Puff or Bobble Stitch Crochet Tutorial

The puff or bobble crochet stitch is as simple as single and double crochet. This stitch that will provide amazing texture to your hooked bits!

I’ve taken to my hook like nobody’s business the past few weeks and I’ve been blowin’ and a goin’ with that thing. I whipped up an afghan for my in the works bedroom makeover (sharing that soon, yay!) and even started on a stash busting afghan to help me get some more room in my yarn bin!

One night while I was sitting there idly with a bunch of different colors all around me for this stash buster I just started whipping up a little bobble stitch piece of crochet fabric. There was no goal or intention, it just kind of happened. And of course that made me decide it was time for a bobble stitch crochet tutorial on the good ol’ blog!

Now, I did photos but I worried that not everything came across well. So, in spite of the nervously sweaty pits it causes, I made a video. So if you don’t get when I’m putting down verbally, you can watch me whip up a bobble or two through that pretty awkward piece of moving film history (just kidding) or you can skip it by if you can tell what’s happening without it…

For this project you will need:

The puff or bobble crochet stitch is as simple as single and double crochet. This stitch that will provide amazing texture to your hooked bits!

First up chain an even number. For my little sample swatch I crocheted 14. Go into the first loop from the hook and single crochet down the length (will be an odd number of times).

The puff or bobble crochet stitch is as simple as single and double crochet. This stitch that will provide amazing texture to your hooked bits!

When you reach the end, chain three (will act as first double crochet) and turn. Begin a double crochet in the first slot.

The puff or bobble crochet stitch is as simple as single and double crochet. This stitch that will provide amazing texture to your hooked bits!

And say hi to Marla.

The puff or bobble crochet stitch is as simple as single and double crochet. This stitch that will provide amazing texture to your hooked bits!

Yarn over and pull through so that you have four loops on your hook (business as usual). In the next movement only take off the first TWO loops.

The puff or bobble crochet stitch is as simple as single and double crochet. This stitch that will provide amazing texture to your hooked bits!

Continue to start three more double crochets in the SAME STITCH, only taking off the first two loops on the hook each go. Placing them together will make them bunch up causing our “bobble” or “puff”.

The puff or bobble crochet stitch is as simple as single and double crochet. This stitch that will provide amazing texture to your hooked bits!

As you work you can keep track of the number of double crochets you have begun by the loops on the hook. The first is the loop we started with. Each additional is a loop from a double crochet. Since we want 5 stitches total, when you have six loops you’re ready to move on. As you can see from the pic above, I only have five loops so I need to start one more double crochet to finish this bobble up.

The puff or bobble crochet stitch is as simple as single and double crochet. This stitch that will provide amazing texture to your hooked bits!

Yarn over and pull the yarn through all six loops in one go. Pull the yarn to tighten the bobble up. In the next stitch, do a single crochet  then five double crochets in the next stitch, finished off together then a single crochet in the stitch after that.

After you make your first bobble or two, you’ll be able to tell that the “pretty” side is actually the side away from you.


You totally don’t HAVE to watch the video unless you need some clarification. I mean, you’ve got things to do :)
The puff or bobble crochet stitch is as simple as single and double crochet. This stitch that will provide amazing texture to your hooked bits!

Continue until you reach the end. For this first row both your first and last will be bobble stitches.

The puff or bobble crochet stitch is as simple as single and double crochet. This stitch that will provide amazing texture to your hooked bits!

Change colors and begin to single crochet all the way down. Be sure to count because the stitches can look kind of funky and you can accidentally throw in an extra until you get the hang of it.

The puff or bobble crochet stitch is as simple as single and double crochet. This stitch that will provide amazing texture to your hooked bits!

To start the bobble row, chain one, turn and single crochet in the first available stitch. Start your five double crochet bobble in the next.

The puff or bobble crochet stitch is as simple as single and double crochet. This stitch that will provide amazing texture to your hooked bits!

Continue making your bobble stitches down the length. After the first two, flip over to be sure that they are sitting neatly in between the puffs from the previous row.

On this row you’ll have a single crochet on each end and one less bobble than on the rows on either side.

The puff or bobble crochet stitch is as simple as single and double crochet. This stitch that will provide amazing texture to your hooked bits!

And be warned that your tension can totally get jacked up if you have a cat biting at your yarn :) Hi Liddy!

The puff or bobble crochet stitch is as simple as single and double crochet. This stitch that will provide amazing texture to your hooked bits!

This stitch uses A TON of yarn… lots more than if you were just doing a straight double crochet, but the texture is so worth it in my opinion.

The puff or bobble crochet stitch is as simple as single and double crochet. This stitch that will provide amazing texture to your hooked bits!

I used some craft yarn that I bought and never used in colors that look like peaches, raspberries and bananas. It reminds me of a fruit salad!

But this pattern is equally pretty with just lots and lots of different colors so feel free to stash bust one of these suckers out!

What do you think? Is the puff or bobble stitch crochet something you might start working up soon?

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Comments

  1. Amy W says

    I don’t know much about crochet, but this looks completely amazing. I’d love to snuggle up in a blanket made of all these little puffs!

  2. Sheila says

    I am a beginner and find myself being drawn to textured stitches, chunky yarn etc! I actually did this and loved it! Thank you for the easy instructions!!

  3. says

    I love this stitch, I’ve been trying it out for a bag idea, but that’s still in it’s development phase (ie I keep ripping it out and starting again!) You are right about the amount of wool it uses but it’s great when you have a big stash to use up!

  4. Lynne says

    can’t wait to try this, glad I know have a pattern I can understand. I made a baby afghan called Dream Puff and it is a stitch similar to this. I use it all the time and everyone loves it. Thank you so much, I’ll be looking for more ideas from you.

  5. pretty-n-cheap says

    I love and appreciate your step by step and pictorial instructions, could you possibly post some for Lacey type crocheted blankets?

  6. says

    I love this stitch – it’s so cute and squishy and fluffy! Thanks for posting the easy to follow to tutorial. ps, my puppy does the same thing to my yarn ;)

  7. Cindy says

    I LOVE this pattern and can not wait to try it. I have seen other examples of this although their bobbles are not as close together as yours and that is what I think makes this one more exciting and pleasing to my eye!! Thanks you for sharing this with us!!! You are a peach!!!!! ;-)

  8. Connie says

    Thank you for the awesome tutorial on the puff stitch…I can’t wait to try it out! I especially love your “helper” Liddy….I have one too!

  9. ash says

    This tutorial is SO much better and easier than anything else on youtube or internet… clear pics and easy instructions… Thank You

  10. says

    This is so cool! I’m not much of a crochet-er (yet!) but am looking forward to making it a winter project to get into it and I definitely wanna try this. Thanks for sharing!

  11. nina says

    great – i am beginning to learn to crochet and i could follow this – would you be able to do a scarf with this pattern?

  12. Kristie says

    I would love a throw made with this stitch! How many skeins of worsted weight yarn do you figure it would take to make a decent sized throw?

    • says

      This uses a TON of yarn. I personally would start with 10-12 skeins. If you alternate colors it won’t matter if you can’t get the exact same dye lot so much… Or buy a whole bunch extra and save the receipt. I’ve returned yarn at WalMart a month later without any problems!

  13. Kelly says

    I love your tutorial, thank you for reminding me how much I loved this stitch! Now, I did this as a pillow back in 1977, yes I was a teen lol. I used a heavier yarn and it was nice and firm and stood up well to wear. I would use the same if making a bag. But, if making something you want really soft, choose carefully. I found out the hard way that sometimes stash yarn used in haste just ruins your intended result. That being said, I will be hitting the yarn aisle and making one of these as a gift since your timely reminder has given me inspiration. Thanks Again!

  14. Bev wells says

    Thank you so much for this pattern I LOVE LOVE LOVE It &your instructions were so easy to follow, I am now your biggest fan, thank you again :)

  15. Harriet says

    Wow great tutorial!! Thank you so much for sharing.
    I will be saving your website and coming back for more of your fab patterns and inspiration. :)

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