How to Knit the Popcorn Stitch

Stitch Description

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 cushy 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.

Video Tutorial

Abbreviations

K
Knit Stitch

P
Purl Stitch

WYIF
With Yarn In Front

WYIB
With Yarn In Back

pXtog
Purl (3/4/5) Together

Stitch Details

  Skill Level
Intermediate

  Row Count
Number of Rows: 2

  Pattern Repeat 
3 to 5 stitches

Stitch Characteristics

Pattern Instructions

3 Stitch Popcorn Bobble

  • ON THE RIGHT SIDE
  • 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 WRONG SIDE
  • Step 4: Insert your working needle into all three stitches purlwise and purl 3 together.

4 Stitch Popcorn Bobble

  • ON THE RIGHT SIDE
  • 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 WRONG SIDE
  • Step 5: Insert your working needle into all four stitches purlwise and purl four stitches together.

5 Stitch Popcorn Bobble

  • ON THE RIGHT SIDE
  • 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 WRONG SIDE
  • Step 6: Insert your working needle into all five stitches purlwise and purl five stitches together.

Swatch Photos

Example of the Popcorn Stitch

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