Hello friends! If you have been around for a while, you might know that I am a big fan of the Puff Stitch. Give me all the lovely, puffy, texture! So today, I’m going to share with you how to make this fun stitch, and then you’ll be able to start working on your own puffy projects! Let’s get started, shall we?
The Puff Stitch:
The Puff Stitch, which has no abbreviation, is a type of cluster stitch. It is made when you work 3 (or more) partially completed half double crochets into the same stitch and then they are joined together at the top of the stitch on the final pull through.
You can make your puff stitch more or less puffy by increasing or decreasing (respectively) the number of partial half double crochets you make before your final pull through. For the purpose of this tutorial, I’m working 3 partial half double crochets before my final pull through, a 7-loop puff stitch. To end the stitch, you’ll want to make a chain stitch to secure it, but be careful not to count that chain toward your stitch count (unless the pattern says otherwise!). Tamara at Moogly blog has a fun trick to avoid this mistake by using an unconventional method, but again, for the purpose of this tutorial, I’m going to show you the traditional method.
- Wrap the yarn over (yo) your hook, insert the hook into the indicated stitch, yo and pull up a loop. Make sure your loop is the same height as the stitch.
- Repeat Step 1 two more times in the same stitch. You should now have 7 loops on your hook.
- Each partial hdc will add 2 loops to your hook, so if you complete step 1 a total of 3 times, you’ll have 7 loops on your hook; 4 times, you’ll have 9 loops, so on and so forth.
- YO and pull through all 7 loops then finish with a chain to close the stitch.
See following step by step photos.
If you would like to see this stitch in action, I have recorded a video tutorial for you on my YouTube channel.
Yay! Congrats on learning a new stitch! It’s one of my personal favorites, and I hope you enjoy using it in your future makes.
Happy stitching, my friends!
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