How to Crochet the Knit Stitch (Waistcoat Stitch)

I have been knitting for the most of my life and only learned how to crochet when I got older. Even though I prefer the flexibilty of crocheting, I like the knitted look better. 
This is why I love the crochet knit stitch so much, it’s really easy to make, and the result is so similar to a knitted fabric!

how to crochet a knit stitch

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About the Crochet Knit Stitch (AKA Waistcoat stitch)

There are two ways to work the Knit stitch; in the round, and flat. Both methods are using only single crochet stitch.
With the round method you work the sc into the V part of the single crochet (instead of working into the top of the stitch).
While in the flat method you work back and forth and crochet the single crochet stitch below the top of the stitch, between the “legs” (into the upside down “v”).
In my opinion, working the crochet knit stitch in the round is easier and results a nicer and more knit-like looking fabric. This method will be great for making cowls, beanies hot pads, and cup cozies like my Knit-Look Crochet Beer Cozies.
The flat method is a bit harder to work and forms a tigheter fabric, in this post you’ll find a tutorial for the Knit stitch (AKA Waistcoat stitch) in the round.

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How to Crochet the Ribbed Stitch

Using the knit stitch in the round method you can easily create a “Ribbed look” for your fabric.
The crochet ribbed look can be made with alternating knit-purl (ribbing 1×1) or 2 knit – 2 purl (ribbing 2×2), all you have to do is crochet the knit-like stitch with the knit stitch (see below instructions) and the purl-like stitch with a single crochet through the back loop. The ribbing crochet stitch is also worked in the round.
I used this ribbed-look crochet stitch in my Knit-Look Cozies. You can find free pattern HERE.

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Looking for More Crochet Stitches? Check out these other stitch tutorials on the blog:



Crochet Knit Stitch (Waistcoat Stitch)

 

Materials I used for this tutorial
– 4.5 / G mm Tulip Etimo Crochet hook.
– For this pattern I used Knit PIcks – CotLin yarn by WeCrochet – DK (#3) weight yarn. You can find this yarn HERE.

Abbreviations (US)
ch – chain
ss – slip stitch
sc
– single crochet
blo – through the back loop only
knit st: knit stitch (also known as waistcoat stitch) – work sc into the V part of the st, instead of the top of the st.

Notes

  • When working the crochet knit stitch in the round, you can either finish every round with a slip stitch, or work in a continuous rounds with out slip stitching the last stitch.
  • To make it easier, make sure to work the single crochet a bit loose and it is also suggested to use a larger hook. 
  • The Knit stitch can be made with any number of stitches.
  • For the ‘knit-purl’ pattern- keep a multiple of 2 sts, for the ‘ribbed’ pattern- keep a multiple of 4 sts.


How to Crochet the Knit Stitch

crochet waistcoat stitch

Chain any numbers of stitches, ss to join the end ch to the beginning ch and place the marker, being careful to keep the chain straight. Do not allow it to twist.

Round 1: ch1 (doesn’t count as a st), 1sc in each ch around, ss to 1st sc to join.

Round 2: ch1 (doesn’t count as a st), 1knit st in each sc around, ss to 1st st to join.
Knit stitch: make a single crochet into the “V” part of the st instead of crocheting into the top of the stitch.

Round 3: ch1 (doesn’t count as a st), 1knit st in each sc around, ss to 1st st to join.

Continue working round 3.


How to Crochet the Knit-Purl Stitch (Ribbing 1×1)

crochet ribbed stitch

Chain an even number of stitches, ss to join the end ch to the beginning ch and place the marker, being careful to keep the chain straight. Do not allow it to twist.

Round 1: ch1 (doesn’t count as a st), 1sc in each ch around, ss to 1st sc to join.

Round 2: ch1 (doesn’t count as a st), * 1sc blo in next sc, 1sc in next sc; repeat from * around, ss to 1st sc to join.

Continue working round 2.


How to Crochet the Ribbed Crochet Stitch (Ribbing 2×2)

crochet rib stitch in the round

Chain an a multiple of 4, ss to join the end ch to the beginning ch and place the marker, being careful to keep the chain straight. Do not allow it to twist.

Round 1: ch1 (doesn’t count as a st), 1sc in each ch around, ss to 1st sc to join.

Round 2: ch1 (doesn’t count as a st), * 1sc blo in next 2 sc, 1knit st in next 2 sc; repeat from * around, ss to 1st sc to join.

Continue working round 2.

 

 

crochet ribbing stitch

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