First I start with how I see a puff stitch :
The puff stitch is a crochet stitch that forms double-sided bobbles that are both thick and fluffy.
You can use this stitch to create smaller motifs, or crochet a row of puff stitches among other stitches, or crochet rows of the stitch to make a puff stitch fabric.
Here is a definition :
The puff stitch is a variation on half double crochet(HDC). Instead of completing the HDC as usual, you add two or more loops, resulting in a bubble.
Although the definition is quite clear, getting the tension correct is a bitt tricky. I have a picture tutorial of how to crochet a puff stitch together with an example of how to crochet some rows with this stitch. In the tutorial I used 3 loops to crochet a stitch.
The puff stitch step by step
As stated in the definition, there are several variations on puff stitch, based on the number of loops and the size of the puff stitch. You can also vary in many ways with this stitch so you become different patterns.
In the next paragraphs you see some different patterns of how you can use this stitch. There are plenty, here you see only a few I made. In the future I will make more posts with project I used with this stitch.
The puff stitch applied
Here I used 3 loops, the yarn is not that thick, so three loops gives a good bubble effect.
2 puff stitches in 1 stitch
Here I made 2 puff stitches with 3 loops in one stitch. It is like you have all v’s.
Two color puff stitch
Three loops with a pattern in two colors, challenging, put the result is so nice!
Puff stitch shawls
In a following post I’ll explain more about how to make these shawls!
Fingerless gloves : combining puff stitch with another stitch
For the fingerless gloves I use the puff stitch and a flat single crochet. The puff stitches on these gloves make it a bit wider, puffy, but the flat single crochets keep this effect somewhat limited.