How to Crochet Waistcoat Stitch (Step-by-Step Tutorial)

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Do you want to get the knit look in crocheted items? Grab your hook and start learning how to crochet waistcoat stitch, which is highly easy for beginners because it uses the first ones of 6 basic stitches. You can then crochet scarves, blankets, dishcloths and many more dense items using it. Let’s get started!

How to Crochet the Waistcoat Stitch For Beginners
Check out the unedited tutorial pictures source channel: MJ’s Off The Hook Designs.

What is waistcoat stitch?

Waistcoat stitch, also called knit stitch or center single crochet, is a very dense crochet stitch that gives a feel of the knitted fabric. It has no gap and is tight because the single crochet stitch is worked in the post of single crochet.

Abbreviation for waistcoat stitch: WS

Stitch Multiple: Any number of chains + 1. The waistcoat stitch is worked in one stitch while turning the chain, which is necessary to get the height in the beginning.

How waistcoat stitch is different from the single crochet?

Waistcoat stitch from single crochet differs with respect to where we shall insert the hook before first yarn over. In the case of regular single crochet, we insert the hook under the top loops of single crochet.

While in the waistcoat stitch, we insert the hook in the center of the post (between V-loops) of the single crochet or waistcoat stitch of the previous row. The remaining steps are the same for both stitches.

How to Crochet Waistcoat stitch?

Are you ready to learn how to crochet waistcoat stitch? In this section, I shall  provide you with step-by-step instructions with pictures:

Stitches Needed:

Note: The pattern is written in US terms.

Crochet Waistcoat Stitch With Step-by-step pictures


  • Chain in any number plus one turning chain.
  • Row 1: Starting in the 2nd chain from the hook, single crochet (sc) across each chain. Turn your work.
  • Row 2: Chain 1 (counts as sc). *Insert the hook between the V-loops of the post of the single crochet of the previous row instead of the top two loops as you typically would. Complete single crochet (Yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over again, and pull through both loops on the hook). Repeat * across the row in each stitch except the last stitch. In the last stitch, make a regular single crochet (under both top loops).
  • Turn your work.
  • Row 3: Repeat Row 2 until you reach your desired length.
  • Final Row: Sc in each stitch across. Cut the yarn, leaving a tail for weaving in ends, and fasten it off.

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