The crochet waistcoat stitch is a slight variation of the single crochet (sc) stitch, the only difference being where you insert the hook. This stitch is also known as center post stitch or knit stitch, as it creates the knit like fabric.
I like to use this stitch when I want to create a knit like texture or a simple fabric in which I can add more elaborate crochet motifs to create textural contrast. The best knit like texture is created when you use this stitch in the round as shown in my photo sample above. To help you practice this new stitch I have a FREE CROCHET CHRISTMAS STOCKING PATTERN which uses the waistcoat stitch to imitate a traditional knit Christmas stocking.
My simple step by step written photo tutorial is below or if you prefer a video tutorial, I have also made a Youtube video.
- As you will be working into middle of the previous stitch, I would suggest using a crochet hook which is 1-2 sizes larger than specified for you yarn choice.
- This stitch will create a very dense fabric, try to keep your stitches loose for ease.
- Chain 1 at the beginning of each row as a turning stitch when working flat.
- If you would like to work in the round, work in a spiral and use a stitch marker to eliminate visible joins.
How to Crochet Waistcoat Stitch | Worked Flat or in the Round
The trick to is to insert your hook in the middle of the post of the previous row (this is the ‘V’ shape), pick up your yarn as you would for a single crochet (sc), now you have 2 loops on your hook, yarn over and pull through both loops on the hook. It is as simple as that!
In the sample below I show you the difference between standard single crochet (sc) stitch and the waistcoat stitch when worked flat.
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Congratulations you have mastered the Crochet Waistcoat Stitch, I would love to see you crochet creation’s, please tag me on @moara_crochet on Instagram to share your work.
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