of appeal. You can get the free crochet scarf pattern here.