How to Crochet the Popcorn Stitch

By Colleen Morrison
Crochet popcorn stitches

Crochet is a craft that lets you use your imagination to create something distinctive; every item you make will be exactly what you want, and it will be different from everything other crafters make. You might wonder how that can be, when you are using the same patterns as they are. It’s simple–you choose the fiber (wool, cotton, acrylic), you choose the weight (from thread to bulky wool yarn), you choose the color. And to add more drama and character to your work, you can use special stitches to create texture and depth. The crochet popcorn stitch is a favorite when you want your crochet project to be in three dimensions.

Begin by crocheting a chain of 28 chain stitches. You want to make a piece large enough that you have space to experiment with this stitch.

To complete Row 1, make a double crochet stitch in the fourth chain from hook and in each chain across. When you come to the end, chain 3 (make 3 chain stitches at the end of the row) and turn your work.

To complete Row 2, double crochet in the first 8 stitches of Row 1, popcorn in next stitch. To make a popcorn: Crochet 4 double crochet stitches in next stitch. Begin another double crochet in that same stitch (make a loop of yarn over your hook, insert your hook in the stitch below, make another loop and draw it through. This is where the popcorn stitch gets interesting.Make a loop of yarn over your hook and pull through two loops.Drop the remaining loops from your hook (be gentle), insert your hook through the top of the first double crochet in the group of 4 and back into your dropped loops. Make a loop of yarn over your hook and pull through all 3 loops on hook. Double crochet in next 8 stitches, popcorn in next stitch, double crochet to end. Make a chain of 3 stitches (Chain 3) and turn your work

Row 3: Crochet a double crochet stitch in each stitch to end of row, including 1 stitch in the top of each popcorn stitch. When you reach the end of the row, chain 3 stitches and turn your work. Repeat Rows 2 and 3 to perfect your technique.

Use a second method with treble crochet stitches to create a poufier popcorn: Start by crocheting Rows 1 and 2.To finish Row 3, double crochet in first 8 stitches. In the next stitch, [wrap yarn over your hook twice, insert hook through stitch below, wrap yarn over your hook and pull a loop back through. Wrap your yarn over the hook, pull through 2 loops two times, leaving remaining loops on hook]; repeat this stitch 5 times in the same stitch, always leaving loops on your hook. Make a loop of yarn over your hook, and pull through all loops. Popcorn made. Make a double crochet in each of next 8 stitches. Make a Popcorn in next stitch. Double crochet to end of row. Make 3 chain stitches and turn your work.Repeat Row 2 and Row 3 until you are satisfied with your work.

Tip

Practice with both methods to learn which type of popcorn you prefer.

About the Author

Colleen Morrison has been writing professionally for two decades. She holds an M.A. from the University of Wyoming and a Ph.D. in history from Arizona State University. She ghostwrites articles, blogs and Web content for her clients. Articles under her name appear at M&M, eHow, Golflink and other sites.