V Double Crochet Stitch Tutorial

March 21, 2014Allison Murray
If you can double crochet, you can make an impressive pattern that doesn't require counting after row three. Check out the v double crochet stitch!

If you can double crochet, you can make an impressive pattern that doesn't require counting after row three. Check out the v double crochet stitch!

So the other day I got a ginormous box of yarn with 15 different colors in it. How awesome is that? It all started because I wanted this one color in particular (peacock which you can see in the very bottom of this pic at the top and in most of the DIY photos) and couldn’t find. So I ordered directly from the Red Heart website. But to get free shipping it needed to total so much and I didn’t see the point in spending money on shipping when I could instead spend $30 more than I had intended but have 15 amazing colors of yarn to play with.

If you can double crochet, you can make an impressive pattern that doesn't require counting after row three. Check out the v double crochet stitch!

And since I recently made a gigantic V double crochet throw for my bedroom, I thought it would be a good time to teach the stitch to y’all. And if you’re wondering, I’ll be sharing my big purple bad boy with you sometime next week. Woot! (that’s kind of my new thing… everything exciting is followed by – woot!)

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For this stitch you can use just about any yarn or any hook size but I used Red Heart Super Saver Yarn and an H hook.

If you can double crochet, you can make an impressive pattern that doesn't require counting after row three. Check out the v double crochet stitch!

Chain an even number of times.

If you can double crochet, you can make an impressive pattern that doesn't require counting after row three. Check out the v double crochet stitch!

Double crochet in the fourth chain from your hook. Chain one.

If you can double crochet, you can make an impressive pattern that doesn't require counting after row three. Check out the v double crochet stitch!

Skip the next chain and double crochet TWICE into the chain just after. See how you can tell in the pic that you’ve got two little clumps of two doubles together? Perfect.

If you can double crochet, you can make an impressive pattern that doesn't require counting after row three. Check out the v double crochet stitch!

Continue this down the entire length doing your last section of two double crochets in that final stitch.

If you can double crochet, you can make an impressive pattern that doesn't require counting after row three. Check out the v double crochet stitch!

If you’re changing colors, do that now and chain twice.

If you can double crochet, you can make an impressive pattern that doesn't require counting after row three. Check out the v double crochet stitch!

Double crochet IN BETWEEN the first clump (will be your chain of 3 and one double crochet). Go through the doubles, not the loops like you normally would.

If you can double crochet, you can make an impressive pattern that doesn't require counting after row three. Check out the v double crochet stitch!

Continue down the line making two double crochets in between two from the row before. Can you see how the V shape is starting to form?

If you can double crochet, you can make an impressive pattern that doesn't require counting after row three. Check out the v double crochet stitch!

Work down the end and before cutting your yarn and changing colors, do a quick glance down to make sure all of your stitches are through the two doubles and not the empty spaces on either side (it’s easy to get confused the second row but it’s easier after that!)

If you can double crochet, you can make an impressive pattern that doesn't require counting after row three. Check out the v double crochet stitch!

As you keep stitching, the v shape becomes more and more prevalent. When done all in one color and tightly stitched you get an interesting, chevron-esque pattern.

If you can double crochet, you can make an impressive pattern that doesn't require counting after row three. Check out the v double crochet stitch!

When done loosely in a single color with a bulky thread you get a lot more space in between each of the Vs and the look is completely different, but you’ll see all about that next week when I unveil my afghan!

But until then, bust out that yarn and get to this v double crochet stitch. It’s so impressive and so easy to do and I love that after row 2, there’s no counting. It’s all autopilot from there!

Comments (33)

  • Ria Smits

    March 22, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    Hi Allison
    Like the stich very much have to think what to make with it.
    Thank you very much for sharing.
    Greatings Ria

  • meemaw crochets

    March 23, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    Thanks for sharing this easy pattern! I will use it to make a cowl for next winter:)

  • Haevyn

    March 31, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    Just to clarify, is it double crochet x2, chain 1, skip one chain, repeat?

    1. Allison

      March 31, 2014 at 8:07 PM

      It’s double crochet, chain, double crochet all into one chain. Skip one chain and repeat into the following (you’ll have one empty chain between each “vee”).

  • Lyndsey

    May 12, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    The second row and every row after that, are you chaining one in between each cluster of double crotchets still or are you just jumping from one cluster to the next with nothing in between?

    1. Allison

      May 12, 2014 at 10:30 PM

      Just jump!

  • JoeL

    June 17, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    hi there. I get Red Heart Peacock yarn on the shelf of Wal Mart. It’s not in all of them but if you order it online for store delivery its free to store just gotta pick it up. <Make sure you check Wal Mart as the supplier down on the left. there will be like 7 suppliers listed so just check WalMart. Other wise there is often (ive found always) a enormous shipping charge. My local Wal mart does not carry the yarn on the shelf but 17 miles south (at the better Wal Mart and where there is one tenth the population) they cary like 5 times as much yarn in stock and in more variety of colors and some more brands too. I find they have sales often and most of the time they are not advertised. Went in to get like 5 skeins and the store staff set up a sale as we were looking at yarn. ended up spending $150 on yarn and stuff. New blankets for everyone this year. Nice ones too now. Good luck and thanks for you blog

  • Anneke Wiese

    July 1, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    Love your tut and the double V!
    I crochet rugs with t-shirt yarn and I think this stitch would look fabulous!

  • Andi

    July 26, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    I have just tried the dotted doubles stitch. IT’S WONDERFUL! THANK YOU! !

  • goldilockets

    July 27, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    I already found this stitch, but you explained it very well. I used it in baby blankets with a few rows of hairpin lace added in, threaded with satin ribbon. I used all sorts of pastels, not just pink or blue. Heirloom stuff! And easy!-Goldilockets

  • Darlene

    September 5, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    Hi, I found this post on Pinterest. I just thinking – cool – as I was reading the instructions. I am repinning and definitely going to give it a try. Thanks sooo much for sharing. Best wishes, Darlene

  • Shauna

    September 12, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    Thank you for sharing! I was looking all over the place trying to find the pattern. For being so popular it’s hard to find.

  • kim

    September 21, 2014 at 7:08 PM

    I made a couple dishcloths with this pattern. I used white and purple alternating them every second row.

  • Janet

    December 12, 2014 at 12:04 AM

    Thank you for sharing this pattern. I was wondering if you can make this in the round?
    Brain cells are working lol

    1. Allison Murray

      December 12, 2014 at 8:58 AM

      I’ve never tried but to be honest I can’t see what the problem would be. Let me know how it goes if you give it a go (I think it would look super awesome!)

  • Jocelyn Wesolowski

    December 16, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    Thank you for this pattern! It’ll be a good one to add to my semi-drab assortment of stitches. I think I may attempt to put these directions into a standard linear pattern. I prefer working off patterns liek that than longer explanations. My brain gets confused when there’s too many words haha! Thank you thank you. I’ll post the linear pattern if I get around to it.

  • Pam roach

    January 20, 2015 at 12:20 PM

    omg thank you SO much. Finally I get it!!!!! You are brilliant!!!

  • Elaine

    January 31, 2015 at 8:12 AM

    Do you only crochet in one direction? If I do a one color afghan, do I have to cut the yarn at the did of each row?

    1. Allison Murray

      January 31, 2015 at 1:47 PM

      You turn your work after each row, and yes you’ll need to cut your yarn and weave the ends in.

  • Judy J

    February 23, 2015 at 1:13 PM

    I’m just starting a baby blanket in this pattern. Can’t wait to see how it turns out. I’m beginning a craft class of knitters & crocheters this Thurs. & want to have enough started to show them & the instructor. TY for the pattern I think I’ll do two rows of each color.

    J J

  • lisa

    March 17, 2015 at 5:50 PM

    thanks so much, clear easy directions

  • Andrew Whaley

    April 14, 2015 at 10:34 PM

    Hi i was wandering if you had a video tutorial on this thx :)

    1. Allison Murray

      April 15, 2015 at 7:54 AM

      I don’t but maybe I should make one. Thanks for the comment… I’ll work on that!

  • Anne Marie

    July 7, 2015 at 5:03 AM

    I never liked this stitch and thought it looked unfinished – that is until I read YOUR version. I think this is the easiest and nicest one and I think I will make something using it, so thank you.

  • Anne Marie

    July 7, 2015 at 5:27 AM

    I think the instructions I have seen before had a chain in between the 2 trebles forming the V stitch and missed 2 chains. I love the way yours simply says “even number of stitches” and none of this “so many + so many”. I’m now following your blog

    1. Allison Murray

      July 7, 2015 at 9:09 AM

      I’m so glad! I don’t “get” a lot of crochet tutorials myself and am largely self taught or have learned from my self taught grandmother. Sometimes things seem way more difficult than they really need to be! :)

  • Meg

    July 11, 2015 at 9:45 PM

    Allison and I briefly chatted off-blog, and I finished my project around the holidays as a gift for my boss, but I wanted to come back here and post a comment so other curious readers could have a little feedback on the pattern. I am a novice at crochet. I have only ever successfully completed an afghan under strict supervision of my teacher who caught all of my mistakes and re-routed me. I have since tried more advanced patterns solo, and become frustrated because I either didn’t understand what the instructions meant, or my efforts were worthy of a giggle. This pattern is easy to understand, is forgiving if you have issues with tension of the yarn, and produces a complex and beautiful result worthy of gift-giving on the first try. It is a real confidence-booster. Also, it is very true that you function on autopilot once you get going; so, if you are working on a large project, this may be just what you need to fit the bill and get it done with relative ease, in a short(er) amount of time, and is a great stress-reliever. I’m so grateful to Allison! :)

    1. Allison Murray

      July 12, 2015 at 7:55 AM

      You’re so sweet! I am so glad you got your afghan whipped up :) They’re so big they are such good practice. I bet your tension is a bit better just having crocheted so much to get it finished! Thanks lady!

  • Pamela Williams

    January 14, 2016 at 10:59 PM

    Looking for a stitch for a afghan that was simply and I found it here.Thank you

  • Mayte Fernández Fernández

    February 14, 2016 at 6:00 AM

    I am spanihs, thank you.

  • Frida

    April 9, 2017 at 12:46 PM

    Hi Allison :)

    I really like all of your crochet tutorials, I might have bookmarked them all, oops :D

    Thank you for taking the time to make these and sharing.

    Hugs from Denmark

    1. Allison Murray

      April 9, 2017 at 6:52 PM

      Thanks! There are more coming soon! :)

  • Jenni

    November 10, 2017 at 7:33 PM

    So easy to follow. I have found many stitches i’d like to do but the instructions are hard to follow. Thank you so much for giving me a new stitch to try out.

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