The Waffle crochet stitch is a heavily textured stitch that is popular for baby blankets, and guess what? It looks like the surface of a waffle! The waffle crochet stitch is a thick stitch with no holes, making it perfect for anything that you need to be warm and snuggly. You only need to use double crochet and how to make stitches around posts.
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If you’ve been crocheting for more than 5 minutes, you’ve likely seen pictures and lots of different patterns for the Waffle stitch. It is one of the go to stitches for beginners and very popular for making baby blankets, sweaters, scarves, hats and anything else you can think to crochet.
The Waffle stitch has a repeating pattern that is not only easy to remember, but you don’t have to keep count as it is very easy to eyeball it as all the stitches line up and are essentially stacked one on top of the other to create that all familiar box pattern.
I first made the Waffle stitch as part of my 50 Stitches Crochet Along pattern, and it’s amazing that was the first time I was making this stitch as it is just a super popular and quick stitch to make. The Waffle crochet stitch only uses double crochet, with some front post double crochet thrown in for good measure. So as long as you know how to make a double crochet and how to work around a post, this stitch will be easy to have a go at and why it is a popular stitch for beginners.
This how to guide is part of Froggity Frog’s Stitch Vault collection. Have you seen all the other stitches in there? You can take a look here all the guides are free to access and maybe you will discover some new stitches to create for yourself.
The Waffle crochet stitch is a hole free stitch and is lovely and snuggly. It’s these features that make it popular for making baby blankets, and the texture makes it interesting for baby to touch too.
I’ve used a single solid colour for my Waffle crochet stitch swatch below, but I’ve seen this stitch work up well with different rows of colour and it looks great when made with multicolour yarn too.
The yarn I used in this stitch guide is Stylecraft Cotton Classique DK, a 100% cotton yarn. It’s a non mercerised cotton that is lovely and soft, but it can get a bit splitty if you frog it a couple of times. It does makes lovely cosy blankets though and is the yarn that got me hooked on cotton as my fibre of choice. I think I first got a ball of this yarn in a mystery bag I got off ebay, and it was a great yarn discovery for me.
I also used my trusty Clover Amour hooks which are perfect if you are looking for a good value ergonomic crochet hook that won’t cause your hand to ache if you are crocheting for long periods of time. I’ve tried many different crochet hooks over the years, but I always end up coming back to my trusty Clovers. They just sit so well in my hand and never let me down.
The Waffle Crochet Stitch
The stitch guide below is written in US terms
- Ch = Chain
- St = Stitch
- Dc = Double Crochet
- Fpdc = Front Post Double Crochet
Start by making a foundation chain in multiples of 3 (plus 2 for your foundation chain)
Row 1. In the 4th chain from your hook make a dc (the turning chain counts as your first stitch of the row). Make a dc in each stitch across.
Row 2. Turn and chain 1. Make a dc turning chain in the first st then make a fpdc in the next stitch. *Make a dc in each of the next 2 stitches and then make a fpdc in the next stitch.* Repeat between *and* across the row. In the last stitch of the row make a dc.
Row 2 will be the front side of your Waffle stitch piece.
Row 3. Turn and ch 1. Make a dc turning chain in the first st. *Make a dc in the next stitch then make a fpdc in each of the next 2 stitches* Repeat between *and* across the row. In each of the last 2 stitches make a dc to finish the row.
When making row 3, you are looking at the back of the Waffle crochet stitch. You will know that your stitches are lining up as the fpdc are made in the dc stitches from row 2, and your dc will be made into the fpdc of row 2. You want to make the opposite stitch that you did in the row below. Once you turn your crochet over you will start seeing that lovely Waffle pattern forming.
Repeat rows 2 and 3 until you have the number of rows that you need for your project. I recommend finishing your piece on a repeat of row 2, as in my opinion it just gives a better finishing edge. Then you can cut off, weave in your ends and admire your wonderful handy work.
I think adding a border to the Waffle stitch makes a good finishing touch and just helps to make the piece look complete with all the surface texture. A simple single crochet border suits this stitch rather well.
You can find more free crochet stitch guides here in Froggity Frog’s stitch vault. Come on over to our Facebook group – Froggity Frog’s Ribbit And Stitch and show us what you made with the Waffle stitch. I’d love to see what you created.
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