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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.
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Puff Stitch
Bobble #1
Popcorn #2
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Tss Puff St
Tss Popcorn
Tks Puff
Tks Popcorn
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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