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The Loom Knitting Waffle Stitch

Updated on February 9, 2018
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Waffle or Honeycomb Stitch


The Close Up Above

The waffle stitch up-close. When the project is wide, such as an afghan, the stitches are pulled open by the weight of the knit. As you can see they are much more open here than they would be in a scarf. Photos of the waffle knit scarf are below, so you can see the difference.

The Loom Knitting Waffle Stitch for Double Rake Looms

The waffle stitch is one of my favorite loom knitting stitches. It produces a double thickness knit that has the same appearance on both sides. Because it is double knit, it's heavy enough for winter use. The waffle stitch is also referred to as the honeycomb stitch.

The waffle effect looks complicated to knit, but it's really rather simple. It's created by knitting 5 rows of double rib stitches, then reversing the direction of the next 5 rows of the same stitch. Read on for written waffle stitch directions, or watch the video.

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How to Make the Loom Knitting Waffle Stitch - Knit the Waffle Stitch Step-by-Step

The waffle stitch is simply the double rib stitch, changing directions every 5 rows. There is a video below demonstrating the double rib stitch.

  1. Knit 5 rows of double rib stitches.
  2. Switch wrapping directions. Knit 5 more rows of double rib stitches.
  3. Changing back to the original direction of the wrap, knit 5 more rows of double rib stitches.
  4. Repeat the steps above until the knit has reached the desired length.
  5. Remove the knit from the loom by beginning at the end furthest from the working yarn. Lift the first loop of the peg. Following the path of the yarn on the loom, lift the second loop of the peg. Using a crochet hook, pull loop 2 through 1. Lift loop 3 and pull it through loop 2. Continue along the path of the yarn until you reach the end. Tie off the working yarn.

Alternating the Direction of the Ribbing Stitch
Alternating the Direction of the Ribbing Stitch | Source

Alternating the Direction of the Double Rib Stitch Wrap

To alternate the direction of the double rib stitch, let's look at the photo to the right. Notice that the yarn is stretched between two pegs on the rake, before being drawn across the loom to the next rake. The red arrows point to open spaces where no yarn is stretched between the pegs. When you wrap in the opposite direction, you will draw the yarn across the spaces on the loom that are currently open (marked with red arrows). There is a video below to further explain this. Once you've mastered the wrap it's as easy as riding a bike.

Remember, looms are always wrapped with a cursive "e." The top of the cursive "e" always faces the outside of the loom and the yarn crosses toward the inside of the loom.

The Waffle Stitch, alternating the direction of the wrap

The waffle stitch is sometimes referred to as the "honeycomb" stitch as it is in this video. She does a very good job of explaining how to change the direction of the wrap after you have your first few rows knitted.

More Photos of the Waffle Stitch

Waffle stitch scarf in blue
Waffle stitch scarf in blue | Source
Waffle stitch scarf
Waffle stitch scarf | Source

The Knifty Knitter Long Looms

Knifty Knitter Long Loom Set(1 set of 4 looms)
Knifty Knitter Long Loom Set(1 set of 4 looms)

The Knifty Knitter by Provo Craft are my favorite brand of long looms because they are high quality for plastic looms. The pegs do not fall out or break easily, as they do with other brands of plastic looms. Because they are made of plastic, they are also lighter weight and easier to carry around than wooden knitting looms.

These looms come in long or round sets. The long set is perfect for knitting the waffle stitch!


Edge of Waffle Stitch Knit

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Edge of Waffle Knit Scarf Without Fringe

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