One of my favorite things about crochet is its versatility; with a hook and some yarn we can create almost anything! Did you know that you can create the look of knit stitches with crochet? Yes, it’s true! The waistcoat stitch, or knit stitch, uses a modified single crochet stitch to capture the style of knit stockinette stitches. It’s my go to stitch for crochet colorwork, and I think soon it’ll be one of your favorites too!
The best part about this stitch, is that you don’t need to know anything beyond single crochet! That’s right, you only need to know how to do the first stitch you learn after the chain stitch. The waistcoat stitch takes the single crochet stitch, and instead of working through the normal loops, you go through the middle of the post of the stitch. You then do the normal single crochet stitch through the post of the stitch, and this simple modification changes the stitch to look like it’s knit. I’ll show you how to do it all in the tutorial below!
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To follow along with this video, you can use any weight of yarn and the corresponding hook side for it. I used two of my favorite crochet supplies! WeCrochet Brava Bulky yarn, and my Furls Crochet hook that works with the yarn. I love the WeCrochet Brava Bulky yarn because it is soft and has such great stitch definition for this type of stitch pattern. Furls hooks are my go to hooks no matter what I’m crocheting, so I always have one close at hand. If you’d like to get these supplies yourself, you can find them at the links below:
I’ve created a step by step video tutorial that walks you through the different parts of how to crochet the waistcoat stitch. Generally the waistcoat stitch is mainly used for projects in the round. However, sometimes it will be used for projects worked flat, which makes the stitch appear differently. In the tutorial I show both ways! I also go in depth about how you measure gauge and create a gauge swatch with this stitch. You can find everything you need to know to learn this stitch in the video tutorial below that’s available on my Youtube channel.
When checking your gauge for a project that uses the waistcoat stitch, you’re going to want to know a few different things:
You can find all of my tips for gauge for the waistcoat stitch in the video tutorial above!
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