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Cross Puff Stitch Crochet Square Pattern – Friendship Crochet Along 2021

I was delighted to be asked to take part in the Friendship Crochet Along 2021 and am so excited to share my Cross Puff Stitch Crochet Square with you today!

I’ve always loved designing crochet motifs and then especially turning them into blankets and in this fabulous CAL you can get 40 different square motif crochet patterns to do whatever you like with. They are all packed with textured crochet stitches and so are great for blankets, pillows, bags and even fun garments too.

I’ll be sharing the full pattern for my puff stitch crochet square here in this blogpost but you can download the PDF for free until then end of the crochet along in April 2021. You can find all the details here in the blogpost for that too.

crochet puff stitch square with ribbed border on table with crochet hook and peach yarn.

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About the Cross Puff Stitch Crochet Square

I used to be so intimidated by puff stitches as they always seemed too tight and as if I was always fighting the yarn to get them through. I spent some time practising and realised that if I loosened my tension, even just slightly, it made the world of difference!

I also found that using a crochet hook that I was really comfortable with helped too (that’s true with any stitch though and not just a puff stitch).

The other thing I found with puff stitches is that spacing them out works a treat. If they are bunched right next to each other, not only do they use loads of yarn but they also don’t sit as neatly as if you space them out.

All of this was my inspiration for this crochet square, it has just enough puff stitch detail in to add the texture I wanted but also has some back loop detailing to create another direction of texture and is finished off with a ribbed post stitch border too.

Pattern Options

The Cross Puff Stitch Square crochet pattern is a free crochet pattern in both UK and US terms on the blog for everyone to enjoy, just scroll down to find it.

I am delighted that the square pattern is included in the Friendship CAL 2021. If you’d like to find out more about the CAL and join us (it’s not too late!) then you can read more about it here:

Join the CAL >>> Find out about the Friendship Crochet Along.

During the CAL (January 2021 – April 2021) the PDF Pattern is available to download for free from my Ravelry Store.

If you’ve missed the CAL so far then please don’t worry! You have two options for getting hold of the patterns:

Option 1: Go to the Friendship CAL Round Up post where you will find all the details of how to download all the PDFs individually. (Until the CAL ends in April).

Option 2: Purchase all 40 patterns in Friendship CAL PDF collection and save yourself all the codes and clicking!

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crochet hook and cotton yarn with puff stitch crochet square

Video Tutorial

I’ve put together a video tutorial to walk you through the whole square as I know lots of people find it really helpful.

Watch it here >>> puff stitch square video tutorial.

Yarn

To crochet the square I originally used Scheepjes Cahlista, which is 100% cotton, 50g/85m and so lovely to work, with however I know it is tricky to get hold of at the moment.

I would recommend using Paintbox Yarns Cotton Aran, which is also 100%, 50g/85m and also has the most lovely colour options available.

I used around 15g of each colour: Peach Orange and Melon Sorbet.

Another great alternative yarn is Creative Cotton Aran by Rico which is 100% Cotton and 50g/85m.

Both of these yarns come in a beautiful range of colours so you can really personalise yours if you like!

Tension and Sizing

The finished square measures 9 inches by 9 inches.

13 sts and 11 rows = 10cm by 10cm over main stitch repeat.

Materials

Along with your yarn, you will need the following:

Glossary and Abbreviations

ch(s) – chain(s)

ss – slip stitch

WS – wrong side

RS – right side

sk – skip

rep – repeat

blo – back loop only

FP – front post

BP – back post

Crochet Stitches

The puff stitch crochet square pattern uses the following crochet stitches:

Standard UK Crochet TermStandard US Crochet Term
dc – double crochetsc – single crochet
htr – half treblehdc – half double crochet

flatlay image of peach crochet puff stitch square design with yarn and Furls crochet hook.

Pattern Notes

A ch1 at the beginning of a row does not count as a stitch.

Crochet Pattern

Standard UK Crochet Terms

CENTRE SQUARE

Foundation chain: using Peach Orange, ch26

Row 1: RS: dc in 2nd ch from hook and each across, turn [25]

Row 2: ch1, htr in each st across

Row 3: ch1, dc in BL of each st across

Row 4: ch1, htr in each st across

Row 5: ch1, dc in 1st st, 3htr puff in next st, *ch1, skip next st, 3htr puff in next st, rep from * to last st, dc in last st

Rows 2 -5 create the pattern.

Repeat the pattern 3 more times. 

Rows 18 – 20: Rep Rows 2-4

Row 21: ch1, dc in each st across. Break yarn.

BORDER

With RS facing, join Melon Sorbet to top RH stitch of last row.

Round 1: ch1, *htr in next 25 sts, ch2, htr 25 evenly

along side of square, ch2, rep from *, ss in 1st to join [100 sts, 4 ch2-sps]

Round 2: ch1, FPhtr in next st, *(BPhtr in next st, FPhtr Round 2: ch1,* FPhdc in next st, *(BPhdc in next st,

in next st) to next ch2-sp, (htr, ch1, htr) in ch2-sp rep from * around, ss in 1st to join [108 sts, 4 ch1-sps]

Weave in all ends and block lightly.

Watch it here >>> puff stitch square video tutorial.

peach crochet puff stitch square motif on table with hand holding crochet hook and yarn in background.

Standard US Crochet Terms

CENTRE SQUARE

Foundation chain: using Peach Orange, ch26

Row 1: RS: sc in 2nd ch from hook and each across, turn [25]

Row 2: ch1, hdc in each st across

Row 3: ch1, sc in BL of each st across

Row 4: ch1, hdc in each st across

Row 5: ch1, sc in 1st st, 3hdc puff in next st, *ch1, skip next st, 3hdc puff in next st, rep from * to last st, sc in last st

Rows 2 -5 create the pattern.

Repeat the pattern 3 more times. 

Rows 18 – 20: Rep Rows 2-4

Row 21: ch1, sc in each st across. Break yarn.

BORDER

With RS facing, join Melon Sorbet to top RH stitch of last row.

Round 1: ch1, *hdc in next 25 sts, ch2, hdc 25 evenly along side of square, ch2, rep from *, ss in 1st to join [100 sts, 4 ch2-sps]

Round 2: ch1, FPhtr in next st, *(BPhtr in next st, FPhtr Round 2: ch1,* FPhdc in next st, *(BPhdc in next st,

in next st) to next ch2-sp, (htr, ch1, htr) in ch2-sp rep from * around, ss in 1st to join [108 sts, 4 ch1-sps]

Weave in all ends and block lightly.

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