The Waistcoat stitch is also known as the Knit Stitch. It is a single crochet stitch that is made through the centre of the stitch instead of the top loops, and ends up looking like a series of V’s like a knitted piece would.
The Waistcoat crochet stitch can be made in rows and in the round, but the Vs will line up more neatly when made in the round rather than in rows where the pattern looks more staggered.
Being a single crochet stitch, the Waistcoat stitch works up rather slowly so is best used with chunky yarn so your project doesn’t become overly tedious
This how to guide is part of The Cool Crochet Society Stitch Vault collection. Have you seen all the other stitches in there? You can take a look here
The pattern is written in US terms, but the UK translation is below in brackets along with the abbreviations we will be using
- Chain = ch
- Single crochet (double crochet) = sc
You can use any number of stitches for the Waistcoat stitch. There is no pattern, the look is made by the way the stitches are formed. It us important that you work with a loose tension, otherwise you will find your stitches very hard to work into
Row 1. Sc in every stitch of your foundation ch, making sure you keep a loose tension
Row 2. Keep your tension loose for all your waistcoat stitches.
Turn, chain 1. Make a waistcoat stitch into what will look like the 2nd stitch (in the middle of the upside down V make a sc)
make a waistcoat stitch in each stitch across including in the chain 1 at the end of the row
Repeat row 2 until you reach the height you need.