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How to Crochet the Waistcoat Stitch (Knit Stitch)

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The Waistcoat crochet stitch (also known as the Knit Stitch) is a super sturdy, dense crochet stitch. This stitch uses the most basic of crochet stitches: the single crochet! Learn how to crochet the Waistcoat stitch with this photo and video tutorial.

waistcoat crochet stitch tutorial

Waistcoat Tutorial

The Waistcoat crochet stitch works great for making dense fabric or sturdy projects. Say for a trivet using cotton yarn, or a bag that you don’t want to stretch out too much.

These rows are very shallow because of how we pull up the loops, so working larger projects using the Waistcoat stitch can start to feel tedious or monotonous. You must have a moderate degree of patience if making anything of significant size – and take frequent breaks!

how to crochet the waistcoat stitch

This stitch can be made in continuous rounds (without joining and turning your work) and when doing so it appears very similar to knitted fabric. When working this stitch in a flat project (turned each row) it still has a knit look but more slanted instead of lining up directly on top of each other.

There is only ONE difference between this stitch and the single crochet: where you insert your hook to pull up the loop.

I find that it helps me crochet faster (and happier) when I pull up a taller loop when starting this stitch. (See what I mean in the video below).

Because we are inserting our hook directly through the center of the crochet stitch from the row below, I also find that if I use a pointier crochet hook it is easier to insert the hook into the correct spot.

The Waistcoat (aka Knit) stitch is abbreviated as Wc in crochet patterns. Find the VIDEO for this tutorial below.

Try your hand at Waistcoat stitch using this 12″ Afghan Square for the Stitch Sampler Afghan pattern!

Waistcoat Stitch afghan square

To waistcoat stitch:

1. Chain any number of chains to start. In this tutorial I am starting with 11 chains.

2. Single crochet in the second chain from the hook and in each chain to end. I now have 10 single crochets.

3. Chain one, turn your work.

4. Single crochet in the very first stitch.

5. Going through the post of the next single crochet (under the horizontal bar and between the “legs” of the stitch straight through to the other side), make a single crochet. Continue making waistcoat stitches (single crochets) going through the posts of the stitches from the previous row.

6. When you reach the end of the row, do a regular single crochet in the last remaining stitch. (Being careful not to add an extra stitch to your count!) Continue adding rows until you reach desired height.

The knit stitch is such a sturdy stitch. Not only are we using one of the shortest crochet stitches available, the single crochet, but we are also going THROUGH the posts to further anchor them! Now that’s a strong stitch!

waistcoat crochet tutorial

Tips for easier and better-looking waistcoat crocheting…

Go up a hook size (or two or three!) from the recommended hook for your yarn. The looser you go the easier it will be to get into that post on the following row.

STAY LOOSE!! Even if you do go up a hook size or two, be conscious of how tightly you pull your stitches.

Use your pointiest hook. Pointy hooks work better with the waistcoat stitch, so use the pointiest hook you have in that size. I find that the Susan Bates hooks are nice and pointy, as well as Yarnology (the plastic ones like this), and the wooden hooks from Turn of the Century Hooks are nice and pointy – not to mention gorgeous!

Waistcoat (KNIT) Stitch VIDEO Tutorial:

YouTube video
And that’s it! If you can waistcoat, you can make the Hibernation Hoodie – one of my favorite cold weather crochet patterns. See it here in child sizes.

how to crochet the waistcoat stitch

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  1. Although the finished sample looks fine, there's something not quite right with the stitches in the first three pictures! The stitches seem to change from one type to another. What is the reason for this? It's not my vision as I asked my daughter to take a look and she agreed that the stitches don't look the same. Thank you for your patterns and tutorials! Your site is a good source of inspiration!
    1. Hi Michele? Are you talking about the step by step photos? Those were done the same as in finished sample photos...it may look different because the step by step photos do not include the border round?
  2. Hi, I bought the Hibernation Hoodie pattern, Yay! I completed the front and back panels but I don't understand how-to or where-to begin the next steps? Can I ask that you also add this-is-what-its-supposed-to-look-like photos please in your pattern? This was my first printed pattern I followed and I thought I was doing great but not I'm stumped. Lol I can't wait to share my finished project, please help. ❤️
    1. Hi Angela! I am sorry you're struggling here. There are more photos on the child size pattern post that may help...that can be found here: https://hearthookhome.com/hibernation-hoodie-child-sizes/ If you're still stumped, please feel free to email support@hearthookhome.com and we can try to get you on track. =)
  3. I can't wait to try the waistcoat stitch on a project. It probably won't be a hibernation hoodie though. I'm not quite to that level. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge. By the way, where did you find such a beautiful girl to model your kid's hoodie. She's sooo cute!
  4. I've been looking for thicker stitches with "no crochet holes" in the pattern. The waistcoat stitch works really well for potholders. I'm also trying the sc, dc, sk st pattern. You are easy to understand and that is a precious gift!
  5. I just want to thank you for doing theses tutorials!! The way you talk about the different stitches makes so much sense to me! Thank you again!
      1. I'm having a problem with holes on the ends of the rows. My stitch count is correct ans I did a regular sc at the beginning and end. Is this normal? How can I fix it?
  6. I’m very new to crochet so bare with me, in your pattern when I’m doing the large size back, it says 72 -90 does this mean the amount of rows I have to do. I’m sorry to be a nuisance Jo
  7. Is there a free paper copy of the pattern for the waistcoat stitch. I like the stitch but I’m better reading them instead of watching
  8. I have been knitting and crocheting for a number of years and I have never heard of the Waistcoat Stitch until now. Is it fairly new?
    1. Hi Sue! This stitch was used in the Hibernation Hoodie which can be found here: https://hearthookhome.com/hibernation-hoodie-crochet-pattern/
    1. Hi Susan! Yes you can! I would suggest going up a hook size from what the yarn label recommends though.
  9. I just watched the tutorial on your knit stitch and love how this looks. I did notice did you loose stitches when doing this stitch you started with 10 stitches and it looks like you ended with 7? Maybe it is me but if so I really need to know if I use this stitch
    1. Hi Debbie! No, I didn't lose stitches. For some reason I cannot fathom now, I picked up another swatch at the end of the video which only has 7 sts across. Sorry for any confusion that may have caused you.
  10. I am Just learning how to crochet I figure if I can embroidery, crosstich, needlepoint and latchhook I think I can crochet ant way I hope to learn .
      1. Hi Irene! No, it is not the same...for the waistcoat stitch, you are sticking your hook into the post of sc post below and making a sc in that post. With fp/bp, you are working around the posts of previous row. Hope this makes sense!
      1. Hi Evelina! The child sized patterns can be found here: https://hearthookhome.com/hibernation-hoodie-child-sizes/ The 2/3T is about halfway down the page. Hope this helps!