Updated: Mar 19, 2019
The Waistcoat Stitch is a popular stitch which is often referred to as "Knit Stitch" because it resembles the Knit stitches (Stockinette Stitch). It is a very dense fabric unlike the stitches in knitting. It is still loved by many. Since the fabric is dense, it's a great stitch for home decor such as baskets. Check out the free pattern for the Crochet Big Heart Basket Pattern. I made this as a gift for my son's teacher.
To work this stitch, use a larger hook size than recommended. Trust me, it will save you a ton of frustration. The stitches are worked into the “posts” of the single crochet rather than the usual top 2 loops. Crocheting loosely will help make it easier too. The other trick is that when you're pulling up your loop, you should pull a tall loop. This is the stitch (post) that your stitches will be worked into.
I feel like I'm a naturally loose crocheter, so if you usually crochet on the tight side, it may take some practice to get used to.
ch - chain
st(s) - stitch(es)
sc - single crochet
rep - repeat
Foundation: ch any number of sts and join to the first ch st with a sl st careful not to twist sts.
Round 1 is worked like any sc sts. Just remember that you need to pull up a tall loop.
Round 1: ch1, [insert hook into the same st, yo, and pull up a tall loop, yo and pull through 2 loops]. Rep working 1 sc in every st around. sl st to the first sc st.
Round 2 is worked a little differently. Instead of working into the top st of the previous sc. You will be working into the “post” of the sc st (between the "V").
Round 2: Work sc into the next post and in every post around. Do not sl st to join.
Work right into the post of the first st for round 3 and mark your first st with a marker.
Continue to work in the round. Work the sc sts in the POST of the previous sc sts.
Crochet Waistcoat Stitch
You can add colorwork into your stitches and add any design you'd like. This is what I did for the basket pattern. In the below video Tutorial, I will demonstrate how you can add a contrasting color yarn to your project using the Waistcoat Stitch.
Here are couple of new patterns coming soon!
Crochet Jamie Slouch (Knit version will be available too)
Crochet Falling Stars Slouch Beanie (coming soon)
How to add contrasting color
to the Waistcoat Stitch
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