One of the best things about crochet is the number of different stitches you can use to create a unique project. Incorporating different stitches into your work is an easy way to add personality and detail. The waffle stitch is a particular favorite because it has a really cool texture that looks and feels good.
This stitch is a good choice for blankets, towels or hats. You'll want to choose a medium-weight yarn. Choose a yarn that's a bit thicker than double knitting yarn, but lighter than chunky yarn.
Note: If you choose to make hand towels or rags with this pattern, Bella Coco recommends using a 100 percent cotton yarn because it washes better than acrylic based yarns.
If you're skilled at switching colors, this pattern looks really beautiful with different stripes. As far as patterns go, this is relatively simple. You should be familiar with a chain, double crochet and front post double crochet before you tackle the waffle stitch.
Craft with Claire notes that once you start this pattern don't get discouraged if you don't see the vertical lines right away. The pattern doesn't become obvious until after the fourth row.
To get started, grab your yarn, and a size 8 hook. Stitch your first row as a multiple of 3, as long as you need it. Then, double crochet into the third chain from the end. Continue to double crochet into each stitch until you reach the end. Then turn your work.
The next rows consist of double stitches and front post double crochets. The Stitchin' Mommy gives more details on how to finish this pattern, but you can always watch Bella Coco's video below for the visual step-by-step.
Once you master the pattern, you can take this crochet technique to the next level. Try creating a pillowcase, place mat, scarf, or baby blanket, or washcloth. Unlike other patterns, the waffle stitch creates more texture which is great for scrubbing.
Check out a few of these adorable patterns and get a head start on your home-made holiday gifts! Have you ever used the waffle stitch? Share your tips in the comments below.