Good morning. How was your weekend? Mine was lovely. I tried to figure out why I keep wanting to talk about popcorn stitches.
This is what I came up with: they're cute.
They just are. It's rare that I (or probably anyone else) finds a crochet technique cute.
Amigurumi projects are cute. Baby sweaters are cute. In the right light, even certain dishcloths can be cute.
But the actual crochet stitches making up those blankets and hats and toys? "Cute" is not a word that comes to mind.
It's not that they look bad, because if they did people wouldn't still be crocheting. It's just that crochet stitches look like......crochet stitches. It's not terrible, but it's usually not cute either. I like the look of most crochet stitches. They're substantive and textured, and something about them makes me think that crocheted afghans are just about the only kinds of afghans you should ever make and it's going to have to take a pretty special knitting pattern to convince me otherwise.
But even with knitting, I can't think of knit stitches I'd characterize as cute.
But popcorn stitches are cute. They just are. They're like little puffed-up stitches that pop up in the middle of your work, calling out "hey!" in a squeaky voice. They probably wave with a little too much enthusiasm and get out of breath with excitement over unimportant things. You know, in my imagination where everything is anthropomorphic in a cartoony sort of way.
And I like that!
The popcorn stitches, not my imagination. My imagination gets away from me a lot (you may have noticed). But I'm telling you, those popcorn stitches are just so stinking adorable. And so I like them and they're my new favorite crochet stitch.
I like them so much I decided I'd post about them for a few more days even though I don't have a pattern that features single crochet popcorn stitches so that I could make a cute little swatch and upload pictures of it onto this post.
I know blogging without pictures is pretty much a cardinal sin, but my giddy infatuation with all things popcorn stitch has clouded my judgement. I know that if single crochet popcorn exists, then there are patterns that feature it. Maybe you have a pattern that calls for it. And maybe Google led you to me. So you could see this tutorial and be absolutely sure you were doing it correctly:
Isn't that just precious?! It's a popcorn stitch with single crochets! As if single crochets weren't sweet-looking enough, now I know that popcorn stitches with single crochets are a thing. It's like miniature crochet! With miniature puffs of happiness in your project!
Stay tuned for tomorrow's post when I include the video for doing it left-handed!
Yes, I will probably still be this weird about it.
Yes, I'll be taking a break from popcorn stitches on Wednesday.
No, I don't mind if you stay away until then.