Are you a crocheter that has always loved the look of all those fabulous knits, but like me can’t quite get those needles to behave themselves long enough to make anything? Do you have a million knit projects planned out (or in your Ravelry queue) waiting for the day you can move beyond scarves and dishcloths? I feel your pain…I have been trying to improve my knitting skills on and off over the years, but it just feels so foreign compared to my trusty old hook. I am still in the scarf/dishcloth/swatching phase of knitting, but I have been crocheting for almost 30 years, and being in beginners knitting project territory can be a bit frustrating with all these beautiful things I want to make.
For the longest time, I just felt like making that perfect knit project was forever beyond me but I couldn’t help looking longingly at those beautiful hats, scarves (and sweaters, OMG right?!) and wanting to make one of my own. But double ended needles, knitting in the round, and working with 3 or even 4 needles (whaaat? I’m still trying to figure out two!!) can get a bit overwhelming for a knitter still learning the basics.
My aspirations can sometimes –ok always– get ahead of my abilities, and sometimes you just want to make something pretty!! If your knitting skills are as lacking as my own never fear, the waistcoat stitch (also called the crochet knit stitch) is the perfect way to get that knit look with your favourite crochet hook. It is very similar to the single crochet; the only difference is that you work in between the two loops that form your post instead of under the two strands at the top of your stitch. Working between the post loops creates that “v” stitch distinctive of knitting, and looks great when working with graphs or patterned colour changes. These colour changes are worked exactly the same as you would if you were using single crochet, by drawing up your final loop for the previous stitch using the new colour.
This has quickly become one of my favourite stitches to use, and can be directly substituted for regular single crochet in most patterns, particularly hats, scarves, mittens and graphed blankets. There are also many patterns out there featuring the waistcoat stitch like the mittens I made (pictured below) to go with my favourite hat. I won’t be giving up on knitting any time soon, but this definitely makes the wannabe-pro knitter in me happy until I finally master those needles!
So whether you are a knit lover, a beginning knitter, or just a crocheter looking to add some new stitches to your crochet toolbox, this is a really great way to get that knit look and (at least for me) it works up much quicker than actual knitting. It doesn’t require any special tools you don’t already have, and can be used in just about any pattern that calls for single crochet. If you haven’t already, I highly recommend you try out this versatile and simple stitch in your next project.
Tried it? Love it? Let’s see it!! Share your waistcoat stitch projects in the comments, on my FB page, or tag me on IG!
Until next time, Happy Crafting!