I’ve always found puff stitches to be a bit annoying. Sometimes the hook would get caught on the yarn and I’d have to restart the stitch at least two more times. But discovering this pattern was nice. I loved the general look of the pattern; the regular puffs added an interesting graphic regularity to the pattern, almost like it were striped.
I first tried the pattern on a light gray yarn and noticed something interesting when I got to the second to last round. Based on my interpretation, the fewer double crochet stitches caused the piece to fold in on itself, creating its own opportunity for a seam. After finishing that round I decided to stop there and not crochet the last round of puff stitches. The piece already had a clear front and back (and potential seam), so figured that there was no need to have another round of puffs.
This was one of the few patterns that I thought could stand on its own with its wonderful texture. And depending on the material used, that texture could be more or less pronounced. I’d like to try this with a really thick cotton rope to see what happens texture- and scale-wise, but I’ll need to get that material first.
As to what this pattern could make, my initial thoughts were jewelry. The shape lends itself well to earrings or a necklace pendant, but I bet it could work for a larger wall hanging with multiple Puff Blossoms or with larger yarn. Because of is natural seam, it could also serve as a top for a crocheted container.
In the meantime, here are some sketches and products for the Puff Blossom. In all, I did sketches with worsted and sport weight acrylic yarn, knitting ribbon, mercerized cotton, and bamboo yarn.