V Stitch Tutorial - A modern classic
One of the most enjoyable parts of my working week are the hours I spend teaching crochet. I run both beginners and intermediate courses and absolutely love it. What could be better than spending an hour crocheting with a group of like minded people over a cup of tea and a chocolate biscuit? The rest of the world stops for an hour, and the concentrated quiet that tends to fill the class is an excellent way of switching off from the hustle and bustle of every day life.
Very early on in my beginners course I introduce my students to the 'v' stitch. This may be something of a surprise but there is a very good reason behind it. The 'v' stitch is actually very straightforward and all you need to master it is the knowledge of two stitches - the chain stitch and a double crochet stitch (I teach in US terms. You'll need a chain and a treble if you use UK terms). I believe the 'v' stitch has a number of benefits for anyone who is learning to crochet. The grouping of the stitches helps enormously with learning to read your crochet; many of my students very quickly find they can identify their different stitches and counting the number of stitches you have in a 'v' stitch row is much easier for a beginner than trying to read a dense row of consecutive stitches. Also I have found one of the most problematic things for anyone learning to crochet is the unfathomable placement of the final stitch to produce a straight end. The spacing in a v stitch makes this much more obvious - identifying the top of the turning chain is most of the battle, and much easier to do with the space provided by the 'v' stitch. Lastly, once the stitch has clicked, it is gloriously fast. Teamed with a large hook and a super chunky yarn it almost flies off the hook. The blanket pictured above and below is made using a super chunky alpaca and wool blend yarn and a 10mm hook. It is just a little smaller than a single bed and took 5 hours to make. There's nothing like a successfully completed project to build confidence when you are starting out.