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Published on January 18th, 2018 | by Merion


Learn the Popcorn Stitch for Popcorn Day!

Your favourite movie snack has it’s own DAY! Let’s celebrate by learning how to knit the popcorn stitch!

On the 19th January, it’s Popcorn Day! Who doesn’t love popcorn? If you don’t like it sweet and buttery, caramelised or covered in chocolate, you can jazz it up with salt and chilli, cheese, herbs and spices – there are so many ways to eat popcorn, it’s definitely worth celebrating!

Corn was used in headdresses by ancient Aztecs to honour their god of maize, Tlaloc, and we can only imagine how thrilling it must have been, years ago, to see it pop into the little bundles of white that we love – but it wasn’t until the 1880s that Charles Cretors, who owned a candy-store, developed a machine for popping corn with steam. By 1900 he had horse-drawn popcorn wagons trundling through the streets of Chicago, and the national passion for popcorn was well and truly formed.

These days we can pop our popcorn in the microwave, but popcorn purists still love to create their creations on the hob with all manner of delicious combinations!

Knitting popcorn stitch is beautifully easy – it’s just a case of knitting and purling stitches into the same stitch to create a little bundle. There are two or three methods for this (called popcorn or bobble stitch) but we’ve made a video tutorial for the easiest of them all.

How to knit the popcorn stitch

Knit along to the stitch where you’d like the popcorn bundle to appear.

Without taking the stitch off the left hand needle, knit it, bring the yarn to the front and purl into the same stitch. Take the yarn around the back of the work and knit again, and bring the yarn around the front and purl into the stitch again.  Then take the yarn around to the back of the work, and continue to knit the row.

You can add popcorn stitches wherever you want to add texture – in a scarf, or hat – or around the yoke of a sweater, as Imke Nathusius has done here, in the gorgeous Rustia sweater!

Rustia sweater

Or these sweet little Baby Popcorn bootees by Ardree Designs!

Happy Popcorn Day!

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About the Author

Merion admits that her stash is wildly out of control, but has many projects in dream-form! She loves knitting, crochet, Shire horses, cake and garden swing-seats.

Last updated: April 9th, 2018.

17 Responses to Learn the Popcorn Stitch for Popcorn Day!

  1. chris says:

    Brilliant. Thanks.

  2. susan says:

    Thank you. I’ll give it a try!

  3. carol says:

    great little stitch will be trying that for sure. thanks

  4. Katie says:

    Really clear, helpful instructions. Thanks for teaching me this new stitch!

  5. Audrey says:

    Wow, thank you. I’ll be trying this out later.

  6. Anna says:

    Thanks for a new to me way of doing the popcorn stitch

  7. Virginia says:

    I always wanted to incorporate the pop corn stitch in my knitting. Thank you for providing the video. Will put it in my next hat

  8. Virginia says:

    I always wanted to know how to do this stitch. Will incorporate into my next hat project. Thankyou

  9. Joan Carr says:

    many years ago when my one daughter was a teen I knitted her a sweater very much like the one you have shown but mine had a few more bobbles she would never wear it she said they looked like small boobs,I was never allowed to give it away as she said it was hers I still have it lying around at home somewhere and she is now 49.

  10. circular knitter says:

    When knitting in the round how do you do the stitch since you are always knitting on the front side? Would I just knit on the the second round of the stitch pattern instead of purl? Most stitch patterns are explained for flat knitting, but I almost never knit flat, almost always in the round .

  11. June says:

    Thanks,easy to follow,a great idea.☺

  12. June says:

    Thanks,easy to follow,a great idea.certainly a lovely stitch to try☺

  13. Barb says:

    It would be nice if there were people talking us through the ‘tutorial’ videos. I find it extremely difficult to knit, watch the video AND read the instructions all at the same time. It is also very irritating. If the knitter doesn’t like his/her voice, then find someone else who can ‘voice-over’.

    This is not the only site that does this.

  14. sue Venables says:

    Surely this is the traditional BlackBerry stitch?

  15. Chrisie says:

    I was going to say the same thing Sue. This was called blackberry stitch in the 60’s. Very easy to master.

  16. Diana says:

    Excellent little video! Thank you for sharing. I’m going to go and try it now!

  17. Selina Baihn says:

    i’ve always known this stitch as the bobble stitch; since when was it dubbed the popcorn stitch?

    great video though, easy to follow.

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