Ode to the V-stitch Crochet Blanket
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Yarn for this project was provided by Berroco.
If an ode is a poem written in appreciation of something, then this crochet blanket is my personal ode to the V-stitch. It’s a celebration of this wonderful stitch and shows it off in all its crochet glory.
What is a V-stitch?
A V-stitch is a crochet stitch that forms a “V” shape. The sides of the V are formed by double crochet stitches and the gap between them is made by a chain stitch. You make the V-stitch by working a double crochet into the indicated stitch, making one chain stitch, and then making the second double crochet into the same stitch as the first double crochet. Easy peasy.
Is Crochet V-stitch Good for Beginners?
The V-stitch is great for beginners because it is only made up of double crochet and chain stitches. In fact, the V-stitch is one of the first “fancy” stitches many crocheters learn after they get down the basics.
I have been crocheting for over a decade and I still LOVE the V-stitch. It’s perfect for when you want to crochet something that’s a little special, but still want a project easy enough to crochet while you watch tv.
How to Crochet a V-stitch Afghan
This pattern is designed to make a beautiful afghan that features the V-stitch. It is possible to make an afghan completely out of V-stitches. However, I think the V-stitches stand out and look even prettier when they alternate with stripes of regular single crochet rows.
This blog post contains the pattern for a throw size blanket, written without abbreviations. This pattern is available in other sizes as a PDF file download.
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What Yarn is Good for Crochet V-stitch?
V-stitches are great for multicolored yarn. When I first tried Berroco Dash yarn I knew it would look great in V-stitches. Dash is a fluffy, chainette yarn. It’s soft – perfect for a blanket. Plus, since it’s a super bulky yarn, your blanket will be ready before you know it. I liked the way the little dashes of color in the yarn would show up in the stitches as I worked. My blanket looks like it has speckles of stitches in different colors. Isn’t it so pretty?
Ode to the V-stitch Crochet Blanket Pattern
This pattern is for a throw size blanket. For other sizes purchase the Pattern Pack
This pattern uses the following crochet skills and techniques:
Basic stitches: chain, single crochet, double crochet, slip stitch
Easy special stitches: V-stitches
Working in rows
This pattern uses US crochet terminology.
Width: 44.25 inches
Length: 60.5 inches
Measurements do not include fringe.
Super bulky weight yarn:
1835 yds for body of blanket
125 yds for fringe
Sample shown in Berroco Dash in #3811 Appalachian
US size M-N/13 (9mm) crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge
Yarn needle, scissors, tape measure
11 single crochet = 4 inches
6 rows of single crochet and 6 rows of V-stitches = 6.5 inches long
To make a gauge swatch, chain 21 and follow pattern Rows 1-18, then measure.
UNDERSTANDING THE STITCH PATTERN
This blanket uses two different stitch patterns: a solid single crochet pattern section and a V-stitch pattern section.
The single crochet rows are straightforward – just single crochet in each single crochet across. Note that the chain 1 made at the beginning of the row does not count as a stitch.
The first V-stitch row transitions from the single crochet section to the V-stitch pattern. The beginning chain 3 counts as a double crochet stitch, skip the second stitch and make a V-stitch into the next stitch (3rd stitch of row). From this point on, skip 2 single crochet and V-stitch in the next stitch. At the end of the row, after the last V-stitch, 2 single crochet stitches remain. Skip the next single crochet and double crochet into the last single crochet. You will now have a row of V-stitches with one double crochet on each edge of the blanket. In the next V-stitch rows, start with a chain 3 for the first double crochet. Work a V-stitch into the chain space of each V-stitch of the previous row. Your last double crochet stitch will go into the top of the beginning chain-3 from the previous V-stitch row.
In order to create a row of single crochet you will start with a chain 1 and single crochet into the first stitch. Then, you will work a total of 3 single crochet in each V-stitch as follows: single crochet in the first double crochet of the V-stitch, single crochet into the middle chain space of the V-stitch, and single crochet into the last double crochet of the same V-stitch. At the end of the row you will work a single crochet into the top of the beginning chain-3.
V-stitch = (Double crochet, chain 1, double crochet) in indicated stitch or space.
The chain-3 at the start of a row counts as the first double crochet stitch of the row.
At the end of a Rows 8-12, you will work your last stitch into the top of the beginning chain-3 from the previous row.
The chain-1 at the start of a row does not count as a stitch.
The V-stitch rows will pull in slightly more than the single crochet rows. You can block the blanket for even edges or enjoy the visual interest of the wavy edge that it naturally creates.
Row 1: Starting in the second chain from the hook, single crochet in each chain across, turn. 122 single crochet
Rows 2-6: Chain 1, single crochet in each single crochet across, turn.
Row 7: Chain 3 (counts as first double crochet here and throughout), skip next stitch, V-stitch in next stitch, *skip 2 stitches, V-stitch in next stitch, repeat from * to last 2 stitches, skip next stitch, double crochet in last stitch, turn. 40 V-stitches
Rows 8-12: Chain 3, V-stitch into the chain-1 space of each V-stitch across, double crochet in top of beginning chain-3, turn.
Row 13: Chain 1, single crochet in the first stitch, single crochet in the first double crochet, chain-1 space, and second double crochet of each V-stitch across, single crochet in top of the beginning chain-3, turn. 122 single crochet
Rows 14-18: Chain 1, single crochet in each single crochet across, turn.
Repeat Rows 7-18 an additional 8 times. At end of last row, do not fasten off.
Border Round: Chain 1, 3 single crochet in first stitch, single crochet in each stitch across to last stitch, 3 single crochet in last stitch, working in row ends single crochet evenly down the side, working in the unused loops of the foundation chain, 3 single crochet in first stitch, single crochet in each stitch across to last stitch, 3 single crochet in last stitch, working in row ends single crochet evenly up the side, join to first single crochet with slip stitch.
Weave in ends. Block lightly if needed.
Cut 16-inch long strands of yarn. Using 2 strands for each fringe and beginning with a corner single crochet, attach fringe in every other stitch across the short edges of the blanket. End with fringe in the next corner stitch. Trim if needed.
Use with love.
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