Center Single Crochet, Waistcoat Stitch, Crochet Knit Stitch, or Split Single Crochet?

We love the look of this stitch—however, its name is often up for debate. In Interweave patterns, we call this stitch the center single crochet. It is most often googled as the waistcoat stitch. You might have seen it referred to as the crochet knit stitch on Pinterest. And sometimes we see designers refer to it as the split single crochet. Whatever you decide to call this awesome stitch, we’ll show you how to do it!

What is it?

Center single crochet (or waistcoat stitch) is worked similarly to a single crochet stitch. The only difference is where you insert your hook in the stitch of the previous row or round.

Center single crochet (csc):

1. *Insert hook through the center of the next stitch (between the “V” shape rather than through the top 2 loops)

2. Yarn over

3. Pull up a loop

4. Yarn over

5. Draw through both loops on hook

6. Repeat from *

Why we love it

We love this stitch because it looks a bit like knitting (this is why some call it the crochet knit stitch). The other benefit is that this change in hook insertion aligns your stitches on top of one another better than the standard single crochet stitch. This makes this stitch useful for geometric tapestry crochet patterns or bags that need stitches to align to avoid a crooked seam.

Watch out for . . .

There are a few things to watch out for when working this stitch. First, it only works if you are working in the round or joining at the beginning of every row to make only right-side rows. It can also be quite tricky to get your hook in just the right spot. If you typically work tight crochet stitches, you’ll want to loosen your gauge for this stitch. You might even consider working loosely with a larger hook size.

This stitch creates a very dense fabric, making it great for projects with a lot of structure like bags or boxy garments. If you want a light and flowing sweater, choose a different stitch. Finally, this stitch creates a shorter row gauge because it is worked through the center of a single crochet rather than in the top of it, making the stitch shorter. Because this stitch is so short, you can’t substitute it in a pattern that calls for a single crochet without doing some pattern manipulation.

Try it in . . .

Excited to try this stitch? Here are a few patterns to get in some practice!

1. Light of Day Zipper Pouch

This simple pouch is a great way to practice the basics of this stitch. The HiKoo Woodi yarn from Skacel is also great for practicing because it doesn’t split! The pattern for this zipper pouch is available as a bonus download when you order the Light of Day Tote Kit [Insert link once live on 8/1/18], so grab the kit before it’s gone!

2. Flourishing Purse

Once you’ve practiced with the Light of Day Zipper Pouch, move on to working this stitch in the round. The Flourishing Purse from Interweave Crochet Spring 2018 will give you the chance to practice increasing. As an added bonus, the center single crochet stitch makes a great background for embellishing with cross-stitch or embroidery.

3. Wilder Dress Yoke

Now try your hand at a simple, boxy garment and add some tapestry crochet. Center single crochet is a great stitch for showing off colorwork. Attach this boxy top to a flowing skirt for a lovely dress! Find all the instruction you need in Interweave Crochet Spring 2018.

4. A project coming in Interweave Crochet Fall 2018!

Stay tuned and subscribe to try your hand at a beautiful sweater using this fantastic stitch!

What have you heard this stitch called? Center single crochet? Waistcoat stitch? Knit stitch? Let us know in the comments below and share your projects on Instagram with #InterweaveCrochet or on Ravelry!

Happy stitching!
Editor, Interweave Crochet

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