Saturday, March 3, 2012

Open Lace Popcorn Crochet Stitch

It turns out dreaming about different ways to use the popcorn crochet stitch might be hazardous to your health. I spent the better part of today playing with this fun stitch; the popcorn stitch has been on my mind since using it so much in many of my 2011 Christmas crafts. Today’s blog posts are a result of all this contemplation, and a fair amount of trial and error to get the patterns just right.

This latest pattern, an original by moi, displays unique and interesting curving sides, while off-setting open lace popcorn crochet stitches over triangles. Your first row in a sequence of A & B popcorn stitch rows, will always have one more popcorn stitch than the one above it.

Foundation Row:  Make a chain divisible by 4 + 2
Step 1:  [Row 1] Half double crochet in 3rd chain from hook and in each stitch across.
Steps 2 - 4 
Step 2:  Chain 3 (counts as 1st double crochet), turn, double crochet in next 3 stitches
Step 3:  Make popcorn stitch – drop hook from last dc stitch, insert hook in 1st dc stitch, yarn over, pull through both loops on hook
Step 4:  Chain 4, dc in next 4 half double crochets
{Repeat Steps 3 & 4 across row; finish row with 1 dc in top of turning chain}
Step 5:  Chain 2, turn; hdc (4 times) in next chain 4 space (skipping popcorn stitches in between), across row, ending with 1 hdc in turning chain
Step 6:  Chain 7 (counts as 1 dc and 1 chain 4 space); *dc in next 4 stitches – make popcorn, chain 4 {repeat from * across row}; end with chain 4 and 1 dc in turning chain
Step 7
Step 7:  Chain 2, turn; hdc (4 times) in each chain 4 loop across row; finish with 4 hdc in chain 7 space and 1 hdc in 4th chain of same chain 7.

Repeat Steps 2 – 7 for pattern