These little stitches are so much fun, they ‘pop’ right out of your fabric. These big, bumpy stitches use trebles, so you’ll need to know how to treble crochet before trying popcorn stitches. You can work them so they ‘pop’ out on the front or back of the fabric. The small bumps look similar to bobble stitches, but you can work them using any stitch, even double crochet, so you can create much smaller bumps, but in this tutorial we’re going to show you how to make popcorn stitches using treble crochet. You can make the crochet popcorn stitch on right side or wrong side rows, so that they ‘pop’ out of the front or the back of your fabric. We’ll show you how to work both types so that the bumps only show on the front or right side of the crochet fabric.
Don’t forget if you’re not familiar with any of the terminology used in this tutorial, you can always check our our guide to abbreviations and conversions.
You Will Need
- Crochet hook
To practise working popcorns, make one row of 14 treble stitches (so ch16, work a treble into the 4th chain from the hook and in each chain to the end). On the second row, make the 3-ch t-ch and work a treble into the next stitch. Now work a front popcorn stitch into the top of the next stitch on the row below, as follows:
*In the next stitch, work 5 whole treble stitches as usual…
After the final treble is finished, carefully remove the hook from the working loop.^ Insert the hook into the top of the first treble you made in this group of 5 trebles. Make sure you insert the hook into the loop from front to back.
Insert the hook back into the working loop…
…and pull it through the top of the first stitch.
Finish the stitch by making 1 chain – this will form the top of the stitch that you’ll work into on the next row.
Space out your popcorn stitches by a working plain treble into the next two stitches. Then you can work a popcorn stitch into the next stitch in the same way as before, repeating from *. Continue the row in this way and make 4 popcorn stitches in total.
These popcorn stitches will all pop out on the front of the work as you make them, so if you work them on the right side they will ‘pop’ out of the front of the work. To make popcorn stitches that will ‘pop’ out on the reverse side of the work as you make them, you will need to work a back popcorn stitch.
To make a back popcorn stitch, turn your work, make the 3-ch t-ch and treble into the next stitch. Now work a back popcorn stitch into the next stitch (this will be the ch1 part of the popcorn stitch on the row below, don’t work into the popcorn stitch loop that lies next to it). Now work in the exact same way as the front popcorn stitch above, from*…
…but when you reach ^, you need to insert the hook from back to front, into the top of the first of the 5 trebles you made…
…then back into the working loop…
…and pull through.
Chain 1 to complete the stitch, then work more back popcorn stitches and trebles across the rest of the row as before. Turn and you’ll find that this gives you two rows of popcorn stitches that all ‘pop’ out on the front or right side of the fabric.