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3 Dimensional Stitches- Tunisian & Regular Crochet
Popcorn, Bobbles, and Puffs with Tunisian Crochet
These same methods can be used in Tunisian Crochet, too!
* It is best to use a smooth, solid background stitch such as Tss or Tks.
* It is easier to form these stitches using the Tks, but the Tss creates a more pronounced 3D effect.
* Trs or Tps have a textured background, which will detract from the Popcorn/Bobbles.
* Tfs has the same appearance as the Puff stitch, so that won't allow your Puff stitches to really stand out.
* When forming these stitches, they will have a tendency to move to the back of the piece on the Forward. This is no problem, since you can easily push them back to the front of the piece when you are finished.
Instructions For Popcorns/Bobbles: On the Forward of a Row, work your background stitch up to the placement of the Popcorn/Bobble. Follow the same steps as Method #1 for Regular Crochet below. Once you've completed the Popcorn, leave that last loop on the hook, and continue with your background stitch. On the Return of that Row, drop the loops off as you normally would, including the top loop of the Popcorn. Method #2 is not recommended with Tunisian Crochet.
Instructions for Puffs: On the Forward of a Row, work your background stitch up to the placement of the Puff. Follow the same steps as for Regular Crochet Puffs below. Once you've completed the Puff, leave that last loop on the hook, and continue with your background stitch. On the Return of that Row, drop the loops off as you normally would, including the top loop of the Puff.
Popcorn, Bobbles, and Puffs with Regular Crochet
Multiple stitches are those that combine more than one stitch together, which tends to make these stitches 'stand up' or rise above the rest of the piece; thus giving them a 3 Dimensional appearance.
Cluster St: (Yo, insert hook, Yo and pull through. Yo and pull through 2 lps.) 2+ Times. Yo, and pull through all lps on hk. Cluster stitches generally have 2 or 3 Dc. Anymore stitches, and they become more of a popcorn. Click here for Patterns using Cluster Stitches: Coaster & Hot Pad
Puff St: (Yo, insert hook into st. Yo, pull lp on hk.) 3 Times. Yo and pull through all lps on hk. For larger Puffs, Repeat the instructions inside the ( ) as many times as desired. However, this can be difficult to pull through all of the loops on the hook, if you repeat this more than 3 times. Click here for Patterns using Puff Stitches: Coaster & Hot Pad
Popcorns and Bobbles: In my research, these two stitches are almost interchangeable; some folks call them Bobbles, some call them Popcorns. I have seen both methods called by both stitch names, so I can't even say that one method is a Popcorn and the other a Bobble.
Method #1- Over Sized Cluster St: (Yo, insert hook, Yo and pull through. Yo and pull through 2 lps.) 4-5 Times. Yo, and pull through all lps on hk.
Method #2- Multiple Dc: Work 4-5 completed Dc into 1 st. Cross hook over stitches just completed, insert hook in top of 1st st. Yo, and pull through both lps on hook. Continue with next st. This method produces a more pronounced 'ball' on the surface of the piece.
Abbreviations: Beg: Beginning Ch: Chain stitch Lp: Loop Hk: Hook DO: drop off PU: pick up Sk: skip stitches Sl St: slip stitch Yo: Yarn Over hook Tks-Knit st Tss-Simple/Afghan St Tps-Purl St Trs-Reverse St Tfs-Full/Plain St Trps-Reverse Purl st