Waffle Stitch Knitting Pattern (Simple Knit Tutorial)


In this blog post, you will see how to knit the waffle stitch and a waffle stitch knitting pattern (dishcloth). 

It creates a textured and sturdy fabric that’s perfect for dishcloths, washcloths, potholders, and other kitchen accessories. 

This tutorial will walk you through each process step, from casting on to binding off. 

You’ll have a beautiful dishcloth to use or give as a gift by the end. 

A dishcloth is a great way to try out the waffle pattern.

So grab your needles and some yarn, and let’s get started!

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Waffle stitch knitting pattern

Waffle Stitch Knitting Pattern 

Skill level – Basic (for beginners) 

The waffle stitch is a textured knitting pattern that resembles the pattern of a waffle, with alternating squares of raised stitches. 

Knitting a dishcloth using the waffle stitch creates a wonderfully textured, thick fabric that’s perfect for cleaning.

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Size Information

Size – 26 x 26 cm/10 x 10 inches.

Gauge – 16 sts x 24 rows = 4×4 inches/10×10 cm in the pattern.

Gauge is not critical for this project, but aiming for a denser fabric will enhance the scrubbing ability of the dishcloth.

The supplies you need…


  • 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 2 dishcloths with this amount of cotton yarn.
  • Or – 1 x 50g cotton yarn suitable for 4.5 mm (US 7) knitting needles or 5 mm (US 8) needles.
  • Any DK/light worsted/8 ply yarn or Aran/worsted/10 ply yarn.
  • I would recommend using cotton.


Knitting needles (size US 7 or 8/4.5mm or 5 mm (US 8) Knitting needles usually work well with medium-weight cotton yarn)


  • Darning needle/yarn needle
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Stitch markers x 2

Knitting Abbreviations

  • CO – Cast on
  • Cont – Continue
  • K – Knit
  • P – Purl
  • PM – Place a marker
  • SM – Slip marker
  • St(s) – Stitch(es)
  • Rep – Repeat
  • RS – Right side
  • WS – Wrong side
knit waffle stitch dishcloth

Knit Waffle Stitch Pattern

Pattern Overview:

The waffle stitch is worked over a multiple of 3 stitches plus 1 for the edges.

Dishcloth Pattern:

  • Cast On:
    • Cast on 46 stitches (or any multiple of 3 plus 1 + 6 edge stitches) for a standard-sized dishcloth (40 + 6 = 46).
  • Set-Up Rows:
    • Rows 1-6: Knit all stitches. These rows set the foundation for your pattern and create a neat edge.
  • Begin Waffle Stitch Pattern:
    • Row 1 (RS): K3, PM, *K1, P2*, Rep from * to * until you reach the last 4 sts, K1, PM, K3.
    • Row 2 (WS): K3, SM, P1, *K2, P1*, rep from * to * to marker, SM, K3.
    • Row 3: K3, SM, K to the marker, SM, K3.
    • Row 4: K3, SM, P to the marker, SM, K3.
  • Repeat the Pattern:
    • Rep rows 1-4 (slipping the markers as you work) until the piece measures around 24 cm/9.5 inches (and ending with row 2) from the cast-on edge.
    • The pattern rows create the waffle texture, while the knit rows help to define the ‘waffles’ more clearly.
  • Finishing Rows and Bind Off:
    • Knit 6 rows to create a garter stitch border at the top.
    • Bind off/cast off all stitches knitwise on the right side. This ensures a neat edge.
  • Finishing Touches:
    • Cut the yarn, leaving a tail long enough for weaving.
    • Use the tapestry needle to weave in all loose ends securely.
    • Block your work if necessary.
waffle stitch knit close up in cotton

Video Tutorial (Free Video Instructions)

Check out the step-by-step video tutorial for the waffle stitch pattern on my YouTube channel.

You will see step-by-step instructions showing you how to create this lovely texture.

Grab Your Free Printable PDF Pattern Here

Everything You Need To Know About The Waffle Stitch

Is waffle stitch stretchy?    

The stretchiness of the waffle stitch can depend on several factors, including the yarn used, needle size, and individual tension.

In general, the waffle stitch tends to be more textured and less elastic compared to some other stitch patterns, like ribbing. 

The raised squares in the waffle stitch can add thickness and structure to the fabric.

However, the overall stretchiness of the waffle stitch can be influenced by the choice of yarn and needle size. 

If you use a more elastic yarn or go up a needle size, it may enhance the stretchiness of the fabric. 

Additionally, the waffle stitch is often used in combination with other stitch patterns or in sections of a garment where stretch is not the primary concern.

It’s a good idea to create a swatch with your chosen yarn and needles to test the stretchiness of the waffle stitch and see if it meets your project requirements. 

If the stretch is crucial, you might want to consider incorporating other stitch patterns known for their elasticity or adding extra stitches for a more flexible fabric.

knit waffle stitch dishcloth edging

Is waffle stitch reversible?    

Yes, the waffle stitch is reversible, meaning it looks good on both sides of the fabric. 

The pattern creates a textured design that is the same on the front (right side) and the back (wrong side). 

This makes the waffle stitch a versatile choice for projects where both sides of the fabric will be visible, such as scarves, blankets, or shawls.

The waffle stitch pattern typically involves alternating rows of knits and purls, creating a raised square pattern that resembles the texture of a waffle. 

Because the pattern is symmetrical and looks the same on both sides, you don’t have to worry about hiding the wrong side of your work.

Reversible stitches are advantageous when you want a finished piece that looks attractive from any angle, and they offer flexibility in design choices. 

Related Post: 30 Reversible Knitting Stitch Patterns You Will Love!

knit waffle stitch on the needles

How many stitches do you cast on for a waffle stitch?    

The number of stitches you cast on for a waffle stitch project can vary based on your pattern, desired width, and the yarn and needles you are using.

The waffle stitch pattern typically requires a multiple of a certain number of stitches plus an additional number of stitches for symmetry.

As a starting point, you may want to cast on a multiple of 3 stitches plus 2 additional stitches. 

This allows for the repetition of the waffle stitch pattern, which often involves a combination of knit and purl stitches.

Here’s an example of a basic waffle stitch pattern:

  1. Multiple: 3 stitches
  2. Additional stitches for symmetry: 2 stitches

So, the total number of stitches to cast on would be a multiple of 3 plus 2. For instance, you could cast on 23 stitches (3 times 7, plus 2).

Keep in mind that this is just an example, and the specific number of stitches can be adjusted based on your project’s requirements and the stitch pattern you’re using. 

In this example, the knit and purl stitches alternate both horizontally and vertically, forming a grid of raised and recessed sections.

The result is a textured fabric with a pattern that resembles the pockets of a waffle.

What does waffle knit look like?    

Waffle knit patterns can vary in complexity and appearance. 

The size of the squares, the arrangement of knit and purl stitches, and the overall scale of the pattern can be adjusted to achieve different looks. 

Waffle knit is often used for cozy and textured garments like sweaters, scarves, and blankets.  

waffle stitch knit dishcloth

Can you do the waffle stitch in the round?    

Yes, you can certainly knit the waffle stitch in the round.

To adapt the waffle stitch pattern for circular knitting, you’ll need to make a few adjustments since the standard waffle stitch pattern is designed for flat knitting.

Remember that when working in the round, you don’t need to turn your work, and you’ll be knitting all stitches on every round. 

Adjust the number of stitches in the round based on your project requirements and the waffle stitch pattern multiple.

What can you make with waffle stitch?

The waffle stitch creates a cozy and textured fabric, making it a great choice for a variety of projects. 

You can use waffle stitch to knit warm and plush blankets, adding a touch of luxury to your home decor. 

The raised squares give the baby blanket a substantial and comforting feel, making it perfect for snuggling up on chilly evenings. 

Additionally, waffle stitch scarves and cowls are popular choices for accessories. 

The textured pattern adds visual interest and depth to these items, creating stylish accessories that not only keep you warm but also make a fashionable statement. 

A waffle stitch scarf is a great project to try out the stitch pattern.

Waffle stitch can be worked in a single color for a classic look or in multiple colors for a vibrant and playful appearance.

Sweaters and cardigans made with the waffle stitch offer a unique and visually appealing texture. 

The pattern creates a fabric with built-in insulation, making it ideal for cold-weather garments. 

Whether you choose a pullover, a cardigan, or even a hat, the waffle stitch adds a touch of sophistication to your handmade wardrobe. 

The versatility of the waffle stitch allows you to explore various projects, from home decor items to cozy wearables, making it a go-to choice for knitters looking to add both style and warmth to their creations.

Check out free knitting patterns here – Free Knitting Patterns

waffle stitch knit

Knitting Lessons

If you are a new knitter and need help with the knitting basics, check out these posts here and be your own knitting instructor – Knitting Lessons (With Video Tutorials).

There, you will find step-by-step tutorials for all the different knitting techniques a newbie needs to know.

Including how to cast on, how to bind-off, how to knit the basic knit stitches, how to knit the knit stitch, the stockinette stitch, the rib stitch, the garter stitch, the mattress stitch, how to know to read a knitting chart, how to measure gauge, how to knit short rows, and a list of knitting abbreviations, and more. 

For easier projects, check out this pattern category – Beginner Knitters

Plus, you can learn everything about yarn weights, including ( worsted weight yarn, bulky weight yarn, and super bulky weight yarn – Yarn Weight Guide {+ Conversion Chart} 

Learn everything about yarn fibers here – Yarn Types Explained: A Guide To Different Fibers 

And if you need more video tutorials to help you practice your basic knitting skills, check out my YouTube channel here Handy Little Me – YouTube.  

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Happy Knitting!

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