Beginning crocheters often work projects that use rows of single-crochet, double-crochet or triple-crochet stitches with little variation. When you’ve mastered those stitches, you’re ready to move on to patterns that combine those basics, and the V stitch is a good one for your transition. You can work this stitch with any weight of yarn and any size of hook.
Double-Crochet V Stitch
Begin with a chain that is seven stitches plus any multiple of three. For example, chain 43 to begin -- 7 plus 36, or 3 by 12 -- or 61, which is 54 plus 7.
Double crochet into the fourth chain from the hook to make the ending double-crochet stitch for the row.
Skip one of the foundation chain stitches. Double crochet, chain one and double crochet, all in the same stitch. This is the V stitch.
Repeat the pattern across. Turn your work and chain three.
Double crochet into the first double crochet of the last row.
Chain one and then make a V stitch into the center chain of the first V stitch of the last row.
Variations on the V Stitch
Make a V stitch with half-double stitches by starting with a chain that is a multiple of three plus six. Start in the third chain from the hook.
Chain a multiple of three plus eight, and start a triple-crochet variation in the fifth chain from the hook.
You can also use double-crochet stitches without the chain in between. Make two double crochets in the same chain and then skip a chain.
Pamela Martin has been writing since 1979. She has written newsletter articles and curricula-related materials. She also writes about teaching and crafts. Martin was an American Society of Newspaper Editors High School Journalism Fellow. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Teaching in elementary education from Sam Houston State University and a Master of Arts in curriculum/instruction from the University of Missouri.