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The waffle stitch is a fun crochet stitch that most definitely resembles its name as it looks just like a waffle.  The texture of this stitch is unlike any other crochet stitch.  

2 swatches of the waffle stitch with a wooden crochet hook

You can learn this crochet stitch down below with my full, step by step photo tutorial or even by watching my video tutorial.

The waffle stitch may look like an intimidating stitch, but it is actually a really easy pattern!  After your foundation row it it made up of a 2 row pattern repeat, so it is much easier than it looks.  

Overview of the Waffle Crochet Stitch

Now, if you are looking at this stitch and thinking that sure looks hard, don’t.  It is really a lot easier of a stitch than it may look like.  It is made with a combination of double crochet stitches.

You will use regular double crochet stitches and front post double crochet stitches to make up the majority of the waffle stitch.  Doesn’t sound too bad, right?

close up of the crochet waffle stitch texture

Then you just do a 2 row repeat for the entire piece.  This stitch does have a wrong side and a right side, with the right side looking exactly like the top of a waffle!

There are actually two different ways that you can crochet the waffle stitch.  You can do it in the regular way, in back and forth rows across, which is how this post will be showing you how to do OR you can also crochet the waffle stitch in the round working from the middle out.

If you are interest in learning how to crochet the waffle stitch in the round, then you can check out THIS POST for that tutorial as it is a different process than the regular waffle stitch.

I actually used the waffle stitch in the round to crochet the blanket part of my Dino Baby Lovey.

crochet dino baby lovey

This is a free pattern and you can find it in THIS POST!

What Can You Make With the Waffle Stitch?

The waffle stitch has such a wonderful texture that there are so many fun things that you can make with it.  Here are some ideas of what you can create with the waffle stitch

  • Baby Blankets
  • Afghans
  • Scarves
  • Washcloths

Waffle Stitch Q & A

Is the waffle stitch a yarn eater?

Sadly, yes, the waffle stitch does use a lot of yarn.  Due to the three dimensional look of this stitch, it does require more yarn than other stitches.  But, the amazing texture that it produces is well worth the extra yardage in the long run.

What weight yarn works best for the waffle stitch?

This is one fun stitch that really looks good in lots of different weights of yarns.  I most commonly seem to see it worked up in a worsted weight yarn, but I have also seen the waffle pattern crocheted in bulky weight yarn.

It is really up to you and what weight of yarn that you are wanting to use for this great stitch.

What size crochet hook for waffle stitch?

You will just need to use whatever hook size that corresponds with the weight of yarn that you plan on using.  You can just check the back of the label on your skein of yarn and it will have a recommended hook size listed.

Is the crochet waffle stitch the same on both sides?

No, there is both a right side and a wrong side to the waffle stitch.  This is not a reversible stitch.

What multiples for waffle stitch crochet starting chain?

The waffle stitch pattern can be made by chaining any multiple of 3 plus 2 for the turning chain.

Video Tutorial

If you are a visual learner or need help grasping any of the steps, be sure to watch my video tutorial for crocheting the waffle stitch!

Check out Another one of my Stitch Tutorials!

Waffle Stitch Crochet Pattern (Step by Step)

For this tutorial, I will just be using a #4 worsted weight yarn and an I / 5.5mm crochet hook

Stitch Key –

  • ch = chain
  • t = turn
  • st = stitch (es)
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • sc = single crochet
  • dc = double crochet
  • fpdc = front post double crochet

This stitch is made by chaining any multiple of 3 plus 2.  

You could also start this stitch by doing foundation double crochet stitches and in that case, you will just want to crochet any number of double crochet that is a multiple of 3.

But, if you prefer to start with chain stitches, you will need to chain a multiple of 3 plus 2 for the turning chain.

For this sample piece, I will be chaining 20 for my foundation chain

chain stitches on a wooden crochet hook

Row 1: dc in the 3rd ch st from your hook and in each ch st across.

row of double crochet for the waffle stitch tutorial

Row 2 (right side row): ch 2 and turn your work, dc in the very first stitch, * fpdc in next st, dc in next 2 st* repeat * to * until you reach the very last 2 stitches, fpdc, dc in very last stitch

waffle stitch crochet Step by Step

If you need help with the front post double crochet, then you can watch my video tutorial that is linked above in this post!

This is what the right side will look like after row 2

row 2 completed of the waffle stitch

Row 3 (wrong side row): ch 2, t, dc in 1st dc st, * dc in next st, fpdc in next 2 st* repeat * to * until you reach the very last 2 stitches, dc in the last 2 stitches

This is what the wrong side will look like after row 3

completed row 3 of the waffle stitch

This is what the right side will look like after row 3

right side completed row 3 of the waffle stitch

The more rows that you add, the more it will look like the waffle stitch.  It will also become much easier to see where to put your stitches after you have finished a few rows.

For each additional row, you will just repeat row 2 and row 3 until your piece is the size that you want it to be.  I like to end on a row 2 so that it will finish the last row of squares.

finished waffle stitch square

And that is how easy it is to crochet the waffle stitch!

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