waistcoat stitch crochet tutorial

Waistcoat Crochet Stitch Tutorial: Great Way to Make Your Projects Sturdy

If you’re looking for a great way to make your crochet projects sturdy and beautiful, look no further than the waistcoat crochet stitch. This great stitch is easy to learn and can be used on a variety of different projects. In this tutorial, we will show you how to do the waistcoat crochet stitch step by step. So grab your yarn and hook and let’s get started!

The waistcoat crochet stitch is a great way to add some extra stability to your projects and adds a dense fabric. It’s perfect for items like crochet baskets, crochet hats, and bags.

One of the best things about this stitch is how easy it is to learn. Waistcoat stitch has many names, knit crochet stitch, split stitch, center single crochet stitch, center post stitch. It resembles a knit stockinette stitch. But no matter what you call it, the waistcoat stitch is an easy stitch to learn and can be used for a wide variety of crochet projects.

Before we get to the tutorial here are some common questions, tips and tricks for this Waistcoat Crochet Stitch Tutorial.

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Does crochet waistcoat stitch use more yarn than other crochet stitches?

It does use slightly more yarn then regular single crochet. But the beautiful finished project is worth it!

Is crochet knit stitch stretchy?

No, this crochet stitch is not very stretchy. It’s perfect for items that need to be sturdy like baskets and tablemats.

waistcoat crochet stitch tutorial

How do you increase in waistcoat stitch?

You can increase by doing two waistcoat stitches in the same space.

waistcoat stitch tutorial

How do you decrease in waistcoat stitch?

You can decrease by doing 1 waistcoat stitch in 2 stitches, same as you would do 2 single crochet together.

Tips and Tricks:

  • always use a larger crochet hook size then the yarn calls for to help prevent holes from forming around your stitches.
  • waistcoat stitch is best worked in rounds
  • a lot of people said that their waistcoat stitch looks slanted. Insert the hook into the center of the stitch from the row below and pull taller loop, slant it slightly to the right. Holding it with your thumb finish off as you would in a normal single crochet stitch.

Waistcoat stitch (knit stitch) step by step tutorial

ch – chain

sc – single crochet

slst – slip stitch

st(s) – stitch(es)

ws – waistcoat stitch

Round 1. As I mentioned earlier, waistcoat stitch is best to work in rounds. I start with a magic ring and ch 1. Sc required number of sts ( I did 6 sts). Sl st into first stitch of the ring, tighten the ring by pulling the tail end.

Round 2. ws around (works as a standard single crochet stitch but instead of going under two loops you insert hook between the “legs” (“v”) of the next stitch of the previous round, then work as a regular single crochet)

waistcoat crochet stitch tutorial

Continue as round 2 according to the pattern.

Follow this step by step waistcoat stitch video tutorial

If you’re making a basket waistcoat stitch will be a great stitch for a basket base. It’s sturdy and gives a clean look to your projects, so you can easily put stuff in the basket.

Follow this tutorial how to crochet a perfect circle that stays flat.

Find some other stitch tutorials:

crochet tutorials

  1. Crochet Camel stitch tutorial
  2.  How to crochet a perfect circle
  3.  How to crochet a square

Thank you for following along with this waistcoat stitch tutorial. I hope you find it helpful and that you will try it out in your own crochet projects. The chevron crochet basket free pattern and Valentines basket set are both great projects to start with, but the possibilities are endless! Thanks again, and happy crocheting!


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