Popcorn Crochet Stitch Tutorial

A finished crocheted swatch of popcorn stitch
Mollie Johanson
  • 01 of 09

    Create a Puffy Texture With Popcorn Stitch

    Rows of Crochet Popcorn Stitch
    Mollie Johanson

    Popcorn stitch is a playful crochet stitch that adds dimension to your work. Each bobble or "popcorn" has a puffed texture that makes a fun border, but also adds warmth and thickness when grouped together to make hats, blankets, and more.

    Although this stitch might look complicated at first, it's similar to making a shell stitch with double crochets. Learn popcorn stitch and start popping it into your crochet!

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  • 02 of 09

    Make the Foundation Chain

    A row of single crochet
    Mollie Johanson

    Getting Started

    Work popcorn stitch with your favorite yarn, matching the hook size to the yarn weight. 

    Begin with a starting chain with an odd number of stitches. The example started with 19 chain stitches. 

    Row One

    Chain 1.

    Starting in the second chain from the hook, work 1 single crochet into every stitch.

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  • 03 of 09

    Start the First Popcorn Stitch

    The beginning of a popcorn stitch
    Mollie Johanson

    Row Two

    Chain 1. 

    *Work 1 single crochet, then 1 popcorn stitch. Repeat from * across the row. End with 1 single crochet.

    How to Crochet the Popcorn Stitch

    To form a popcorn stitch, work 5 double crochets into the same stitch. It should look like a fan or a shell.

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  • 04 of 09

    Remove and Insert the Hook

    Crochet hook in gray yarn
    Mollie Johanson

    Pull up the active loop on your hook so it is large and you don't have to worry about losing it. Then, remove your hook from the loop. 

    Count back five double crochet stitches and insert your hook into the first double crochet you made. 

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  • 05 of 09

    Hook the Active Loop

    Close up of red crochet needle
    Mollie Johanson

    With your hook still in the first double crochet, go through the loose active loop. Once the loop is around your hook you can tighten the loop again.

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  • 06 of 09

    Close Up the Popcorn Stitch

    Red crochet hook above a popcorn stitch
    Mollie Johanson

    Draw the active loop through the loops of the first double crochet to close up and complete the popcorn stitch. 

    A finished popcorn stitch should look like a tiny cup made of double crochets. 

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  • 07 of 09

    Work a Full Row of Popcorn Stitch

    A single row of popcorn stitches
    Mollie Johanson

    Finish row two of popcorn stitch, alternating between single crochets and popcorn stitches. You should end with a single crochet. 


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  • 08 of 09

    Crochet the Next Single Crochet Row

    Single Crochet being worked into popcorn stitches
    Mollie Johanson

    Popcorn stitch repeats rows one and two, so after you work a row of popcorns, it's time to add another row one.

    Chain 1.

    Work one single crochet into each stitch. 

    It's easy to spot the where to insert your hook on the single crochets from the first row, but you might need to look for the correct spot on the popcorn stitches. The top of the popcorn stitches don't look like little Vs, but they are the straighter stitches between the Vs. 

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  • 09 of 09

    Tips for Popcorn Stitch

    A swatch of finished popcorn stitches
    Mollie Johanson

    The more you work the popcorn stitch, the faster it goes. Of course, even though this isn't difficult to work, it does take longer than basic stitches. It also uses a lot of yarn, so make sure you have enough skeins when making a large project.

    Want to change the look of your popcorn stitches? Push them to the other side so they're inside out!

    Popcorn stitch looks similar to bobble stitch, but the process is a little different. Be sure to pay attention to which stitch you need for a project and don't assume they are interchangeable. 

    Have fun as you pop this stitch on your hook!