Watch how to crochet the winsome stitch (video and written instructions)

This gorgeous stitch uses puff shells to create lots of texture. Similar to traditional shell patterns, the winsome's puffy twist makes it delightfully different.
Perfect for scarves or throws, the winsome will soon become one of your favorite go-to stitches.
Watch the winsome stitch video tutorial:
The winsome stitch crochets up to a snuggly pattern that's lovely made in a warm DK yarn, but you can try lighter weights for a more delicate finish. Check your manufacturer's band for hook size suggestions. You'll also need a pair of scissors and a tapestry needle to weave in your ends.
Pro tip: It's a good idea to create your foundation chain with a hook one size larger than you'll be using for the rest of the project to keep the tension nice and relaxed.
ch chain
dc double crochet
PS puff stitch
sc single crochet
sk skip
sl st slip stitch
yo yarn over
Special stitches involved in this pattern
This pattern uses the puff stitch (PS), created as follows: yo, insert hook in next st, pull up a loop, rep twice giving 7 loops on hook. Yo, pull through 6 loops, 2 loops on hook, yo, pull through remaining 2 loops and ch 1.
Written pattern
This pattern involves multiples of 7, so make a foundation chain long enough for your project in multiples of 7, plus 2. Use a hook one size larger than for rest of project if desired.
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, sk 2 sts and PS. PS into next ch. Sk 2 sts and sc into the next st, ch 1, sk 2 sts and PS. Repeat this along row, ending with a sc in last st.
Row 2: change colors here if desired. Ch 3 and dc into first sc of row. *Ch 5 and dc, ch 1, dc into next sc, *repeat along row, ending with 1 dc, 1 ch, 1 dc in last sc.
Row 3: ch 3 and turn, working PS as for row 2, with 2 in first (1 dc, 1 ch, 1 dc). *Dc into space between 4 PS below, ch 1 and work 4 PS into (1 dc, 1 ch, 1 dc). Rep along row, *dc, ch 1 into next sc, work 4 PS*. At end of row work 2 PS.
Row 4: change colors here if desired. Ch 5 and dc, ch 1, dc in next dc, *ch 5 and dc, ch, dc into next dc. *rep along row, ending with ch 3 and dc in top of ch 3.
Row 5: ch 3 and work *4 PS into (1 dc, 1 ch, 1 dc), dc into the space between 4 PS below, ch 1 * repeat along row, ending with dc into 3rd ch of the ch5.
Row 6: change colors if desired. Ch 3 and dc in same st, *ch 5 and dc, ch 1, dc into next dc, * repeat along row.
Repeat rows 3 – 6 until project is desired size.

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