Flowers: Bobbles, Popcorns, and Puffs

Flowers with raised centers

I love adding texture to my crochet pieces. I think it makes them more interesting and fun! Some of my favorite stitches are Bobbles, Popcorns, and Puffs! 


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Lots of people don’t know the difference between these stitches, and since I love them so much, I’m going to teach you!

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I created these cute little flowers to show you and they’re so small, they’re great for practicing with! The flowers are exactly the same, except for the raised center stitches. 

Materials

Any yarn weight preferred (I used DK #3)

Color A (flower center)

Color B (flower petals) 

Any hook size preferred (I used F/5/3.75mm)

Scissors

Yarn needle (for hiding strings)

Stitch Guide

arnd = around

Bobble = See Special Instructions 

ch(s) = chain(s)

dc = double crochet

hdc = half double crochet

Popcorn = See Special Instructions

Puff = See Special Instructions 

sc = single crochet

sl st(s) = slip stitch(es)

trc = treble crochet

YO = yarn over 

Skill Level

Beginner

Written in U.S. Terms

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BOBBLE 

A bobble is actually a double crochet cluster stitch. The more double crochets you add to one space, the more the bobble will pop. Typically a bobble is worked with a standard of, and no less than, 5 double crochet (any less and it doesn’t really raise up).

To Make a Bobble: *YO, insert hook in stitch indicated, YO, draw up a loop, YO, pull through two loops on hook* 5X, YO, pull through all loops on hook.

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BOBBLE FLOWER

With Color A,

1. Make a magic ring, ch 1, 6 sc in ring, sl st to join in 1st sc (6 sc)

2. Ch 1, (sc, bobble, ch 1) in each stitch around, sl st to join in 1st sc (6 sc, 6 bobbles)

With Color B,

3.Starting in same space as join: Ch 1, (hdc, trc x 5, hdc) in each sc arnd, sl st to join in 1st hdc. Fasten. (6 petals)

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POPCORN

A popcorn is a variation of a shell stitch, if you will. You work several complete double crochet stitches in one space, then you join the last stitch to the first stitch to “roll it up” and make it raise up.

To Make a Popcorn: Work 5 dc in space indication, remove hook from current working loop, insert it into the top of the 1st dc created, insert it into the working loop of the 5th dc (going behind the 5 dcs), and pull the working loop through the top of the 1st st.

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POPCORN FLOWER

With Color A,

1. Make a magic ring, ch 1, 6 sc in ring, sl st to join in 1st sc (6 sc)

2. Ch 1, (sc, popcorn, ch 1) in each stitch around, sl st to join in 1st sc (6 sc, 6 popcorns)

With Color B,

3. Starting in same space as join: Ch 1, (hdc, trc x 5, hdc) in each sc arnd, sl st to join in 1st hdc. Fasten. (6 petals)

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PUFF

A puff stitch is a unique stitch, as it doesn’t resemble anything else. You yarn over, insert your hook in stitch indicated, and draw up a loop any number of times. I happen to find lots of fun and I have used it a lot in my designs.

To Make a Puff: YO, insert hook in stitch indicated, YO, draw up a loop* 5X, YO, draw through all loops on hook.

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PUFF FLOWER

With Color A,

1. Make a magic ring, ch 1, 6 sc in ring, sl st to join in 1st sc (6 sc)

2. Ch 1, (sc, puff, ch 1) in each stitch around, sl st to join in 1st sc (6 sc, 6 puffs)

With Color B,

3.Starting in same space as join: Ch 1, (hdc, trc x 5, hdc) in each sc arnd, sl st to join in 1st hdc. Fasten. (6 petals)

For any of these stitches, you can really play around with different stitches (try using hdc instead of dc, do 7 sts instead of 5… etc). The finished look can vary greatly depending on how you work them. The more stitches you add to one space, the higher the pop will be!

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Here are some other designs I have, featuring these stitches:

Victorian Romance Square = Popcorns (Free)

Plush Poms Bath Mat = Bobbles (Free)

Puffy Hearts Bag = Puffs (Paid)

Puffy Heart Mittens = Puffs (Paid)

Peeping Sheep Boot Cuffs = Puffs (Paid) 

Mitten Gift Holder = Bobbles (Paid)

Stocking Gift Holder = Bobbles (Paid)

Snowbobbles Christmas Stocking = Bobbles (Paid)

Snowbobbles Mug Cozy = Bobbles (Paid)

Little Country Girl Tank = Puffs (Paid)

Gradient Blocks Handbag = Puffs (Paid)

Chilly Cables Headwrap = Popcorns (Paid)

Cameron Slouch = Puffs (Paid)

Cameron Wristers = Puffs (Paid)

Cameron Boot Toppers = Puffs (Paid)

Cameron Christmas Stocking = Puffs (Paid)

I hope you’ve enjoyed these fun flowers and that you have found this tutorial helpful!

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