How to Knit the Popcorn Stitch



I love the movies. I have literally spent entire days at the theater going from film to film. I love everything about the experience. The neon lights, the giant movie posters, the cooshie red seats with the arm that lifts up so I can cuddle with my wife. I think if it were legal I’d marry the movies. But alas, polygamy is against the law in the US.

But do you know what the best part of going to the movies is?

The popcorn! There’s nothing like a fresh bag of hot popcorn drenched in butter oil and sprinkled with salt. It’s so light and crunchy and buttery and salty. It’s making my mouth water.

Now if only we could combine that experience with knitting.

Oh but we can! With this cool little bobble technique called the popcorn stitch. Just don’t try to eat it. Even with butter and salt it, yarn doesn’t taste very good. Don’t ask.

This video knitting tutorial will help you learn how to knit the popcorn stitch. This technique is used to create bobbles, which are little clusters of stitches that can be used to provide a bumpy texture to your knitted fabric. You can space them closer or further apart or stagger them to create all kinds of different patterns. They’re often used in traditional aran sweaters, and are great for hats and scarves too.

Skill: Intermediate

Instructions:

3 Stitch Popcorn Bobble
On the RS
Step 1: Insert your working needle into the first stitch on your main needle knitwise and knit one. Leave the stitch on the needle.
Step 2: Move your working yarn to the front and purl one into the same stitch.
Step 3: Move your working yarn to the back and knit one into the same stitch.
On the WS
Step 4: Insert your working needle into all three stitches purlwise and purl 3 together.

4 Stitch Popcorn Bobble
On the RS
Step 1: Insert your working needle into the first stitch on your main needle knitwise and knit one. Leave the stitch on the needle.
Step 2: Move your working yarn to the front and purl one into the same stitch.
Step 3: Move your working yarn to the back and knit one into the same stitch.
Step 4: Move your working yarn to the front and purl one into the same stitch.
On the WS
Step 5: Insert your working needle into all four stitches purlwise and purl four stitches together.

5 Stitch Popcorn Bobble
On the RS
Step 1: Insert your working needle into the first stitch on your main needle knitwise and knit one. Leave the stitch on the needle.
Step 2: Move your working yarn to the front and purl one into the same stitch.
Step 3: Move your working yarn to the back and knit one into the same stitch.
Step 4: Move your working yarn to the front and purl one into the same stitch.
Step 5: Move your working yarn to the back and knit one into the same stitch.
On the WS
Step 6: Insert your working needle into all five stitches purlwise and purl five stitches together.

Example of the Popcorn Stitch

Example of the Popcorn Stitch (click for larger)

music in video is from demo 2008 by (Latchxe9 Swing) / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

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