How to Crochet Puff Stitch

There are three types of decorative crochet stitch patterns that are so similar that even experienced crocheters often confuse them: puff stitch, popcorns, and clusters. I wanted to take a few posts to explain each one in detail, beginning with puff stitch.

How to Crochet Puff Stitch

Puff stitch almost looks like tiny seashells on the crocheted fabric, that "puff" out on the right side of the fabric and are flat on the wrong side.

A puff stitch is worked as follows:


1. Yarn over and insert the hook in the indicated stitch, then pull a loop through.

How to Crochet Puff Stitch

2. Repeat Step 1 four more times, inserting the hook in the same stitch each time. You should now have 11 loops on the hook. Be careful not to work too tightly, or you won't be able to get all those loops off in the final step.

How to Crochet Puff Stitch

3. Yarn over and pull a loop through all the loops on the hook to complete the puff stitch.

How to Crochet Puff Stitch

Puff stitch can be used in single rows as an accent, or all over for a completely textured look. If using puff stitch all over, you will want to alternate with rows of single crochet so that all of the puff stitches "puff out" on the same side of the fabric.

Now that you know how to do the puff stitch, you may like to see how it differs from popcorn stitches and clusters.

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