Ahh, the Waffle Stitch. Such a fun and textured crochet stitch, and much easier than it looks! We use this stitch in a square for the Creighton’s Blanket pattern and my simple Waffle Blanket pattern, so let’s learn how to crochet the stitch today in this Waffle Stitch tutorial.
Waffle Crochet Stitch
The Waffle Stitch is a wonderfully textured, super squishy crochet stitch that is made up of a series of double crochets and front post double crochets. We will alternate two rows back and forth, each row repeating a set of stitches in multiples of three. By using the post stitches, we are pronouncing what will become both the sides and the top line of the “waffle”. It almost looks good enough to eat! 🧇
About the Waffle Stitch:
Stitch multiple: If you’re trying to figure out how many chains you need for a waffle stitch project, I like to start mine with a chain in multiples of 3 + 2.
If you choose to start your project with Foundation Double Crochet instead of chaining and double crocheting back through, that’s perfectly fine! In this case you would want to make sure that you have a stitch count in the multiple of three. (For example, 30 stitches, 60 stitches, 90 stitches, etc).
This stitch is a fairly simple two row repeat. Alternate the two rows back and forth until the piece is as tall as you like.
It is important to note that when crocheting the Waffle Stitch, the width does tend to shrink after a handful of rows. For example, after two rows my piece may measure 12″, but after 10 rows the width is closer to 10″. Because of this I highly recommend doing several rows of a gauge swatch before starting a project using this stitch.
The Front Post Double Crochets when looking at the “right side” should always line up.
Is the waffle stitch a yarn eater? Yes! This stitch does tend to use a lot of yarn. For this reason, this would be an excellent stash buster project. Consider making the Waffle Blanket pattern if you’re stash busting.
1. To start, chain a multiple of 3 + 2.
2. Double crochet in the third chain from the hook and in each chain to the end. At the end of this row you should have a multiple of 3 stitches.
3. Chain-2, turn your work and double crochet in the very first stitch. * Front post double crochet (FPdc) around the post of the next stitch. Double crochet in each of the next two stitches. * Go back to the first * and repeat between * until you only have two stitches remaining. Place a FPdc around the second to last stitch, and a double crochet in the last stitch.
First waffle row complete!
4. Chain-2, turn your work. Double crochet in the first two stitches. * FPdc around the next two stitches, double crochet in the next stitch. * Go back to the first * and repeat between * until you have only one stitch remaining. Double crochet in the last stitch.
Second waffle row complete!
After several row repeats the “waffle” really starts to take shape. Keep repeating steps 3 & 4 until you have as many rows you wish, ending with a step 3.