Popcorn stitches in a work display such a nice texture, and everybody who is a master in the double crochet can achieve this. Today, you can learn how to crochet popcorn stitch with this step-by-step tutorial. I would explain everything from basics to complete procedure and much more about this technique!
What Is Crochet Pop Corn Stitch?
Popcorn stitch is a raised texture stitch that creates compact 3D rounds that poop out on the back or front of the work. The other side of work remains flat. It is abbreviated as ‘pc’ and ‘pop’ in patterns. So, whatever you see, both mean the same.
Its row may take much time to complete as you need to remove and insert the hook again and again. But the final results are very cute. It also uses a lot of yarn. In chart symbols, it may almost look like that shows 5 treble crochet:
What Are Wrong Side And Right Side Popcorn Stitches?
Generally, the front side that faces you is called the right side (RS), and the back side is called the Wrong Side in crocheting. Due to this, if popcorn stitch poop in the front, then it is right side popcorn stitch and vice versa.
Tutorial Note: Throughout the pattern, the term double crochet and treble crochet has the same meanings as two names for a single technique that differ in the UK and the US.
How To Crochet Popcorn Stitch?
Below are the step-by-step instructions to crochet popcorn stitch such that the popcorns poop on the front side (RS):
- Make 5 treble crochet (double crochet in the US!) all exactly into one stitch. We can call them a ‘classic PC group.’
- From the working loop, pull back the crochet hook to remove it.
Tip: Before removing the crochet hook, pull up the working loop slightly so that we can easily insert the hook back. It happens by ensuring that the working loop is not loose.
- Pinch the working stitch a little.
- Find your first treble crochet (double crochet in the US!) and insert a crochet hook into that stitch but under its two loops.
- Now bring the crochet hook near the working loop and insert the hook in it.
- Now you have the hook in the first treble crochet stitch and a working loop as well. This would help to fasten 5 stitches together in the form of the 3D round.
- Grap the loop with a hook and pull through the loop of the first treble crochet!).
- You would notice a popcorn stitch in front.
- To secure this, make one chain.
How to Work the Popcorn Stitch on the Back Side?
The way to poop popcorn stitches in the backside (WS!) is much similar that to bring in front. Here is how to do that:
- Work 5-tr (DC in the US!) into the same stitch.
- Remove the crochet hook.
- Now instead of entering the crochet hook from front side to back in 1st tr, insert it from back to front.
- Grab the loop and pull it through the 1st tr stitch.
- The popcorn would poop in the back.
Can I Change the Number Of Double crochets in the Popcorn Stitch Cluster?
Yes, you can increase or decrease the number of treble (UK) or double crochet (US) Stitches in a cluster than classic popcorn stitch (which has 5 DC in a group!). By increasing the number, you would get a more skinny popcorn and vice versa.
You can use any number treble or double crochet among 3,4,5,.. or 7 stitches. Popcorn stitches other than 5tr or 5dc are a variation.
Can I Use Other Basic Crochet Stitches Than Double Crochet?
Yes, requiring some specific results, some patterns can use other smaller ones. By convention, classic popcorn stitch uses a treble or double-crochet that is actually two names of the same stitch in different regions. However, you can also use single or half-double crochet stitches.
Summary Of Popcorn Stitch
Below is a quick summary of the popcorn stitch:
- Work 5 treble crochet (double crochet US!) into the same stitch.
- Remove the crochet hook from the active loop.
- Now insert the hook into the first treble crochet.
- Enter the hook into the active loop.
- Pull through and secure by a chain.