most of my life, my standard over-layer has been the classic,
grungy, waffle-knit long-sleeve t-shirt. In my attempts to recreate
this garment in a handknit, I’ve met, tried and rejected
a veritable ton of “waffle” stitch patterns, usually
created using triangles of knit and purl stitches arranged artfully,
or some combination of ribbing and garter stitch. Generally,
these stitches look great and waffle-y, especially on small needles,
but I was unable to find the hand-knitting equivalent to my favorite
mass-produced stitch pattern on a larger scale!
I began experimenting with slipped stitches and floats, and
came up with a deceptively simple, three-stitch, four-row repeat
that will trap extra air to keep you cozy, just like the real
thing! And, as an added bonus, the “wrong side” has
its own distinct look, opening up extra styling possibilities – my
personal favorite is wrapped twice and rolled over into a shawl
The other great thing about this stitch pattern is that it lends
itself incredibly well to easy, two-color knitting; only one
row out of the four uses both colors at once, and the other rows
rely on slipped stitches. I knit this one in the super-bulky
but super-lightweight Quince & Co. Puffin, a lightly fulled
single-ply yarn that comes in a gorgeous array of
Sharpes photos: Elisabeth
Quince & Co. Puffin [100% Wool; 112yd/102m per 100g skein]
[MC] Split Pea; 2 skeins
[CC] Carrie’s Yellow; 1 skein Note: I used all but approx. 1 yd of CC. You may wish to buy an extra skein.
Recommended needle size [always use a needle
size that gives you the gauge
listed below -- every knitter's
gauge is unique]
40-inch US #13/9mm circular needle
10 sts/16 rows = 4" in
16 sts = 5” and 20 rows = 4" in pattern
PATTERN NOTES [Knitty's list of standard abbreviations and techniques can be found here.]
Using CC, CO 180 sts. Place marker and join to begin working
in the round, being careful not to twist.
Set-up Round: *K1 tbl using CC, bring MC and CC between needles
to front of work, p2 using MC, bring both yarns between needles
to back of work; repeat from * to end. Note: Keep MC pulled tightly when slipping
sts or working sts using CC. Hold CC
loosely when slipping sts or working
sts using MC.
Keep sts spread out on needle to help
maintain even tension.
Round 1: Using MC, *sl 1 purlwise with yarn held to back of
work, p2; repeat from * to end.
Round 2: *K1 tbl using CC, p2 using MC
(leave CC at back of work); repeat from * to end.
Round 3: Work as for Round 1.
Round 4: Using CC, *k1 tbl, sl 2 purlwise
with yarn held to front of work; repeat from * to end.
Repeat Rounds 1-4 nine times more, or
until cowl is desired height.
BO all sts using CC.
Weave in ends and block as desired.
ABOUT THE DESIGNER
Elisabeth knits, spins, weaves, and crochets in Western Massachusetts,
where she lives with an embarrassing amount of equipment and a
cat, who enjoys her fiber stash possibly more than she does. Her
designs have been published by Berroco, Classic Elite, and Valley
You can find her on Ravelry here, and she blogs here.