Making The Puff Stitch In Crochet
The Puff Stitch in crochet is an invaluable technique that offers exactly what it's name implies - a stitch that is big, puffy and unique in appearance. The manner in which the Puff Stitch is made is sort of interesting as well, as several loops are created and then closed to initiate the "puff". Aside from a look that represents a neat visual focal point the Puff Stitch has incredible texture, and depending upon how tightly it is woven can be amazingly soft to the touch and against the skin.
The Puff stitch makes wonderful looking and feeling sweaters and blankets, and for many people is the preferred stitch for items of these themes. The real difficulty in making the Puff Stitch other than a brief learning period at the beginning is failure by crocheters to recognize that the crochet stitch uses a lot of yarn due to the many loops it incorporates. A lot.... So with this in mind (and hopefully a good supply of your favorite yarn) here are some outstanding tutorials for making the Puff Stitch:
At http://www.redheart.co.uk/learn/articles/learn-crochet-puff-stitches you'll find a brief written tutorial for making the Puff Stitch that is short and directly to the point.
At http://www.stitchdiva.com/tutorials/crochet/puff-stitch there is a very good Puff Stitch Tutorial with fantastic photos that can be easily understood by beginners.
Here are a couple of excellent Puff Stitch video tutorials: