Updated: May 17, 2021
I'm not entirely certain you can call this a "stitch" or really if it's more of a versatile pattern. What really qualifies as just a "stitch" anyways? Regardless, it's easiest for me to call it a stitch.
I stumbled into this one on accident working on a top and trying to find a good combination of stitches to make a textured but open "design" for a pattern I was working on. After honestly, 30 different attempts, this one just kind of worked out for the design. I absolutely loved how it worked on that blouse and thought of a few other instances I could use it in that way.
In my original creation- I use it in the round which increases the size in each row. I just loved the way it looked so I modified it for a straight row as well (without the increases). I think it would make a cute design to the bottom of a sweater, dress or a blanket!
Puff Stitch: YO, insert hook into indicated st. YO, pull up a loop. (YO, insert hook into same st, YO, pull up a loop) 2 times. YO, pull through 6 loops on hook. YO, pull through last 2 loops on hook
Work in sets of 3 + 3
R1:Hdc in 2nd chain from the hook and in each across.
R2: Ch 2, skip first sp, *(Puff, ch 2, Puff) in same stitch, sk 2, rep from * to last st, dc in last stitch.
R3: Ch 3 (counts as hdc and ch 1), skip first 2 spaces, *(3 hdc in ch 2 space, ch 1, sk 2 puff stitches, rep from * to end, ch 1, skip sp, hdc in chain space.
R4: Ch 1, sk 1st sp, *sc in each of the hdc from row before, skip ch 1 space, rep from * to end, sc in turning chain.
R5: ch 2, skip 2 stitch, *(puff, ch2, puff) in same stitch, sk 2, rep from * to last 2, sk 1, dc in last.
Rep 3-5 for desired length.