Waffle Stitch Crochet Tutorial

I taught a few people how to crochet up here and they watched me crochet both monster blankets and were fascinated by the waffle stitch, I have to admit, it’s pretty great. It took me quite a while to learn it because I couldn’t find a really good tutorial. So since a couple friends who are moving away or are already gone wanted to make waffle stitch blankets I thought I’d make a tutorial on here for them to follow!

IMG_0610 IMG_0612 IMG_0613 This is the best blanket ever.

Image Monster blanket, the original.

Image Paisley giving me the stink eye on the monster blanket 2.0!

I’ve never made a tutorial so sit tight, this might suck.

here we go!

Materials:

worsted weight yarn (I used Red Heart Super Saver for the rainbow blanket and Red Heart Comfort for the monster blanket the original) they’re pretty much identical yarns.

5.00mm/H crochet hook, hook size doesn’t really matter all that much,  I think I made one with a 5.00mm/H and a 5.50mm/I

yarn needle for weaving in ends

scissors

patience.

Abbreviations:

ch = chain

DC = double crochet

FPDC = front post double crochet

st = stitch

Pattern (without pictures):

create a slip knot

ch until the blanket is as wide as you want (the original monster was 220 ch wide (75″) and the rainbow one was 172 ch wide) [in these pictures I just ch 25 just to make it easier for the tutorial] If you’re making a blanket or bedspread err on the side of caution and make it a few extra ch wide.

Row 1: DC into 4th ch from hook and into every ch across. at the end ch 3 and turn.

Row 2 (the first row of waffling): FPDC around second stitch in the row  (the 3 skipped ch from the start don’t count as a DC here) FPDC around next st. DC into top of next st. Repeat the “2 FPDC, 1 DC into top” pattern until the end of the row. When you get to the end, continue the pattern until you have worked all DCs and just have the ch 3 from the previous row left, on every row you will dc into the space (around the st) this is easier explained with pictures.

Row 3: DC into 4th st from hook (top of first DC), DC into top of next stitch, FPDC around next stitch. Repeat “2 DC in top, 1 FPDC” until end of row. make sure you DC in the space of the ch3  from the previous row.

Row 4-end: repeats rows 2 and 3 until your blanket is a satisfying length!

Pattern (WITH pictures) :

Materials:

Imageworsted weight yarn (I used Red Heart Super Saver for the rainbow blanket and Red Heart Comfort for the monster blanket the original) they’re pretty much identical yarns.

Image5.00mm/H crochet hook, hook size doesn’t really matter all that much,  I think I made one with a 5.00mm/H and a 5.50mm/I

Imageyarn needle for weaving in ends

scissors

patience.

Abbreviations:

ch = chain

DC = double crochet

FPDC = front post double crochet

st = stitch

Pattern (without pictures):

create a slip knot

Image

ch until the blanket is as wide as you want (the original monster was 220 ch wide (75″) and the rainbow one was 172 ch wide) [in these pictures I just ch 25 just to make it easier for the tutorial] If you’re making a blanket or bedspread err on the side of caution and make it a few extra ch wide.

Image

Row 1: DC into 4th ch from hook and into every ch across. at the end ch 3 and turn.

Image

ImageImage

Row 2 (the first row of waffling): FPDC around second stitch in the row  (the 3 skipped ch from the start don’t count as a DC here) FPDC around next st. DC into top of next st. Repeat the “2 FPDC, 1 DC into top” pattern until the end of the row. When you get to the end, continue the pattern until you have worked all DCs and just have the ch 3 from the previous row left, on every row you will dc into the space (around the st) this is easier explained with pictures.

Image

Image

Row 3: DC into 4th st from hook (top of first DC), DC into top of next stitch, FPDC around next stitch. Repeat “2 DC in top, 1 FPDC” until end of row. make sure you DC in the space of the ch3  from the previous row.

Image

Image

Row 4-end: repeats rows 2 and 3 until your blanket is a satisfying length!

Image this isn’t the greatest picture but it’s the best I could get to show the “popping out” of the stitches… for the rest of the blanket if there’s a stitch popping out you do a FPDC around this stitch, if it’s kind of hiding in the back, you work into the top of that stitch. The rows will alternate 2 FPDC, 1 DC in top, then 2 DC in top, 1 FPDC.

front

back

Hopefully those pictures clear it up a little.

So, there’s my first tutorial.. I wonder if anyone will actually be able to learn from it! Comment if you’ve got any questions!

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Hugs & Kisses from afar

xoxo

Laura!!

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130 thoughts on “Waffle Stitch Crochet Tutorial

  1. I will try when I get home- if you can teach me it is a success since I have been a crochet idiot in previous attempts!!

  2. This is one stitch I have been wanting to learn, and you did an awesome job explaining(with words and pics) Thank you so much!

  3. hi laura, i am so happy to have found your post here. I have been looking for a good pattern for a blanket for my daughter and yours fits what I had in my mind to the tee. I interested to know how many balls of yarn did you use for each of the blankets please? thanks, venee

    • Hi venee,
      The 2 shades of blue blanket took 5-6 balls of the comfort yarn and I believe the balls are 800-900 yards each. But that blanket was about the size of a queen size bedspread so it was A LOT of yarn. And the rainbow blanket was more scraps but I seem to remember one of the “economy super saver” balls (which are just over 350yards each) making about 5 waffles (10 rows). So in total I’d say the rainbow blanket maybe between 15 and 20 balls, but that’s because they were all different colours, I had quite a bit of each colour left over afterwards. Again this is just an estimate but I hope it gives you an idea of how much you’ll need!

    • also! What’s great about the Red Heart Super Saver is that there’s no dye lots so all of the balls of each colour are pretty much identical so if you run out it’s easy to grab another ball and not worry too much about colour!

  4. thanks heaps laura for your prompt reply:-) I have been itching to get started!! off shoppin now…thanks again…v

  5. Yours is one of the best tuts for a crochet stitch I have ever seen! Excellent job! You should consider doing other types of stitches……

  6. Thank you for posting this tutorial! It is very easy to follow. The only question I have is:

    1. Are we supposed to chain 3 before turning at the end of each row? I think so, but it isn’t mentioned in the pattern. I noticed in the pictures that you did chain 3 at the end of row 2, so I wanted to be sure.

    Other than that, great job! I like how you have the pattern typed out and the pictures. The pictures help when you don’t understand something in the pattern, but I’m trying to learn patterns (I just started crocheting, and this blanket is my 2nd project) so I can expand my knowledge from just watching tutorials. More variety that way, too.

    But thank you so much again! I enjoyed your tutorial!

  7. Hi, I love this pattern so thank you for creating such a great tutorial. I was wondering, how do you change colors with the waffle stitch?

    • I do it the same way as with regular stitches, I pull the new colour through the last part of the last stitch. So before you pull through the last 2 loops you yarn over with the new colour. Then chain 3 in the new colour and continue on to the next row. Hope this helps!

  8. Hi,just came across this tutorial via raverly,wanted to learn this stitch for awhile now.cann’t believe how easy it is,just done 25 stitch sampler to learn with,it came out better than I ever imagined.many thanks.itching to start a big blanket,must finish WIP that I’ve nearly finished.mw

    • Hi Mandy! So glad the tutorial helped you so much!! It makes for a great thick cozy blanket! I’ve made 5 already for friends & family! Happy stitching 🙂

  9. I’m so glad I saw this pattern. It reminded me of the one my Aunt made for my first baby. That was 55 years ago. She did it in gray and then slip stitched a light blue about 2 or 3 inches in from the ends. The yarn she used for the blue was very soft and fluffy. It got so many compliments, I think partially because all babies had pastel blankets. I just found out that I’m to become a great-grandmother in January and I think I’ll make this. Thanks so much!

  10. You did great job. I used it as a refresher for new great grand daughter. It’s a long time favorite.

  11. You did a great job of teaching the stitch, I was able to follow along very easy. My question is why does mine sample and the sample you made not look as “popped out” as your beautiful works at the top of the page? My sample looks like yours but I just don’t see the same thing as the completed afghans. Thanks for your tutorial. 🙂

    • It sometimes has to do with what colour you do it in some colours are easier to see the pattern in and the bigger you make the sample the more pronounced it looks :). I hope that helps !

    • The pattern is much more noticeable in a full blanket than in the samples, hopefully it becomes more apparent in a larger piece 🙂 as long as you do the front post double crochets & regular double crochets it will pop! 🙂

  12. This was a great tutorial! Thank you so much. I love this stitch and have been wanting to learn it. I just hope I can do it right. I am still a little confused as to why you don’t have to have a certain amount of chains for it to work being it is like a three stitch pattern. But I will give it my best shot! 🙂

  13. Thanks Lu your instructions and pictures are perfect, I never could get the ends perfect before. Now
    with your help I can understand how its done. Thank you and I love your blankets and dog.

  14. Thank you so much! Beautiful pattern, very well written and it makes the most cushy, thick blanket. This is great! Thanks for sharing!

  15. I just thought I’d also mention that this pattern is an excellent candidate for the use of the chainless foundation dc. Instead of chaining & then dc’ing into the chain, you can do it all at once. It is a more accurate guess of the finished width of the piece you’re creating. 🙂

  16. Lu,
    Your tutorial is great! Very informative and helpful! Well done and thanks. Now I can do the waffle stitch too. I’ve been crocheting but have never made the waffle stitch. I’m actually using is for part of a “hippie” dress I’m making right now but I intend to make a rainbow of color blanket using only the waffle stitch. I think it will be beautiful on the bed.
    Thanks,
    Cat from San Diego

    • I meant to include that I’ve crocheted for 51 years and have not, until now, used the waffle stitch. Thanks to your tutorial, now I can ad that to my “can do” list!
      Again, thank you for a well done tutorial,
      Cat

  17. For future tutorials, I would recommend using light color yarn, as it makes things a lot easier to see (especially for middle-aged yes like mine). Having said that, the directions are very thorough. Nice work!

  18. Finally a tutorial on the Waffle Stitch that I can grasp! Thank you neighbour (I’m from Oshawa)! By the way, you hold your crochet hook the same way I do (my grandmother taught me). Just about everyone who watches me crochet though wonders how in the world I manage because they all hold their hooks like they’re writing with a pen. Someone said, my style is a European one but I can’t validate that. Sure works for me anyway! Again, thanks for the great lesson. The pics were so helpful!

  19. Thank you for the pattern. The only question I have is what type of border did you use? I have a baby afghan started and need to know what border.Thank you. Pam

    • I didn’t add a border to this blanket, I just made sure it finished with a full Waffle, like a closed square, instead of the bottom half of one…. If that makes any sense 🙂

  20. Am starting an afghan using the waffle stitch today for a Christmas gift for Mr grandson. Thank you so much.

  21. Wow great tutorial. I tried it and it worked. You should make some more tutorials for other stitches and stuff.

  22. Than you for this great tutorial! I gave the stitch a trial run making a cotton dishcloth and I was very happy with the results! I’m so excited about learning this new stitch. Can’t wait to use it in a blanket!

  23. Hi! I’m looking at your blanket the big colorful one which is the rainbow one correct? Is that the 172 chains? Or is it 220 chains? I’m making one for my uncle and I want it a good sizes.

    • The multicoloured blanket was 172 chains wide. But keep in mind using red heart it stretches quite a bit, that blanket is big enough to cover a king size bed! it’s SO cozy, easily my favourite blanket 🙂 I’m sure your uncle will enjoy his!

      • Well then since it’s stretches I’m going to make it 152 chains instead. He decided to buy a blanket from me once I made him one in his color. Thank you!!! I might even make myself one lol. 😃

  24. And one last thing can you name the colors you used for the rainbow one not including the white? I’m gonna have to buy more yarn!!!

    • Woo ok here goes! (Yarn is red heart super saver economy unless stated otherwise)
      Starting from the yellow

      Bright yellow (red heart comfort)
      Spring green
      Peacock (red heart comfort)
      Pumpkin
      not 100% sure but I THINK it’s Windsor blue
      Pretty’n’pink
      Heather grey
      Navy (red heart comfort)
      Hot red
      Light grey
      Glow worm
      Shocking pink (red heart comfort)
      Amethyst

      Hope that helps!

      • Ooooooo! I like them all thank you! I will be buying those exact colors. When it’s finished I’ll share a photo with you on my art site.

      • If you were to sell your rainbow blanket how much would you have sold it for? (I’m wondering because I am selling mine to my uncle for $85.) 🙂

      • Oh man I don’t even know. Of all the stuff I’ve sold I’ve only ever charged for the cost of the wool and not for my time since I do this all for fun :). I can’t remember how much the wool cost for the rainbow blanket =S about $5-$10 for each colour I’d say, hope that helps!

      • Hello!!! 🙂 your blanket I see the white placed in between each color. Do you remember how many rows you did for the white each round? I’m basically using the same concept but with black instead of white. My friend wants the same concept but in different color format.

      • Each white section was random. 1 waffle (so 2 rows) up to 5 or 6 waffles (10-12 rows) I think 🙂 it was all pretty random haha. I think it’ll look so cool with black instead of white !

  25. So glad I happened upon this tutorial. Thank you for making it available.
    If I made a potholder, do you think cotton yarn would be better?

  26. Thank you for this excellent tutorial. I am looking forward to completing a project and if my project is not too hideous I will post pics. I’m very new to this. lol

      • So Laura i just about finished the baby blanket with this pattern. And I found a new Stitch too yesterday! Using back post double crochet you can create a ribbed effect!

      • Awesome! I’m sure the blanket is amazing! And yes I’ve used that stitch too! I usually use the BPDC ribbing for the rim of hats I make 🙂 makes them nice and thick and stretchy!

  27. Oso I found out this whole time I was doing the waffle stitch with two FPDC and two BPDC…and not the way you showed in your photos. So what I did was I did a smaller sample the way u showed and it came out perfectly! Can you show me how you did your BPDC for the brim of your hats?

    • after thinking about it I actually do FPDC (not back post, oops) for the ribbing. I really just do a row of DC to start and then the next 2 or 3 rows I do FPDC for every stitch. Hope that helps

  28. I’m a super noob and this is the best thing I’ve seen. I once threw a book across the room (along with my hook) cause I was so frustrated. Then I didn’t touch anything crochet related for years. I decided recently to give it a try. Learned some basics and completed an afghan. I wanted to try something else but was very apprehensive… but your tutorial made this difficult-looking pattern something I could figure out. Thanks for creating it!!
    Now, if you could just create a tutorial for keeping pet hair out of the stitches! 😉

  29. You say you wonder if anyone will learn from your tutorial…. If I could attach a picture I would.
    I’ve just complete my first crochet project a lap blanket for my mum for mothers day…. using the waffle stitch from your tutorial. Thank you so much

  30. Hi! I have to admit I did not read ALL the comments, but I was wondering if you could just tell me what the multiple count is to make it wider or narrower. Thank you.

  31. Thank you for the guide. You are very good at explaining. Easy to follow even without pictures. But illustrations are a handy touch. Nice work.
    Thanks again

      • I would like just the pattern please l would really like the pattern thanks jan

      • Sorry I don’t have an actual pattern made 😦 just the tutorial. it was all kind of random.

        The basic “pattern” is in the tutorial but it doesn’t have numbers for the chain rows and what not because all the blankets are different sizes. Sorry

    • It’s honestly all super random =S. I lived really far away from any yarn stores so I bought like one ball of every colour (and a ton of white) online one time and just started stitching, switching colours whenever I felt like it.

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  33. This has been so helpful! I was trying to do this before but always got stuck at the edges to keep them even. Tutorials like this are just what I need. Can’t wait to get started! Thank you!

    Do you have any more tutorials like this?

  34. This used to be one of my go to stitches. but life got in the way and I was working on other projects, so I haven’t done this stitch in a while. I’m so glad I found you post with picture tutorials. now I remember why it was a go to stitch. Thank you.

  35. Hi
    My mum taught me this pattern when I was at school. She made rugs for all our beds out of scraps, and sometimes the colours would only go across one or two rows so turned out very colourful. I’m 65 and still making these rugs and still being asked to show people how. Like you I don’t have a pattern or a number of chain just keep chaining until it fits across the bed or size for a knee rug. I made my four children snuggle rugs when they were small and now I am doing them for my grandchildren.
    I used to use the scraps of wool from jumpers I knitted for my children (like Mum) but now I use anything I have left over plus I pick up odd balls from the op-shop.
    Noreen

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