Puff Stitch Hat | Free Crochet Pattern

You’ve heard of the puff stitch hat before, now let’s make one! Puff stitches are excellent for hats because they are soft and dense (not to mention quick to work up!)

The puff stitch hat only takes a few hours to crochet and only one skein of Red Heart Unforgettable yarn. You’ll be wearing your new hat in no time!

Puff Stitch Hat | Free #crochet pattern and tutorial

Crochet Pattern by B. Hooked Crochet, Copyright 2015.

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This pattern is written in US crochet terms

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Gather Supplies for your Puff Stitch Hat

I recommend using Red Heart Unforgettable for your puff stitch hat. This yarn is on the thinner side of medium weight yarns making it perfect for puff stitches. It is 100% acrylic and very soft to the touch. You can make one puff stitch hat for each skein of Red Heart Unforgettable.

You will also need a 5.5 mm crochet hook to complete your puff stitch hat. I’m a huge fan of the Tulip Etimo crochet hooks. They are so smooth to work with!

To weave in your ends, you will also need a yarn needle. I recommend Clover Chibi Bent Tip Needles because they make weaving in the ends a lot easier.

If you would like help keeping track of your stitches as recommended in the tutorial, try a set of Clover locking stitch markers or a good ol’ fashioned bobby pin will work too!

Lastly, you will need a pair of scissors. Any pair will do but I just can’t resist a cute pair of Gingher Stork scissors! Here is your round up of supplies for the puff stitch hat:

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Puff Stitch Hat Size and Stitch Gauge

The Teen/Adult Small version of the puff stitch hat will fit up to a head circumference of 21″ and measures 8″ from crown to base. The Adult Large version of the puff stitch hat will fit up to a head circumference of 23″ and measures 8.5″ from crown to base.

Gauge, or the size of stitches and rows, is pretty important when working with puff stitches. In order for your hat to measure the sizes indicated above, you will need to make sure your gauge matches mine. Before you start your hat, crochet a gauge swatch and measure your stitches and rows.

You should measure 3.5 stitches x 4 rows = 2″

If not, adjust your hook size to obtain that gauge.

puff stitch hat

Abbreviations

  • Ch – Chain
  • Pf – Puff Stitch **See stitch description
  • Sc – Single Crochet
  • Slst – Slip Stitch
  • Sts – Stitches

To print a list of all crochet abbreviations to keep in your crochet notebook, check out my quick guide here:

Crochet Abbreviations

Pattern Notes

This pattern works puff stitches in between the stitches of the previous round. You will not work into the v’s of the stitch until you’ve reached the band.

This pattern is worked in the round from crown to band. The band is worked in a spiral fashion. 


This pattern is also available in baby and toddler sizes!

For the baby and toddler versions of the puff stitch hat, please visit:

Puff Stitch Hat : Baby & Toddler


Stitch Description:

Pf –  YO, Insert hook into designated stitch, YO and pull up a loop. YO, insert hook into same stitch, YO and pull up a loop. Insert hook into same stitch, YO and pull up a loop (7 loops on hook). YO and pull through all 7 loops. Chain 1.

How to Crochet a Puff Stitch Hat Video Tutorial

 

This video is also available in a left handed version. Click here to be directed to the left handed tutorial on YouTube.

Written Instructions

puff stitch hat

Teen/Adult Small:

Round 1: Ch 3 and join to form a ring. Make 6 Pf stitches in center of ring. Join with the top two loops of the first puff stitch with a slst.

Round 2: Make 2 pf stitches in between each stitch in the chain 1 gap spaces. Join with a slst to the first puff stitch. (12 sts)

Round 3: Make 1 pf stitch in the first ch 1 gap space, make 2 pfs in the next space. *Make 1 pf stitch in the next ch 1 gap space, make 2 pfs in the next space. Repeat from * and join with a slst. (18 sts)

Round 4: Make 1 pf stitch in the first 2 ch 1 gap spaces, make 2 pfs in the next space. *Make 1 pf stitch in the next 2 ch 1 gap spaces, make 2 pfs in the next space. Repeat from * and join with a slst. (24 sts)

Round 5: Make 1 pf stitch in the first 3 ch 1 gap spaces, make 2 pfs in the next space. *Make 1 pf stitch in the next 3 ch 1 gap spaces, make 2 pfs in the next space. Repeat from * and join with a slst. (30 sts)

Rounds 6-14: Make 1 pf stitch into each ch 1 gap space. Join with a slst to complete each round. (30 sts)

Round 15: Ch 1. Sc into first pf stitch (place stitch marker), sc into ch 1 gap space. *Sc into the next stitch, sc into the next ch 1 gap space. Repeat from *. Do not join, continue working in spiral. (60 sts)

Rounds 16-18: Sc into every stitch. Once you have reached the stitch marker on the 18th round, slst into the next 2 stitches to finish up the round.

Bind off and weave in your ends.

Adult Large

Round 1: Ch 3 and join to form a ring. Make 6 Pf stitches in center of ring. Join with the top two loops of the first puff stitch with a slst.

Round 2: Make 2 pf stitches in between each stitch in the chain 1 gap spaces. (12 sts)

Round 3: Make 1 pf stitch in the first ch 1 gap space, make 2 pfs in the next space. *Make 1 pf stitch in the next ch 1 gap space, make 2 pfs in the next space. Repeat from * and join with a slst. (18 sts)

Round 4: Make 1 pf stitch in the first 2 ch 1 gap spaces, make 2 pfs in the next space. *Make 1 pf stitch in the next 2 ch 1 gap spaces, make 2 pfs in the next space. Repeat from * and join with a slst. (24 sts)

Round 5: Make 1 pf stitch in the first 3 ch 1 gap spaces, make 2 pfs in the next space. *Make 1 pf stitch in the next 3 ch 1 gap spaces, make 2 pfs in the next space. Repeat from * and join with a slst. (30 sts)

Round 6: Make 1 pf stitch in the first 4 ch 1 gap spaces, make 2 pfs in the next space. *Make 1 pf stitch in the next 4 ch 1 gap spaces, make 2 pfs in the next space. Repeat from * and join with a slst. (36 sts)

Rounds 7-15: Make 1 pf stitch into each ch 1 gap space. Join with a slst to complete each round. (36 sts)

Round 16: Ch 1. Sc into first pf stitch (place stitch marker), sc into ch 1 gap space. *Sc into the next stitch, sc into the next ch 1 gap space. Repeat from *. Do not join, continue working in spiral. (72 sts)

Rounds 17-19: Sc into every stitch. Once you have reached the stitch marker on the 18th round, slst into the next 2 stitches to finish up the round.

Bind off and weave in your ends.

51 thoughts on “Puff Stitch Hat | Free Crochet Pattern

  • Thanks for wonderful pattern and video. The video helped to clarify some of the beginning and end of row stitches. This was so easy to make, and your tip about increases in the same area everytime really helped. My Knitwits group are making hats for the Moffit Cancer Center in Tampa. This will be my second contribution. I foresee making a lot more with this pattern.

    Thanks again for your wonderful site and all the lovely work you do here.

  • Faye

    I love this stitch but am wanting to make a scarf. Will this stitch make a good scarf? If so, do you have a pattern? I’m a new subscriber and love your work! Thanks!

  • Keli

    I LOVED this but as it turns out, my hat is huge. I am going to take it apart and start over again. I am using a bulky yarn. Perhaps I should use a smaller hook?

    • Hi Keli! This is a harsh lesson in gauge, I’m afraid. When you substitute yarn, it’s best to stay within the same weight category. Using a heavy yarn as you’ve just discovered will make your project turn out much bigger, even if you use the same hook. I’d recommend using a worsted weight yarn if you can. If not, try using the same hook but only make four rounds of increasing, rather than 5. This should help!

  • Habiba

    Hi Brittany,

    I am a German diy blogger and for my latest crocheting post I was looking for a tutorial how to make a puff stitch the way I do it. You won’t believe how many different kinds of puff stitches there are out there!!! And they were all not how I do them. Until I found your tutorial. Funny thing is, we’ve almost made the same hat. Although mine is slightly larger as I am a big fan of beanies.
    I linked to your YouTube-Video so my followers can learn how to puff stitch from you. I hope that is ok with you?!
    In case your interested: http://wp.me/p89sNt-40

    Lots of love,
    Habiba

  • Danielle

    Thank you so much for all of your great tutorials! I have made multiple puff hats and fingerless gloves for gifts from your pattern, and they all have come out so nicely. I am hoping to start your teddy bear tutorial after I finish up some other projects. Can’t wait, thanks!

    • Wow, that’s great! I’m so glad to hear that you’ve put this pattern to good use 🙂 You’re in for a real treat with the teddy bear. It was one of my favorites to design!

  • Katie Woodcock

    Hi,

    I’ve just just made this for myself. Your pattern was really simple to follow and the video tutorial was fab too.

    I would LOVE the toddler and child sizes please! I have a 3.5 yr old and a 19 month old.

    Thank you.

  • Erin Potts Neal

    I love this pattern. However, I made the hat according to your instructions but my gauge is way too small. I have tried making swatches with different sized hooks but I’m still haven’t found one that makes the correct gauge. Please help!

  • Rory Dainert

    In was wondering if you had a pattern in this style of this hat but for a small child?
    I have a niece who really loved this hat when I was making one foeb friend. But I have no idea of how I would make one for her….
    Would I use the same pattern but with a smaller hook? Or, would I need to make less stitches?

    Please help.

  • Pennie Locklear

    Brittany, I’ve just started crochet in the round and I’m wondering why one would choose a chained loop versus a magic circle to start a pattern like this?

  • doni brune

    This is a very nice pattern, quick and easy for a novice if you watch the tutorial, which is so nicely done. I should have come and looked at the pattern before starting because mine is the smaller size and I would have done the larger adult size if I had looked here first. My problem is the weight of the yarn I think. I used a regular worsted weight because I wasn’t sure what weight the Vickie Howell yarn was. I used a 5.0 hook and my puffs are pretty and consistent but they are not filled in and have gaps between them. I would like the hat to be more solid looking like yours. Any suggestions on what hook size and yarn weight I need to get that look? Or like the one Jenny Lee posted a few months ago? My daughter wants a solid color fuzzy beanie in winter white.

  • Lei Lani

    Hi Brittany! I made your puff stitch hat and a snowflake sugar cookie scarf for my 6 year old niece for Christmas! The scarf was too long and the hat just a little bit big, but she loved them. 🙂 I added a snowflake sugar cookie and icing ruffle embellishment to your pattern so it would kind of match the scarf. (Scarf pattern is by Twinkie Chan.) Thank you so much for the pattern and tutorial! 🙂

    Happy New Year to you!!

  • Jenny Leigh

    Hi Brittany, I found this pattern on Ravelry and made it today as part of my goal to crochet a hat a day. This is my first time crocheting any sort of puff stitch. I found your tutorial and pattern very easy to follow. I love how quickly it crocheted up. Thank you for sharing!

  • Michelle Devon

    Brittany do you mind providing the final number of puff stitch increases and rows before beginning single crochet for Toddler size

  • Liane

    I am one of your YouTube subscribers. I love your videos. They’re so easy to follow. Absolutely love this hat. Have you written a pattern for infant and toddler size?

    • Hi Liane!

      Thank you very much for being a subscriber and for your kind words. I really appreciate it!

      I have not posted the infant or toddler size for this hat just yet, but since we are entering the fall season, you should see it posted on this page soon!

  • Anna Song

    My head has a 22 to 22 1/2 inch circumference and I’m not sure if I should go with the large pattern or the smaller pattern. Any suggestions?

    • If you make your puff stitches pretty long and loose, you can probably go with the small pattern. However, if your gauge (puff stitch size) is fairly small, I would recommend the large size. 🙂

  • Brittany,
    I have made many a broomstick scarf since seeing yours on Pinterest and now am on my third puff stitch hat. Thank you! If you could do a pattern for a child’s puff hat I would greatly appreciate it.

  • Shelley

    I used bernat super value. I am a beginner crocheter and have a hard time understanding gauge. I followed the directions for small and hat seems large, more like a slouch hat. Help.

    • Puff stitches vary greatly from person to person since you create then by pulling up on the stitches rather than letting the hook create the size of the stitch. It takes a little practice to get it consistent. If it turned out like more of a slouch hat, it sounds like your stitches may be too long. I have the measurements of my hat posted. You can compare the size of your hat to that too see if gauge was the culprit.

    • I’ll definitely keep that in mind. I currently have a simple newborn beanie pattern available with video tutorial that you may enjoy. You can find it on the Patterns page!

  • I absolutely love this puff stitch hat pattern. I enjoy your tutorials and appreciate your ability to teach in such a simplistic way that even I can follow! Thank you and after finishing my first hat I look forward to making many more for everyone I know.

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