Crochet Basics: Popcorn Stitch
The popcorn stitch is a cute and playful stitch that adds puffs of texture to crochet fabric. Although this stitch might seem complicated at first, it is one of the easiest textured stitches to master. It is worked in the same manner as the puff stitch, but you do not pull the yarn through the loops on the hook until the very end. In this photo tutorial I will walk you through making Popcorn Stitches and working into them in subsequent rows/rounds.
Popcorn stitches at the beginning of a row are made slightly differently from those in the middle of a row. I have therefore split the instructions up into 2 parts to cover both methods.
Some tips to start
Popcorn stitches will usually be separated by one or two chain stitches. The first chain stitch will “close” the popcorn in most patterns. The second chain stitch is only used when making popcorn stitches right next to each other. They act as “spacers” so that the popcorn stitches don’t crowd each other.
When making popcorn stitches right next to each other in a row, you will usually skip a stitch between popcorn stitches to give them room to breathe.
When making popcorn stitches right next to each other in the round, you don’t generally skip a stitch between popcorn stitches, as they will fan away from each other.
When you make your Popcorn stitches, they will partially hide the top of the next stitch to be worked into. Check the stitches of the Popcorn to make sure that you don’t accidentally skip the next stitch. If you are meant to skip the next stitch, this will help prevent you from skipping 2 stitches.
Do you use the popcorn stitch in your projects? How do you make your popcorn stitches and do you have any tips and tricks for making them easier?