The puff stitch is excellent for creating a bit of texture in crocheted fabric. The stitch is visible on both sides of the fabric and can be used in a wide variety of crochet projects. Although the puff stitch is fairly simple to make, it is not recommended for beginners. Rather, it is more suitable for someone who has already mastered the basics of crocheting.
As with many other crochet stitches, the puff stitch can be used in conjunction with just about any crochet stitch. It looks great when worked into a single chain or stitch, but it can also be worked into a loop. And even though the puffiness takes up a bit more space, it can still be worked into every stitch of the round or row.
If you find that they are too crowded when working them into every stitch or chain, then you can work one or more double crochets on either side of the puff stitches. Or, if you prefer a lacy look you could make a few chains before and after the puff stitches. The lacy design looks very nice especially when done up with a thinner yarn or a crochet thread.
The puff stitch looks good when used for several consecutive rows or rounds. It also looks great when used as part of an edging or for just a bit of extra texture in certain areas of the design.
The puffiness makes it an excellent stitch for using in crocheted afghans and afghan squares as the puffiness contributes to extra warmth. Along with the popcorn and other similar stitches, the puff stitch is perfect for creating the small petals in the center of an afghan square.
How to Make the Stitch
To get started, simply yarn over and insert the hook into the designated chain, stitch, space or loop. Yarn over once again and pull it through. At this point you should have three loops on the hook. The loops remain on the hook while you repeat the above steps. With each repeat you gain an extra two loops on the hook, and you can do as many or as few repeats as you like. The more repeats you do, the bigger and puffier the stitch becomes.
Once all the loops are drawn up, you are ready to finish the stitch. To do so, simply yarn over and pull through all the loops on the hook. Then to secure, simply chain one.
The only thing about the puff stitch is that it uses up a bit more yarn, but the end results are worth it.
Here are two free patterns with the puff stitch.