How to do the VH crochet stitch

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Since releasing my pattern as a free download I thought it might be helpful to share a couple pictures of how I do my custom stitch and also share a story of how the stitch came to be.

I learned how to crochet from my Grandma when I was probably 11 or 12.   That was before I had a drivers license (obviously) and before anyone I knew had internet.  So my knowledge of crochet was limited to what my Grandma showed me and sometimes being lucky enough to get dropped off at the library for a few hours to check out my limit of crochet books.

Unfortunately,  The library books seemed old and impossible to understand since I couldn’t read a pattern, so I tossed them aside and just started making stuff up.  One of the first things I made was a patchwork blanket completely out of single crochet.  I remember showing my Grandma and her saying, “wow!  What a lot of work, all in single crochet.  You know there are other stitches that are bigger and would work up faster for a big project like this.”  What!?  So she showed me the double crochet.

Fast forward 10 years to a bus in Breckenridge, CO.   On the way to the mountain I met another crocheting snowboarder, and we began to talk about our handmade beanies.  I really liked her long and exaggerated stitch so I  asked her what it was.  Double crochet.  Odd, that is what I thought my stitch was?   We got together to make hats and I learned that my stitch was not a double crochet or any other recognizable stitch.  So I named it!   VH- as in Veachel’s Half double crochet.  The stitch is similar size as a hdc, but not made the same.

These days we are so lucky to have awesome crochet books that have come a long way, and of course the Internet (Pinterest!)  to help us learn stitches, patterns, and just be inspired by all the creative artists! Pretty amazing!

So here is how to do the VH stitch.  This stitch is used to make the everyday beanie and the much love headband, both FREE PATTERNS!   Enjoy!

VH Stitch photo tutorial

*1 Yarn over, insert hook into stitch

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*2  Pull yarn through stitch only

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*3 You now have 3 loops on your hook

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*4 Pull 1st loop through 2nd (middle) loop only

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*5 You now have 2 loops on your hook

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*6 Grab yarn and pull through last 2 loops

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*7 Finished VH stitch!

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That’s it!  Hope you find this picture tutorial helpful!

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