How to Crochet a Puff Stitch

By Susan Brittain, Karen Manthey

The crochet puff stitch (puff st) is aptly named because it gently puffs up into an oval shape. Puff stitching adds great texture to crocheted fabric. To crochet a puff stitch, you half-close several stitches worked in the same stitch and then join them together to finish the stitch. Try your hand at making a 3-double-crochet puff stitch.

The first stitch in a 3-double-crochet puff stitch

1Yarn over (yo), insert the hook in the stitch, yarn over, draw the yarn through the stitch, yarn over, and draw the yarn through the 2 loops on the hook.

One half-closed double crochet is complete, and 2 loops remain on the hook.

2In the same stitch, repeat the preceding step twice.

You should have 4 loops on your hook.

A finished 3-double-crochet puff stitch

3Yarn over and draw the yarn through all 4 loops on the hook.

One 3-double-crochet puff stitch is complete.