Watch how to crochet the puff spike stitch

In the video, I show you how to crochet the puff spike stitch. See below for a written pattern. The puff spike is a textured stitch overlapping layers of colors. Experiment with it in blankets or throws, scarves, and more.
Follow the tips in the video and practice your technique to master the puff spikes. It's well worth the effort!
Any weight yarn. In the video above I use worsted weight.
Crochet hook in the appropriate size for the yarn used. I used a 5 mm hook.
Pro tip: After the first row, which is worked into the foundation chain, work the last stitch of every row into the top of the turning chain below. In the video above I show you a few ways to make this easier.
Pro tip: When switching colors, back up to the last loop you pulled through, switch colors, pull the loop through with the new color. Cut the old color and leave ends to weave in at end. Watch the video above for step-by-step instructions.
ch chain
dc double crochet
st(s) stitch(es)
fr from
sk skip
rep repeat
yo yarn over
Special stitches involved in this pattern
Puff spike
- In last window worked, (yo and pull up a loop) 3 times
- In next window 2 rows below, (yo and pull up a loop) 3 times
- In next window 3 rows below, (yo and pull up a loop) 3 times
- In next visible window 2 rows below (1 window skipped), (yo and pull up a loop) 3 times
- In next visible window of working row (3 windows skipped), (yo and pull up a loop) 3 times
- 31 loops on hook. Yo, pull loop through 24 loops on hook, pull tight, yo, pull through all 2 loops on hook.
Written pattern
Ch a multiple of 8 sts, plus 5 more sts. In the video above, I do 3 repeats so I ch 29 sts.
Row 1: In this row you’ll crochet little ch-1 windows with 7 dc sts in between. Dc in 4th st fr hook, 3 dc, *ch 1, sk 1, 7 dc* rep * to * to last 5 sts, ch 1, sk 1, 5 dc, ch 2, turn.
Row 2: In this row, you’ll crochet sets of 3 windows centered over the windows in the row below. Starting in 4th st fr hook, *2 dc, (ch 1, sk 1, dc) 3 times* rep * to * to end, 2 dc (see pro tip!), ch 2, turn.
Row 3: In this row, you’ll crochet windows all the way across. Ch 1 more, dc in 6th st fr hook, *ch 1, sk 1, dc* rep from * to * to end. Switch colors (see pro tip!), ch 2 turn.
Row 4: In this row, you’ll crochet puff spike sts into the upside-down pyramids of windows you made in the previous 3 rows ** (See detailed instructions above). Each puff spike is separated by clusters of dc sts. 2 dc in first window in the row below, *ch 2, puff spike, ch 2, 3 dc in last window worked* rep from * to * to end, ch 2, turn.
Repeat rows 1-4 to desired height.
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