How To Do The Puff stitch

Do you want to add dimension to your project? Look no further then the puff stitch! I’m going to show you how amazingly easy it is to do and learn this stitch. There are so many ways this stitch is used. For example: in motifs, free form crochet, as a stand alone stitch, as a boarder, or in some cases the puff stitch is used to make other stitches.

What is the Puff stitch?

This stitch is not quite like any of the basic stitches. To make it you are essentially using several “yarn overs” and “drawing up a loops”, to create a thick, fluffy bauble shaped stitches that are reversible. There are no special number of chains to start with for this stitch, so you can add it to pretty much any project you want easily.

Variations

The puff stitch has a few variations, however it is usually just the number of loops that change.

The puff stitch is used in some very beautiful stitches. For example, the jasmine stitch which is beautiful when worked in the round, the bean stitch, the popcorn stitch, this one is done with double crochets, the zig zag puff stitch, and of course puff stitch flowers have become very popular recently.

Abbreviations

  • Ch = chain
  • Yo = yarn over
  • Ins = insert
  • Slst = slip stitch

Supplies

  • Any yarn you
    • I’m using Big Twist in soft purple, a worsted weight yarn (4)
  • Any appropriate hook
    • I’m using an I/5.5 mm crochet hook
  • Snips
  • Yarn or tapestry needle

The puff stitch

Step 1. Make a foundation ch of 13 plus 2 for the ch up.

Tip: You can ch up 2 or 3 depending on your height preference.

Step 2. Yo, ins hook into the 3rd ch from the hook, pull up a loop, Yo, ins hook into the same st and pull up a loop, Yo,

insert your hook into the same st, pull up a loop, you should have 7 loops on your hook, Yo and pull through 6 of the loops, Yo, and draw through the last 2 loops.

Step 3. Repeat step 2 aross the entire row. There should be a total of 13 puff stitches.

Step 4. Ch 2, Yo, ins hook into the top of the puff st from the previous row, pull up a loop, Yo, ins hook into the same st,

Pull up a loop, Yo, insert your hook into the same st, pull up a loop, you should have 7 loops on your hook, Yo and pull through 6 of the loops, Yo, and draw through the last 2 loops.

Step 5. Repeat step 4 across the entire row and then repeat the row 4 times so you have 6 rows of puff stitches total

Step 6. Snip the tail, tie it off and weave the tail into the work so that it is secure.

That’s it! Your puff stitch swatch is done. If your puffs are a little off at first that’s okay, as you practice you should be able to regulate your tension for more even stitches.

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If you’re looking for more dimensional stitches try the bullion stitch or the 3D stitch. If you want something that drapes beautifully try the moss stitch and find out what other names it goes by.

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