Popcorns, bobbles … I love them. They bring a fun bubbly twist to a project.
Here is the Pops and Posts sample I made based on the pattern page 109 of The Big Book of Crochet Stitches [I just retyped below so I don’t have to carry that big book with me when I am not home – the wonder of the iPad].
Take a multiple of 6 + 1.
Row 1 – SC in 2nd CH from hook and then in each remaining stitch. Chain 3 [counts as 1st DC in following row] and turn.
Row 2 – DC in next DC then *CH 2, skip 2 SC, DC in next SC* and repeat across to last SC. End with a DC in the last SC. Chain 3 [counts as 1st DC in following row] and turn.
Row 3 – [on the right side]: popcorn stitch [see **** below] in next DC then *CH 2, DC in next DC, CH 2, PC in next DC. Repeat the sequence to do a DC in last PC and a DC in the 3rd chain of turning CH-3. Chain 3 and turn.
Row 4 – DC in next DC *CH 2, DC in next PC, CH 2, DC in next DC and repeat sequence with DC in last PC, DC in 3rd CH of turning CH-3. Chain 3 and turn.
Row 5 – DC in next DC *CH 2, PC in next DC, CH 2, DC in next DC and repeat sequence with PC in last DC, DC in top of turning CH-3. Chain 3 and turn.
Row 6 – *DC in PC, CH 2, DC in next DC, CH2 and repeat. End with DC in last DC, DC in top of turning chain. Chain 3 and turn.
Pattern: repeat rows 3 – 6.
*** popcorn stitch [abbreviated pop or pc] – Popcorn stitches are usually worked on the right side of the project however there is a way to make them pop towards the back … See My Idiot’s Guide page 166 for details.
- Work 5 DC in the same stitch.
- Drop the loop from your hook.
- Insert your hook from front to back under the top 2 loops of the first DC of the group.
- Grab back the dropped loop with your hook and pull it through the stitch.
Some patterns may request to close the stitch with a CH1 as final step.
back pop: do the same as the front pop but insert your hook from back to front under the top 2 loops of the first DC of the group and finish it the same way as the front pop.