Popcorn Stitch Tutorial and Afghan Square
It’s time to learn a new crochet stitch! This week I am showing you the Popcorn Stitch! It is a beautifully textured stitch and is not as hard as it looks. I will show you the stitch and also give you the instructions to turn it into an 8″x8″ square. Happy Crocheting!
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Popcorn Stitch and Afghan Square
- Category 4 Medium Weight Yarn; I used Lily Sugar ‘n Cream* for this example
- Size I 5.5 mm Crochet Hook*
- Yarn Needle* for weaving ends
ch – chain
dc – double crochet
sc – single crochet
sk – skip
sp – space
st(s) – stitch(es)
t-ch – turning chain
* – indicates instructions to be repeated
6 stitches and 3 rows=2″
Row 1: 1 sc into the 2nd ch from hook
Row 1 cont’d: 1 sc into each st across, turn.
Row 2: Ch 4 (count as 1 dc and ch-1 space)
Row 2 cont’d: Sk the next st. We are going to work the popcorn stitch now. 5 dc into the next st.
Row 2 cont’d: Remove hook from loop of the last dc. Insert hook from front to back into top of first dc.
Row 2 cont’d: Pick up the dropped loop from the last dc made.
Row 2 cont’d: Pull the loop through. This finishes off the popcorn st. Ch 1.
Row 2 cont’d: Sk the next st, 1 dc into the next st.
Row 2 cont’d: ch 1, sk the next st, *Work 1 popcorn stitch into the next st, ch 1, sk the next st, 1 dc into the next st, ch 1, sk next st; Repeat from * across, 1 dc into the last st, turn.
Row 3: Ch 1, 1 sc into each st and each ch-1 sp across.
Row 3 cont’d: End with 1 sc in the t-ch sp and 1 sc into the 3rd ch of the t-ch, turn.
Row 4: Repeat Row 2.
Repeat Rows 3 and 4 for 12 more rows. Repeat Row 3 for a nice finished edge.
You can also add a simple sc edging to your square but I didn’t since mine was already 8×8 without the edging.
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I love your hook….do you sell them?
I like doing the stitch this way than the old way. Not as much twisting of the yarn or hook. Thanks.
That’s great! Thanks Liz 🙂
Does it really matter whether you take the hook out of the yarn loop and then pull it through or whether you simply leave the hook in the yarn and make a slip stitch? I’ve done it both ways, and I don’t notice much difference – ?
I’m not sure if it makes a difference. This is just the way that I learned it so I did it this way 🙂 Do you have to turn the work to get into the first dc from the last one since you don’t drop the loop? I’m curious about it!
Yes, you turn the work and slip stitch into the first dc. I’ve been trying out both ways, and the resulting popcorn is slightly narrower doing it your way – doesn’t seem to make a lot of difference though. There’s an interesting video on youtube which shows it done the other way. It shows how to make a freeform scrumble. If you’re interested, the link is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EggcdQDxqA
Thanks Ann! I will have to take a look 🙂
I think therenis a little mistake in here. Above picture 9 where there is 1 dc in the stitch, should that not be followed with a ch 1?
Hi Tanya! Yes that was my mistake. I added the ch 1 to the next step since it’s not shown in that photo. Thanks!