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How to Crochet Popcorn Stitches

Learn how to crochet popcorn stitches (popcorn knobs). You crochet the popcorn stitch from 5 double crochet stitches that you crochet into the same stitch and then finish them all at once.

The popcorn stitch creates a large nub that can come out on either side, the front or back, of your crochet piece, depending on which side you press the stitches through before finishing the stitch.

Popcorn stitches are perfect stitches to create interesting, three-dimensional structures on your amigurumi. For example, to represent elements such as fingers, horns or the like, or to add eye-catching patterns or decorative elements to your other crochet works.

You can find more instructions for voluminous crochet stitches here:

The Popcorn Stitch

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Needed Materials and Tools

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Addi Swing Crochet Hook, Yellow 2.5mm
Addi Swing Crochet Hook, Yellow 2.5mm
Overall length 16cm. Each size has its own colour
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Crochet a Popcorn Stitch

In this tutorial, the popcorn stitch is crocheted “in rows”. Popcorn stitches, of course, can also be crocheted in spiral rounds and joined rounds. The crochet piece was crocheted with single crochet stitches.

Use the check boxes to mark your finished rounds, rows and steps.

  • Step 1: Crochet a double crochet stitch into the next stitch: Yarn over, push the crochet hook through the next stitch, yarn over and pull through the stitch you just pushed through. You have 3 loops on the crochet hook.

  • Step 2: Yarn over and pull through the first 2 loops. You have 2 loops on the crochet hook. Yarn over again and pull through the last 2 loops. Only 1 loop is left on the hook. You have crocheted your first double crochet stitch.

  • Step 3: Repeat steps 1 to 2 another 4 times (for a total of 5 times), always pushing through the same stitch. So you crochet a total of 5 double crochet stitches into the same stitch.
  • You can also crochet fewer double crochet stitches into the same stitch to get a smaller popcorn, or crochet more double crochet stitches into the same stitch to get a more voluminous popcorn.
  • Then crochet again step 1 and 2, for the next repetition: Yarn over, push the crochet hook through the same stitch as before, yarn over and pull through the stitch. Yarn over and pull through the first 2 loops. Yarn over again and pull through the last 2 loops.

  • Step 4: You should now have a small fan. Pull the loop on the crochet hook a little larger so that the stitch does not open accidentally and pull out the crochet hook.

  • Step 5: Count back 5 stitches from the loop and push the hook through the 5th stitch (this is the 1st double crochet stitch you crocheted). Push the hook through the loop of the 5th double crochet stitch. Tighten this loop and then pull it through the other loop on the crochet hook.

  • Step 6: Crochet 1 chain stitch, yarn over and pull it through the loop on the crochet hook. With this you have theoretically finished crocheting the popcorn stitch.

  • Step 7: The finished popcorn stitch gets its final appearance after the next single crochet stitch (or another stitch of your choice) is crocheted into the next stitch. Now push the crochet hook through the next stitch on the crochet piece and crochet 1 single crochet stitch (or another stitch of your choice).
  • The longer the used stitch, the flatter the popcorn stitch will turn out. The shorter the stitch, the more the popcorn stitch bulges outward.
  • Depending on which side you press the stitch fan, the “popcorn” will appear either on the front or back side of the crochet piece.

Popcorn Stitch Variations

This example is just one of many ways you can crochet a popcorn stitch.

By crocheting more double crochet stitches than indicated here, you can achieve a thicker, more voluminous popcorn stitch.

By crocheting fewer double crochet stitches, you will get a slightly flatter, less voluminous popcorn stitch.

You can also push the “popcorn” to the other side of your crochet piece and get a different look to the stitch.

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