The Front Post Puff Stitch
Last week Shanna Tice of 'Makingsofshannatise' said that her favorite stitch was the front post puff stitch. Well, I thought it was a great recommendation so, here we go!
I think the above example is really pretty and I can see why Shanna liked it so much. Shanna! If you have better pics, send them to me!! lol
This would probably look even better in a single color, but I wanted you guys to be able to really see it. Ok, so to crochet the sample you would make your starter loop and crochet 11 more loops.
For your first row, crochet double crochet stitches across, chain 1 and turn.
The puff stitch is worked around the double crochet stitches with a single crochet inbetween to 'lock' the puffs in place so a single chain turning chain is all that's needed. First add a single crochet stitch to the first stitch.
Next, yarn over and insert your hook in and around the next double crochet post. Yarn over and pull up a loop (make the loops loose so that each are the same length)- you've now made part one of the puff stitch. You'll repeat this 3 more times.
Second time: Yarn over, insert your hook and pull up a loop.
Third time: Yarn over, insert your hook and pull up a loop.
Fourth time: Yarn over, insert your hook and pull up a loop.
Next Yarn over and pull through all loops on the hook, than yarn over and pull through the loop on your hook to lock the stitch.
Your puff stitch is now completed. To lock the puff stitch to the row, add a single crochet stitch to the next stitch (skip the double crochet you added the puff to).
Repeat across addign a single crochet stitch to the last stitch in the row. Chain 2 and double crochet across.
Repeat with another row of puff stitches.
This pattern is great for bowls or as an accent to a purse or scarf. If you have some pics of projects you've crocheted using this stitch, send them in! I'd love to add them as a feature.