How to Crochet: Puff StitchBy Claire Ortega – 6 Comments
The puff stitch is related to the popcorn stitch and the bobble stitch. They all provide interesting texture, but the puff stitch’s advantage is that it pops out on both sides of the work, meaning the back of the work looks pretty much like the front.
This tutorial shows how to create the puff stitch for both right-handed and left-handed crocheters. Mousing over the images shows the photos for the left-handed tutorial.
A quick run-down of the steps in making the puff stitch:
The puff stitch starts the same as a half double crochet stitch — yarn over, insert hook in designated stitch or space, yarn over, pull through stitch or space. The difference is that the last step that completes the hdc stitch (yarn over, pull through all three loops on hook) is skipped. The loops are drawn up to the height of a regular double crochet stitch. The first steps are repeated a few times more. We then yarn over and pull yarn through all the loops on the hook. A single chain locks down and completes the puff stitch.
Yarn over, insert hook in designated stitch or space.
Yarn over, pull yarn through and out of stitch or space.
Three loops on hook.
Pull loops upward, the same height as a double crochet stitch.
Repeat previous steps (yarn over, insert in same stitch or space, yarn over, pull yarn through stitch or space). Pull new loops to the same height as the first loops. By now you should have 5 loops on your hook.
For the third time, yarn over, insert in same stitch or space, yarn over, pull yarn through stitch or space and pull loops up. A total of 7 loops on hook.
Yarn over, pull yarn through all loops on hook.
Yarn over, pull yarn through loop (one chain stitch made). This closes the puff stitch.
One 3-hdc puff stitch made!
If you make one more half-finished hdc before closing the puff (a 4-hdc-puff stitch), you should have 9 loops on hook. Complete the puff stitch by pulling yarn through all loops on hook, and making one chain stitch.
To make a 5-hdc-puff stitch, make one more half-finished hdc before sealing the puff stitch closed. You should have 11 loops on hook. Complete the puff stitch by pulling yarn through all loops on hook, and making one chain stitch.