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Waffle Stitch Flat

Crochet Stitch of the Week



This stitch has been on my todo list for ages. It is full of memories of sleep overs at my Grandparents house when I was a child, back in the 70's. The blanket was a yellow and lime green combination, very typical of the decade. This is a stitch with a lot of texture and warmth, although the original was a scratchy blanket with starched sheets beneath which did little to provide a comfortable nights sleep.


By changing up the colours and using a more modern design you can totally avoid the tragic combinations of the 70's bringing this stitch right up to date.


This time around I'm using the oh so silky feeling Wander Acrylic yarn from Furls. It's a light satiny smooth yarn and really easy to work with. If you like the colour of this yarn it's Surf in worsted weight. I have a proper review for you all coming soon.


There is a video demonstration at the end of the post, you can hop down if you want to see the stitch in action.


I'm Using


Designer Information

As always there are instructions for both UK terms and US terms.


The Waffle Stitch uses a multiple of 3 sts plus 4 if using a foundation chain.

The Waffle Stitch uses a multiple of 3 sts if using a foundation row.


These are the basic principles of the stitch for you to use in your own creative designs.


This stitch is great for:

  • blankets and throws

  • cowls and scarves

  • shawls

  • accessories (cushion covers etc)

  • hats and gloves


Abbreviations - UK Terms


ch chain

ftr foundation treble; tutorial here

tr treble crochet

sl slip

st(s) stitch(es)

rep repeat

rs right side


tr2tog treble crochet 2 sts together; yarn over, hook through, yarn over, pull through 2 loops on hook, yarn over, hook through next st, yarn over, pull through 2 loops, pull through final 3 loops on the hook. Decreasing a single st.


fptr front post treble crochet; work the tr from the front around the back of the stitch rather than through the top chain. Video tutorial here.


Instructions

Row 1: ch2, ftr 15

Row 2 (rs): ch1, turn, tr in 1st st beneath ch, *fptr, tr2; rep to last 2 sts, fptr, tr

Row 3: ch1, turn, tr in 1st st beneath ch, *tr, fptr 2; rep to last 2 sts, tr2


Repeat Rows 2 & 3 until the desired length.


Finishing

End on a Row 2 with the Wrong side ready to work.


Final Row: tr to last 2 sts, tr2tog


Bind off and weave in loose ends.



Abbreviations - US Terms

ch chain

fdc foundation double; tutorial here

dc double crochet

sl slip

st(s) stitch(es)

rep repeat

rs right side


dc2tog treble crochet 2 sts together; yarn over, hook through, yarn over, pull through 2 loops on hook, yarn over, hook through next st, yarn over, pull through 2 loops, pull through final 3 loops on the hook. Decreasing a single st.


fpdc front post double crochet; work the dc from the front around the back of the stitch rather than through the top chain. Video tutorial here.


Instructions

Row 1: ch2, fdc 15

Row 2 (rs): ch1, turn, dc in 1st st beneath ch, *fpdc, dc2; rep to last 2 sts, fpdc, dc

Row 3: ch1, turn, dc in 1st st beneath ch, *dc, fpdc 2; rep to last 2 sts, dc2


Repeat Rows 2 & 3 until the desired length.


Finishing

End on a Row 2 with the Wrong side ready to work.


Final Row: dc to last 2 sts, dc2tog


Bind off and weave in loose ends.




Why not share the projects you create with this stitch? Pop your photos down in the comments below or in the Yarn Jugglers FB group, we love seeing each others creations.

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