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How to Crochet Popcorn Stitch + 17 Popcorn Stitch Patterns

Popcorn stitch crochet provides one of the most unique appearances. Use the popcorn stitch for all sorts of projects.

Updated April 26, 2018
How to Crochet Popcorn Stitch

For a fun and unexpected crochet stitch, try the popcorn! This page, How to Crochet Popcorn Stitch + 17 Popcorn Stitch Patterns, is dedicated to all things popcorn stitch!

This step-by-step photo and written tutorial below will show you how to crochet popcorn stitch. For an unbelievable texture that will remind you of popped popcorn kernels, try this crochet technique for all sorts of projects, from wearables to home decor.

After you learn how to popcorn stitch, you will want to check out the fabulous popcorn patterns featured below for some unique ideas on what to make with your new stitch knowledge!

This tutorial was written by Rhondda Mol from Oombawka Design Crochet. Visit her site for lots of tips for beginners, crochet tutorials, free patterns, round-ups, and more!
 

Learn the Popcorn Crochet Stitch

This popcorn stitch tutorial is easy to follow, making it doable for crocheters of any skill level. You can use the hook size and yarn type and colors of your choice or what is provided with your pattern. This tutorial uses an H hook and two colors of DK weight yarn but you can choose to use more or fewer colors.

Notes:

  • Images follow the written instructions. CLICK ON ANY PICTURE TO ENLARGE.
  • Initial ch 3 counts as 1 dc. You may replace the sl st to join and ch 3 with a standing dc.
  • For rows beginning with a (sl st to join, ch 1, 1 sc), you may replace this with a standing sc.
  • After Row 2 the project is worked with the RS facing. This means you will need to finish off at the end of each row and rejoin with your next color at the beg of the row again.
  • The ch2sp is not worked into for this project. Sk all ch2sp in the project until the finishing section.
  • Color 1: blue, Color 2: orange.
Stitch Multiple:
Chain a Multiple of 8 + 2

Abbreviations:
beg - begin
ch - chain
ch2sp - chain 2 space
dc – double crochet
pc – popcorn
R – row
RS – right side
rep - rep
sc - single crochet
sk – skip
sl st – slip stitch
st / sts - stitch / stitches
WS – wrong side
* – Repeat the instructions between the asterisks the number of times indicated. This repeat will contain of multiple instructions.
[] – at the end of the row – the total number of stitches

Special Stitches:
Popcorn (pc)
Work 5 dc in the specified stitch, remove last loop from the hook, insert hook under the front and back loop of the first dc of the 5-dc set and pull the last loop through to complete the popcorn stitch.

Popcorn Stitch Instructions:

  1. Color 1 (blue): Chain a multiple of 8 + 2 stitches. For this example, I chained 26 stitches. Using DK Weight Yarn [3] and a 4 mm (H) hook this creates a project 6.5 inches wide.

  2. Row 1: WS: Continue with Color 1 (blue): Sk the first ch, work 1 sc in each rem ch across. Turn.

  3. Row 2: RS: Color 1 (blue): Ch 1, work 1 sc in each of the first 2 sc, ch 2, s 1 sc, work 1 pc in the next sc. *Ch 2, sk 1 sc, work 1 sc in the next sc, ch 2, sk 1 sc, work 1 pc in the next sc**. Rep from * to ** across to the last sc. Work 1 dc in the last sc. Finish off.

  4. Row 3: RS: Color 2 (orange): With RS facing join new yarn in the first sc with a sl st and ch 3. (Note: you may join with a standing dc instead if you prefer). 1 pc in the next sc, ch 2, *work 1 sc in the next pc, ch 2, work 1 pc in the next sc, ch 2**.  Rep from * to ** across to the last pc. Work 1 sc in the last pc and 1 sc in the last dc. Finish off.

  5. Row 4: RS: Color 1 (blue): With RS facing join new yarn in the top of the ch 3 with a s st.  Ch 1 and work 1 sc in the top of the same ch. (Note: you may join with a standing sc instead if you prefer). 1 sc in the next pc, ch 2, 1 pc in the next sc. *Ch 2, 1 sc in the next pc, ch 2, 1 pc in the next sc**. Rep from * to ** across to the last sc. Work 1 dc in the last sc. Finish off.
     

  6. Rep Row 3 and Row 4 until your project reaches the desired length. 

  7. This is what the reverse of your project looks like:

  8. Finishing
    After your final repeat of Row 4, do not fasten off, instead, ch 1 and turn your work to crochet the finishing row.

    Work 1 sc in each st and 1 sc in each ch2sp across.

    If you will be edging your project you can rotate your work and continue to work sc stitches evenly around the edges of your project; otherwise, finish off and weave in ends.

Free Popcorn Stitch Crochet Patterns

Now that you know how to crochet a popcorn stitch, here are some popcorn stitch patterns! Since they each have an image shown, you can see the detail and texture that can be found on anything using the popcorn stitch. Try one or all of these patterns and you will see how fun it is to crochet as well!
 

Forever Fabulous Flowers

These easy crochet flowers will be a delight to work up, and you will have forever fabulous decorations that will not disappoint. 

Vintage Lace Popcorn Shawl

Channel your favorite classic movie star with this Vintage Lace Popcorn Shawl. It's dripping with elegance and style.

Detachable Beard

Make a fun Detachable Beard for all the kids to play with. You won't find a more unique idea to crochet, that's for sure!

Cozy Cottage Crochet Popcorn Pillow

Make your own cushy pillows by crocheting this Cozy Cottage Crochet Popcorn Pillow.

Irish Rose Crochet Flower

This Irish Rose Crochet Flower is a beautiful floral crochet pattern than can be used for so many different crochet projects.

Popcorn Baby Blanket

Make this adorable Popcorn Baby Blanket for any expectant mother you know. They'll adore it and so will baby!

Bumpy Popcorn Crochet Scarf

Use a free crochet pattern like this one to make a beautiful bumpy popcorn crochet scarf.

Popcorn Stitch Blue Marigold

The popcorn stitch gives this crochet flower pattern the layered look of marigolds.

Popcorn Flower Granny Square

Made with worsted weight yarn, this free crochet afghan square pattern is made using the cluster and popcorn stitches.

Pocket Prayer Shawl

These cloths with a cross pattern made from the popcorn stitch are great to carry around as a reminder of someone's healing thoughts.

Dragonfly Wonder Scarf

The popcorn stitch and Caron Simply Soft yarn are used to make this Dragonfly Wonder Scarf. It is such an eye-catching design that it's impossible to resist.

Popcorn Stitch Exfoliating Scrubby

The  Popcorn Stitch Exfoliating Scrubby can be used to remove makeup or sweat, as a washcloth for anyone in the family, and makes a great baby shower gift!

Popcorn Pastels Throw

Complete with color and row diagram, this Popcorn Pastels Throw is easy to work up and has a delicate look to it. It's a perfect baby shower or birthday gift.

Smitten Crochet Blanket

The Smitten Crochet Blanket features the popular crochet popcorn stitch throughout the pattern, giving the blanket an eye-catching look that you will love.

Chunky Popcorn Waffle Cowl

Not only is this ​Chunky Popcorn Waffle Cowl stylish and eye-catching, it combines the popcorn with the waffle to create a unique appearance.

Spring Green! Lacy Crochet Mesh Scarf

This lightweight scarf pattern can be used on those slightly chilly spring and summer days. Change up the colors and wear it year-round.

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ATTENTION READERS! This tutorial has now been updated to show the standard popcorn stitch (rather than the bobble stitch). Thank you! - Krista, Editor, AllFreeCrochet

For the tutorial that was shown here previously, please visit: https://www.allfreecrochet.com/Tutorials/Crochet-Bobble-Stitch-Tutorial

This is a wonderful tutorial on this popular stitch! The photos are spot on, and explain how to work the Popcorn just beautifully. What it didnt do was explain the difference between the Popcorn and the Puff as these two are very frequently confused. As for the lovely sample projects, Ive already made several of them. One of my favorite things to do is work up a bunch of the pocket prayer cloths so a friend who is a hospital chaplain can distribute them.

This is all wrong!!!! This is not a popcorn or a puff. It is a cluster/bobble. Please get your facts right before posting these things. New crocheters have a hard enough time learning without seeing false information. Ask anyone who has crocheted more than a minute and they can tell you the difference in the stitches. Please remove this!

Chill! Itll be okay!

I really enjoyed reading this tutorial because I have looked other places for the same instructions WITH step by step photos that are very clear and easy to understand but this is the first time I've found one I really liked. I LOVE this stitch !! I started seeing it allot lately! I personally believe it will make beautiful baby blankets for my grand-babies!!!

I have heard it called a popcorn stitch or a puff stitch and more recently a bobble stitch. It depends on how many times you wrap the yarn around the hook. A smaller version is a pebble stitch. It's not that important as long as you like it. It's like the hair do they call a bob was called a page boy when I was young and sneakers became tennis shoes.

how do i download these directions to my facebook or goggle acctount

I thought it was a beautiful stitch so I hope I can make it before it is removed...whether puff or popcorn. However, I understand the reason for the correction. Getting something right early-on is important.(Fran - Newbie)

I totally agree with bamababe62 4144380, This is not a popcorn stitch it is a puff stitch.

It was said in another comment that no one but the "purists" would know the difference between the Popcorn Stitch & the Puff Stitch. I beg to differ. If you have crocheted very long you know that the Popcorn is much neater, it is tighter together, less likely to get caught & pulled (snagged) so your project always remains neater. I have an afghan over 20 years old that was made with Popcorns that looks like it came off my hook yesterday. Using the correct stitch in your project does matter.

I believe the author of this Popcorn Stitch tutorial is mistaken. The demonstration I see is for a Puff Stitch. Popcorn Stitch calls for a completed number of double crochets (ex 5). At the end of the last double crochet, you remove your hook, then insert it into the top of the beginning double crochet. From this point, you take your hook back to the loop from the last double crochet & pull the loop thru the top of the first double crochet. This connects all your double crochets cleanly, forming a Popcorn Stitch. Most patterns I've seen call for a chain 1 to close the Popcorn. I hope this tutorial can be renamed & a new one for Popcorn Stitch take its place soon. A beginner might develop incorrect habits or get discouraged while making a project.

Thank you so much! I tried and tried with a different pattern and never got it. It was confusing. Yours is great! I made the stitch in no time. I crochet hats for the nursery at our hospital. I like to do different kinds... I don't get bored and the babies all have different hats. Thanks again! RAE

Thank you so much for explaining the popcorn stitch. My learning book was a little confusing to me.

It's beautiful, thank you for sharing!

Oh, I can understand this! Today is my son's birthday and I will have to perfect this stitch for an 'after' gift or perhaps Valentine's. Until your tutorial I automatically said, 'can't' to the popcorn stitch, but no longer! Well, off to see the Grammys while crocheting

Pictures are well laid out, the article is very easy to understand, and I was very pleased with it. Thank you so much for sharing.

I forgot to mention, I'm going to alternate the puffs though. :) I'm so excited! Very easy tutorial and great pictures as a follow along.

Thank you so much for sharing! I'm in the process of making an afghan and I am making it up as I go. I started with a basket weave stitch and I wanted to break up the monotony and I thought this was a great pattern. Thanks again. :)

I am excited that i could actually read the directions and understand what to do! yea... me... :) Just learning... the pictures help greatly. Thank you.

I never knew how to make the pop corn and coulden't get the know how to figure it out. So I thank you so very much. It has been a blessing to know that you are willing to show things like this.

This was a good efresher for me.

This is extemely clear and came at a great time! I am starting a project soon that I was trying to figure out this stitch in the pattern, but this is soooo much easier to follow than my pattern. thanks

I have been looking forever for a baby blanket that was listed on the back of a yedheart yarn wrapping years ago. It was the alphabet childs/baby blanket, It was made by using the popcorn stitch for the Alphabet. It was a most beautiful blanket when it was done. I was able to hang onto the pattern for quite a while. Then Hurricane Katerina happened and I lost my patterns. Can you help me out? Thank You Ms. Weber dirtysouthmom@yahoo.com

Thank you! This is a much easier popcorn stitch than I have seen before. Technically it is a cluster stitch as Seal has said, but it looks the same, and no one but you or the purists will know the difference.

Thankyou very much for the CLEAR Instructions. I'll definitely follow this.

Cute and helpful! Thanks!!!

I was looking for something different ,I thought this would be hard & you made it really easy for me. Thankyou

Easy to understand and follow. Good pictures helped also.

That's called a cluster stitch, a popcorn stitch you make 3-4 or 5 dc's in a stitch, remove your hook, instert hook in first dc, then pick up dropped look and pull through.

Thank you for this stich pattern. I have been looking for it for over 30 years. Go figure! I used to make a hat for winter with this stich. You wouln't happen to have a hat pattern with this stich would you? Thanks again! Debbie

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