Let's talk about waffles. The breakfast item is great , but knitters can argue the stitch is even better. It's worked up quickly by alternating knits and purls, resulting in a beautiful texture that has little raised bumps (similar to how a waffle looks when it comes off the iron). Plus, it's easy enough for even true beginners to take on, so you can try it in any project — like in this Waffle Stitch Cowl Knitting Kit — regardless of skill level.
What You Need
Cast on a multiple of 3 stitches +1. For example, cast on 28 stitches. (3 x 9 = 27 + 1= 28).
Row 1 (RS): *K1, p2; rep from * to last st, k1.
Row 2: *P1, k2; rep from * to last st, p1.
Row 3: Knit across the row.
Row 4: Purl across the row.
Repeat these 4 rows until you have reached the desired length.
Good to Know
You may see variations on the waffle stitch on some patterns. Some like to make the waffle design larger, perhaps changing Row 1 to a K2, p3 repeat and Row 2 to a P2, k3 repeat. Others like to do a slip-stitch pattern of the waffle stitch that works well with two colors .
Learn More Now
Get more in-depth tutorials on common knitting stitches with our free guide, Knitting Stitches You Need to Know.