How to Crochet the Puff Stitch
Puff stitch is abbreviated in patterns as ps, and it's important to pay attention to the crochet pattern for how many loops should be in the stitch. Some patterns also tell you how tall to make the loops so they match the height of another stitch, such as a double crochet. Use this stitch in crochet projects that you want to have some texture. It's popular for making whole hats and cowls, as well as warm blankets. It also makes a great accent stitch to make designs that puff out from rows of basic stitches, plus you can crochet flowers with puff stitch petals!
This stitch is bulky and, like its name suggests, creates a puffy texture that's both fun and warm. It's easy to confuse this stitch with bobble stitch and popcorn stitch, as they all make a similar shape. However, puff stitch has many loops all worked into one big stitch, while the others are more like clusters of stitches combined into one.
The front and back of the stitch are different, making this a great choice for crocheting in the round. In rows, you can alternate between rows of puff stitch and single crochet so that the puffs all go in the same direction. As with most crochet stitches, there are many variations on this stitch, including stacked, staggered, zig zag, and more.
How to Work Puff Stitch
To make one puff stitch, wrap the yarn over your hook and insert it into the next stitch or chain. Wrap the yarn over and draw up a loop that is as tall as you want the puff stitch to be. Wrap the yarn over and insert the hook into the same stitch. Wrap the yarn over the hook and draw up another loop that's as tall as the first.
Repeat the process of wrapping the yarn over, inserting the hook, wrapping the yarn over, and drawing up a loop three more times. You should have a total of 11 loops on the hook. Wrap the yarn over the hook one more time, then turn your hook so the hook points down. Draw the yarn through all the loops, being careful not to catch any of the loops.
At this point, the puff stitch is complete, however, you can secure the stitch and help keep it more upright if you chain one. Continue making puff stitches, but remember that this extra chain adds a stitch. When you work the next row, you need to skip these extra stitches.