The waffle stitch is a great introduction for beginners looking to move into 3D textures and how to make your work stand out rather than just being another flat piece.
The great thing about the waffle stitch is that you can make just about anything with it: scarves, blankets, wash-cloths. If it’s in a square or rectangular shape that you can apply the waffle stitch to get that 3D effect.
If you are happy working the waffle stitch, or you know how to work a front/back post stitch then feel free to take a look at this free pattern I have designed on making the Chunky Waffle Infinity Scarf:
How To Work The Waffle Stitch
For the purposes of this tutorial I will be using the US terminology, however you can exchange it for the UK version if you prefer using Double Crochet instead of Single Crochet, and Treble Crochet instead of Double Crochet.
The waffle stitch pattern uses the following stitches:
- Single Crochet (SC)
- Double Crochet (DC)
- Front-Post Double Crochet (FPDC)
- Back-Post Double Crochet (BPDC)
Most people should be aware of SC and DC stitches, however the FPDC and BPDC may be new to you. For this pattern the front – post and back – posts are dependent on which side of your work you are looking at. For the front of the work we refer to the vertical posts as front – posts and on the back of the work we refer to the vertical posts as back – posts.
To work a DC into the vertical posts, yarn over and insert your hook around the post right to left. Now complete your DC as normal, yarn over, pull through 2, yarn over pull through 2. If you would like a visual here is a video by CrochetCabana demonstrating how to do the FPDC stitch.
Tools & Materials
To make the Chunky Waffle Infinity Scarf you only need 2 things: Aran yarn and a size 5 mm crochet hook.
The yarn that I used was by Red Heart with their Super Saver Jumbo Yarn. They do a variety of colors so you can chose your favorite(s) and whip up a scarf.
The hook that I used was my usual ergonomic 5 mm crochet hook which was given to me as a gift. However, Athena’s Elements do a great range of ergonomic handles that will allow you to crochet for hours if you want too.
To make this scarf look it’s best I highly recommend blocking the piece flat before you join both ends. Depending on what type of yarn you have chosen will influence the blocking method you choose. If you have gone with a non-synthetic yarn such as 100% wool, alpaca, merino etc then you can go with thetraditional method of wet blocking, pinning in place and leaving to dry.
If you have opted to go with a synthetic yarn such as acrylic or even a blend containing synthetic yarns then I would advise against the usual blocking method because the plastic fibers in the yarn would not have relaxed and your piece can end up misshapen still. To get the best possible results with synthetic yarns you need to steam them, but do not apply direct heat as this will “kill” the plastic fibers and they will lose all elasticity (great for some pieces but not this one). For more detailed instructions on how to do this correctly then head on over to “How To Block Acrylic Yarns“.