Crochet Christmas: Waffle Stitch Cushion
We’re dreaming up some fantastic Christmas gifts for you to make ahead in our Crochet Christmas special! This week, Merion is making a waffle stitch cushion!
Cushion covers are great fun to make for all abilities of crocheter! Plain double crochet can look beautiful in variegated yarn or stripes – or ripple print or granny square! I’ve made up a waffle stitch cushion, which introduces an easy way to bring texture into your crochet.
Waffle stitch works in multiples of three, using treble crochet stitches (double crochet in US terminology). The waffle shape is created by working your stitches into the front and back of a stitch – these are known as FP tr and BP tr – front post trebles and back post trebles (FPDC or BPDC for US crochet). To measure how many chains you need to create, chain in multiples of three until your chain reaches the right size to match your cushion, and add four extra chains to create two stitches either side of the pattern.
The best way to illustrate the front and back post stitches is to watch a tutorial, and I love Bella Coco’s brilliant tutorials! This one shows very clearly how to work waffle stitch:
You will need:
- 300g super chunky yarn (approx. 240m) I used 3 balls of King Cole Big Value Super Chunky in Grey (0024)
- A 7mm crochet hook
- Tapestry needle for sewing up
- A Large button
- A 40 x 40cm cushion pad
Chain 31 (27 + 4)
Row 1: Tr into the second ch from the hook. Tr into every stitch. Turn.
Row 2: Ch1 and tr into the first stitch. The next stitch will be your first front post treble (FP tr), worked into the front post of the stitch (see tutorial at 6.48 minutes), then work two regular tr stitches into the top of the stitches as normal. This three stitch pattern forms the first waffle. Repeat until you reach the last stitch, in pattern, and work the last tr.
Row 3: To create the back of the waffle you have to work the reverse of what you’ve done at the front (see tutorial at 11.20 minutes). To do this, begin by ch1 and tr into the first stitch as normal, then next two stitches are worked into the post of the stitches to form the back of the waffle, followed by a normal treble. Follow this pattern until you reach the end of the row, and work the last tr.
Work in waffle stitch until piece measures approximately 40cm long (or until it covers the front of your cushion), and fasten off.
I have worked the back of the cushion in two parts to make an envelope opening with a button.
Top half: chain 31.
Row 1: Dc into every stitch, turn.
Row 2: Ch 1, dc into every stitch and continue to work rows in dc this way until the piece measures 20cm.
Button hole row: work 15 dc, and then chain 3, skip 3 stitches and dc to the end of the row, forming a button hole. (Nb, my button needed a chain 3 space to fit, but if yours is smaller, only chain 2 and skip 2 stitches.)
Work two more rows of dc and fasten off.
Row 1: Dc into every stitch, turn.
Row 2: Ch 1, dc into every stitch and work until the piece measures 26cm and fasten off.
To assemble, pin together the top and bottom pieces so that they overlap with room for the button (which you will sew on the bottom half). Sew the sides together to join the back pieces together.
Place the waffle front and plain back sections of the cushion right sides together. Sew (or sl st crochet if you prefer) all the way around the pieces to join them, and then turn the whole cushion cover inside out.
Sew the button in the correct position on the bottom half of the back cover so that it fits perfectly through your button hole.
I’ve embellished my cushion with some simple crocheted flowers, but you can add anything you like! Match someone’s décor with colour schemes or try some variegated or tweed yarn for even more texture! Cushions are a fabulously personal gift that don’t have to cost a fortune to make!
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