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.
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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!
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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.
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- 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.
Chain a Multiple of 8 + 2
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
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:
Color 1 (blue): Chain a multiple of 8 + 2 stitches. For this example, I chained 26 stitches. Using DK Weight Yarn  and a 4 mm (H) hook this creates a project 6.5 inches wide.
Row 1: WS: Continue with Color 1 (blue): Sk the first ch, work 1 sc in each rem ch across. Turn.
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.
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.
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.
Rep Row 3 and Row 4 until your project reaches the desired length.
This is what the reverse of your project looks like:
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!
These easy crochet flowers will be a delight to work up, and you will have forever fabulous decorations that will not disappoint.
Channel your favorite classic movie star with this Vintage Lace Popcorn Shawl.
Make a fun Detachable Beard for all the kids to play with.
Make your own cushy pillows by crocheting this Cozy Cottage Crochet Popcorn Pillow.
This Irish Rose Crochet Flower is a beautiful floral crochet pattern than can be used for so many different crochet projects.
Make this adorable Popcorn Baby Blanket for that expectant mother.
Use a free crochet pattern like this one to make a beautiful bumpy popcorn crochet scarf.
The popcorn stitch gives this crochet flower pattern the layered look of marigolds.
Made with worsted weight yarn, this free crochet afghan square pattern is made using the cluster and popcorn stitches.
These cloths with a cross pattern made from the popcorn stitch are great to carry around as a reminder of someone's healing thoughts.
The popcorn stitch and Caron Simply Soft yarn are used to make this Dragonfly Wonder Scarf.
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!
Complete with color and row diagram, this Popcorn Pastels Throw is easy to work up and has a delicate look to it.
The Smitten Crochet Blanket features the popular crochet popcorn stitch throughout the pattern, giving the blanket an eye-catching look that you will love.
Not only is this Chunky Popcorn Waffle Cowl stylish and eye-catching, it combines the popcorn with the waffle to create a unique appearance.
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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