Waved Welt Knit Stitch Pattern: Beginner-Friendly Tutorial

Waved Welt Knit Stitch Pattern by Janice |Published 11-17-2023

When it comes to creating unique and visually striking knitted pieces, the waved welt knit stitch is a technique that can add a beautiful texture and dimension to your projects.

This stitch pattern creates a wavy, ribbed effect that is perfect for adding interest to scarves, hats, and even sweaters.

The waved welt knit stitch is a variation of the traditional rib stitch, and it involves alternating knit and purl stitches in a specific pattern to create the distinctive wavy texture. The resulting fabric has a stretchy and reversible nature,

Waved Welt Knit Stitch worked in green color acrylic yarnWaved Welt Knit Stitch Pattern

What Can We Use the Waved Welt Knit Stitch For?

This pattern works great when using a smooth yarn with good stitch definition.  Choose this knit pattern for scarves, cowls, hats and headbands, or even a sweater.

Skill Level

From the Craft Yarn Council, the symbol used to determine the skill level required to finish the project.

Beginner / Easy


K - Knit

P - Purl

CO - Cast On

BO -  Bind Off

*   *  Repeat the instruction between the two astericks 

Skills Needed

Knit Stitch

Purl Stitch

Cast On

Bind Off

Weave In Ends


  • This is an 8-row repeat
  • Worked on Multiples of 8 plus 1
  • Reversible
  • Slightly stretchy
  • Use a stitch marker to help keep track of stitch repeats
  • Use a row counter to help keep track of row counts

Is This Stitch Reversible?

This is a reversible pattern.  Both the front and back are identical.

Waved welt knit stitch swatch worked in gold color yarn, showing right sideWaved Welt Knit Stitch Pattern, Right Side
waved welt knit stitch swatch worked in gold color yarn, showing wrong sideWaved Welt Knit Stitch Pattern, Wrong Side

Supplies Needed for This Tutorial

To begin, you'll need a pair of appropriately sized knitting needles that complement the weight of your chosen yarn.  Additionally, selecting a yarn that showcases the texture of the stitch is key to achieving the desired effect.

Consider opting for a yarn with good stitch definition and a composition that aligns with the drape and warmth you envision for your finished project.

  • Scissors
  • Yarn Needle for Weaving in ends
  • Stitch Markers (optional)
  • Row Counter or Paper and Pencil for keeping track of your work (optional)


This one is done in multiples of 8 + 1 and a 8-row-repeat.

Row 1 (RS): *P1, K7, Repeat from * to *, to last st, P1.
Row 2: K2, *P5, K3, Repeat from * to last 7 st, P5, K2.
Row 3: *K3, P5, Repeat from * to last 6 st, K3, P3.
Row 4: K4, *P1, K7, Repeat from *  to last 5 st, P1, K4.
Row 5: *K1, P7, Repeat from * to last st, K1.
Row 6: P2, *K5, P3, Repeat from * to last 7 st, K5, P2.
Row 7: K3, *P3, K5, Repeat from * to last 6 st, P3, K3.
Row 8: P4, *K1, P7, Repeat from * to last 5 st, K1, P4.

Repeat these 8 rows until you reach your desired length. Bind off and weave in ends.


Do you get confused about where you are at in a pattern?  You are not alone, we all do.  Here are a couple of hints to help you stay organized.

Use stitch markers to organize yourself within a row.

Use row counters or paper and pencil tally system to keep track of where you are within your 8-row repeat.

Pin for Future Reference

Waved Welt Knit Stitch Pattern Pin ImageWaved Welt Knit Stitch Pattern Pin Image

I hope you have enjoyed this knit stitch pattern tutorial.  Please check back frequently, as I am adding new tutorials at the rate of about 2 or 3 per week.

Happy Knitting,


If you Found This Tutorial Helpful, Please Check Out Some of My Other Knit Stitch Tutorials 

About Janice

Hi, I’m Janice, the voice behind Smart-Knit-Crocheting. I love to knit and crochet and even more, I love teaching others what I know.

Though I learned to knit and crochet as a child, I didn’t get serious about these amazing hobbies until I retired. I’m a certified knit and crochet instructor through the Craft Yarn Council and am working on becoming a Master Hand Knitter through The Knitting Guild Association.

I’m currently living with my husband of over 50 years and our 7 Shih Tzu dogs.

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