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Afghan or Tunisian Crochet – Waffle Stitch & the Secret to Prevent “Growing”

The beauty of this stitch is the textured knit-like fabric it creates. The Waffle Stitch results in a pleasant waffle-like pattern on one side and rows of running stitches on the other side.

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Waffle

Foundation Row:
Begin with a regular crochet hook one size smaller than the Afghan/Tunisian crochet hook and loosely chain desired number of stitches.

Cast-on: Switch to the Afghan/Tunisian crochet hook. For a nice chain bottom edge, work through the back loop of your foundation chain only. *Insert hook under the next back loop, yo, pull through adding a loop to your hook; repeat from * across row.

NOTE: Foundation Row only. To create a chain stitch up the non-dominate hand edge, yo on hook before the final loop cast on. You can begin with the Purl Stitch for the foundation row, but it can be a little awkward if you are not used to the stitch.

Cast-off: *Yo, pull through 2 loops on hook; repeat from * across row, ending with one loop on hook.

Waffle Stitch Rows:
Note: The waffle pattern will “grow” towards the dominate hand so one row adds the waffle at the beginning of the row and not the end of the row. The other row skips the first waffle and adds it at the end of the row. It helps to use a marker at the beginning of Row 1 so you always know which type of row you are working in. I move the marker up every time I begin Row 1 so I know the next row is a Row 2, especially when I have to put my panel down. It also helps to count the loops on your hook to be sure you are not missing a stitch.

Cast on Row 1: Insert hook in space after 2 loops of chain stitch edge (dominate side), yo, pull through adding loop to your hook, *skip 2 vertical bars (1 front, 1 back) insert hook in next space, yo, pull through adding a loop to your hook; repeat from * across, ending by inserting hook under final 2 loops of chain stitch edge (non-dominate side). Do not pick up a loop in the space in front of the final 2 loops of the chain stitch edge.

Cast-off Row 1: *Yo, pull through 2 loops on hook; repeat from * across row, ending with one loop on hook.

Cast on Row 2: Skip first waffle space, *skip 2 vertical bars (1 front, 1 back), insert hook in next space, yo, pull through adding a loop to your hook; repeat from * across, ending by inserting hook under final 2 loops of chain stitch edge. Be sure to add waffle in space before final 2 loops of chain stitch edge.

Cast-off Row 2: *Yo, pull through 2 loops on hook; repeat from * across row, ending with one loop on hook.

Return to regular crochet hook and bind off with a single crochet or slip stitch by inserting hook in waffle space, yo, pull through loop on hook and make a slip stitch or single crochet.

Videos:
Simple & Sensational™ – Afghan or Tunisian Crochet – Waffle Stitch
Simple & Sensational™ – Afghan or Tunisian Crochet – Create a Finished Edge
Simple & Sensational™ – Afghan or Tunisian Crochet – How to Stop the Curl – Purl Stitch

 

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