Crochet Tutorial: Braided Puff Stitch
The Braided Puff Stitch is so pretty! It's fun to work, and has amazing texture! It looks difficult to work, but once you get the hang of it, it goes quickly! Puff stitches are a great way to add texture and variety to your crochet work. Puff stitches are a stitch that stands out! And when you work them in this pretty braided pattern, they stand out even more.
The braided puff stitch is a pattern made up of puff stitches. What makes this pattern special is that the puff stitches are crocheted around the previously crocheted double stitch into a skipped stitch. This makes the puff stitches appear diagonally.
This stitch is worked in rows in this tutorial. At the end of each row you will need to chain 2 and turn your work.
Once you have your foundation chain the desired number of stitches, begin the first row by working a double crochet stitch into the 5th chain from your hook. The chain 4 at the beginning counts as a double crochet and chain 1.
Insert your hook into the 5th chain from your hook and work a double crochet
You will now work a puff stitch into the previous skipped chain behind the double crochet stitch just worked. To work the puff stitch, yarn over and reach back into the skipped chain space and insert your hook. Yarn over and draw up a loop to the height of your double crochet stitch. Repeat that step 4 to 5 times each time inserting your hook into the same stitch. In my video tutorial, I yarn over and insert my hook into the same stitch drawing up a loop 4 times as I am working with a thicker yarn, but you may want to do more or less depending on the thickness of your yarn.
Work a puff stitch around the previous double crochet into the skipped space.
After you have drawn up the desired number of loops, yarn over and draw a loop through all the loops on your hook. Puff Stitch made.
Chain 1, skip the next chain and double crochet into the next chain. Puff stitch into the skipped stitch prior to the double crochet stitch just worked.
A demonstration of the next steps to work the puff stitch
Continue to work double crochet stitches and puff stitches down the length of your foundation chain
First puff stitch of the second row
Work your puff stitch into the skipped ch-1 space.
Repeat the last steps just worked (ch 1, sk 1, dc in the next st, puff into the sk st) until you reach the end of your foundation chain. Double crochet into the final stitch.
Chain 3 and turn your work.
Skip the first chain one space. Into the next chain one space, work a double crochet stitch. Next work your puff stitch into the skipped chain 1 space and chain 1. Skip the next puff stitch and into the next unworked chain 1 space work a double crochet stitch. Now reaching back into the previous chain 1 space, work a puff stitch.
Insert your hook into the next ch-1 space and work a double crochet
Repeat this final step (ch 1, sk the next puff, dc into the next ch-1 sp, puff into the previous ch-1 sp) all the way to the end. Double Crochet into your final stitch.
Dc into the next unworked chain 1 space, work your next puff into the previous ch-1 space.
Repeat this final row for the entirety of the pattern!
If you would like to change colors as I have done, work 2 rows in your first color (Color A). When you come to your final double crochet stitch, work the first part of the stitch in the first color: Yarn over, insert your hook into the final stitch, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops. Drop your color A and pick up the next color and place it on your hook. Draw the new color through the remaining 2 loops on your hook and you are all set to go in the new color! You can use this method for joining a new color in any crochet project or when joining a new ball of yarn.