How to Crochet the Waffle Stitch

The waffle stitch is a fantastic stitch technique to use to get texture in scarves, blankets, and washcloths.

Use our photo tutorial below to learn how to make the crochet waffle stitch and start applying it to all types of different crochet projects like a waffle stitch blanket.

What is The Waffle Stitch?

The waffle stitch gets its name from a double crochets and a post double crochet combination. The raised stitch of the front post double crochet followed by a double crochet creates a stitch combination that looks like waffles.

You’ll be able to see how the stitches create the waffle design in more detail below in the photo tutorial. But first, let’s talk about each of the stitches you’ll need to understand.

Waffle Stitch Detail

Crochet Techniques + Stitches Used in The Waffle Stitch

To crochet the waffle stitch, you’ll need to know how to double crochet (dc abbreviated) and the technique of creating a front post double crochet (fpdc abbreviated).

I’ll explain these stitches’ step by step below as well as link up a tutorial.

Double Crochet (dc): Dc Photo + Video Tutorial

  1. Wrap the yarn over (Yo) the hook, insert the hook into the specified st.
  2. Yo the hook again, draw the yarn through the st, so there are 3 loops on the hook
  3. Yo the hook again draw it through 2 loops, so there are 2 loops on the hook
  4. Yo the hook, draw it through the final 2 loops.

Front Post Double Crochet (fpdc): Fpdc Photo Tutorial

  1. Yo, from the front of your work, insert hook front to back to front again around the post of the next stitch, pushing the post forwards towards you
  2. Yo, pull the yarn back through the post, so there are three loops are on the hook
  3. Finish like a normal dc stitch. (yarn over and draw through two loops twice

Projects To Use The Waffle Stitch In

You can use the waffle stitch in all types of projects to create a piece that has great texture.

For example, a home decor project like a crochet washcloth or dishcloth would be a great choice for this stitch because the extra texture it creates would help with cleaning. In a blanket, you would use this stitch if you’d like to add interest and make a unique project.

Below you’ll find our detailed waffle stitch tutorial that is simple enough for beginner crocheters too.

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Waffle Stitch Crochet Tutorial

Skill Level: Intermediate

Materials

  • Crème Cotton Yarn by Loops + Threads
  • J-10 6 mm crochet hook
    • You can use any yarn weight such as worsted weight yarn or chunky yarn as well as any brand you’d like to make this stitch. Use the yarn label to figure out the crochet hook size the yarn calls for.
  • Yarn needle / tapestry needle to locate stitches (optional)
  • Tape measure (to measure gauge)
  • Scissors

Crochet Stitches + Abbreviations

  • dc(s) = double crochet(s)
  • st(s) = stitch(es)
  • ch(s) = chain(s)
  • fpdc(s) = front post double crochet(s)
  • rep = repeat

Notes

  • Ch 2s at the beginning of the rows count as a st
  • Written in standard US terms
  • A waffle stitch is created by chaining a multiple of 3 such as 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, etc. and adding 2 more stitches to that multiple. You’ll always use a starting chain of 3 + 2 when crocheting a waffle stitch.
  • You may see some designs that use a ch 3 instead of a ch 2 at the beginning of the rows. I prefer the ch 2s because it makes for cleaner edges. If you’d like to use a ch 3 it would still work perfectly.

Gauge Swatch

Waffle Stitch Pattern

Written Instructions

To Start: Ch multiple of 3+2

Row 1: dc in 4 ch from hook and in each st across, turn.

Row 2: ch 2, *fpdc in next st, dc in next 2 sts, repeat from * until the last 2 sts, fpdc in next st, dc in top of ch, turn.

Row 3: ch 2, *dc in next st, fpdc in the next 2 sts, repeat from *until the last 2 sts, dc in next st, dc in top of ch, turn.

Row 4 -?: Rep rows 2 and 3

Step-by-Step Photo Instructions

Use this photo tutorial to make a swatch to practice the waffle stitch. Once you get the hang of this stitch, you then can apply it to make bigger projects by using a starting ch in a multiple of three plus two additional stitches added on at the end of that multiple.

Reminder: The ch 2s at the beginning of the rows count as a stitch throughout the pattern. Keep that in mind with the stitch counts.

Step 1

Ch 11 (a multiple of 3 + 2 sts)

Step 2 (Row 1)

Locate the 4th ch from the hook

Step 3

Dc into the fourth ch from the hook

Step 4

Double crochet (dc) into each of the remaining chs in the row

Step 5 (Row 2)

Turn the work, ch 2 and locate the next st to fpdc around.

Step 6

Fpdc around the stitch

Step 7

Dc into the next st

Step 8

Dc into the next st

Step 9

Fpdc around the next st

Step 10

Dc once into each of the next two sts

Step 11

fpdc around the next st

Step 12

Locate the turning ch

Step 13

Dc into the top of the turning ch (9 total sts across the row)

Step 14 (Row 3)

Turn the work, ch 2

Step 15

dc in the next stitch, fpdc around each of the next two sts

Step 16

dc in the next stitch, fpdc around each of the next two sts

Step 17

dc in the next stitch

Step 18

Locate the top of the turning ch

Step 19

Dc into the top of the turning ch.

Step 20

Rep rows 2 + 3 for to the desired length of the pattern or crochet project. You will see the waffle stitch start to form with the row repeat.

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