The crochet v-stitch is named for its appearance- it looks just like a letter V made from yarn. In my opinion, it could also be named V for versatile! It creates a fabric that is decorative, open, and lacy, and it works up really quickly.
Crochet v-stitch is also suitable for beginners, as long as you can crochet double crochet (treble in the UK) and a chain stitch. You can choose to make your V-stitch crochet fabric flat for things like scarves, shawls, blankets, or other garments, or curly for things like borders or flowers.
How to Crochet V Stitch Tutorial
This tutorial will show you 4 popular ways to crochet v-stitch
- V-Stitch with Double Crochet
- V-Stitch with Treble Crochet
- Double V-Stitch with Double Crochet
- Double V-Stitch with Treble Crochet
Crochet V-Stitch - Supplies
- Yarn in the thickness and color of your choice. (Read about the best types of crochet yarns)
- Crochet hook in a suitable size for your yarn. Read more about crochet hook sizes.
- Yarn needle to weave in the ends.
If you are testing a sample of v-stitch, try a worsted weight yarn with a 5mm hook.
Abbreviations for V-Stitch
This tutorial uses US terms.
V Stitch is often abbreviated in crochet patterns as v st.
Instructions For Double Crochet V-Stitch Step by Step
There are a number of variations on V-stitch. Let’s start with the ‘classic’ V-stitch. This is made with two double crochet, separated by a single chain stitch.
All instructions are written in US crochet terminology.
Step 1. Foundation Chain
Make a slip knot and then a starting chain as long as you desire. You will need a multiple of 3 + 7 extra chains. The extra stitches are to create a border to keep your sides straight. For practice purposes, let’s start with 28 chain stitches. (21+7)
Step 2. First V-Stitch
- Double crochet in the 4th stitch from the hook. (Don’t count the loop on the hook as a chain stitch! This is not yet your V-stitch. This will form your straight border.)
- *Chain 1. Skip 2.
- In the next chain, crochet this sequence: (dc, ch1, dc). All stitches go into that one chain. You will see that this forms a V shape.
Step 3. First Row of V-Stitch
- Repeat these three steps from * until you are left with 4 chains.
- Chain 1. Skip 2
- Double crochet into each of the last 2 chains to form your border. You will now have a whole row of little V’s, bordered by 2 straight double crochets on each end.
- Turn your work.
Step 4. Second Row of V-Stitch
- Chain 3. This is your turning chain. Double crochet in the following stitch.
- Chain 1. Skip 2.
- (Dc, ch1, dc) to create the V-stitch. Your stitches must go into the chain space in the previous row of V-sts.
- Repeat, creating V’s until the last 4 stitches.
- Chain 1. Skip 2. Dc in each of the last 2 stitches to form your straight border.
Step 5. Continue V-Stitch Rows
Continue with the repeats in row 2 until you have reached the required length for your item.
V Stitch Crochet Variations
If you are wanting an even more lacy look, you can crochet the Treble Crochet V-Stitch. Because each stitch is taller, the spaces in between the rows and stitches appear larger.
1. Treble Crochet V-Stitch
This stitch is made in exactly the same way as the classic V-stitch, just substituting a treble for the double crochet. It is made up of 2 treble stitches separated by one chain stitch. The side borders will be 2 straight treble stitches.
- Create your foundation chain. It must be a multiple of 3 + 8. The extra 8 stitches are for your borders and turning chain. Try 29 stitches to practice.
- Tr in the 5th stitch from the hook to make your border. Chain 1. Skip 2.
- In the next chain, (tr, ch1, tr) which will form the V shape.
- Repeat steps 4 and 5 until there are 4 stitches remaining.
- Chain 1. Skip 2. Make 1 tr into each of last 2 chains for your border.
- Turn your work.
- Chain 4. This is your turning chain. Tr into next chain. Chain 1. Skip 2.
- Make a cluster of (tr, 1ch, tr ) into the top of the V from the previous row.
- Repeat steps 4 and 5 until there are 4 stitches remaining.
- Chain 1. Skip 2. Tr in each of last 2 stitches to form border.
Continue with row 2 until your work reaches the required length.
2. Double V-stitch Crochet
This one is similar to the classic V- stitch, except you, are crocheting 2 double crochet on each side of the V. It gives you an effect similar to a granny cluster, but a bit lacier. Because you are adding more dc stitches, you will need to create more space for them by skipping 3 stitches instead of 2.
- Crochet your foundation chain. It needs to be a multiple of 4 +7.
- Dc in 4th chain from hook to form border. Chain 1. Skip 3.
- Into next ch, (dc, dc, ch1, dc, dc) This forms the double V-stitch.
- Repeat steps 4 and 5 until you have 4 ch left.
- Chain 1. Skip 2. Dc into each of last 2 stitches to form the border. Turn.
- Chain 3. Dc in next stitch. Chain 1. Skip 3.
- (Dc, dc, ch1, dc, dc) into the top of each of the previous row of V’s.
- Repeat steps 4 and 5 to the end of the row. Leave 5 stitches.
- Chain 1. Skip 3. Dc into each of last 2 stitches to form the border.
Continue repeating row 2 until you have reached the required length of fabric. You can see in the picture below that this creates a denser fabric, but you can still make out those V’s!
3. Double Treble V-stitch
The name sounds horribly intimidating, but it doesn’t mean you are making double treble stitches, just that you are making 2 treble stitches on either side of the V. You are simply replacing the dc stitches with tr stitches!
- Crochet the foundation ch. It must be a multiple of 4 +8.
- Tr into 5th stitch from the hook. Chain 1. Skip 3.
- Into next ch, work (tr, tr, ch1, tr, tr) to make the double treble V-stitch.
- Repeat numbers 4 and 5 until there are 5ch left.
- Chain 1. Skip 3. Tr into last 2 stitches for the border.
- Chain 4. (Turning ch) Tr in next chain. Chain 1. Skip 3.
- (Tr, tr, ch1, tr, tr) to create the double treble V-stitch, working each cluster into the top of each V from the previous row.
- Repeat numbers 4 and 5 to the end of the row, leaving 5 stitches.
- Chain 1. Skip 3. Tr into each of the last 2 stitches of the row.
- Continue with row 2 for as many rows as are needed.
You can see from these instructions that there are lots of variations of V-stitch, simply by substituting other stitches for the original double crochet of the classic V-stitch. You can make a V-stitch using half double crochet or even a single crochet, but that will give you a less airy and lacy appearance and a more solid fabric.
When this stitch is made with single crochet, it is called Spider Stitch. When made with Treble crochet, it is sometimes called Rope Stitch.
Should you want to create a curved V-stitch variation to make flowers, curly borders, or a twirly (but not very warm!) scarf, this is how you do it:
4. Curved V-Stitch Crochet
This is made from 2 double crochet stitches separated by 2 chain stitches. By increasing the ch stitches, you cause the work to curl around in a semi-circle, eventually forming a coil. You will still need to do your 2 straight dc at each end to form your edges.
- Create your foundation chain. For this one, it must be a multiple of 3 + 9.
- Dc in 4th stitch from the hook. Ch 2. Sk 2.
- Into next ch, create your V by working (dc,ch2, dc)
- Repeat steps 3-6 until 4 ch remain.
- Ch 2. Sk 2. Dc into each of last 2 ch to form border.
- Ch 3. Dc in next ch. Ch 2
- (Dc, ch2, dc) into the top of each V-st., as well as in the ch2 spaces in between the v-stitches. You are increasing by a lot of stitches in each row in this way, which is what causes the fabric to twirl as it does.
- Repeat steps 3 and 4 to the last 4 stitches of the row.
- Ch 2. Sk 2. Dc into each of last 2 ch to form the border.
Crochet V-Stitch - In Conclusion
V-stitch is especially effective worked in varying colors. This makes the V shapes show up really well. Use the crochet v-stitch to make an interesting scarf!
- Crochet Hook
- Make a slip knot then chain in a multiple of 3+7. Double crochet in the 4th stitch from the hook. *Chain 1, Skip 2. In the next chain, (dc,ch,dc)
- Repeat from * until the last 4 chains of the row. Chain 1, skip 1, double crochet into the last 2 chains. Turn.
- Chain 3, dc, ch1, sk2. (dc,ch1, dc) into the chain space of the previous row. Repeat until the last 4 stitches. Chain 1, skip 2, double crochet in the last 2 stitches.
- dc = double crochet
- ch = chain
- sk = skip