Week 7 of The 50 Stitches CAL – V Stitch

The V stitch is a really versatile stitch which can be used in blankets, shawls and scarves. If you use a chunky yarn it can be a much more closed pattern with smaller gaps. If you use a thinner yarn it can be much more lacy and open.

There are several versions of the V stitch, some more intricate than others but I’ve opted for this one as I think it creates a pretty look and is nice and easy once you get past row 1.

This stitch is usually made in multiples of 3 plus 7, but I’ve had to modify the pattern slightly with an extra stitch or two to get the correct stitch count we need for our squares.

You can purchase the ad free, printable version of the pattern on Ravelry for just £2.40 which includes a weekly update with the next square

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/the-50-stitches-cal

UK translation

Double crochet = treble crochet

The Pattern

You will need a 4 mm hook

Chain 32

The turning chain counts as your first dc plus one chain which will count as a skipped stitch.

Row 1. Dc in the 5th chain from your hook, chain 1 then make a dc in the same stitch as the first dc (this forms your first V stitch).  Skip 2 stitches and make your second v stitch (dc, chain 1, dc – all in 1 stitch). *Skip 2 chains, v stitch* repeat this across the chain until you have 3 stitches left. Skip 1 stitch and dc in the last 2 stitches. (30 Stitches in the row)

The first row of the V stitch showing where each of the stitches are placed.
Where you form your first V stitch in relation to the turning chain
Row 1 of the V stitch
Row 1 of the V stitch

Turn

Row 2. Turning chain in the top of the first dc, dc in next stitch. V stitch into the chain space of the v stitch below in row 1. V stitch into every chain space in the row. ( 9 V stitches in total) Dc in last stitch

Row 2 of the V stitch
from Row 2 up, each V stitch is made into the top of the V stitch in the row below

Turn

Row 3. Turning chain in first stitch. V stitch in every chain space. Dc in last 2 stitches.

Rows 4-13. Repeat rows 2 and 3. End with a repeat of row 3. There should be 9 V stitches in each row and 30 stitches in total

The Border.

For the top and bottom sc in the post of the V and 2 sc in the gap of each V. For the edges make 3 sc in the side of rows 1, 4, 9 and 13, 2 sc in the side of all other rows. Add an extra sc in the corners for the turn. There should be 32 sc on each side and 124 sc in total.

The Interlocking Border

If you are joining as you go, we need to add the interlocking border and weave it into the border of the previous square so they are joined together. Use a 4mm hook for this part of the border on all squares.

Start the border in the extra corner stitch on the bottom left hand side with a standing single crochet, and single crochet in the next corner stitch.

*Chain 4, skip the next 3 stitches, single crochet in the next two stitches* repeat this pattern across the bottom edge until you reach the next corner (you should have 6 loops). Make a single crochet in all 3 corner stitches. Carry on the pattern above. Do this for 3 sides.

When you get to the top left corner, single crochet in the 3 corner stitches then chain 4. Pull up a loop, then insert your hook into the top right loop of the previous square. Hook the loop from your chain 4 and pull it up through the seed stitch loop. Pull your loop tight, skip 3 and single crochet in the next 2 stitches of the adjoining square.

You should have joined the first 2 loops together. Repeat this for all 6 loops until you get back to the bottom left hand corner. Single crochet in the corner stitch, and join into the standing stitch.

You can now tie off and weave in your ends.

If you have any questions about the pattern or the CAL, then come on over to the Facebook group – 50 Stitches where you can show us your completed squares too.

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