How to Crochet: Two Simple V-Stitch Variations

By Erin Burger – 9 Comments

The V-Stitch is one of the most popular and also versatile stitches in crochet. You can easily use multi-colors and can also replace the stitches used with other stitches for a whole different look. For example the ‘Little Wings’ V-Stitch calls for single crochets, but if you replaced all the single crochets with half double crochets or double crochets you would get a whole different look.

Little Wings V-Stitch

This fairly tight stitch is great for washcloths or dishcloths because it tends to be thick and textured, especially when using cotton yarn.

chain a multiple of 2, plus 1

Row 1: skip first two ch, (2 sc in next ch, skip next ch) across, ending with 2 sc in last ch

Row 2: ch 1, turn, skip first sc, (2 sc in next sc, skip next sc) across, ending with 2 sc in last sc

Repeat Row 2 until desired length is reached.

Open V-Stitch

The open version of the V-Stitch is great for garments and light scarfs. Make a great spring scarf with this stitch and lightweight yarn!

chain a multiple of 4, plus 9

Row 1: dc in 4th ch from hook, [ch 1, skip next 3 ch, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch] across, ending with a dc in each of the last two ch.

Row 2: ch 1, turn, sc in first 2 dc, [sc in next ch-1 space, (sc, ch 3, sc) in next ch-1 space] across, ending with a sc in last dc and top of turning ch.

Row 3: ch 3, turn, skipping first sc, dc in next sc, [ch 1, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-3 space) across, ending with ch 1, dc in last 2 dc.

Repeat Rows 2 and 3 until desired length is reached.

Have any questions about these variations on the V-Stitch? Don’t hesitate to ask!

Similar Posts


  1. Michelle says:

    on the Open V stitch pattern you started with:

    “chain a multiple of 4, plus 9” <— does this mean chain 9 on starter chain and on the edges chain 4? I am loving crochet but; i am learning on my own and threw online tutuals. I really do love the look of this stitch

  2. Erin says:

    Hi Michelle,

    Please check out this post for information about chaining multiples in crochet:


  3. Estena says:

    Please explain : Chain a multiple of 2 plus 1
    and Chain a multiple of 4 plus 9 for the
    V – stitch patterns Thanku

  4. Erin says:

    Hi Estena,

    Please check out this post for information about chaining multiples in crochet:


  5. Deanna says:

    Hi, I just wanted to say how much I look forward to your newsletter. I have had to cancel all my subscriptions due to loss of job and the economy, so to get a bit of crochet every week really keep s my spirits up.
    Thank you for sharing your knowledge and cute patterns.
    I have been crocheting for about 10 years now, but its always fun to learn new techniques. One I still have problem with is Tunisian (hint hint):)
    Anyway, thank you for sharing your time and talent.

  6. SueZQ says:

    Estena and Michelle, When you are asked to chain a multiple of 4 or 2, this means that there are either 4 or 2 stiches in a single motif of the pattern. Therefore, you will need to crochet any number of beginning chain stitches whose total is divisible by 4 or 2 to have whole patterns across the entire row. (For example, 58 stitches divided by 2 = 29 or 120 stitches divided by 4 = 30 whole patterns.) The additional number of stitches are added to that total are for starting and finishing the row. (For example 120 + 9 = 129 stitches in the starting chain.) I hope that this has helped you a little bit. Crocheting is a wonderfully addicting hobby with unlimited applications, but sometimes very confusing directions. Hang in there, it will get easier. If all else fails, ask the sales person in the yarn department to help you out. They usually are crocheters and can offer lots of help. Good luck!!

  7. Christy says:

    Ok– quick question. How would I make a light afghan with this stitch?

  8. Paige says:

    Hi, I would like to know how to gradually increase with the open v stitch. Any help would be great! Thanks

    • Rachel Choi says:

      Hi Paige! You can make more than one “v” in a stitch. For example, instead of doing (dc, ch 3, dc) in next ch-3 space, you can do (dc, ch 3, dc) 2 times in next ch-3 space. You don’t have to increase in each stitch throughout the row, just where you want the increase to be.

Leave a Reply