Crochet tutorial – Waistcoat Stitch

The Waistcoat Stitch is a very easy stitch to make! It is very similar to the Single Crochet stitch with the only difference being where you insert the hook when you make it. This stitch resembles the Tunisian Knit Stitch and the Stockinette Stitch in knitting.

There are a few of things to consider while using this stitch:

  1. It is usually used when working in a round.
  2. It is very dense so it is important to make your stitches a little loose. Or, you could use a bigger hook than the one recommended for the yarn.
  3. Color changes are fairly simple to do with this stitch and you can make a bunch of different patterns if you have a chart to follow.
  4. If you are working with multiple colors, you could either carry yarn in the back or go the Fair Isle method and catch the yarn only as needed.

Video Tutorials

I have video tutorials for making the Waistcoat Stitch and for changing color while working with it on my Youtube channel.

Right handed (How to make the Waistcoat Stitch)

Left handed (How to make the Waistcoat Stitch)

How to change color while making the Waistcoat Stitch

Photo Tutorial

Step 1: Identify where you will make your next stitch – Indicated by the pink pin in the second image below.

Step 2: Insert hook into the space identified in Step 1, yarn over and pull through into a loop on the hook.

Step 3: Yarn over, pull through both loops on the hook. This completes one waistcoat stitch. You can continue making these stitches in a round to get the swatch in the picture below.

Projects you can make with this stitch

Christmas Mason Jar cozies – Coming soon!!

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Happy crocheting!

~Arunima

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