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Video Tutorial: How to Crochet the Knit Stitch (Waistcoat Stitch)

Learn how to crochet the knit stitch successfully in this step-by-step video tutorial. The knit stitch (AKA the waistcoat or center single crochet stitch) can be tricky at first, but trying the few specific tips mentioned in this video, you'll know how to make crochet look like knitting in no time! Free knit-looking crochet beanie hat pattern included.

Learn how to crochet the knit stitch successfully in this step-by-step video tutorial. The knit stitch (AKA the waistcoat or center single crochet stitch) can be tricky at first, but trying the few specific tips mentioned in this video, you’ll know how to make crochet look like knitting in no time!

Learn how to crochet the knit stitch successfully in this step-by-step video tutorial. The knit stitch (AKA the waistcoat or center single crochet stitch) can be tricky at first, but trying the few specific tips mentioned in this video, you'll know how to make crochet look like knitting in no time! Free knit-looking crochet beanie hat pattern included.
 
This free knit-stitch video tutorial is part of a collaboration with my friends at Lion Brand Yarn. This post contains affiliate links.

UPDATE: I’ve put together a collection of 15+ of my favorite modern FREE crochet patterns that look knit here!

Can I make a crochet confession?

While I love the freeform nature of crochet, I often prefer the look of knitting.

Is that a sin to admit on a crochet blog? I don’t think so, right? All yarn lovers can be friends, whether we’re knitting, crocheting or–like my kids–just cutting up old skeins.

I’ve wanted to learn how to crochet the knit stitch for years. And I’ve tried. Every time it’s turned out too tight, too janky or just not knit-looking enough. After studying several different tutorials though and a lot of trial and error, I figured out the tricks that make crocheting the knit stitch a success for me. I thought I’d share those tips with you in a quick video tutorial in case you’ve had the same struggles (or if you just want to learn how to make crochet look like knitting!)

P.S. You can always find all my stitch tutorials and round ups here. Find all my crochet video tutorials here.

Learn how to crochet the knit stitch successfully in this step-by-step video tutorial. The knit stitch (AKA the waistcoat or center single crochet stitch) can be tricky at first, but trying the few specific tips mentioned in this video, you'll know how to make crochet look like knitting in no time!

The thing I love about the knit stitch/waistcoat stitch/center single crochet stitch is that is worked using ONLY single crochet. Seriously! Once you get your tension working and master the few tips I share here, this stitch is e-a-s-y.

Personally, I find that the knit stitch looks a lot more like legit stockinette when worked in the round versus in rows. It can be crocheted either way though, so find what works the best for you and what serves the purpose of your project.

how to crochet the center single crochet stitch (aka the waistcoat or knit stitch). video tutorial featuring Vanna's Choice yarn.

In the video tutorial below, I cover how to crochet the knit stitch in the round as well as how to make the join as invisible as possible while you work. Scroll down a bit further for the written instructions.

And if you’re interested in trying out the knit stitch on a project, you can find the free Everyday Crochet Beanie here and the free Morning Mittens pattern here. Then learn how to dye your mittens with food coloring here!

Free crochet patterns using the waistcoat stitch (center single crochet). These crochet mittens look knit. Learn how to dye any wool item with food coloring.
This “How to Crochet the Knit Stitch” video tutorial is part of a collaboration with Lion Brand Yarn. You can find the Vanna’s Choice yarn used in this tutorial here

How to Crochet the Knit Stitch
(aka Waistcoat or Center Single Crochet Stitch)

Abbreviations (US terms):
ch – chain
sc – single crochet
sl st – slip stitch

Notes: 
When crochet the knit stitch in the round, there are two ways to work:
– Work in rounds by chaining one at the beginning of the round and slip stitching to the first single crochet at the end of the round.
– Work in a spiral in an amigurumi-type method.
For this tutorial, I’m describing the first option, but just know that both are possible.

 

Written instructions for the working the knit stitch in the round:

Foundation Round: Ch any multiple of chains, sl st to first ch of round to form a circle.

Round 1: Ch 1, sc in each ch, sl st to first sc to join.

Round 2: Ch 1, sc in between the posts of each sc (see photo below), sl st to first sc to join.

Repeat Round 2 for remainder of project.

How to crochet the waistcoat crochet stitch photo and video tutorial. This center single crochet works into the middle of the single crochet stitch to make crochet look like knitting!
 

Tips for Working the Crochet Knit Stitch Successfully

If you’re not the video-watching type, here are the tips in cliff notes form:

β€’ Use a larger hook than you usually would for the yarn. I can’t stress this enough. You need a significantly bigger hook to make the spaces between the single crochet posts wide enough to insert your hook through.

β€’ Once you insert your hook in the correct place and yarn over, tip your hook up a bit to loosen the stitch even further. This will help make the next stitch easier to work. (See photo below.)

β€’ When slip stitching at the end of each round, pull the slip stitch quite tight. This will make the join nearly disappear. (See photo below.)

How to crochet the waistcoat stitch by working in the round in this free crochet mitten pattern. This center single crochet stitch looks like like knitting!
How to crochet the knit stitch in the round to create an invisible join with slip stitches.
 

How to Decrease in the Crochet Knit Stitch

You can shape items crocheted with the knit stitch just as you would any other crochet project. Increasing is as simple as working two single crochets into the same space between the single crochet posts.

If you’re wondering how to decrease using the knit stitch though, it’s also very similar to a typical sc2tog. In the photo on the right below, you can see how the sc2tog is simply worked between the posts of two sc stitches. When you have three loops on your hook as pictured on the right, you’ll yarn over and pull through all three loops. This will decrease your round by one stitch.

This tutorial shows you how to decrease using the waistcoat crochet stitch (single crochet worked into the middle of the stitch.)

I hope this tutorial helps you know how to crochet the knit stitch with confidence! If you have any pattern ideas you’d like to see created with this stitch, please let me know in the comments below.

More Free Crochet Patterns

Ready to create more beautiful crochet projects? Here are some free crochet patterns for you to check out.

Free modern crochet patterns for slippers, crochet boots, a triangle scarf and crochet jeans patches from Make & Do Crew!

1. The Saturday Slippers – free pattern with men’s and women’s sizing

2. How to Patch Jeans with Crochet Lace

3. Cabin Boots with Flip Flop Soles – free crochet pattern and video tutorial

4. The Revival Scarf – free crochet pattern and video tutorial

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48 Comments

  • Connie hills
    November 25, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    Thank you so very much for showing me how to crochet like that.

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      December 6, 2017 at 2:51 pm

      My pleasure, Connie!

      Reply
      • Pam Carlson
        December 16, 2017 at 8:14 am

        I enjoy watching your tutorial videos. I would like to make a suggestion though. As a beginner, I need to have your camera closer to your work so I can see exactly what you are doing. Experienced cricketers and knitters probably can figure out what you are doing. I like to watch your video and then pause it and then crochet what you are doing.

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        • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
          December 19, 2017 at 3:57 pm

          Thanks Pam. I really appreciate the feedback. I’ll keep that in mind with future videos. πŸ™‚

          Jess

          Reply
      • Bunny
        February 10, 2018 at 1:30 pm

        WOW, need to find this site on my desktop computer. Thank you for sharing!!!!!!

        Reply
  • Margarey Eldridge
    December 5, 2017 at 10:15 pm

    When I learned tbis stitch a couple of years ago it was called a split stitch.

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      December 6, 2017 at 2:51 pm

      Oh really? That’s great to know! Thanks for filling me in on that alternative name. I haven’t heard that one yet. πŸ™‚

      Jess

      Reply
  • Karen
    December 6, 2017 at 5:38 am

    Thank you! Love this stitch. The video was a little difficult to hear your explanation as music was playing loudly. I have used many of your patterns and love them all.

    Reply
  • Virginia H.
    December 6, 2017 at 9:24 am

    Great tutorial except for the unnecessary music which made it hard to hear you. I’ve made several of your crochet items and you do a fantastic job. Than you.

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      December 6, 2017 at 2:50 pm

      Hey Virginia,

      Thanks for the feedback. Are you talking about the music at the very beginning and very end of the tutorial? I’m guessing so as that is the only music involved. Thanks for letting me know it didn’t work well for you.

      Jess

      Reply
      • Jen
        December 6, 2017 at 6:47 pm

        I think she is referring to the music that starts up again at about 2:50 into the video and remains on until the end. Other than that great video and I LOVE this pattern! 😊

        Reply
      • Wendy
        December 7, 2017 at 1:01 pm

        The music starts at about 2:52 and it’s loud! It really does make it difficult to hear what you’re saying. Thanks for sharing this stitch!

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        • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
          December 8, 2017 at 3:08 pm

          I’m sorry Wendy, that was totally an accident on my part. An extra audio track snuck in at the last minute. Working on fixing it now. πŸ™‚

          Reply
      • Regi
        December 7, 2017 at 4:21 pm

        It just started right in the middle somewhere LOLOL, I didn’t notice where because I stopped watching the video because I started looking for the ad so I could stop it. Thanks and I love this stitch tutorial….and you are a really good instructor.

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        • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
          December 8, 2017 at 3:07 pm

          Oh man. That is totally my mistake. The was a extra audio clip included in my edited video at the last second. I am so sorry! I’m fixing it now, lol.

          Thanks for the kind words about my teaching. Apparently I’m a better teacher than video editor!

          Jess

          Reply
      • dana
        December 8, 2017 at 8:20 am

        The music starts at 2:50 and is super loud, we can’t hear what you’re saying.

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        • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
          December 8, 2017 at 3:05 pm

          Oh my gosh. What a goof up! That shouldn’t be there, lol. I can see how you wouldn’t be able to hear me! I’ll get a different version uploaded asap.

          πŸ™‚
          Jess

          Reply
  • Jackie
    December 6, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    I would have enjoyed watching this video if the annoying music would have let me hear what you were saying. I’ll fine another video to learn this stitch.

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      December 19, 2017 at 3:59 pm

      I’m sorry, Jackie. I made a mistake and have corrected it. Thanks for your patience.

      Jess

      Reply
  • Sarah
    December 7, 2017 at 6:05 am

    I’m so excited to try this stitch out.

    Fantastic tutorial, but I do have to agree with the comments above, the music over your speaking from 2:52 onwards makes it almost impossible to follow.

    It really is an amazing and beautiful tutorial though, thank you for taking the time to film and share!

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      December 8, 2017 at 3:10 pm

      Thanks Sarah! The music was a total accident and shouldn’t be there! Oops! Removing it now!

      Reply
  • Regi
    December 7, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    stop with the music please! Thanks

    Reply
  • Leah
    December 10, 2017 at 9:53 am

    I liked your simple explanation, I can’t wait to try this stitch.

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      December 11, 2017 at 9:58 pm

      I hope you like it, Leah! It’s almost magical to see how much it looks like knitting. πŸ™‚

      Jess

      Reply
  • Craftbyrem
    December 12, 2017 at 10:00 am

    Thank u for this.

    Reply
  • Caelum
    December 12, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    I cannot wait to try this! My dad always complains about how many holes there are in my crochet projects. He simply does not understand that certain patterns are supposed to have holes. I cannot wait to show him!

    Thanks!
    -Caelum

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      December 19, 2017 at 3:59 pm

      Haha! That sounds like a dad thing to complain about! πŸ˜‰ I can imagine my dad saying the same thing. This will be perfect for him.

      Happy crocheting!

      Jess

      Reply
  • Melinda
    December 12, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing and thanks for making it simple. Music was a bonus 😏

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      December 19, 2017 at 3:58 pm

      haha, oh man. I’m glad to have gotten the music corrected. What an oops! πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • Majesty
    December 14, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    One of the best criochet tutorials I’ve seen! Well done! Can’t wait to try this!

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      December 15, 2017 at 4:14 pm

      Thanks so much, Majesty! I hope you enjoy it! I really like using this stitch.

      Jess

      Reply
  • Biscuit
    December 17, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    I know God will Bless you in some way for sharing and giving your knowledge to others. I’ve have always wanted to do this. Thank you so very much.
    Have a Blessed Holiday!

    Reply
  • Elizabeth
    December 20, 2017 at 2:00 am

    To crochet the knit stitch – does it have to be in “THE ROUND ” ?

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      December 20, 2017 at 9:16 pm

      Hey Elizabeth,

      Nope! It can be worked flat and still look quite close to knitting. I have found that I prefer the look of it in the round just slightly because the vertical rows of stitches line better, but people def work it flat too. πŸ™‚

      Jess

      Reply
  • Tracey
    January 7, 2018 at 2:52 pm

    Hi, for some reason I cannot find or access your video tutorials, I haven’t crocheted for a number of years, your blogs piqued my interest again but each link is taking me back and forth, been trying for 20 minutes. Was interested in the knit stitch.

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      January 8, 2018 at 12:20 am

      Hey Tracey,

      I’m sorry for your trouble. The video tutorial is within the blog post, above this comment area. It’s below the introduction, but above the written instructions. Are you not able to see it? What type of device and internet browser are you using?

      Jess

      Reply
  • Kayla Raifsnider
    January 21, 2018 at 8:56 pm

    Absolutly love the video!! I’ve wanted to know how this was done, and listening to the explanation was so helpful! Thank you!!

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      January 22, 2018 at 9:34 pm

      I’m so happy to hear that Kayla! I’ve wanted to master this one for a long time too.

      Jess

      Reply
  • Audrey
    January 30, 2018 at 6:30 am

    Is the knit stitch as stretchy as a regular knit made with knitting needles? I prefer crocheting–have not knitted in a very long time, but sometimes I think a knitted project works better than a crocheted one. Thank you for the video tutorial and written instructions.

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      February 5, 2018 at 10:09 pm

      Hey Audrey,

      I’d say it’s a bit stiffer (and less stretchy overall) than a knit stitch. There’s more yarn involved in the crochet version, so I think that is what contributes to the overall sturdier feeling. Hope that helps!

      Jess

      Reply
  • Ruth
    January 30, 2018 at 9:26 am

    Where do you find crochet hooks like you used on the video tutorial of how to do the knit stitch with a crochet hoook?

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      February 5, 2018 at 10:08 pm

      Hey Ruth,

      I think I bought it at Joann’s. I’m pretty sure it’s made by Susan Bates. πŸ™‚

      Jess

      Reply
  • Billie Joy Eller
    March 5, 2018 at 10:25 pm

    Wow I hadn’t even noticed the music I was paying so much attention that I didn’t hear it HAAA

    Reply
  • Ros
    September 8, 2019 at 10:07 pm

    Hi… I have found your instructions interesting… may I ask your advice please?
    I would like to make a skirt in the round using the waistcoat crochet stitch. I don’t want to line it. I want to use a yarn called Bamboo Jazz. It is 50% bamboo & 50% cotton.
    I need to learn to do increaseing. I would like to do it waist down…. would you have PDF pattern or instructions that might help me please? Thank you. Roswitha

    Reply

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