How to crochet puff stitches

Give your crochet some extra texture with some pretty puff stitches!

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Crochet puff stitches are one of the easiest way to add some fantastic texture to your crochet fabric. These smooth stitches use a technique similar to working half trebles, so it will help to know how to make a half treble crochet stitch before trying puff stitches. The crochet puff stitch stitch basically packs several stitches into the width of one stitch, which tends to raise up away from the fabric and look similar on the front and back of the fabric

Don’t forget if you’re not familiar with any of the terminology used in this tutorial, you can always check our our guide to abbreviations and conversions.

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You Will Need

  • Yarn
  • Crochet hook

Step 1

To practise puff stitches, make one row of 16 treble stitches (so ch18, work a treble into the 4th chain from the hook and in each chain to the end). On the second row, make the 3-ch t-ch. Now work a puff stitch into the top of the next stitch on the row below, as follows:

Step 2

*Work yrh, insert hook into next stitch, yrh and pull up a loop of yarn (3 loops on hook). Bring the loop of yarn up to the same height as a treble stitch (match the height of the turning chain and you should be fine)

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Step 3

Now repeat from *  in step 2 twice more. You should have 7 loops on the hook. Now work one more yrh…

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Step 4

…and pull this through all the loops on the hook.

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Step 5

To secure the stitch, chain 1 (yrh and pull through one loop)

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Step 6

Your puff stitch will be complete and you’ll be ready to work your next puff stitch.** To do this, repeat from * to ** but skip one stitch on the row below and work into the following stitch – this will help to space out your puff stitches.

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In this swatch, we’re going to count both the puff stitch top loop and the ch1 as stitches, so each puff stitch will count as 2 sts and skipping a stitch on the row below after each puff stitch will maintain the same stitch count. Some patterns may only count the ch1 as a stitch so follow the instructions in the pattern you’re working with.

Make more puff stitches in the same way to the end of the row (make 7 puff stitches), then work a plain treble stitch into the top of the turning chain on the row below

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You’ll see how the stitches look like little puffs of yarn – if you lie your fabric flat, the puffs should stand out a little from the treble stitches in the fabric.

Turn your work and then you can either make another row of puff stitches in the same way, or work a plain row of 16 treble stitches like we did.

From the wrong side of the fabric , you’ll see that the puff stitches look very similar, so you can work them on the right side or wrong side of your fabric – very handy!

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In a pattern, you’ll usually see a puff stitch like the one above written as follows: (Yrh, insert hook in next stitch, yrh, pull loop of yarn through stitch) 3 times, yrh, pull through all loops on hook.

This sort of puff stitch has 3 repeats, which means you pulled a loop of yarn through the stitch on the row below 3 times. You can make larger puff stitches by increasing the number of times you work this part of the technique.

Use the swatch you’ve already started to practise working a puff stitch that has 4 repeats. Start the next RS row with the 3-ch t-ch, then work a puff stitch into the top of the next stitch on the row below, as follows: (Yrh, insert hook in stitch, yrh, pull loop of yarn through stitch) 4 times. You should have 9 loops on the hook. Remember to pull the loops of yarn up to the same height as a treble stitch. Yrh, pull through all loops on hook. Chain 1.

Now work yrh, skip 1 stitch and work another 4-repeat puff stitch into the next stitch. Continue in this way to the end of the row (make 7 puff stitches), and work a plain treble stitch into the top of the turning chain on the row below. Turn and make a row of 16 treble sts.

Then try making a row of puff stitches with 5 repeats – simply work each puff stitch in the same way as before, but repeat the bracketed section 5 times instead of 4 times, as follows: (Yrh, insert hook in stitch, yrh, pull loop of yarn through stitch) 5 times. You’ll notice that the puff stitches get larger and closer together, which creates a slightly different effect in your fabric.

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