Making the Crochet Popcorn Stitch By [http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Rhelena_R.]Rhelena R.
Although the popcorn stitch is fairly simple to make, it is not recommended for crochet beginners or even advanced beginners. It is introduced at the intermediate level when the basics of crocheting have already been mastered.
There are several variations of this stitch, but all of them have a similar effect. However, to be on the safe side and in order for them to look as intended, always check the pattern for the correct variation.
The stitch is made with simple double crochet stitches, which are pulled together in order to create a bump on one side of the fabric. The number of stitches can vary from pattern to pattern, but generally it is about four to five.
This group of stitches is worked into a single stitch or chain. The hook is then removed from the loop and inserted from the front through the first double crochet in the group. Then to close the popcorn stitch, the dropped loop is picked up again and pulled through the first double crochet. This causes the stitches to pop out at the front of the fabric.
The popcorn stitch can also be closed so that it shows up at the back of the fabric. In order to do so, the same directions are followed except that the hook is inserted from the back of the first double crochet stitch. This way the dropped loop is picked up from the front instead of the back, which then pops the extra stitches to the back. It is a helpful method for placing all the popcorns on one side when working in rows.
If the popcorn stitch is the first stitch to be made in a crochet row or round, then it is called the beginning popcorn stitch. The only difference about the beginning popcorn stitch is that it is started off with three chains. Normally these chains will count as the first double crochet in the group, which means that the dropped loop is picked up and pulled through the third chain.
The beginning popcorn stitch can be positioned at the front or at the back of the work in the same way as a regular stitch.
Popcorn stitches look great in just about any type of yarn, whether thick or thin. They can be used in clothing and accessories, as well as in hotpads and dish scrubbies. They also look lovely in lacy designs, such as doilies, tablecloths and other fancy home decor.
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