Puffs and Bows

Puff Stitch Hat with Bow by Mon Petit Four

I know, I know, it’s nearly Summer (although with all this rain one does wonder when it will arrive!), but I have had this pattern floating around in my head for the longest time. It occurred to me that with Winter approaching in Australia, there might be a few people looking to crochet up some warm woollies. This hat is so sweet (although of course I am biased!). It might look a little complicated, but once you have mastered the puff-stitch, it is really quite easy.

Puff Stitch Hat with Bow by Mon Petit Four

Thankfully the rain does mean my little model is more than willing to don her rain boots and coat. An upside to a pretty miserable old day here in Paris! I feel sorry for all those Summer tourists! I hope they are drying out with a delicious chocolat chaud – we sure are!

Puff Stitch Hat with Bow by Mon Petit Four


Puff Stitch Hat with Bow by Mon Petit Four


I have written this pattern in a size to suit a toddler (Size 3-4). It can be easily adapted for any size by simply adjusting the crown width and height. This is a fabulous chart for figuring out the sizes that you will need.

Puff Stitch Crochet Hat with Bow

You will need

1 skein of light weight, double knit or light worsted yarn (for all those who have asked, I used this yarn)

Darning needle

5mm / H/8 crochet hook

Puff Stitch (PS)

*Yarn over, insert hook into space, pull up loop, yarn over, pull loop through first 2 loops on hook*. Repeat from * to * 4 more times (there should be 6 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through all loops on the hook.

Ch 5, slip stitch to form loop.

Round 1: ch2, PS ch1 into loop 6 times. Slip stitch to join. (6 PS in total)

Round 2: ch2, PS ch1 PS ch1 in each ch 1 space around. Slip stitch in first stitch to join. (12 PS in total)

Round 3: ch2, *PS ch1 PS ch1 in first ch1 space. PS ch1 in next space*. Repeat from *to* until end of round. Slip stitch in first stitch to join. (18 PS in total).

Round 4: ch2, *PS ch1 PS ch1 in first ch1 space. PS ch1 in next 2 spaces*. Repeat from *to* until end of round. Slip stitch in first stitch to join. (24 PS in total).

Round 5: ch2, *PS ch1 PS ch1 in first ch1 space. PS ch1 in next 3 spaces*. Repeat from *to* until end of round. Slip stitch in first stitch to join. (30PS in total).

Round 6: ch2, *PS ch1 PS ch1 in first ch1 space. PS ch1 in next 4 spaces*. Repeat from *to* until end of round. Slip stitch in first stitch to join. (36 PS in total).

Round 7 – 12: ch2, PS ch1 in every space until end of round. Slip stitch in first stitch to join.

Round 13: ch1, *sc in ch1 space, sc in top of PS*. Repeat from *to* until end of round. Slip stitch in first stitch to join.

Round 14 – 18: ch1, sc in every stitch to end of round. Slip stitch in first stitch of round to join. Finish off last row and weave in ends.


Ch 34. In second chain from hook dc. Dc to end of row. Ch2, turn.

Dc in every stitch to the end of the row. Finish off.

Stitch ends together to form a loop. Flatten the loop and find the centre. Wrap several times around the centre with your yarn. Weave in end.

Stitch bow to the sc band of the hat.

Puff Stitch Hat with Bow by Mon Petit Four


72 thoughts on “Puffs and Bows”

      1. Thanks so much for this beautiful pattern!! I want to make it for my cousin in the UK. Was wondering if you could tell me the exact color and brand of yarn you used? Absolutely love these colors!! Thanks, Dani

      2. I have been doing the puff stitch with no problem. But with this pattern I cant located the proper placing where you state into EACH CHAIN 1 SPACE. Are you saying into the stitch itself? Because its not big enough. I tried to find a video to learn where but cannot find one close to this pattern I want to make this and would appreciate any help you can give me. Thank you in advance Gail B

        1. Hi Gail, when you ch1 you create a space between the puff stitches. When you are doing your puff stitches of the next round, these will be worked into this space between the stitches. It also helps to puff the stitches up a bit more too! I hope this helps you!

  1. This is adorable! I think it helps that your model is cute as a button 🙂

    I really wish I knew how to crochet – I’m a knitter exclusively. Only because I just can’t figure out how to use only one needle in crochet. I have a whole learning kit for crochet and it just doesn’t click in my brain!

  2. Thank you so much for sharing this sweet pattern. I love the colors of the yarn and and your model is precious. I have 6 granddaughters who I enjoy crocheting for and as long as I’m able to, they will always have new hats to wear. 🙂

  3. You are correct, it is cold and rainy in Australia at the moment, thanks for the pattern, I have a few little heads that will soon be wearing this gorgeous hat.

  4. Thank you for sharing! This is really cute for the girl for who i’m the nanny. Would be lovely with a flower 2! Grtz from Belgium.

  5. I love this pattern, it’s beautiful! Is there any chance you have it in an adult size, or have seen something similar for adult?? thank you!

  6. The hat is adorable! I am looking forward to making it! Thank you for sharing the pattern.

    Now, the hat might be adorable, but I cannot stop looking at your little girl! She brought a smile to my face today!

  7. What a wonderful pattern! I just finished making one and it came together so nicely. I have yet to try it on the little Elin, so I haven’t weaved in the ends yet. I will tidy it up this week and then send you a picture! Thanks for a terrific pattern 🙂 I look forward to more coming!

  8. Thanks for the adorable pattern. My intention was to make it for charity, but my 7yr old granddaughter is here, and just had to have the one I was making. Guess I’ll have to make another one for charity.

  9. I was searching for a pattern for my friend’s 4 year old granddaughter. She is a beautiful little girl with downs syndrome and has just started treatment for leukemia …. I think this hat may be perfect!!!!!
    It looks soft besides being adorable!!

    1. It is really soft, I chose and alpaca blend and combined with the puff stitches it is nice and cosy. I hope it will keep your friend’s little angel nice and toasty, and that more importantly she makes a swift recovery.

  10. Do you have this pattern available for use with bulky yarn? I am a bit of a novice at crochet and got about 3/4 of the way through making the hat when I realized it was entirely too large. I am making it for a very petite 9 year old. I love the pattern and hat!

    1. I don’t Sheri, but you should be able to use the sizing guide that I have linked to to help you out. Just make the hat diameter to a size that would suit your daughter, and then start on the hat height. Hope this helps!

  11. I was wondering if I could see a pic of the top of the hat (the first few rows). I have started it but the puff stitches are not “puffing”.


    1. Hi Elaine, sorry to hear that you’re having trouble! I’m in a different country until after Christmas, but when I return to France I will try and take a photo for you.

        1. Hi Elaine, I made up another one of these hats on the weekend to try and figure out what the problem seemed to be. I found I was using the back of my stitches so that thaey would be what was seen on the outside of the hat, and that they tended to need the next row to help them to puff out. Not sure what yarn you are using but you could try going down a hook size or two to fatten up those puffs a bit 🙂 I don’t seem to be able to post pictures in the comments section here, but I will try and edit one and include it in the pattern section sometime tomorrow. Good luck!

          1. Thank you Marisa. I tried with light weight #3, I might try with #4 and see what happens, maybe going down 1 hook size as well.
            If you post pics on your facebook, I will check them there.

            Thank you for replying!

          2. You’re welcome! And great idea about posting the pics to Facebook – I have put a few quick ones up (sorry about the poor lighting). Please let me know if there is anything else that might help you.

    2. I’m having the same experience. The stitches on the inside of the hat look more puffy. I’m wondering if I can just try to make them puff the other way with my fingers.

      1. I’m having the same experience, too. I’m thinking of making the “inside” of the hat the outside, and just turning my work when I start the band of the hat. I think the inside puffs look so pretty.

        1. Ah, I’m sorry to hear that! Not sure what is going on. We have all been a bit sick this week, but I will check out the hat and try to see if I can explain the pattern a little better for you!

        2. Hi Amanda, I made up another one of these hats on the weekend, and if it clears things up for you at all, the back of my stitches form the outside of the hat. I also find that they puff more as the next row is added. Hope this helps!

  12. Beautiful hat! 🙂 And your little girl is gorgeous! I love her little dimples! 🙂 I just wanted a quick clarification just to make sure I do this right. So I start by chaining 5 and sl st together and then do I do the puff stitches into the chains? Or into the center of the circle? It’s probably an obvious answer but I’m clueless. 🙂 thanks!

    1. Hi Madison, thank you for all your lovely compliments! You need to do the puff stitches into the center of the circle. Sorry if I didn’t make that clear enough! Good luck and happy crocheting!

  13. what a beautiful hat and model!!! My sister in law is pregnant and I can’t stop looking at beautiful things to make for the little one. I’ll definitely make this hat, is absolutely beautiful!!!

  14. Hi Marisa, so adorable!! Can you tell me please, in rounds 7-12 is it a PS ch1 in every stitch around or just the ch1 stitches?


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