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How To Crochet: Bobbles, Puffs, and Popcorns

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Think crochet bobbles, puff stitches, and popcorns are all the same? Think again! Learn the difference between these textured crochet stitches and how to incorporate them into your own projects.

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Learn how to crochet textured crochet stitches - bobble stitch, puff stitch, popcorn stitch. Video and photo tutorial beginner crochet.

Texture Crochet Stitch Tutorial

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Crochet Puff Stitch

Learn how to crochet textured crochet stitches - bobble stitch, puff stitch, popcorn stitch. Video and photo tutorial beginner crochet.

What Are They:

Crochet puff stitches are a series of unfinished half double crochet stitches that are worked together. They have a puffy look to them and stand out on the backside of the working row. Be sure to pull loops up to the height of the working row for consistent stitches.

How to Make Them:

Learn how to crochet textured crochet stitches - bobble stitch, puff stitch, popcorn stitch. Video and photo tutorial beginner crochet.

Step 1: Identify your next stitch. This is where we’ll place our puff stitch.

Step 2: Yarn over and pull up a loop in that stitch. There are 3 loops on the hook.

Step 3: Repeat Step 2 two more times. There are now 7 loops on the hook.

Step 4: Yarn over and pull through all 7 loops.

Step 5: Chain 1 to close the puff stitch.

Pro Tip: Keep fairly loose tension when pulling up loops to avoid trouble in Step 4.

Practice Puff Stitch (puffst) Pattern:

Chain any even number.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across row. Turn.

Row 2: Ch 2 (counts as first dc), *puffst in next st, dc in next st; rep from * across row, turn.

Row 3: Ch 1, sc in each st across row. Be sure to sc in the top of the puff stitch and not in the following chain.

Repeat Rows 2 and 3 to the desired number, ending with a Row 3 repeat.

Crochet Bobble Stitch

Learn how to crochet textured crochet stitches - bobble stitch, puff stitch, popcorn stitch. Video and photo tutorial beginner crochet.

What Are They:

Crochet bobble stitches are a series of unfinished double crochet stitches that are worked together. They have a more structured, uniform look. They stand out dramatically on the work and poke through to the opposite side of the row they’re worked into.

How to Make Them:

Learn how to crochet textured crochet stitches - bobble stitch, puff stitch, popcorn stitch. Video and photo tutorial beginner crochet.

Step 1: Identify your next stitch. This is where we’ll place our bobble stitch.

Step 2: Yarn over and pull up a loop in that stitch. There are 3 loops on the hook.

Step 3: Yarn over and pull through 2 loops. There are now 2 loops on the hook.

Step 4: Repeat Steps 2 and 3 four times. There are now 6 loops on the hook.

Step 5: Yarn over and pull through all loops on the hook.

Pro Tip: Play around with how many double crochet stitches to put in your bobbles. Mine has 5, but you can try 2, 3, 7, or more!

Practice Bobble (bo) Stitch Pattern:

Chain any even number.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across row. Turn.

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in first st, *bo in next st, sc in next st; rep from * across row, turn.

Row 3: Ch 1, sc in each st across row.

Repeat Rows 2 and 3 to the desired number, ending with a Row 3 repeat.

Crochet Popcorn Stitch

Learn how to crochet textured crochet stitches - bobble stitch, puff stitch, popcorn stitch. Video and photo tutorial beginner crochet.

What Are They:

Crochet popcorn stitches are a collection of completed double crochet stitches that are worked together. These are the most structured of the three types of textured crochet stitches. This stitch also uses up the most yarn and weights the most. Keep that in mind when incorporating it into your projects.

How to Make Them:

Learn how to crochet textured crochet stitches - bobble stitch, puff stitch, popcorn stitch. Video and photo tutorial beginner crochet.

Step 1: Identify your next stitch. This is where we’ll place our popcorn stitch.

Step 2: Place 1 double crochet in that stitch.

Step 3: Repeat Step 2 four more times. There are now 5 double crochet stitches in one stitch.

Step 4: Remove your hook from the live loop.

Step 5: Insert your hook into the first for your 5 double crochet stitches from back to front.

Step 6: Place the live loop back on the hook. There are 2 loops on the hook.

Step 7: Pull up the loop.

Step 8: Chain 1 to close the popcorn.

Pro Tip: Just like the bobble, popcorn stitches can be worked with any number of stitches in them. Consider a 7, 8, or even 10 double crochet popcorn.

Practice Popcorn (pop) Stitch Pattern:

Chain any even number.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across row. Turn.

Row 2: Ch 2 (counts as first dc), *pop in next st, dc in next st; rep from * across row, turn.

Row 3: Ch 1, sc in each st across row. Be sure to sc in the top of the popcorn and not in the following chain.

Repeat Rows 2 and 3 to the desired number, ending with a Row 3 repeat.


Textured crochet stitches like bobble, puffs, and popcorn add lots of character to any crochet project. Want to try them out? Check out these patterns:

Fireside Basket // Juniper Cowl // Avon Throw Blanket

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