How To Crochet The Waffle Stitch (Free Tutorial)

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In this blog post, you will see how to crochet the waffle stitch (free tutorial).

Crocheting can be a fun and relaxing hobby, and the waffle stitch is a great pattern to try out if you’re looking for something new. 

With its raised, textured design, the waffle stitch creates a cozy and warm fabric that’s perfect for a baby blanket, a scarf, and more. 

And the best part? It’s actually quite easy to learn!

In this crochet waffle stitch tutorial, we’ll go through the steps to get you started on a crochet adventure. 

So grab your hook and yarn, scroll down for the pattern instructions, and grab your free PDF to print out. 

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Crochet waffle stitch

What Do You Need To Crochet The Waffle Stitch? 

To crochet the waffle stitch, you’ll need several essential materials. 

First and foremost, choose a suitable yarn that complements the waffle texture. 

Worsted weight yarns are a great choice for your waffle stitch crochet project. 

Additionally, select an appropriate crochet hook size that complements the yarn weight chosen, typically recommended on the yarn label. 

Other essential tools include scissors for cutting yarn, a tapestry needle for weaving in ends, and stitch markers if needed to keep track of stitch counts or pattern repeats. 

Familiarize yourself with basic crochet stitches like the double crochet and front post double crochet, as these are the primary stitches used in the waffle stitch pattern. 

With these supplies on hand and a basic understanding of crochet techniques, you’ll be well-equipped to create beautiful and textured projects using the waffle stitch.

crochet waffle stitch dishcloth

What Is The Best Yarn For The Crochet Waffle Stitch? 

The best yarn for crocheting the waffle stitch depends on the intended use of the finished project and personal preferences. 

However, to achieve the optimal texture and visual appeal of the waffle stitch, it’s generally recommended to choose a yarn with good stitch definition and drape. 

Worsted weight yarn made from natural fibers such as cotton, wool, or blends of these fibers tend to work well for the waffle stitch. 

These yarns offer a good balance of structure, softness, and durability, making them suitable for a wide range of projects, from cozy blankets and scarves to practical dishcloths and washcloths. 

Additionally, choosing a yarn with a smooth texture can help accentuate the raised texture of the waffle stitch pattern. 

Ultimately, the best yarn for the crochet waffle stitch is one that suits the intended purpose of the project and complements your personal preferences in terms of color, texture, and fiber content.

how to crochet waffle stitch

Is The Crochet Waffle Stitch A Yarn Eater?

Yes, the waffle stitch in crochet can also be considered a “yarn eater” due to its amazing texture. 

Similar to knitting, crochet waffle stitch involves creating raised areas and texture, which typically requires more yarn compared to simpler stitch patterns. 

The thickness of the yarn and the size of the crochet hook used will also impact how much yarn is consumed. 

Thicker yarn and larger hooks will generally use more yarn to achieve the same dimensions in a waffle stitch project. 

While waffle stitch may require more yarn, its unique texture and visual appeal can make it a worthwhile choice for crochet projects despite being a bit more yarn-intensive.

crochet waffle stitch dishcloth cotton

How To Crochet The Waffle Stitch 

Skill Level – Basic (for beginners)   

Crocheting a dishcloth using the waffle stitch is a fantastic choice for those who enjoy textured patterns that are not only visually appealing but also effective for scrubbing.

The waffle stitch creates a dense and durable fabric, making it perfect for dishcloths.

The waffle stitch not only provides a great texture that enhances the scrubbing power of the dishcloth but also looks attractive.

This makes your crochet dishcloth both a functional tool in the kitchen and a lovely handmade addition to your home decor.

*Grab your free printable PDF at the end of this pattern.

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Size Information

Size

  • Length = 8 inches/20 cm
  • Width = 8 inches /20 cm

Gauge – 17 sts/20 rows in 10×10 cm/4×4 inches in the pattern.

The supplies you need…

Yarn

  • Choose a medium weight cotton yarn (Size 4) for best results, as it’s absorbent, durable, and easy to wash.
  • 1 x ball of The Pima Cotton yarn from We Are Knitters.
  • This yarn is 3.5 oz/100g/232 yds/212 m.
  • Use my code – MGM4VHHAT – for 10 off on your WAK yarn order.
  • You can make two dishcloths with this amount of cotton yarn.

Hook Size

A size H-8 (5 mm) crochet hook typically works well with medium weight yarn.

Notions

  • Darning needle/yarn needle
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure

Crochet Abbreviations

The pattern is written in US crochet terms.

  • CH – Chain
  • Cont – Continue
  • DC – Double crochet
  • FPDC – front post double crochet – yarn over, insert hook around the post of the stitch, insert your hook from front to back to front again, yarn over and pull through (you will have three loops on the hook), yarn over pull through two loops, yarn over and pull through the remaining two loops
  • Patt – Pattern
  • Rep – Repeat
  • RS – Right side
  • Sl-St – Slip stitch
  • St(s) – Stitch(es)
  • WS – Wrong side
crochet waffle stitch cotton yarn

Crochet Waffle Stitch Dishcloth Pattern

1. Foundation Chain:

  • Start by making a slip knot and then chain a multiple of 3 plus 2 extra chains. For a standard dishcloth size, chaining 32 should work well (30 + 2 = 32).

2. Row 1:

  • Double Crochet (DC) in the third chain from the hook and in each chain across. Turn your work.

3. Row 2 (Setup for the Waffle Pattern):

  • Chain 2 (counts as the first DC). Work 1 DC in the first st, *Work a Front Post Double Crochet (FPDC) around the next DC (not the base of the chain 2). Then, 1 DC in the next 2 stitches. Repeat the pattern across the row: one FPDC followed by two DCs until you get to the last two stitches. The final two stitches from the end of the row = 1 FPDC, 1 DC in the last st. Turn your work.

4. Row 3:

  • Chain 2 (counts as the first DC). 1 DC in the first stitch, then * 1 DC in the next st, 1 FPDC in the next 2 sts. Continue the pattern across the row: *1 DC and 2 FPDC* rep to the last 2 sts. 1 DC in each of the last 2 sts. Turn your work.

5. Continuing the Pattern:

  • Repeat Rows 2 and 3 for the pattern. Row 2 has two DCs and one FPDC while Row 3 has one DC and two FPDCs. This alternating pattern creates the characteristic “waffle” effect. Continue until the dishcloth reaches your desired size, usually about 8 or 10 to 12 inches square.

6. Optional Border:

  • Once you have completed the main body of the dishcloth, you can finish with a simple single crochet border around the entire edge to give it a cleaner, more finished look. Work one single crochet in each stitch around the perimeter, placing three single crochets in each corner to maintain a flat edge.

7. Finishing Off:

  • Cut the yarn, leaving a tail. Yarn over and pull the tail through the loop on your hook to secure it. Weave in all ends with the yarn needle.

Tips:

  • Consistent Tension: Keeping an even tension is crucial for the waffle stitch to ensure that the texture and dimensions of the dishcloth are uniform.
  • Washing Care: Since dishcloths require frequent washing, choose a yarn that is machine washable and durable.

Video Tutorial

Watch this video tutorial to learn how to crochet the waffle stitch.

Grab Your Free Printable PDF Pattern Here

What Can You Crochet With The Waffle Stitch Pattern? 

The waffle stitch in crochet creates a fabric with a beautiful texture reminiscent of the pattern found on waffles, making it ideal for a variety of projects. 

A great way to try out this stitch:

  • If you are trying out this stitch for the first time, a waffle stitch dishcloth is a great project, and you will need less than a skein of yarn. You can make a few in different sizes to experiment.
  • It’s a fun stitch for crocheting cozy blankets and afghans, as the raised texture adds warmth and comfort and creates a squishy crochet fabric. A waffle stitch crochet blanket is a great project for all crocheters.
  • Additionally, the waffle stitch is perfect for creating thick and absorbent dishcloths and washcloths due to its sturdy and durable nature. 
  • Its unique texture also makes it well-suited for creating accessories such as scarves, cowls, and hats, adding visual interest and depth to these items. 
  • Furthermore, the waffle stitch can be used to craft stylish and functional bags, totes, and pouches that are both sturdy and eye-catching. 

Whether you’re crocheting for home decor, accessories, or practical items, the waffle stitch offers versatility and charm to any project.

Before starting your project when trying out a new stitch, make sure to make a gauge swatch, it won’t lake a lot of yarn or time.

crochet waffle stitch square

Waffle Crochet Stitch Variations 

There are several variations of the regular waffle stitch, each offering a unique twist on the classic texture.

Some common variations include:

  1. Raised Waffle Stitch: In this variation, additional rows of front post double crochet or back post double crochet stitches are added to create a more pronounced raised texture, giving the waffle stitch even more depth and dimension. A great stitch for a blanket.
  2. Mini Waffle Stitch: This variation uses smaller stitches, such as half double crochet or single crochet, to create a tighter, more compact version of the waffle stitch. It’s great for projects where a denser fabric is desired.
  3. Textured Waffle Stitch: You can create a more intricate and visually appealing texture by combining the waffle stitch with other textured stitches like bobbles, popcorn stitches, or clusters.
  4. Variegated Waffle Stitch: Using variegated or self-striping yarns with the waffle stitch can produce stunning color effects, adding even more visual interest to your projects without changing the stitch pattern itself.
  5. Diamond Waffle Stitch: In the diamond waffle stitch variation, the classic waffle stitch pattern is enhanced with the addition of diamond-shaped motifs within the fabric. This variation typically involves alternating rows of traditional waffle stitch with rows of diamond-shaped clusters, created using combinations of double crochet, chains, and slip stitches

Crochet Lessons

If you are a new maker and need help with the crochet basics, check out the crochet lessons here – Crochet Lessons {With Video Tutorials}.

There, you will find tutorial posts for all the crochet techniques a newbie needs to know.  

Including how to create a foundation chain (ch), how to crochet the basic crochet stitches, single crochet (sc), double crochet stitches (dc), and all the crochet abbreviations ( in UK and US terms) a maker needs to know.  

And if you need more video tutorials, check out my YouTube channel here – Handy Little Me – YouTube

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