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The Braided Puff Stitch is so pretty! It is fun to work and screams texture! It looks challenging to work, but once you get the hang of it, it grows quickly!

Crochet Puff Stitches are a great way to add texture and variety to your crochet pieces. Puff stitches are a stitch that stand out! And by working them in this pretty braided pattern they stand out even more.

Close up of the Braided Puff Stitch
The Braided Puff Stitch worked in three colours

The Braided Puff Stitch is a pattern made up of puff stitches. What makes it unique is that the puff stitches are worked around the previously worked double crochet stitch, into a skipped stitch. This makes the puff stitches appear on a slant.

Braided Puff Stitch shown in 3 colours

Types of Projects:

I have seen this stitch pattern used in a few projects, most notably in hats and cowls. The stitch does use up a lot of yarn which makes it more challenging to use in a large blanket pattern. But I think a blanket worked in this stitch would be stunning and so cozy!


For this tutorial I will be using the Caron x Pantone yarn by Yarnspirations along with a 5.5 mm crochet hook.  The hook shown here and in the video below is a wooden streamline hook by Furls Crochet.

You may use any hook and yarn combination though for your project!

Braided Puff stitch shown with crochet hook

Braided Puff Stitch

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.

Don’t forget to check out the free video tutorial linked below!

To begin, make a slip knot and then chain your desired number of chains.  For this stitch pattern you will need a multiple of two (2) stitches.

For my swatch I will be making a foundation chain of 20 stitches.

Row One:

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.

hands crocheting with green yarn
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.

Demonstration of how a crochet puff stitch is made
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.

Row Two:

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.

Second row of the braided 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.

Double Crochet shown worked into the next ch-1 space
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!

Changing Colours:

If you would like to change colours as I have done, work 2 rows in your first colour (Colour A). When you come to your final double crochet stitch, work the first part of the stitch in the first colour: 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 colour A and pick up the next colour and place it on your hook. Draw the new colour through the remaining 2 loops on your hook and you are all set to go in the new colour! You can use this method for joining a new colour in any crochet project or when joining a new ball of yarn.

New colour of yarn on hook ready to be worked
Place the new your on your hook and pull through to complete your final double crochet. You can then continue working in the new colour.

Video Tutorial:

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  1. The Braided Puff Stitch is absolutely stunning. Can hardly wait to try it. Thank you for sharing with us.

    1. RichTexturesCrochet says:

      You’re welcome

  2. I would like to make an afghan and give this as a gift. I want to make in cream-what other yarn can I use and how many chains to make and how many skeins would I need. I need HELP. THANK YOU.

  3. Liz Mason says:

    Thank you for this! As a visual learner the video was super helpful. Now I’m going to try and translate the stitch into a hat pattern!