Lacy Interrupted V-Stitch

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    Lacy Interrupted V-Stitch

    Four Different Crocheted Swatches of the Lacy Interrupted V-Stitch
    Four Different Crocheted Swatches of the Lacy Interrupted V-Stitch. Photo © Amy Solovay

    This crochet stitch is a variation of the V-Stitch. This version is worked in rows like a V-stitch usually would be. The difference is that, instead of building V-stitches on top of each other, there is an interruption between every row of V's. The V's are alternated with another row of stitches in a slightly different configuration. The effect is lacy and enchanting.

    Errata: This document was originally published with errors. Sorry about that! They have been corrected in the text.

    About the...MORE Stitches Pictured Above:

    • View A: This swatch was crocheted using white Cascade 220 wool yarn.
    • View B: Here we have the same interrupted Vs crocheted using a bulky weight "mystery yarn" that I found at a thrift store. It's a faux mohair that feels synthetic.
    • View C: Another solid swatch -- this one was crocheted using a novelty blend which incorporates Lurex. As is typical with metallic fibers, this yarn didn't photograph well; it looks nicer in person.
    • View D: This version of the stitch was crocheted using three different colors of Cascade 220 wool yarn.

    Work 1 dc st, 1 ch st, and 1 more dc st. In row 1, all 3 of these sts will be worked in the same chain. In rows 2 and up, they will all be worked in the same space.

    Note that there are quite a few variations of the V stitch, so you might encounter other patterns that define a V stitch differently.

    Stitch Instructions - Solid Versions:

    Use these instructions for crocheting pieces similar to versions A, B or C pictured above.

    The starting chain is a multiple of 4 + 9. Crochet your starting chain.

    Row 1: DC in 4th ch from hook, (ch 1, skip next 3 chs, V-st in 4th ch from hook.) Repeat sequence in parentheses all the way across the row. When you get to the end of the row, work a dc in each of the last 2 chs.

    Row 2: Ch 1, turn.

    Sc in each of the first 2 dc sts. (Sc in ch-1 space, sc in next V-st, ch 3, sc in same V-st.) Repeat sequence in parentheses all the way across the row. When you get to the end of the row, sc in the last ch-1 space, then work 1 sc in each of the last 2 sts.

    Row 3: Ch 3, turn.

    Skip the first sc; the turning chain counts as the first dc. Dc in next sc. (Ch 1, V-st in next ch-3 space.) Repeat sequence in parentheses all the way across the row. When you get to the end of the row, ch 1, then work 1 dc in each of the last 2 sts.

    Row 4: Repeat row 2.

    Row 5: Repeat row 3.

    Continue repeating rows 2 and 3 as many times as desired.

    Free Crochet Patterns for Using This Stitch:

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    Lacy Interrupted V-Stitches Crocheted in Cascade 220 Wool Yarn

    Lacy Interrupted V-Stitches Crocheted in Cascade 220 Wool Yarn
    Lacy Interrupted V-Stitches Crocheted in Cascade 220 Wool Yarn. Photo © Amy Solovay

    Crochet Hook Used: Size H / 5.0 mm.

    Yarn Used: White Cascade 220 Wool Yarn

    This stitch is lovely in wool, and Cascade 220 is a fantatic choice; it's soft, resilient and comes in a wide range of colors.

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    Lacy Interrupted V-Stitch Crocheted in Faux Mohair Yarn

    Lacy Interrupted V-Stitch Crocheted in Bulky Ivory-Colored Faux Mohair Yarn
    Lacy Interrupted V-Stitch Crocheted in Bulky Ivory-Colored Faux Mohair Yarn. Photo © Amy Solovay

    Crochet Hook Used: Size J / 6.0 mm.

    Yarn Used: Bulky-weight ivory-colored mystery yarn

    This stitch is gorgeous with fuzzy yarns such as this ivory-colored mystery blend.

    The yarn was acquired from a thrift store and had no wrapper. I'm not entirely sure what it's made of, although a burn-test indicates that the yarn is partially synthetic. In any case, I think this stitch would be a good match for a variety of different fuzzy yarns, both synthetic and natural.

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    Lacy Interrupted V-Stitch Crocheted in Metallic Novelty Yarn

    Lacy Interrupted V-Stitch Crocheted in Novelty Yarn
    Lacy Interrupted V-Stitch Crocheted in Metallic Novelty Yarn. Photo © Amy Solovay

    Crochet Hook Used: Size D / 3.25 mm.

    Yarn Used: Metallic novelty yarn

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    Three-Color Striped Version of Lacy Interrrupted V-Stitch

    Lacy Interrupted V-Stitches Crocheted Using Three Different Colors of Cascade 220 Wool Yarn
    Lacy Interrupted V-Stitches Crocheted Using Three Different Colors of Cascade 220 Wool Yarn. Photo © Amy Solovay

    This version of the stitch was crocheted using three different colors of Cascade 220 yarn:

    • Color A: Primavera -- 8903, which is the green color
    • Color B: Lilac mist -- 8912
    • Color C: Robin egg blue -- 8905

    Anticipate color changes at the end of every row. When you reach the last stitch in each row, work all the steps except the last step in the old color. To complete the stitch, draw through a loop of the new color. Work your turning chain and the next row in the new color.

    Abbreviations:

    Work 1 dc st, 1 ch st, and 1 more dc st in same ch or sp.

    Stitch Instructions - Multicolored Version:

    Use these instructions for crocheting pieces similar to the three-color version of the stitch pictured above. Feel free to substitute other colors, fibers and brands of yarn. There are many possibilities!

    The starting chain is a muliple of 4 + 9. Using color A, crochet your starting chain.

    Row 1: Working in color A, dc in 4th ch from hook, (ch 1, skip next 3 chs, V-st in 4th ch from hook.) Repeat sequence in parentheses all the way across the row. When you get to the end of the row, work a dc in each of the last 2 chs. Change colors to color B.

    Row 2: Ch 1, turn.

    Sc in each of the first 2 dc sts. (Sc in ch-1 space, sc in next V-st, ch 3, sc in same V-st.) Repeat sequence in parentheses all the way across the row. When you get to the end of the row, Sc in the last ch-1 space, then work 1 sc in each of the last 2 sts. Change colors to color C.

    Row 3: Ch 3, turn.

    Skip the first sc; the turning chain counts as the first dc. Dc in next sc. (Ch 1, V-st in next ch-3 space.) Repeat sequence in parentheses all the way across the row. When you get to the end of the row, ch 1, then work 1 dc in each of the last 2 sts. Change colors to color A.

    Row 4: Ch 1, turn.

    Sc in each of the first 2 dc sts. (Sc in ch-1 space, sc in next V-st, ch 3, sc in same V-st.) Repeat sequence in parentheses all the way across the row. When you get to the end of the row, Sc in the last ch-1 space, then work 1 sc in each of the last 2 sts. Change colors to color B.

    Row 5: Ch 3, turn.

    Skip the first sc; the turning chain counts as the first dc. Dc in next sc. (Ch 1, V-st in next ch-3 space.) Repeat sequence in parentheses all the way across the row. When you get to the end of the row, ch 1, then work 1 dc in each of the last 2 sts. Change colors to color C.

    Row 6: Ch 1, turn.

    Sc in each of the first 2 dc sts. (Sc in ch-1 space, sc in next V-st, ch 3, sc in same V-st.) Repeat sequence in parentheses all the way across the row. When you get to the end of the row, Sc in the last ch-1 space, then work 1 sc in each of the last 2 sts. Change colors to color A.

    These 6 rows form the basic stitch repeat.

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    Finishing the Multicolored Version

    Row 7 is going to be a repeat of row 1 using color A -- except that instead of crocheting into the foundation chain as you did in row 1, you will be crocheting into a row of scs and chains as you did when you worked row 3.

    Continue working in pattern for as long as desired.

    When you are finished, end off and weave in ends. You may wish to block the work in order to enhance the lacy effect of the stitches; when worked with wool or other natural fibers, this stitch responds well to blocking.

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  • 07 of 10

    Errata for this Stitch Pattern:

    This pattern was originally published with errors. The color repeat in the 3-color version was inaccurate, and has been corrected.

    There was also an error in the turning chain for row 3.

    Row 3 Correction: Ch 3, turn.

    Skip the first sc; the turning chain counts as the first dc. Dc in next sc. (Ch 1, V-st in next ch-3 space.) Repeat sequence in parentheses all the way across the row. When you get to the end of the row, ch 1, then work 1 dc in each of the last 2 sts.

    Row 3 as Originally Written: Ch 2,...MORE turn.

    Skip the first sc; the turning chain counts as the first dc. Dc in next sc. (Ch 1, V-st in next ch-3 space.) Repeat sequence in parentheses all the way across the row. When you get to the end of the row, ch 1, then work 1 dc in each of the last 2 sts.

    For some crocheters using some fibers, a turning chain of 2 stitches could actually work well here; perhaps even better than the 3 I am recommending. So if you've already made something using the pattern as originally written, don't automatically feel like you need to rip it to fix this. It might not need fixing. As Maggie Righetti points out in her book Crocheting in Plain English, crocheters all make chains of different lengths. She advises her readers to "make any turning chain as long as it needs to be to look good." (page 69.) I have lived by her advice, which I think is wise, and I'd advise all crocheters to do the same. Having said that, I do think for most crocheters a turning chain of 3 stitches will work better here.

    Please accept my sincerest apologies for any inconvenience these errors may have caused.

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    Crocheted Scarf Made Using Lacy Interrupted V-Stitch -- Link to Free Pattern

    Close-Up Photo of the Striped Scarf Crocheted Using Lacy Interrupted V-Stitch
    Close-Up Photo of the Striped Scarf Crocheted Using Lacy Interrupted V-Stitch. Photo © Amy Solovay

    Pictured above is a lacy striped scarf made using the three-color version of this stitch pattern.​​

    This scarf was crocheted using Lion Brand Nature's Choice organic cotton yarn.

    The photo you see here is a close-up showing the stitch details. If you'd like to see a couple of other pictures of the scarf, they are posted along with the free scarf pattern.

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  • 09 of 10

    Lacy Interruted V-Stitch in a Rainbow of Bernat Softee Pastels

    Lacy Rainbow Pastel Baby Swatch
    Lacy Interrupted V-Stitch Crocheted in Rainbow Pastels. Photo © Amy Solovay, Licensed to About.com, Inc.

    This colorway was crocheted in pastel colors of Bernat Softee baby yarn.

    Colors:

    • Pink
    • Lemon
    • Mint
    • Pale Blue
    • Soft Lilac

    There are two different rows that alternate to create this stitch repeat: the first is a row of V-stitches. See row 1, where the Vs are worked into the foundation chain, and row 3, where the Vs are worked into spaces from the previous row. The second is the row of single crochets and chains. See row 2.

    These rows are worked in different colors throughout to create the design pictured.

    Anti...MOREcipate color changes at the end of every row. When you reach the last stitch in each row, work all the steps except the last step in the old color. To complete the stitch, draw through a loop of the new color. Work your turning chain and the next row in the new color.

    Abbreviations:

    V-Stitch Definition

    Work 1 dc st, 1 ch st, and 1 more dc st in same ch or sp.

    The starting chain is a multiple of 4 + 9. Using pink, crochet your starting chain.

    Row 1 (V-Stitch Row): Working in pink, dc in 4th ch from hook, (ch 1, skip next 3 chs, V-st in 4th ch from hook.) Repeat sequence in parentheses all the way across the row. When you get to the end of the row, work a dc in each of the last 2 chs. Change colors to lemon.

    Row 2 (Single Crochet and Chains Row): Ch 1, turn.

    Sc in each of the first 2 dc sts. (Sc in ch-1 space, sc in next V-st, ch 3, sc in same V-st.) Repeat sequence in parentheses all the way across the row. When you get to the end of the row, Sc in the last ch-1 space, then work 1 sc in each of the last 2 sts. Change colors to mint.

    Row 3 (V-Stitch Row): Ch 3, turn.

    Skip the first sc; turning chain counts as the first dc. Dc in next sc. (Ch 1, V-st in next ch-3 space.) Repeat sequence in parentheses all the way across the row. When you get to the end of the row, ch 1, then work 1 dc in each of the last 2 sts. Change colors to pale blue.

    Row 4: Ch 1, turn.

    Work another row of scs and chs as row 2, only in pale blue. At the end of the row, change colors to soft lilac.

    Row 5: Ch 3, turn.

    Work another V-stitch row as row 3, using soft lilac. At the end of the row, change colors to pink.

    Row 6: Ch 1, turn.

    Work another row of sc and chains as row 2. At the end of the row, change colors to lemon.

    Row 7: Ch 3, turn.

    Work another V-stitch row as row 3, using lemon. At the end of the row, change colors to mint.

    Row 8: Ch 1, turn.

    Using mint, work another row of sc and chains as row 2. At the end of the row, change colors to pale blue.

    Row 9: Ch 3, turn.

    Work another V-stitch row as row 3, using pale blue. At the end of the row, change colors to soft lilac.

    Row 10: Ch 1, turn.

    Using soft lilac, work another row of sc and chains as row 2. At the end of the row, change colors to pink.

    These 10 rows form the basic stitch repeat. At this point, start over again with row 1 in pink, working it into the spaces from the previous row.

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    Striped Baby Afghan Worked in Lacy Interrupted V Stitch

    Striped Crochet Baby Afghan
    Striped Crochet Baby Afghan. Photo © Amy Solovay

    This baby afghan was crocheted in pastel colors of Bernat Softee baby yarn.

    Colors:

    • Mint
    • Pale Blue
    • Soft Lilac

    There are two different rows that alternate to create this stitch repeat: the first is a row of V-stitches. See row 1, where the Vs are worked into the foundation chain, and row 3, where the Vs are worked into spaces from the previous row. The second is the row of single crochets and chains. See row 2.

    These rows are worked in different colors throughout to create the design pictured.

    Anticipate...MORE color changes at the end of every third row. When you reach the last stitch in the row with a color change, work all the steps except the last step in the old color. To complete the stitch, draw through a loop of the new color. Work your turning chain and the next row in the new color.

    Abbreviations:

    Work 1 dc st, 1 ch st, and 1 more dc st in same ch or sp.

    The starting chain is a muliple of 4 + 9. Using mint, crochet your starting chain.

    Row 1 (V-Stitch Row): Working in mint, dc in 4th ch from hook, (ch 1, skip next 3 chs, V-st in 4th ch from hook.) Repeat sequence in parentheses all the way across the row. When you get to the end of the row, work a dc in each of the last 2 chs.

    Row 2 (Single Crochet and Chains Row): Ch 1, turn.

    Sc in each of the first 2 dc sts. (Sc in ch-1 space, sc in next V-st, ch 3, sc in same V-st.) Repeat sequence in parentheses all the way across the row. When you get to the end of the row, Sc in the last ch-1 space, then work 1 sc in each of the last 2 sts.

    Row 3 (V-Stitch Row): Ch 3, turn.

    Skip the first sc; turning chain counts as the first dc. Dc in next sc. (Ch 1, V-st in next ch-3 space.) Repeat sequence in parentheses all the way across the row. When you get to the end of the row, ch 1, then work 1 dc in each of the last 2 sts. Change colors to pale blue.

    Row 4: Ch 1, turn.

    Work another row of scs and chs as row 2, only in pale blue.

    Row 5: Ch 3, turn.

    Work another V-stitch row as row 3, using pale blue.

    Row 6: Ch 1, turn.

    Work another row of sc and chains as row 2. At the end of the row, change colors to soft lilac.

    Row 7: Ch 3, turn.

    Work another V-stitch row as row 3, using soft lilac.

    Row 8: Ch 1, turn.

    Using soft lilac, work another row of sc and chains as row 2.

    Row 9: Ch 3, turn.

    Work another V-stitch row as row 3, using soft lilac. At the end of the row, change colors to mint. Ch 1, turn.

    At this point, your color repeat starts over again with mint. Keep alternating V stitch rows and rows of single crochets and chains, working in the same color pattern -- 3 rows of mint, 3 rows of pale blue, 3 rows of soft lilac, until your piece is the desired length.

    Be sure to end with a row of Vs in order to have a straight upper edge; if you end with a row of single crochets and chains, your upper edge will have an unfinished look with a bumpy edge.

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