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Crochet Waistcoat Stitch Tutorial (Crochet Knit Stitch)

Learn how to do the crochet knit stitch, which is crochet that looks like knitting! Find 3 fun and easy methods to try below.

Updated September 17, 2021
Crochet Waistcoat Stitch Tutorial

The waistcoat stitch, also known as the center post stitch, is also often referred to as the crochet knit stitch because it closely resembles the stockinette stitch in knitting.

This stitch can be worked in the round or flat, in rows, but the outcome does look slightly different. The waistcoat stitch in the round is the simplest to work and it also looks more like knitting than the other two ways that are worked flat, even though they closely resemble knitting as well.

This stitch is a variation on the single crochet. By inserting the hook into the middle of the post instead of the front and back loops at the top of the stitch, like normal, a waistcoat stitch can be made by working a loose single crochet.

The waistcoat stitch can create a very sturdy fabric perfect for baskets, amigurumi and rugs, but by changing the yarn weight and hook size, the fabric made can also be more flexible and perfect for blankets, beanies and other projects that touch the skin or require nice drape.

Below are three images of the different variations on the waistcoat stitch.

The first image has been worked in the round and the stitches line up, but slightly go diagonal, while closely resembling the stockinette stitch. The second image has been worked flat, in rows, and by turning the work after each row. The stitches are staggered but still resemble the stockinette stitch. The third image has been worked flat, in rows, by cutting the yarn at the end of each row and without turning the work. The stitches are lined up in this swatch and it more closely resembles the stockinette stitch and image 1.

3 examples of the crochet waistcoat stitch

Learn how to work the waistcoat stitch three ways by following the tutorials below.

Resources

Waistcoat Stitch 3 Ways Video Tutorial: https://youtu.be/axIfg6r55nQ

Let’s get started!

Materials

-- Mary Maxim Starlette Chunky Yarn or other Weight 6 Super Bulky Yarn
-- Size P (10 mm) Streamline Furls Crochet Hook

Crochet waistcoat stitch materials

Waistcoat Stitch In The Round

Waistcoat stitch in the round - finished

The first way to create the waistcoat stitch is to work this stitch in the round. Start with a magic circle or a chain and slip stitch to create a ring and then work one round of loose single crochets.

After working one round of loose single crochets:

  1. Insert the hook into the next stitch between the two front vertical posts that make up the v.

Crochet waistcoat stitch in the round - step 1

The hook should continue through the back of the work between the v and below the horizontal bar. This is what the back of the work should look like so far.

Crochet waistcoat stitch in the round - step 2

2. Yarn over (image 1), pull up a loop making this loop larger than normal to make the stitch easier to work into later (image 2), and yarn over. (image 3)

Crochet waistcoat stitch in the round - step 3

3. Pull through the loops on the hook to complete the waistcoat stitch.

Crochet waistcoat stitch in the round - step 4

Continue steps 1-3 around.

Waistcoat Stitch In Rows And Turn The Work

Crochet waistcoat stitch in rows

The second way to create the waistcoat stitch is to work this stitch, flat in rows. With this technique the work will be turned after each row.

  1. Row 1: Chain 8.

Crochet waistcoat stitch in rows - step 1

2. Put a single crochet into the 2nd chain from the hook. Make single crochets loose so that they can be easily worked into by inserting the hook into the next chain, yarn over and pull up a loop larger than normal (image 1), yarn over and pull through the loops on the hook. (image 2)

Crochet waistcoat stitch in rows - step 2

3. Continue putting a loose single crochet into each chain across. =7 stitches

Crochet waistcoat stitch in rows - step 3

4. Chain 1 (image 1) and turn the work over. (image 2)

Crochet waistcoat stitch in rows - step 4

5. Row 2: Make a regular single crochet into the first single crochet.

Crochet waistcoat stitch in rows - step 5

6. Insert the hook into the v and below the horizontal bar.

Crochet waistcoat stitch in rows - step 6

7. Yarn over, pull up a loop larger than normal, and yarn over.

Crochet waistcoat stitch in rows - step 7

8. Pull through the loops on the hook to complete the waistcoat stitch.

Crochet waistcoat stitch in rows - step 8

9. Continue across until 1 stitch remains. (image 1)  Single crochet into the last stitch. (image 2) =7 stitches

Crochet waistcoat stitch in rows - step 9

Repeat steps 4 through 9 until the desired length.

Waistcoat Stitch In Rows And Cut The Yarn

Waistcoat Stitch In Rows And Cut The Yarn

The third way to create the waistcoat stitch is to work this stitch, flat in rows without turning the work. Instead of turning the work, the working yarn will be cut at the end of each row and restarted at the beginning of each row.

  1. Row 1: Chain 8.

Waistcoat Stitch In Rows And Cut The Yarn - Step 1

2. Put a single crochet into the 2nd chain from the hook. Make single crochets loose so that they can be easily worked into by inserting the hook into the next chain, yarn over and pull up a loop larger than normal (image 1), yarn over and pull through the loops on the hook. (image 2)

Waistcoat Stitch In Rows And Cut The Yarn - Step 2

3. Continue putting a loose single crochet into each chain across. =7 stitches

Waistcoat Stitch In Rows And Cut The Yarn - Step 3

4. Chain 1.

Waistcoat Stitch In Rows And Cut The Yarn - Step 4

5. Cut the yarn and pull through the last stitch made.

Waistcoat Stitch In Rows And Cut The Yarn - Step 5

6. Row 2: Insert the hook into the chain space at the beginning of the first row.

Waistcoat Stitch In Rows And Cut The Yarn - Step 6

7. Yarn over (image 1), pull up a loop (image 2), and chain 1. (image 3)

Waistcoat Stitch In Rows And Cut The Yarn - Step 7

8. Insert the hook into the next single crochet, by inserting the hook into the v in the middle of the post, yarn over, pull up a loop larger than normal, yarn over and pull through all of the loops on the hook to complete the waistcoat stitch.

Waistcoat Stitch In Rows And Cut The Yarn - Step 8

9. Continue across putting a waistcoat stitch into each stitch across. =7 stitches

Waistcoat Stitch In Rows And Cut The Yarn - Step 9

10. Chain 1 (image 1), cut the yarn (image 2), and pull through the last stitch. (image 3)

Waistcoat Stitch In Rows And Cut The Yarn - Step 10

The End!

Crochet Waistcoat Stitch Finished Swatches

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