Knit the Beginner-Friendly Waffle Stitch for Lots of Toasty Texture

Let’s talk about waffles. The breakfast item is great, but knitters can argue the stitch is even better. It’s worked up quickly by alternating knits and purls, resulting in a beautiful texture that has little raised bumps (similar to how a waffle looks when it comes off the iron). Plus, it’s easy enough for even true beginners to take on, so you can try it in any project — like in the waffle stitch cowl project in our class Startup Library: Knitting — regardless of skill level.

Waffle Stitch

Level: Easy

What You Need

  • Yarn
  • Knitting needles
  • Abbreviations

  • k – knit
  • p – purl
  • RS – right side
  • Instructions

    Cast on a multiple of 3 stitches +1. For example, cast on 28 stitches. (3 x 9 = 27 + 1= 28).

    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.

    Good to Know: You may see variations on the waffle stitch on some patterns. Some like to make the waffle design larger, perhaps changing Row 1 to a K2, p3 repeat and Row 2 to a P2, k3 repeat. Others like to do a slip-stitch pattern of the waffle stitch that works well with two colors.

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