Crochet Techniques

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.

Little Boy Wearing Waffle Knit Outfit

Toasty Waffle Henley photo via Tot Toppers

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.

White and Red Waffle Knit Cloths

Waffle Knit Cloths

Craftsy member Patricia2558 knitted these waffle knit cloths as a project in Stefanie Japel’s Knit Lab class.  I love the one stripe of color she added to the center.

View the Waffle Knit Pattern Cloths 
Brown-Toned Waffle Knit Socks

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.

Get the pattern here
View of Baby in Knit Waffle Pants

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!

Get the pattern here
Blue Waffle Stitch Pullover on Mannequin

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.

Get the pattern here

One Comment


WOW!! I should check my “kniting dictionary”

For me “waffle stitcht”was a different one, you shoulcd cast on an even number of stitches and repeat these 2 rows:
Row 1: purl all stitches
Row 2: *purl 1, knit 1* repeat between * *




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