Waffle Stitch is one of those crochet stitches that look super effective and are actually relatively easy. I hope to show you an easy tutorial to make your own soft cotton face cloths.
You will need some cotton double knit. Now I love a variety pack and get them like this
because you can make little matching sets for different family members. It is practical to make them different colours so that you have separate face cloths.
YouTube Tutorial for Waffle Stitch Face Cloth
How to start waffle stitch
You will be working a chain in threes. So for the face cloth we are thinking about 21 or 24 chains, on a 4mm hook. For a baby blanket around 60 will be good, don’t forget you will be using thicker wool so a 5mm hook will be great.
Once you have chained to a multiple of three you must add a further four chains on.
Then you will need to complete a treble into the second stitch from the hook. The treble is fully explained in the video but you want to wrap the hook before feeding it through and then bring one more back with you.
You will need to put a treble into the top of each of your chain stitches. When you get to the end of the first row you will chain one. Now for the waffle stitch part.
We turn it round and complete a treble back into the top of the first stitch Now we can decide which of the two row repeats we want to make. I go for a treble into the top of the first stitch, followed by a treble from behind the next stitch. So I will then do another one from behind. It is not pulling through any stitching but pulling the whole treble forward. This then creates the waffle stitch look. Two forward and one from on top.
When we get to the end we always give it one chain and then turn and treble into the top of the end stitch. Then we flip the pattern to keep pulling the waffle stitch pattern. Now instead of two trebles from behind we do one treble from behind and two from the top. Carry on until the end and then create our chain one and turn to repeat the second row again and so on.
Getting the pattern even
To finish it is really important that you do not give only half of the start, as you can see here it is not even. You can see that the top section is half as high as the bottom so make sure you give one more row. This is now more even.
Waffle Stitch blanket
I made this gorgeous blanket for my friend as a housewarming present and I couldn’t have enjoyed it more.
When you go for a blanket this big just do all of your chain stitches until it looks the right length. Then count them and work out if they divide into three. Then add your four more chains and start the treble back into it as above. I managed to do an entire ball of wool an evening but had to buy softer grip crochet hooks as a result!
Good luck and please do share with us if you have enjoyed making them!