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This has been an incredibly busy week, so I apologize for this weeks post being later than I like.

I am currently in-between projects for the “Crochet Masters Class” book. Having just finished The Tartan Afghan and not quite yet ready to start the beautiful “Filet Crochet Table Runner” (see picture below).

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(picture copied from the “Crochet Master Class” book)

I decided to start a square sampler afghan “Special Stitches Sample” from Annie Attic. (picture below) It is something small that I can do in-between other projects and I like to limit myself to no more than three projects simultaneously.

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I thought that because my first square and the “Easy Springtime Hat” both have popcorns in the directions this week, it convinced me to write a tutorial on a stitch that called the Popcorn (abbreviate “pc” in crochet patterns) and is referred to as a texture stitch in crochet circles. This is an eye catching stitch that is great for adding bulk to your projects, which makes it great for winter projects particularly hats and scarves.

The stitch can be popped out toward the front or toward the back, and we will go thru both techniques in the tutorials below.

Front Popcorn Stitch

To do this stitch you will need a multiple of 4 stitches plus 2.

Front Popcorn Stitch:

Crochet 5 dc in the st indicated. (picture below)

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Remove hook from working loop, being careful not to unto the last stitch made.  (picture below)Image

Insert hook into the top of the first of the 5 dc from front to back.  (picture below)Image

Then pick up the working loop, putting it back on the hook.  You should have 2 loops on hook at this point.  (picture below)

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Yarn over, pull through loop, one chain made. This will secure the popcorn stitch. (picture below)Image

Front Popcorn Stitch Made.

Back Popcorn Stitch:

Crochet 5 dc in the st indicated. (picture below)

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Remove hook from working loop, being careful not to unto the last stitch made. (picture below)

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Insert hook into the top of the first of the 5 dc from back to front.  (picture below)

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Then pick up the working loop, putting it back on the hook.(picture below)

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Yarn over, pull through loop, one chain made. This will secure the popcorn stitch.  (picture below)

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Back popcorn made.  (picture below)

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Note: it is best to have one or two stitches in-between each popcorn stitch.

Note: If you want all your popcorns to face the same direction. You will want to alternate front and back popcorns every other row. (Example: front popcorns row 1 and back popcorns row 2)

I hope this will encourage you to try the popcorn stitch, it is a fun way to add texture, picture design, and dimension to your crochet pattern.

Until next time, keep those hooks flying.