Structural Waffle Stitch Ideas

Structural Waffle Stitch Free Resources and Patterns

I love waffles! We all do, right? Today’s theme is so yummy, you will want to grab your hook and yarn, and start right away 😉

Creating waffle structure always seemed a little bit intimidating to me, because the effect is very unusual – you can’t compare it to basic crochet. However, when I went into it and dug up video tutorials, I was shocked how easy this stitch is in fact!

Check out abundance of free resources and inspiration below, and try waffle stitch today!

Waffle Stitch Tutorial by Bella Coco

Rich structure

Structural stitches are the ones that create three-dimensional surface. They are rich, interesting and very versatile! You can use them for your blankets or home accessories, but their additional thickness is great for winter apparel, too. If you use 100% cotton yarn, you can make amazing dishcloths that gathers the dirt and absorbs fluids easily.


Bella Coco used Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran yarn, which is a blend of merino wool, acrylic and cashmere. She decided to use 5.00 mm crochet hook, and grabbed some scissors, too. Yarn needle can be useful if you want to weave in ends after the work is finished.

Remember that Bella Coco uses UK Terms, which are different to US Terms. I’m using US Terms for this description, as well as in all my tutorials and patterns.

Waffle Stitch Tutorial by Bella Coco

To make waffle stitch, you need to start with a slip knot. Bella Coco decided to work with multiples of 3 chain stitches, but there are many different tutorials online, which create bigger or smaller “waffle” texture. The amount of chain stitches you choose will be your module, which creates big or small waffle “holes”.

Following Bella: you start with starting chain of multiples of 3 + 4 chain stitches. First row consists of double crochet stitches, because it creates nice foundation. Next rows are based on working one front post double crochet and two normal double crochet stitches. This combination pushes one stitch to the front, which creates three-dimensional texture.

Check out full video tutorial here 🙂

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I love to see how differently the stitches can look when they are made with various yarns. Waffle stitch is especially interesting, because the structure can be bold and thick, or delicate and subtle. Choose your favorites from fantastic designs below, and let me know which ones spoke to you!

Be sure to read the post carefully for free patterns and tutorials, so you can use them in your projects.

Waffle Shawl by Anna Stasiak
Waffle Shawl by Anna Stasiak

Stunning combination of colors in this ombre yarn makes the shawl look exceptional, but it’s this delicate waffle pattern, that I fell in love for. This technique works perfect in winter accessories, so be sure to try it out! Check out more lovely projects by Anna, by following the link above, because they are exceptional.

If you want to make similar waffle shawl, check out this free pattern for Alaskan Waffle Shawl by Buttonnose Crochet, or try out Chunky Waffle Infinity Scarf by Bobby Andrews.

Waffle Stitch Blanket by Rose of Ninni Time Creations
Waffle Stitch Blanket by ninni_time_creations

Squared waffle is very popular and I’m not surprised at all, because it looks stunning. This blanket makes the most out of fantastic ombre yarn in contrasting colors, creating dramatic look! Visit Rose’s Instagram page for more inspiration, so you have even more energy to start.

To make similar blanket, use Raised Squared Waffle free crochet pattern by Buttonnose Crochet.

Waffle Stitch Blanket by Amy Astle / littledoolally

Waffle Stitch Blanket by Amy Astle / littledoolally

Simple combination of colors and timeless stripes are always a good idea. Especially, if you want to make a lovely baby blanket that is gender neutral and fun to make. Thick, but simple border makes this design look finished and framed beautifully. Check out more projects by Amy on her Instagram, under the link above.

Waffle Stitch Blanket by Melanie Charles / Woolly Wonka’s Crochet Factory

Waffle Stitch Blanket by Melanie Charles / Woolly Wonka's Crochet Factory

Waffle Stitch Blanket by Melanie Charles / Woolly Wonka's Crochet Factory

I’m madly in love with this candy-colored rainbow! If you happen to have yarns in an array of rainbow hues, try making similar blanket, so you can feel the vibe, too. It looks squishy and very comfy, which makes it perfect for nurseries and kids’ rooms. Melanie’s Instagram made me drool, so definitely check it out for more inspo!

Try using video tutorial I’ve covered above, or try out this written free pattern Hook ‘n’ Learn Part 2 – Waffle Stitch by Lucy Croft.

Waffle Potholders by HappyHookStudio

Waffle Potholders by HappyHookStudio

As I’ve said before, waffle stitch is perfect for home accessories, because it’s thick and structural. Just be sure to use 100% cotton yarn, because synthetic yarns melt in contact with hot surfaces and don’t absorb very well. These lovely potholders are made from the center out, so they are perfectly square. Check out HappyHookStudio’s Instagram for more great ideas.

If you want to create similar accessory for your kitchen, try out Potholder in Waffle Pattern 8/4 by Hobbii Design or use tutorial for Squared Waffle.

Waffle Stitch Blanket by Chantelle Stitches and Knots

Waffle Stitch Blanket by Chantelle Stitches and Knots

Do you have leftover yarn in your stash? Use it to make classic stripy blanket, because it’s timeless. Moreover, deep colors, such as burgundy, pinks and whites work very well together and are always on trend! Follow Chantelle on Instagram, so you can see more!

Waffle Stitch Blanket by Kerry and The Boys

Waffle Stitch Blanket by Kerry and The Boys

Waffle Stitch Blanket by Kerry and The Boys

Rainbow always works, right? This stunning blanket won’t go unnoticed, because it’s so full of cheerful energy! Just imagine giving it as a gift to someone you love. Doesn’t it sound amazing? You can easily make it by following tutorials I’ve mentioned earlier, because it’s all in the colors of the yarn. Kerry’s Instagram is truly fantastic, so be sure to follow her!

That’s all for today, but I’ll be back with much more inspiring projects and free patterns. Like, share and subscribe if you like what you see. Stay tuned!

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