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Puff, Bobble and Popcorn Stitches

These stitches are fantastic for adding texture to your crochet piece. And each give a slightly different effect.

It can be confusing which is which at the start of your Crochet journey, initially I thought they were all different terms for the same stitch.

Below I have included written and picture tutorials and will include QuickVid tutorials of each soon.

PUFF STITCH

This swatch is created using a hdc foundation row, 2nd row – hdc, (puff, hdc) repeated to end, 3rd row hdc across, repeat rows 2&3. The puff stitches are created on the wrong side of the work, however they can be pushed through to either side depending on your pattern requirements.

To complete a puff stitch, yarn over, insert your hook into the next stitch and pull up a loop, yarn over again insert into the same stitch and pull up another loop, repeat this 3 more times so you have a total of 11 loops on your hook, you then yarn over and pull through all 11 at once, this will complete your stitch. See picture guides below.

In some patterns you may find a Ch1 after the puff stitch this will help bring your stitch up straight before moving onto the next stitch, this is often used if you are working more than 1 puff stitch in a row with no stitches to break them up such as while making cotton face pads. Another thing to note is that the depth of the texture created by the puff stitch will be determined by what stitches you use with the puff stitch for example a sc either side will squish the puff stitch deeper than a dc either side.

BOBBLE STITCH

This swatch is created using a sc foundation row, 2nd row – sc, (bobble, sc) repeated to end, 3rd row – sc across, repeat rows 2&3. The bobble stitches are created on the wrong side of the work, however they can be pushed through to either side depending on your pattern requirements.

To complete a bobble stitch, yarn over and insert your hook into the next stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through 2 [2 loops on hook], yarn over insert your hook into the same stitch and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through 2 [3 loops on hook], repeat this 3 more times so you have a total of 6 loops on your hook, you then yarn over and pull through all 6 loops, this completes your bobble stitch. See picture guides below.

In some patterns depending on the stitches around the bobble you may find a sc in either the same stitch or the following stitch, this helps to pull the bobble down to ensure the texture of the bobble pops out. Another thing to note about a bobble stitch is that it is worked in the same way as a 5 DC cluster stitch.

POPCORN STITCH

This swatch is created using a sc foundation row 2nd row – sc, (popcorn, sc) repeated to end, 3rd row – sc across, repeat rows 2&3. The popcorn stitches are created on the wrong side of the work pushing the texture to the right side, unlike the puff and bobble stitches popcorn stitches cannot be pushed through to either side of the work however you can consciously chose which side of the work to create them on as described below.

To complete a popcorn stitch, work 5 dc into the same stitch, pull up your last loop and remove your hook, put your hook through the top of the first dc and through the loop you removed your hook from, pull the loop through the 1st dc, this completes your popcorn stitch. When working on the wrong side to have the popcorn at the from of the work insert your hook into the 1st dc from back to front, when working on the right side to have the popcorn at the front of the work insert your hook into the 1st dc from front to back. See picture guides below.

As you can imagine these stitches do use more yarn than standard stitches, the biggest yarn eater being the popcorn stitch, bobble uses the 2nd largest amount and puff stitch the smallest.

For the picture guides I have used Caron Simply Soft yarn with a 6mm hook.

I hope these have been helpful to you. Check out more stitches in the learning zone.


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