This crochet waffle stitch blanket pattern has an epic squish factor! The grid-like texture is ideal for a living room afgan or a modern baby blanket.
Learn how to crochet a waffle stitch blanket in the free pattern below, or purchase the ad-free, printable PDF.
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Waffle Stitch Crochet Blanket Pattern
Ready to make a blanket with “delicious” texture? In this pattern, we'll practice using post stitches to crochet the waffle stitch. The resulting blanket is a true showstopper - perfect for adding a modern warmth to any space.
How to Crochet a Waffle Stitch Blanket
Like most crochet afghan patterns, this waffle blanket starts with a long chain. After the first row, you'll only need to memorize two rows for the entire blanket.
We'll get into a detailed pattern later, but here are the basic steps to making any size blanket with the waffle stitch:
Step 1. For your starting chain, you can use any number of chains that is a multiple of three. Then add four more chains at the end. (Stitch multiple of 3 + 4)
Step 2. To start the first row, skip the first chain, then double crochet in each chain stitch that remains.
Step 3. The next two rows are where the waffle stitch begins to take shape. In the second row and third row, alternate front post double crochet stitches and double crochet stitches.
Step 4. Repeat the second and third rows until the blanket is your desired size. Make sure you end with a row two.
Step 5. Consider your waffle stitch blanket finished as is, or add a simple border to finish off the edges.
About the Waffle Stitch
The crochet waffle stitch uses double crochets and post stitches to create a modern, grid-like effect. But what truly sets the waffle stitch apart is its irresistibly squishy texture. The combination of raised and recessed areas forms a fabric that's as cozy as it is visually striking.
Quite a handsome-looking stitch, isn't it!?
Choosing Yarn for a Waffle Stitch Pattern
The best thing about the waffle stitch is its over-the-top texture, so you'll want a yarn that offers fantastic stitch definition. Skip chenille blanket yarns and other "fluffy" fibers.
Instead, choose a yarn that is fairly tightly spun together so the waffle grid is as defined as possible. For this waffle stitch blanket pattern, we went with a classic – Lion Brand Wool-Ease.
Wool-Ease is a worsted-weight yarn that's an 80/20 blend of acrylic and wool fibers. You can machine wash and dry it, and it gets softer with each wash, in my experience.
All-in-One Crochet Kit
The all-in-one kit is a perfect way to make your Wooly Waffles Blanket. This bundle from Lion Brand includes all the Wool-Ease yarn you'll need, plus a bonus printable PDF of the pattern (delivered digitally).
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Supplies + Materials
Order an all-in-one kit from Lion Brand here.
• Lion Brand Wool-Ease (Weight: 4/Medium weight - 197 yds, 3.0 oz / 85 g)
- Color pictured: Antler (620 - 021) – 14 skeins (approx. 1150) g)
• Size K (6.5 mm) crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge
• Size J (6.0 mm) crochet hook or one size smaller than larger hook
• Steamer or iron with steam function (alternative: use a spray bottle)
• Blocking board or large towel
Intermediate: The waffle stitch repeat in this blanket is very easy to memorize, but you should have practice with basic crochet stitches before making this pattern.
38 x 42.5”
14 sts x 9 rows = 4” using larger hook
Abbreviations + Glossary
ch – chain
dc – double crochet
FPdc – Front Post double crochet
rep – repeat
RS – right side
Rsc – reverse single crochet (aka crab stitch)
slst – slip stitch
st(s) – stitch(es)
WS – wrong side
FPdc – front post double crochet – yarn over, insert hook around the post of the stitch, inserting your hook from front to back to front again, yarn over and pull through (you will have three loops on the hook), yarn over pull through two loops, yarn over and pull through the remaining two loops.
What are Crochet Post Stitches?
A crochet post stitch involves working around the post of the stitch below rather than into the top loops.
This technique adds height and creates a raised effect on the fabric. There are different types of post stitches, such as front post and back post stitches, which are worked around the front or back of the post, respectively.
Post stitches are often used to create ribbing on beanies and sweaters, or even to crochet an edging around a blanket.
Front Post Double Crochet Video Tutorial
If the concept of working a post stitch is new to you, check out this front post double crochet tutorial.
Adjusting the Blanket Size
You can use this pattern to make a cozy waffle stitch baby blanket or a much larger throw. Here's how to adjust the size if you'd like:
To adjust the width: Begin with a chain that is a multiple of 3 + 2. For example: 90 + 2 = a foundation chain of 92 stitches.
To adjust the height: Add or eliminate rows. Make sure you end with a Row 2.
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!! Gauge Check !!
Meeting the pattern gauge is not essential with a blanket, but it’s a good idea so that your finished project is the expected size. Here’s how to crochet a gauge swatch.
With larger hook:
Foundation Row: Ch 29.
Row 1 (WS): Dc in third ch from hook and in each ch to end of row; turn. (27 sts)
Row 2 (RS): Ch 2, dc in first st, *FPdc in next st, dc in next 2 sts, rep from * until 2 sts remain, FPdc in next st, dc in last st; turn.
Row 3 (WS): Ch 2, dc in first two sts, *FPdc in next 2 sts, dc in next st, rep from * until 1 st remains, dc in last st; turn.
Rep Row 2 and 3 ten more times for a total of 23 rows. Measure center four inches of swatch vertically and horizontally. Compare to pattern gauge listed above.
- If there are too many stitches in 4” horizontally, increase your hook size and re-swatch.
- If there aren’t enough stitches in 4” horizontally, decrease your hook size and re-swatch.
Main Body of Blanket
With larger hook:
Foundation Row: Ch 134 sts.
Row 1 (WS): Dc in third ch from hook and in each ch to end of row; turn. (132 sts)
Row 2 (RS): Ch 2, dc in first st, *FPdc in next st, dc in next 2 sts, rep from * until two sts remain, FPdc in next st, dc in last st; turn.
Row 3 (WS): Ch 2, dc in first two sts, *FPdc in next 2 sts, dc in next st, rep from * until one st remains, dc in last st; turn.
Repeat Rows 2 and 3 forty four more times, then repeat Row 2 once more for a total of 92 rows.
Do not fasten off.
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- Borders are worked around the perimeter of the blanket. Each round is joined with a slip stitch to the first stitch of the round. Do not turn rounds.
- You may need to skip working into a few rows along the sides to unsure your blanket lays flat. Just make sure to have the same number of stitches on the right and left sides.
With RS facing, smaller hook and using attached yarn:
Top edge of blanket: Ch 1, sc in first st and in each st across top of blanket working 2 sc in corner st (124 sts)...
Left side edge of blanket: sc in end of each row on side of blanket working 2 sc in corner st...
Bottom edge of blanket: sc in each st across bottom of blanket working 2 sc in corner st...
Right side edge of blanket: sc in end of each row on side of blanket working 2 sts in corner st...
Join with slst to first st of round,
Row 1: Ch 1, slst in each sc around blanket, join with slst to first st. Row 2: Ch 1, rsc in each st around, join with slst to first st. Fasten off.
Blocking and Finishing
Weave in any remaining ends.
A light steam block will help the waffle texture open up and smooth out any wavy edges on your blanket. Pin blanket to a blocking board or towel on the floor. Point steam at blanket without touching heat source to the yarn.
Let set overnight. Learn more about blocking crochet projects.
Brew a cup of tea and serve up your next snuggle with a side of waffles!
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