How to Crochet: Popcorn StitchBy Claire Ortega-Reyes – 17 Comments
Aside from being eye-catching, the popcorn stitch lends interesting texture to crochet work. This works great for cleaning items like washcloths or dishcloths. It also adds bulk—perfect for cold weather outerwear like hats.
This stitch can be made to pop out either in the front or the back of the work. This step-by-step tutorial shows you how to do both. It also shows how to create the popcorn stitch for both right-handed and left-handed crocheters. Mousing over the images shows the photos for the left-handed tutorial.
The popcorn stitch is made by working a number of stitches into a single space or stitch (this particular tutorial uses 5 double crochet stitches). The hook is then pulled out of the working loop and inserted into the top of the first stitch in the set of stitches. If the hook is inserted from the front to the back of the work, the stitch will pop out in the right side (front) of the work. If inserted from back to front, the stitch will pop out in the wrong side (back) of the work. The working loop is picked up from there, and is pulled through and out of the first stitch. A single chain closes the popcorn stitch.
Front Popcorn Stitch
It is practical to learn the popcorn stitch by starting with a few foundation stitches. I used a row of double crochet stitches as my foundation.
Yarn over, insert hook into designated stitch or space.
Yarn over, pull loop through stitch or space. [Yarn over, pull loop through two loops on hook] twice – one double crochet stitch made. For more detailed instructions on how to make the double crochet stitch, please read How to Crochet: Double Crochet Stitches (dc).
Make four more double crochet stitches in same stitch or space—a total of five double crochet stitches in one stitch or space.
Being careful not to undo the last stitch made, remove hook from working loop (yes, it’s safe to let go; it will get back on the hook again soon). Insert hook into the top of the first of five double crochet stitches, from front to back. Pick up the working loop, putting it back on the hook.
Pull loop through top of the first double crochet stitch.
Yarn over, pull through loop – one chain made. This secures the popcorn stitch.
One popcorn stitch made!
Continue practicing the popcorn stitch until end of the row, skipping a stitch or two before and after every popcorn stitch made; or as pattern instructs.
But what to do when you have to turn your work, and you want the stitches to pop out on the same side of the work? We continue with the back popcorn stitch.
Back Popcorn Stitch
The back popcorn stitch begins the same way as the front popcorn stitch.
Make five double crochet stitches in designated stitch or space.
Remove hook from the working loop. Insert hook from under the top of the first of five double crochet stitches, from back to front.
Pick up working loop, putting it back on the hook.
Pull loop through and out of the top of the first double crochet stitch.
Yarn over, pull through loop – one chain made. One back popcorn stitch made.
It may take a little practice to make all your popcorn stitches turn out roughly the same size and shape. Maintaining tension is the key. As with everything else, practice makes perfect!
I hope that was helpful. If you need any help, just leave a comment below, and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can!