Skip to Main Content
Free Standard Shipping for orders over $60. View
  1. How-To
  2. Beyond Basics
  3. How to Crochet Puff Stitches

How to Crochet Puff Stitches

crochet

Crochet puff stitch is essentially the same as crochet bobble stitch. However, bobble stitch is worked using stitches that are double crochet or taller. Puff stitch is worked only using half double crochet stitches. Because of the unique third loop in hdc, it must be worked slightly differently than a regular bobble. Here are the instructions for a 5 hdc puff stitch:

How to Crochet Clusters

Yarn over and insert the hook into the stitch where you are creating your puff stitch. Yarn over again and draw through. There will be three loops on the hook.

How to Crochet Clusters

Repeat four more times. Each time adds 2 more loops to the hook. There will be 11 loops on the hook for a 5 hdc puff stitch.

How to Crochet Clusters

Yarn over and pull through all loops on the hook.

How to Crochet Clusters

Optional: Chain one. This step is used to secure the top of the puff stitch closed. It is rarely used so check your pattern instructions to see if it's required.

How to Crochet Clusters

There are variations on this basic set of instructions for puff stitch. For example, some instructions will have you pull through some of the loops on the hook as you work, so that you don't have to pull through so many together at the end. One example is seen in the Puff Stitch Round Pillows pattern.

If you prefer illustrations to photographs, here are the instructions for a 3 half-double crochet puff stitch.

Yarn over, insert the hook in specified stitch, yarn over again and draw a loop through (three loops on hook). Repeat two more times, inserting the hook into the same stitch (seven loops on the hook); yarn over and pull yarn through all seven loops on the hook.

How to Crochet Clusters

As with popcorns and bulky bobbles, an extra chain stitch is often used to secure the puff stitch firmly. The pattern will tell you if this is necessary.

How to Crochet Clusters

A cluster of half double crochet stitches is worked the same way as a puff stitch but each "leg" is worked where indicated.

Categories