In this video, Brenda K. B. Anderson demonstrates how to crochet the wonderfully textured Waffle Stitch pattern. This stitch pattern uses post stitches to create raised columns and ridges on the fabric, making it look just like a waffle. Logged-in members can download the stitch chart for a visual reference.
To begin, chain a multiple of 3 + 3 stitches, + 1 for a turning chain. In her sample, Brenda starts with a foundation chain of 16 sts and begins her swatch by working into the bottom of her chain.
Row 1: Beginning with the third ch from hook (the first 2 chs count as the 1st DC of the row), DC into each chain across.
Row 2: Ch 2 (counts as 1st DC of row), turn, FPDC into the second stitch, [DC into each of the next 2 sts, FPDC into the next st] across until 1 stitch remains (the ch-2 turning ch), DC into the top of this turning chain.
Row 3: Ch 2 (counts as 1st DC of row), turn, work 1 DC into the next st, [1 FPDC into each of the next 2 sts, 1 DC in next st] across until one st remains, 1 DC into top of ch-2.
Repeat Rows 2 and 3 for pattern.
For a more symmetrically balanced design, finish with a repeat of Row 2.
Brenda shares lots of tips while demonstrating this stitch pattern. She explains how the post and top of a stitch relate to one another and also gives some tips for creating a neater side edge.
This highly textured stitch pattern is perfect for blankets, dishcloths and scarves because even though the reverse side of the stitch pattern isn’t the same as the “Right Side” both sides look very nice. This stitch pattern also has enough drape to make a great sweater and is warm enough for a winter hat.