Free Crochet Pattern Using V-stitch and Picot Edging

Crochet Pattern Using V-stitch and Picot Edging

Kathryn Vercillo

Project Overview
  • Skill Level: Intermediate

This free crochet edging pattern uses the V-stitch in combination with picots to create a unique border. It works exceptionally well around openwork designs, including those that make use of V-stitches, but is a versatile border for everything from crochet blankets to cardigans. This crochet edging is a wide border, and you'll learn here how to work it around all four sides of a square or rectangular project. Use it on a single edge to enhance a design such as a shawl or a pillowcase.


  • ch = chain
  • ch # = chain # stitches, where # is the specified number of stitches
  • ch-# sp = chain-# space; the space formed by the specified number of chain stitches in the previous row/rnd
  • dc = double crochet
  • rep = repeat
  • sc = single crochet
  • sl = slip
  • sp = space
  • st(s) = stitch(es)
  • v-st = v-stitch; worked as (dc, ch 1, dc) in same sp or st
  • ( ) = repeat instructions within ( ) as directed; repeats are often in same stitch or space


You may adjust your yarn weight and crochet hook as needed when adding this border to different types of projects. For a consistent look it is best to match the yarn used in the project. Review common crochet abbreviations, and chain stitch, single crochet, double crochet as needed.

What You'll Need

Equipment / Tools

  • US I/9 (5.5 mm) crochet hook
  • Yarn or tapestry needle


  • Swatch to edge, any stitch pattern
  • DK or worsted weight yarn for edging


  1. Begin With Single Crochet

    With your edging yarn, make a slip knot and place it on your hook. Join the yarn to the work with a single crochet stitch in a corner at the right end of the top or bottom of the project.

    Side: work one sc in each st to the last st.

    Turn corner: sc in last st of edge, ch 2, turn the work 90 degrees, sc in same space as last sc.

    Single Crochet Edging
    Kathryn Vercillo
  2. Single Crochet Remaining Sides

    Work single crochet down next side, turn corner; work sc across next side, turn corner; work sc up final side, back to where you started.

    At the first corner, ch 2 and sl st to first sc to join.


    Check the gauge of your single crochet so that the number of stitches you make in your side edges is appropriate for its height in inches.

    Single Crochet Border
    Kathryn Vercillo
  3. Begin V-Stitch

    Remember a V-stitch is created by working (dc, ch 1, dc) in the same space or stitch.

    Begin with ch 3, sk 1 sc.

    Side: *v-st in next sc, skip 2 sts; rep from * to the corner.

    Corner: (v-st, ch 2, v-st) in same ch-2 sp.

    Rep Side and Corner twice more, then Side once.

    Corner Join: work v-st in ch-2 sp, ch 2; create final v-st from ch 3 at beg of round: dc in base of the chain, ch1, join to top of ch 3 with sl st.

    Work second round of V-stitch in next step if desired, or go to Picot step.

    V-Stitch Border Free Crochet Pattern
    Kathryn Vercillo
  4. Second V-Stitch Round (Optional)

    Sl st in center of first v-st.

    Begin with ch 4 (counts as 1 dc, ch 1), dc in same sp to complete v-st,

    Side: *v-st in ch-1 sp of next v-st; rep from * to the corner.

    Corner: work v-st in ch-2 corner sp.

    Rep Side and Corner twice more, then Side once.

    Corner V-St Join: use sl st to join to 3rd ch of first ch 4.


    If you wanted to do something a little bit different with this round, try crochet v-stitch shells instead of classic v-stitches.

    Begin New V-Stitch For Border
    Kathryn Vercillo
  5. Picot Round

    A round of picots finished the crochet border pattern. There will be one picot stitch worked into each V-stitch; corner stitches are worked the same was as every other V-stitch.

    Work a sl st in ch-1 space in the center of next v-st, sc in center of same st, ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch from hook, sc in v-st—first picot complete.

    Picot rnd: *sl st in sp between v-sts, (sc, ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch from hook, sc) in ch-1 sp; rep from * around piece, sl st to join after last corner.

    Add Picots to Crochet Border
    Kathryn Vercillo
  6. Finishing

    Fasten off. Use a yarn or tapestry needle to weave in ends.