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Popcorn Stitch

Updated January 12, 2023

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If you’re a regular on my blog, you’ll know that I’ve recently shared tutorials for the Puff Stitch and the Bobble Stitch. Today, I’m rounding off this textured trio with the Popcorn Stitch. As I mentioned in my previous posts, mixing up the puff stitch, bobble stitch and popcorn stitch is SUPER common. They’re all designed to create an attractive bump on your crochet by using extra stitches to bulk up your stitches. One of the most common crossovers is between the puff stitch, bobble stitch and popcorn stitch. These bobbled beauties are SO difficult to tell apart…but everyone has their own fave so I’m sharing all three so you can pick your winner.

It’s such a common trouble, that I actually wrote a blog on the differences between the three back in 2018. If you’re wondering what the differences are between the three stitches, you should check that out, Puff, Bobble and Popcorn Stitches.

Let’s get into it, here’s how to create a crochet popcorn stitch.

PATTERN USE IDEAS

  • Blankets
  • Scarfs and cowls
  • Cushions
  • Accessories

MATERIALS & TOOLS NEEDED

Yarn: Caron Simply Soft

Hook: 5mm hook or size needed to obtain gauge

Scissors

Darning Needle

PATTERN NOTES

Written in UK terms

This pattern gives you the basic principles for the popcorn stitch, designed to help you create your own projects.

The video tutorial can be found at the base of the post.

CROCHET TERMS

Chain (ch): Yarn over, pull through one loop on hook

Double Crochet (dc): Insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull through two loops (2 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through both loops.

UK Treble Crochet (tc): Yarn over and insert your hook into the chain or stitch, yarn over and pull through (you will have three loops on the hook) yarn over and pull through two loops (you will have two loops on your hook) yarn over and pull the yarn through both of the remaining loops on the hook.

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POPCORN STITCH INSTRUCTIONS

  1. BUILD YOUR FOUNDATION

    Make an even number of chains and then crochet a row of double crochet starting in the 2nd chain from the hook.

  2. Chain 1, turn the work and do a double crochet in the base of chain 1. This helps to build a straight edge at the side of the work.

    Each of these stitches will be performed from the wrong side of the work. This means that your stitches will be pushed away from you. Please follow this rule unless a pattern advises you differently.

  3. BEGIN POPCORN STITCH

    For this stitch you will do 5 Treble crochets (US-Double) into the next space. You will pull up on the loop on your hook and carefully remove your hook. Insert your hook into the top of the 1st Treble crochet stitch and back into the last loop (that you have just taken your hook out of) Pull the loop through the treble crochet.

  4. Double crochet (US-Single) into the next stitch. Repeat your popcorn stitch and double crochet to the end of the row. You will end on a double crochet.

  5. You must then chain 1 and turn. Double crochet into the base of the chain one and into every stitch of the row. Chain 1 and turn. You will now repeat the popcorn stitch row.

An in-progress swatch of popcorn stitch sits on a white background. The swatch is made from lilac yarn and uses a metallic blue crochet hook.
An in-progress swatch of popcorn stitch sits on a white background. The swatch is made from lilac yarn and uses a metallic blue crochet hook.
An in-progress swatch of popcorn stitch sits on a white background. The swatch is made from lilac yarn and uses a metallic blue crochet hook.

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