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How To Crochet The Waffle Stitch Pattern & Tutorial

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The waffle stitch is one of those classic crochet patterns that is so eye catching. It’s the epitome of coziness that we all think of when it comes to crochet.

Learn how to crochet the waffle stitch in this step-by-step tutorial. The written pattern also includes a video tutorial.

The waffle stitch pattern makes a cozy squishy blanket. But if this is a new stitch for you then a small home decor item like a crochet washcloth, trivet or dishcloth may be even better!

The combination of double crochet stitches, front and back post stitches create the wonderful waffle texture. I’m feeling hungry just looking at it!

Waffle stitch swatch in wool ease yarn.

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Working around the post of the stitch is a more advanced technique so this is an intermediate level pattern. But, like I said, I’ve included a video tutorial so beginner crocheters can also learn this stitch with a bit of work!

To make this waffle crochet stitch pattern you’ll start with a foundation row of double crochets. Once you get the first row down it’s a simple 2 row repeat. When your project is long enough, you’ll want to stop after a row 2 repeat before you do the last row.

Back of waffle stitch swatch.

Even the wrong side of this stitch pattern looks great!

The waffle stitch can be a bit of yarn eater thanks to those post stitches. The small swatch here used 21 yards. But it sure does make for amazing texture!


  • Any yarn and hook work with this pattern. I’m using a #4 medium worsted weight yarn Lion Brand Wool Ease* (80% acrylic, 20% wool, 197 yd / 190 m, 3 oz / 85 g) in shade fisherman.
  • 5 mm hook (US size H-8),* or hook size needed to meet gauge. 
  • yarn needle, measuring tape, scissors


  1. Stitch multiple is 4 plus 5.
  2. Ch 3 counts as the first dc. I prefer to use a ch 3 alternative, here is my favorite one.


US Terms

BPdc – back post double crochet

ch (s) – chain (s)

dc – double crochet

fdc – foundation double crochet

FPdc – front post double crochet

RS – right side

sc – single crochet 

st (s) – stitch (es) 

rep – repeat 


4″ / 10 cm x 4″ / 10 cm = 16 sts x 9 rows in pattern

Skill Level



This sample swatch is 4.5″ wide by 4″ tall.

If you want to make different sizes you’ll need to start with a foundation chain that’s a stitch multiple of 4+5, plus 2. If you’re not sure how to do this, you can add (or subtract) to my starting chain of 19 in 4s, so ch 23, 27, 31, etc.


Watch the full video tutorial on my YouTube.

Scroll down for the free pattern with photo tutorial.

White waffle stitch square.

How to Crochet Waffle Stitch Pattern

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Difficulty: Intermediate
Estimated Cost: $1

Learn how to crochet the waffle stitch in this step by step tutorial with video.


  • Any yarn works, I'm using a #4 medium worsted weight yarn.


  • Crochet hook to match your yarn.
  • Scissors, tapestry needle, measuring tape.


    Row 1. Fdc 17 or ch 19White crochet chain. and dc in the 3rd ch from your hook (skipped chs do not count), and in each ch across, turn. (17 sts)
    Row 2. (RS) Ch 3 (here I'm using a ch 3 alternative), Chain 3 alternative to start row 2.dc in next st,Second double crochet in row 2. FPdc in next st, *(dc in next 3 sts, FPdc in next)Next front post stitch. rep from *Two stitches left in row 2. until 2 sts left, dc in last 2 sts,Double crochet in last 2 stitches. turn. (17 sts)
    Row 3. Ch 3,Start row 3 with chain 3 alternative. dc in next st, BPdc in next st,Back post stitch.*(FPdc in next 3 sts, BPdc in next st) rep from * until 2 sts left, dc in last 2 sts,2 double crochets to end the row. turn. (17 sts)
    Row 4. Rep row 2.Front of white swatch of crochet waffle stitch pattern.
    Row 5. Rep row 3.
    Row 6. Rep row 2.Waffle stitch crochet swatch in white on hook.
    Row 7. Rep row 3.Back of waffle stitch swatch.
    Row 8. Rep row 2.Waffle stitch square with hook and white ball of yarn. Repeat rows 2 - 3 for the length of your crochet project. Be sure to stop after a row 2 rep before proceeding to the last row below.

    Row 9. (Last row) Ch 3, dc in next st, BPdc in next st, *(dc in next 3 sts, BPdc in next st), rep from * until 2 sts left, dc in last 2 sts, turn. (17 sts)Last row of waffle stitch.
    Waffle stitch swatch in wool ease yarn.

    If you want to add a single crochet border.
    Ch 1, sc in each st across. At the corner st place (sc, ch 1 , sc). Continue to sc evenly around each side, placing (sc, ch 1 , sc) in each corner.

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