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How to crochet the puff stitch (step-by-step photo and video tutorial

The right side of a small swatch of 6 puff stitches seen from above.

The crochet puff stitch is a lovely textured crochet stitch which adds lots of warmth, interest and texture to your crochet patterns.

In this tutorial, I will show you step by step how to crochet a puff stitch with both a written and photo guide and a right and left handed video tutorial.

After the written instructions I address some of the key things to be aware of when crocheting puff stitches and how you can add modifications to this stitch.

I finish by sharing some crochet patterns which use the puff stitch so you can see what it looks like in different types of crochet projects (and on a larger scale!).

Two horizontal images of the crochet puff stitch, one swatch and one close up with text overlay that reads; How to crochet the puff stutch, a beginners tutiral from doradoes.co.uk.
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It’s worth sharing up front, that a puff stitch is essentially what I call a classic bobble stitch with a chain 1 incorporated. However, I decided to create a separate tutorial (see the classic bobble tutorial here) because that chain 1 makes a big difference to how the stitch is used and worked into!

Note that there are 4 common types of crochet bobbles and the puff stitch is only one. You can learn more about crochet bobble styles, and how to spot the difference in this article devoted to all things crochet bobble!

A low angle view of a small, cream rectangular crochet swatch made up of half double crochets and 6 puff stitches.

Crochet puff stitch step-by-step photo tutorial

In this photo tutorial, which uses US crochet terms, I start with two rows of 11 half double crochets, the first row worked into a chain. The turning chain two does not count as a stitch.

The first row is a wrong side row which starts with a half double crochet in the first 3 stitches.

Crochet puff stitch tutorial, step 1.

I will then alternate puff stitches and half double crochet three times and finish this puff stitch row with 3 half double crochet.

Puff stitch step 1: Yarn over, insert hook into the stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop to the height you want the puff stitch to be (in this case, just above the height of the previous stitch) – 3 loops on hook:

Step by step crochet puff stitch tutorial step 2.

Puff stitch step 2: Yarn over, insert hook into the same stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop – 5 loops on the hook:

Crochet puff stitch tutorial step 3.

Puff stitch step 3: Repeat step 2 – 7 loops on the hook

Step 4 of a step by step crochet puff stitch tutorial.

Puff stitch step 4: Repeat Step 2 – 9 loops on the hook

Crochet puff stitch step by step picture tutorial step 5.

Note that you can repeat step 2 more or fewer times for different density puff stitches.

Below is a close up of what your stitch will look like at this point.

A close up of step 5 of a crochet puddle stitch tutorial.

Puff stitch step 5: Yarn over, pull through all 9 loops

Step 6 of a step by step photo tutorial for the crochet puff stitch.

Puff stitch step 6: Chain 1 (yarn over pull through 1) to complete the puff stitch.

A close up of the wrong side of a completed crochet puff stitch.

This chain 1 is super important as it’s where the stitch differs from a classic bobble and is something you need to be aware of when working into puff stitches on the next row.

Below you will see the puff stitch come to life as I work a half double crochet in the following stitch:

A partially made row of crochet stitches with three hand double crochet, a puff stitch and another half double crochet worked in cream yarn.

Here is a close up of the right side of your completed puff stitch:

A close up of the right side of a crochet puff stitch with a half double crochet worked after it.

Below you can see the end of this row where I have continued alternating puff stitches (by repeating step 1-6) and half double crochet. This is a WRONG SIDE row so you are looking at the back of the work.

The wrong side of a small swatch of three crochet puff stitches alternating with half double crochet.

In the image below, I have worked a row of half double crochet into the top of the puff stitch row.

It’s important to know that when you create the puff stitch, because of the chain 1, you are effectively creating 2 stitches with each puff. This means that when you come back to crochet into a puff stitch row, you should only work into the top of one of these stitches – either the chain 1 part or the top of the first part of the bobble part.

The right side of a small swatch of three crochet puff stitches with a row of half double crochets worked on top.

I repeated a the rows of alternating puff stitches with half double crochet stitches and below you can see the front and back (right and wrong sides) of the resulting puff stitch swatch.

A top down view of a swatch of 6 crochet puff stitches.
The right side of a puff stitch swatch
The wrong side of a rectangular swatch of six crochet puff stitches crocheted in cream wool.
The wrong side of a puff stitch swatch.

Crochet puff stitch written instructions

  • Step 1: Yarn over, insert your hook into the stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop (three loops on hook)
  • Step 2: Yarn over, insert hook into the same stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop (five loops on hook)
  • Step 3: As step 2 (seven loops on hook)
  • Step 4: As step 2 (nine loops on hook)
  • Step 5: Yarn over and pull through all the loops on your hook
  • Step 6: Chain 1 to complete the stitch

Modifications to the crochet puff stitch

When crocheting the puff stitch you can alter the number of times you insert the hook, yarn over and pull up a loop which affects the density of the stitch.

Unlike other bobble stitches, you can see the puff stitch on the back of the work (see photo at the end of the photo tutorial) and although I do prefer the ‘right’ side as the puff protrudes more, I think the texture of the back is interesting.

This feature also means that you can work puff stitches in multiple rows without having to worry too much about right and wrong sides. In fact it creates a rather lovely almost herringbone style effect.

The image below shows what rows of puff stitches on their own can look like:

Blue crochet puff stitch

You can also use the puff stitch as a component stitch for other stitch patterns.

A beautiful example of this is the Jasmine stitch which combines the puff stitch with the star stitch.

Crochet Jasmine Stitch pattern
The crochet Jasmine stitch made with variegated yarn

It’s a yarn eater for sure but a beautiful one!

As I said at the start, that chain 1 may just be a small change from the classic bobble stitch, but it allows for all these interesting variations which do not work the same way without that humble chain!

A side angle of a swatch of crochet puff bobble dot stitches showing the 3d texture.

Crochet puff stitch video tutorial

How to crochet the puff stitch right handed

How to crochet the puff stitch left handed

Crochet patterns using puff stitches

Below I share some crochet patterns which use the puff stitch in a range of different ways. This will give you an idea of how versatile this crochet stitch is!

1. Granny Dot hat and scarf pattern

This free crochet hat and scarf pattern combine the crochet puff stitch (which I called dot in the pattern, mostly to allow me to have the play on words!) with a classic granny stripe stitch.

The puffs are worked in the brightly coloured contrast rows. This adds a lovely drape to the granny stitch.

Rainbow and grey crochet pom pom hat
The ‘granny dot’ hat and scarf pattern uses the puff stitch for texture and drape

2. The shifting sands snood

If you wanted to try the jasmine stitch I mentioned earlier, the Shifting Sands Snood is a free crochet pattern which uses this pattern in a very simple and effective way.

Jasmine Stitch Crochet Snood
The shifting sands snood uses the stunning jasmine stitch.

It’s a super warm snood that will keep you cosy all winter!

3. Puff Stitch Scrubbie Pattern

If you want something a little simpler, and more of a quick intro to the puff stitch, this quick and easy free scrubbie pattern from ‘you should craft’ will give you some practice.

A small bright pink crochet face scrubbie made from cotton yarn and puff stitches.

4. Laptop sleeve from My Crochet Space

For another simple introduction to puff stitches project, this laptop case pattern from My Crochet Space will get you into the swing.

It’s an example of puff stitches worked on their own; in this case without turning, so the slants all go the same way.

Crochet laptop sleeve made in grey yarn with pink stripes using the crochet puff stitch.
Puff stitch Laptop sleeve pattern

5. Chunky puff stitch infinity scarf

Puff stitches look great in chunky yarns too and offer extra warmth to winter crochet accessories like the easy, free manko puff stitch infinity scarf and cowl pattern from Stitch and Hustle

A woman wears a super chunky crochet infinity scarf with puff stitches wrapped around her neck.
Puff stitch cowl from stitch and hustle

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