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Make the sweetest little puffs that create the most beautiful bobbly fabric. Learn how to crochet popcorn stitch with this easy step-by-step tutorial. Perfect for stitching pretty accessories, the cutest baby apparel and adding the most irresistible texture to all your crochet projects. Let's get making!

How to crochet a popcorn stitch


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To start, chain in multiples of 2 plus 1.


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Row 1: Single crochet into the second chain from the hook and all the way across. Chain 1 and turn your work.


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Row 2: Place 1 single crochet into the 1st stitch, into the next stitch place 5 double crochet all in the same stitch (it should look like a fan or the shell stitch if you are familiar).


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Pull up a loop after completing your 5th double crochet and remove the hook. Count back 5 stitches and place your hook into the double crochet (the 1st double crochet you made in the fan). With your hook still in the first double crochet, go through the loose active loop you removed your hook from.


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Once the loop is around your hook you can tighten the loop again. Pull the loop on your hook through the loops of the first double crochet to close and complete the Popcorn stitch.

Pro Tip

When you pull your loop closed, be careful not to pull too tight or else this will make your work curve.

How to crochet a whole row of popcorn stitch


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Your very first popcorn stitch will look like a sweet little puff made of double crochets. To crochet a whole row, chain 1 and add 1 single crochet into the next stitch.


Popcorn stitch

Continue this pattern along row 2: *Place 1 Popcorn stitch into the next stitch, then place a single crochet into the next stitch* Repeat from ** across 'til the end. Finish the row with 1 single crochet, chain 1, turn your work.


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Row 3: place 1 single crochet into each stitch. Place your 1st single crochet into the 1st stitch, *place your next single crochet into the top of the popcorn stitch, place a single crochet into the previous row's single crochet*, repeat all the way along 'til the end.


Finish the row with 1 single crochet into the last stitch, chain 1, turn your work. Repeat row 2 & 3 until you reach your desired length.

Crochet popcorn stitch

And there you have it, a lovely textured stitch that simply pops! You'll love adding these soft little bobbles all over your crochet projects.

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I am a crochet mad, Instagram loving creator from London with a background in portrait photography. I started @calm.homemade to create a craft diary and a safe space to open up conversations about mental health and craft as therapy. It’s given me the platform to share my journey and help others feel more understood and less alone through the power of crochet. Crochet has really helped me heal and become more mindful, I hope this blog can help you find your calm through crochet. (opens in a new tab)