The waffle stitch is a beautifully textured and simple crochet stitch to make. It is crocheted with double crochet stitches (dc) and front post double crochet stitches (FPdc). I have included a video tutorial to help you with this crochet stitch and a free waffle stitch dishcloth pattern is in my post below so you can make a practice project.
My Waffle Stitch Crochet Dishcloth is made with Medium Weight Cotton Yarn and a 5 mm (H) crochet hook. The finished project is 9 inches square and can be made within an hour.
The repeat for the stitch is worked over 2 rows and it is very simple to remember. The stitch multiple is 3 + 1 stitches, plus 1 for the foundation turning chain. If you are starting with a foundation double crochet row, you will need a multiple of 3 + 1 stitches.
Projects made with the Waffle Crochet Stitch have fantastic texture, on both sides. This stitch is wonderful for dishcloths, washcloths, scarves and blankets.
Waffle Stitch Crochet Dishcloth Pattern
- Yarn: Lily Sugar’n Cream (affiliate link) 4 oz (113 g) and 200 yds (184 m). 100% USA Cotton. Medium Weight Yarn . 4-ply Worsted. Machine wash cool, gentle cycle with like-colors.
- Color: 1 skein Mod Blue (102018)
- Hook: 5 mm (H) Furls Lime Odyssey (affiliate link)
- Finished Project: Dishcloth: 1.63 oz (46 g) and 81 yds (75 m)
- Scissors, Yarn Needle, Stitch Marker (optional)
9 inches X 9 inches
Approximately 13 sts per 4 inches and 8 rows per 4 inches
You can substitute any yarn and hook for this stitch pattern – just remember when you substitute if your gauge is different, the finished size, and amount of yarn used for your project will also be different.
US Terminology used
- ch – chain
- dc – double crochet
- FPdc – front post double crochet
- FPsc – front post single crochet
- g – grams
- m – meters
- oz – ounces
- rem – remaining
- R – row
- Rnd – round
- sc – single crochet
- st/sts – stitch/stitches
- * to **– Repeat the instructions between the asterisks the number of times indicated. This repeat will contain multiple instructions.
-  – at the end of the row – the total number of stitches
- () – important notes AND sets of stitches to be worked within one stitch, or space
- Stitch Anatomy
- Quick Stitch Guide
- Slip Knot and Starting Chain
- Invisible Join
- Waffle Stitch Crochet Tutorial
- Stitch multiple: 3+1 (+1 for the foundation chain) (Understanding Stitch Multiples). If you are working a foundation dc instead of a foundation chain, start with a multiple of 3 + 1 stitches.
- The turning ch-3 counts as a 1 dc. This means you do not work into the stitch directly beneath it because it is taking the place of the stitch that would have been worked there.
- I use an invisible join to finish off my final round of stitches, you may substitute a sl st to join if you prefer.
- When I work into the foundation chain, I prefer working into the back bar (back bump) of the chain. You can work under the back loop only if you prefer.
Waffle Stitch Crochet Dishcloth Pattern
This project is crocheted back-and-forth in rows. The edging is working around the finished square in a single round.
Using your 5 mm (H) hook (or size required for gauge):
R1: Ch 29, sk the first 2 chs (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in each rem ch across. Turn. [28 dc]
R2: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc). *1 FPdc in each of the next 2 sts, 1 dc in the next st**. Work from * to ** across. Turn. [10 dc, 18 FPdc]
R3: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc). *1 dc in each of the next 2 sts, 1 FPdc in the next st**. Work from * to ** across to the last 3 sts. 1 dc in each of the last 3 sts. Turn. [20 dc, 8 FPdc]
R4-R19: Rep R2 and R3. Do not finish off. Proceed to Edging Instructions.
Rnd 1: Ch 1 (does not count as a stitch), rotate your work to continue along the side-edge. Work 2 sc in the corner (the top of the last dc worked from R19). Work 1 sc in the side of the same dc from R19, work 1 sc in the side of the next dc, work 1 FPsc in the top 2 loops of the next st (watch video for help). *Work 1 sc in the side of each of the next 2 dc, work 1 FPsc in the top 2 loops of the next st**. Work from * to ** 8 times in total. Work 1 sc in the side of each of the next 2 dc, work 3 sc in the corner.
Rotate your work to continue along the bottom foundation edge. *Work 1 sc in each of the next 2 sts, 1 FPsc in the next st**. Work from * to ** 8 times in total. Work 1 sc in each of the next 2 sts, work 3 sc in the corner.
Rotate your work to continue along the side-edge. Work 2 sc in the side of the rem ch (left over from the skipped 2 chs in R1 of the dishcloth). *Work 1 FPsc in the top 2 loops of the next st, work 1 sc in each of the next 2 dc**. Work from * to ** 9 times in total. Work 3 sc in the corner.
Rotate your work to continue along the top edge. *Work 1 sc in each of the next 2 dc, 1 FPsc in the next FPdc**. Work from * to ** 8 times in total. Work 1 sc in each of the next 2 dc. Work 1 sc in the corner (there are already 2 sc there from the beginning of the edging round).
Proceed to finishing instructions.
Finish off with an invisible join and weave in your ends.
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