Stay Toasty with the Waffle Knit Stitch
Do you look at everyday objects and try to figure out how to replicate them in your knitting? A lot of knit stitches are named for things around us, like the seed stitch or moss stitch. But have you ever been inspired by your breakfast food? It’s time to knit the waffle knit stitch.
The waffle stitch uses only knits and purls, so even if you’re a beginner knitter, you can give this stitch a try. The stitch looks just like the waffles on your breakfast plate that came out of the waffle iron. It’s created by simply alternating knits and purls that make little raised bumps similar to a waffle.
If the waffle knit stitch looks familiar, it’s probably because you’ve seen it (and probably even worn it) on a lot of winter clothing. The stitch is most famous for its use on thermal, whether it’s a thermal shirt or thermal underwear. For that reason, we associate it with being toasty warm, just like actual waffles.
How to knit the waffle knit stitch
Here’s how to knit the waffle stitch. Start by casting on a multiple of 3 stitches plus 1.
Row 1 (RS): *K1, p2; rep from * to last st, k1.
Row 2: *P1, k2; rep from * to last st, p1.
Row 3: Knit across the row.
Row 4: Purl across the row.
Repeat these 4 rows until you have reached the desired length.
You may see variations on the waffle stitch. Some knitters like to make the waffle design larger, perhaps changing Row 1 to a K2, p3 repeat and changing Row 2 to a P2, k3 repeat. Other knitters like to do a slip-stitch pattern of the waffle stitch that is a bit more textured and works well with two colors. (See the Waffle Stitch Pullover below for an example of that type of waffle stitch.)
Waffle knit stitch patterns & projects
The waffle knit stitch looks great on any type of knitting, from home decor to wearables like socks and sweaters. Get inspired to try the waffle knit stitch with these pretty patterns straight from Craftsy.
Waffle Knit Cloths
Waffle Knit Socks
The waffle knit pattern by Nona Pearl Creations makes for a super comfy and cozy stitch, and that’s why it’s perfect for items like socks. This pair is no exception, and it’s perfect for both guys and girls.
Toasty Waffle Pants
If your little one is still in diapers, don’t worry, Tot Toppers has got you covered. This pattern leaves plenty of ease for diapers. There’s even a matching Toasty Waffle Henley and Toasty Waffle Hat!
Waffle Stitch Pullover
You won’t get a chill in this super warm pullover from Vermont Fiber Designs. This waffle stitch is knit just a bit differently than the waffle stitch pattern outlined above because it uses slipped stitches. Two different colors of yarn make the texture of the stitch stand out even more.
Want to check out even more ways to add texture and design to your knitting? Try Explorations in Brioche Knitting with Nancy Marchant and learn to make beautiful brioche knits using a slip stitch pattern that’s reversible.