Easy Waffle Crochet Stitch (Step by step Guide)

Learn how to crochet a textured Waffle Stitch using simple double and front post double crochet stitches. Beginner Friendly!

What is a great crochet stitch to learn once you know the basic singles, doubles and triples? The Waffle Crochet Stitch! This is a perfect next step for beginners to learn because it uses variations of the basics.

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What does a waffle stitch look like?

This stitch or rather combination of stitches literally looks like a breakfast waffle. It features raised lines (from the front post double crochet) which give it the look of a Belgian waffle, especially when you have several completed rows.

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What patterns are good for the waffle stitch?

While you can use this textured stitch for a lot of different patterns, it lends itself especially well for blankets, towels and dishcloths. Since these items need to be durable and washable, they are often made with cotton yarn.

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See how to crochet a single (sc), double (dc) and triple stitch (tc)

Making the Waffle Stitch – step by step

As with many crochet stitches, there are multiple ways that you can crochet the waffle stitch. It just depends on how large you want the sections or repeating pattern to be.

For this tutorial, I am going with a repeated pattern of 4 stitches. Therefore, you will start with a chain in multiples of 4 plus 2 stitches.

For instance, the pattern for one row will be a repeat of 1 dc, 3 fpdc. The next row will be the opposite: 1 fpdc, 3 dc. The first and last stitches of each row will be a dc.

This is the pattern I used:

  • Chain 14
  • Row 1: dc in 3rd chain from hook and all remaining chains. Turn
  • Row 2: Chain 3. dc in 1st st, *fpdc in next 3, dc in next st. Repeat from * to one st from end. dc in last st
  • Row 3: Chain 3, dc in 1st st, *dc in next 3, fpdc in next st. Repeat from * to one st from end. dc in last st

In order to work the fpdc (front post doubles) stitches, you need a row of double crochets. These are not technically a part of the Waffle stitch but they form the base row.

So, begin by chaining (multiples of 4 + 2). For the first row, you will crochet doubles all the way to the end.

Then you are ready to make your first row of waffles:

1. Chain Three

To begin the first row, make 3 chains. These are your turning stitches.

image of double crochet rows in pink yarn

2. Work 1 Double Crochet Stitch (dc)

Next, you will make a double (dc) in the first stitch. As I mentioned above, each row will begin and end with a dc stitch. Then the waffle repeats are crocheted in between.

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3. Make 3 front post double crochet stitches (fpdc)

Now you will begin the first waffle stitch with 3 front post double crochets (fpdc). If you need a refresher on how to make a fpdc, see this tutorial.

image of three fpdc stitches
image of three fpdc stitches

4. Work 1 double crochet (dc)

To complete the first waffle stitch, work a double (dc) crochet in the next stitch.

image of three fpdc and 1 dc stitches

4. Repeat Steps 3 and 4

From now until you reach one stitch from the end of the first row, you will repeat the pattern: 3 fpdc, 1 dc. If you followed my pattern of starting with 14 chains, then you will end up with 3 completed waffle stitches per row.

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Row 2 of the Waffle Stitch:

Now, we are going to again begin with a turning chain and a double crochet, and then the waffle pattern will be reversed from the first row.

5. Chain 3 (turning chain)

Make 3 chain stitches for the turning chain.

image of crocheting - three turning chains

6. Make a beginning double crochet (dc) stitch

Again, work a double in the first stitch to start the row. (This is not part of the waffle stitches, it’s only the beginning of the row)

image of making dc crochet stitches

7. Make 3 more double crochet (dc) stitches

Now, you will start the first double by crocheting 3 consecutive dc or double crochet stitches.

image of dc crochet stitches

8. Work one front post double crochet (fpdc) stitches

Next, you need to make a front post double crochet stitch. (You can see the raised stitch on the row below. That will help you know where to make a fpdc.

image of dc and fpdc crochet stitches

9. Repeat Steps 7 and 8

Now, you will repeat the same four stitches two more times until you reach the last stitch. (if you started with 14 chains like I did); 3 dc, 1 fpdc.

image of three sets of waffle crochet stitches

10. Make a double crochet (dc) at the end

At the end of the row, work a dc or double crochet into the top stitch of your turning chain. That completes the second row.

image of waffle crochet stitch patterns

From here, all you need to do is repeat rows 1 and 2 until your piece is as big as you want it.

As I said previously, you can make the repeats any size. You could do 2 dc and 2 fpdc as long as you start with a multiple of 4 plus 2 chains.

If you want your waffle squares to be smaller, you could start with a multiple of 3 plus 2 chains. In that case, each waffle is composed of 2 fpdc, 1 dc.

I hope that makes sense! Check back soon for a simple, beginner pattern using the waffle crochet stitch. In the meantime, this article shares a bunch of free waffle patterns.

Easy Waffle Crochet Stitch (Step by step Guide)

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