In this post I will be showing you how to do the crochet waffle stitch (as best as I can!) or raised box stitch, as it is sometimes called. This is a great textured stitch, which is ideal to use for making crochet baby blankets.
I absolutely love this stitch and I mainly use it to make gorgeous baby blankets in the softest wool/yarn I can find. It is best to use a chunky yarn as this shows the stitch up better, but I have use Aran weight and Double Knit yarn which is just good.
This pattern is in UK crochet terminology.
To start you need to make a chain in multiples of 3 until you get to the desired length you need, then chain 2 more at the end.
Base row: 1 double crochet (dc) in the second chain from the hook, double crochet in each chain to end. Turn.
A little tip I learned from the great Mikey from The Crochet Crowd is that if you slightly twist your finished chain to the side and work each stitch into the little ‘bump’ instead of the whole chain, it gives a much better finish. Below is a photo showing how to do this.
Foundation row: chain 2 (counts as first stitch), miss first stitch, 1 treble (tr) into each stitch to end. Turn.
Pattern row 1: (right side) chain 2, miss first treble, 1 treble into the next treble, *1 treble front around the stem of the next treble, (see photo) 1 treble into each of the next 2 trebles, repeat from * to the last 2 stitches, 1 treble around the stem of the next treble, 1 treble into the top of the turning chain. Turn.
Pattern row 2: Chain 2, miss first treble, *1 treble into next treble, 1 treble front around the stem of each of the next two trebles, repeat from * until the last 3 stitches, 1 treble into the next stitch, 1 treble front around the stem of the next treble, 1 treble into the top of the turning chain.
Repeat pattern rows 1 and 2 until you get to the length you need for your blanket or whatever you are making.
When you have worked a few rows, the pattern will really start to show and you will be able to see better where each stitch goes.
Here are some of the blankets I have made using the crochet waffle stitch.
If you have any questions about this stitch or would like more help, please don’t hesitate to ask, I’m always happy to help.
I would love to see what you make using this stitch!
The next stitch I will be showing you how to do is the crocodile stitch, another favourite of mine!