Waffle Stitch, Stitch of the Week

Waffle Stitch, Stitch of the Week
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Our stitch of the week this week is the waffle stitch.

wenona's little basket free crochet pattern

Not what you are thinking ….

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I know that many of you will automatically think of the stitch that reminds us all of the waffle pancake deserts we love so much (perfect when you are just craving sugar!), but this stitch is not that!

Yes, there are two types of waffle stitch. Who knew, right?

the common idea of a waffle stitch
When you think of the waffle stitch this is what most people think of.
this is also known as the waffle stitch
This is the stitch we will be looking at today … isn’t it pretty!

We are taking a closer look at the rather pretty and more delicate of the two waffle stitches this week. I really like this one – it’s a little playful, has a delicate look to it but it is really quite surprising how sturdy and practical it is. The free project that we have designed for this stitch is the Wenona’s Little Basket , which you can find here in our shop. It’s also on Ravelry and all of the usual places.  Etsy shop.

I love the look that using two colours gives for this project, but it’s not necessary. It’s a great scrap buster too and a lovely little gift idea!

I use mine beside the bed so that when you are getting undressed all of the bits that somehow manage to make their way into your pockets can be emptied into there and sorted the next morning. It’s amazing how much noise my husband’s keys, change and ring makes when he is getting ready for bed and I am already asleep …. Since using it I have also realised how often my daughter’s hair bobbles and slides end up in my pockets as I move around the house and pick them up from everywhere!

The free pattern is within the linked you tube video for this one!


Gauge isn’t important here. My finished catchall measured 4’’ circumference at the base and was approximately 2’’ tall.

The abbreviations in this pattern are:

MR – magic ring St(s)–stitch(es)
Exsc—extended single crochet Sc – single crochet

ss–slip stitch
*to*–repeat the instructions between the two * YO—yarn over
BLO—back loop only FO—fasten off

Please note that all of our patterns are written in US terms.

Special Stitches

You will use a couple of special stitch for this. I show you how to do them and make the basket in the YouTube video below.

Extended single Crochet – This is actually a simple stitch to do. Insert hook into indicated st, YO, pull through, pull though one loop on hook, YO, pull through remaining two loops on hook.

Linked extended single crochet– Based on the extended single crochet above, this stitch is worked over two stitches. Insert hook into first st, YO, pull through, YO, pull through first loop on hook. Insert hook into next st, yo, pull through, YO, pull through first loop, YO, pull through all three loops left on hook.

Twisted single crochet – This is a fun and handy alternative to the crab stitch and is worked forwards instead of backwards. Insert hook into indicated stitch, YO, pull through. Make sure that your loops on your hook are fairly loose. Being careful not to drop any of the loops on your hook simply twist your hook 360 degrees (this will twist the stitches and is the reason why you need them to be loose when created), YO and pull through both loops on hook.

How to work the waffle stitch:

To create this attractive and versatile stitch you need to start with an odd number of chains or stitches. For this tutorial we will assume that you are working into a starting chain as the YouTube video  here  shows you how to work into stitches and how to do the linked extended single crochet (linked exsc) . The difference is only in the way you start the row.

Step 1: In the 3rdand 4thchain from the hook work one linked exsc. (ch1, linked exsc over the next two ch’s) along to the last ch. Ch1, 1sc in last ch.

Note: the ch spaces from the previous row do count as a stitch.

Step 2: Ch2, *linked exsc over the next two st’s, ch1 * along, 1sc in last exsc from previous row, turn.

Step 3: Repeat step 2.

That is all there is to it!

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31 Days of Crochet Event

On 22nd March 2023 this pattern features in the 31 Days of Crochet Event.

There are 2 ways of joining in this event :

  1. Purchasing the fantastic bundle that is available. You can get all of the patterns that are included in this event for one fantastic price. This means that you can start making your favourites now. Just click the buy the bundle button below (there is no obligation to buy if you just want to check out the bundle). And $3 from each salvoes to charity!! Or …
  2. You can get this small basket / catch-all pattern as a FREE PDF download from my website by clicking the button below. This will take you to an about me page where I introduce myself. The download is at the bottom of that page.

But Wait …..

Did you know that I am also giving away the PDF Pattern for my corner to corner bunny pillow in the Spring Fling Event on 22nd March too?

If you are new to corner to corner don’t worry – I have a complete step by step FREE course and we make this bunny pillow together!

If you would like to check out the Spring Fling Event click the button below!

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