Standard term:  Puff Stitch

Standard abbreviation:  ps, pf or puff

Alternative names:
Also referred to as a bobble and therefore often confused with the cluster stitch.

UK Examples:
3trps – a puff with 3 treble stitches
4trpf – a puff with 4 treble stitches
5st puff – a puff with 5 treble stitches

USA Examples:
3dcps – a puff with 3 double stitches
4dcpf – a puff with 4 double stitches
5st puff – a puff with 5 double stitches

A collection of incomplete treble (USA – double) stitches made by pulling up loops of yarn which are joined together at the top to make a puffy oval.

Tutorial (3tr puff):

1.  This example will show a puff made from 4 extended treble (USA – double) stitches.  To begin, wrap the yarn around the hook.

2.  Insert the hook into the stitch (or chain space), wrap the yarn around the hook.

3.  Pull the yarn through the stitch (or chain space) and then continue pulling the loop until it reaches the height of the rest of the work (about the same height as your usual treble (USA – double) stitch.  This is the first treble (USA – double).  There will be 3 loops on the hook.

4.  Wrap the yarn around the hook.

5.  Insert the hook into the same stitch (or chain space).

6.  Wrap the yarn around the hook and pull through the stitch (or chain space).  Keep pulling this loop up to the same height as the rest of the work.  This is the second treble (USA – double) and there will 5 loops on the hook.

7.  Wrap the yarn over the hook again.

8.  Repeat steps 5 and 6 again to make the third treble (USA – double).  There will be 7 loops on the hook.

10.  To bring all the loops together, wrap the yarn around the hook and pull through all the loops already on the hook.

11.  The puff stitch is complete.  The  next stitch you make will secure the loops firmly together.


Puffs made with 2, 3, 4 and 5 treble (USA – double) stitches.

Puffs used as part of a solid fabric.

Puffs used in an open fabric pattern.