Sometimes you just need a simple but beautiful blanket pattern. This Waffle Stitch Blanket Pattern is easy and straightforward allowing you to make it to suit your needs. Keep reading for all the details and the free crochet pattern or you can purchase an ad-free PDF here.
Waffle stitch blankets are warm and squishy, perfect for snuggling up on the couch with a good book. They also make wonderful baby blankets and are great baby shower gifts.
How to Crochet a Waffle Stitch Blanket
Whether you’d like to make a crochet waffle stitch baby blanket, throw, or full-size blanket, this pattern has what you need.
Like with any waffle stitch pattern, your first row is going to be double crochets. If you know how to do a foundation double crochet row, I would highly suggest working it instead of starting with a foundation chain.
I’ve found it simpler to work a foundation double crochet row instead of trying to keep count of and work into a long chain, but you do whichever works best for you.
From row 2 on, the stitch pattern is made by alternating when you use the double crochet stitch and when you use the front post double crochet stitch. Once you get the hang of the stitch pattern, it works up really quickly.
To keep this pattern extra simple, I didn’t add a border and think it looks great without one. But I know it would also look good with a simple, solid-type border too. Even a couple of rows of single crochets around would look lovely.
If you want something a little fancier, this Waffle Stitch dishcloth has a nice border that you could use on this blanket to add a little extra detail.
About the Waffle Stitch
The waffle stitch is a fun stitch pattern because it is a simple stitch combination that pays off big time with wonderful texture. By strategically alternating between front post double crochets and regular double crochets you get this amazing box pattern on one side that resembles, you guessed it, a waffle.
If you are a beginner or haven’t tried working the waffle stitch before, I have a great waffle stitch tutorial that walks you through the stitch pattern step by step. You can use that tutorial to do a small practice swatch before tackling the whole blanket or if you are adventurous, you can dive right in.
You’ll need to know how to chain, double crochet, and front post double crochet… easy AND beautiful stitches.
The waffle stitch looks lovely using just one color, or you could do a color block blanket as I did for the sample. It would also look great with simple stripes.
To keep this pattern extra simple, I didn’t add a border and think it looks great without one. But I know it would also look good with a simple, solid-type border too. This Waffle Stitch dishcloth has a simple border that you could use on this blanket to add a little extra detail.
Yarn Used in The Waffle Stitch Crochet Blanket
For this waffle stitch blanket, I used Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran which is super easy to work with. The yarn itself is soft but not super smooth-soft if that makes sense. It has some grab giving it more of a medium-soft feel.
LoveCrafts regularly has great sales on Paintbox yarn especially if you purchase any of the bulk packs. The packs are also nice because there are so many cute color combinations already made for you or you can buy packs of single colors.
If you’d like to use a different yarn, any value worsted weight yarn or Aran weight yarn should work well.
Waffle Stitch Crochet Blanket Pattern
Skill Level: Easy
US size I/9, 5.5 mm crochet hook
Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran (category 4, medium weight 3.5 oz, 201 yds)
The sample used Vanilla Cream and Champagne White
Large Eye Yarn Needle
dc: double crochet
fpdc: front post double crochet
Gauge: 4” by 4” = 16 sts by 12 rows (taken in waffle stitch pattern)
Finished Sizes and Yarn Amounts:
The chain 2 to start each row counts as a stitch.
I tend to crochet with a tight tension so 2 chains gives me enough height to start a row of double crochets. If your tension is looser, you may want to chain 3 to start each row.
The pattern instructions are written for a regular size blanket first, followed by a baby blanket then throw blankets sizes.
If you’d like to make a different size, keep your starting chain a multiple of 3+2.
Crochet Waffle Stitch Blanket Pattern Instructions:
Ch 209 (122, 146)
Row 1: dc in 4 ch from hook and in each st across, turn. (207, 120, 144)
Row 2: ch 2 (counts as first dc), *fpdc in next st, dc in next 2 sts, repeat from * until the last 2 sts; fpdc in next st, dc in top of ch, turn
Row 3: ch 2 (counts as first dc), *dc in next st, fpdc in the next 2 sts, repeat from *until the last 2 sts; dc in next st, dc in top of ch, turn
Repeat rows 2 and 3 until you’ve reached a total of 180 (108, 144) rows.
If making a color block blanket change the color after row 90 (54, 72) and complete the same number of rows with the second color for a total of 180 (108, 144) rows.