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Popcorn Stitch

Popcorn Stitch.

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Definition:

Popcorn Stitch is similar to but different from making bobbles on your knit fabric. Popcorn stitches actually take two rows to complete, with the increase on one row and the decrease on the next.

Popcorn can be worked on Garter Stitch or Stockinette Stitch, and the textured knots can be spread out however you like, whether evenly scattered over the whole fabric, used as stripes or worked randomly through a piece of knitting.

Typically popcorn is made by making one stitch into four (by knitting, purling, knitting and purling into the same stitch); the stitches are decreased by slipping the three new stitches, knitting the remaining stitch and passing the slipped stitches over the knit stitch one at a time.

Following is one common layout for popcorn stitch.

Works on multiples of 6 plus 5 stitches.

Rows 1 through 4: Knit.

Row 5: Knit 5, *(knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1) in the next stitch, knit 5. Repeat from * across.

Row 6: Knit 5, *slip 3, knit 1, pass each slipped stitch separately over the last knit stitch, knit 5. Repeat from * across.

Rows 7 through 10: Knit.

Row 11: Knit 8, *(knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1) in the next stitch, knit 5. Repeat from * across, ending knit 3.

Row 12: Knit 8, *slip 3, knit 1, pass each slipped stitch separately over the last knit stitch, knit 5. Repeat from * across, end knit 3.

Repeat these rows for pattern. Note that even numbers are right side rows.

Also Known As: pop
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