A few weeks ago we began a series on three decorative crochet stitches that are similar but different: puff stitch, popcorns, and clusters. The first installment focused on puff stitches. Today we will be focusing on popcorns.
Popcorn stitches, like puff stitches, "pop" out on the right side of the fabric, but instead of being flat on the wrong side, the stitches are pressed in toward the right side.
It's no secret that crochet has a reputation for being knitting's ugly stepsister, but no one can deny that nothing feels more luxurious than a hand crocheted sock. Rare is the foot that is so pampered that it is wrapped in something made stitch-by-stitch over several hours, and the designs are so much more interesting and intricate than anything you can ever find in the store. This is why we were so excited to learn that Annie's has a new book on crocheted socks.
New Methods for Crochet Socks by Rohn Strong presents both standard methods for crocheting socks, as well as some new ideas. The very first pattern is a basic top-down sock, followed by a pattern for a basic toe-up sock. From there things get a bit more interesting as we begin to explore socks with cabled legs, lacy socks, and even argyle. And if you've ever wondered how you might crochet a sock with vertical stripes, there's a pattern for one that's neither top-down nor toe-up, but instead crocheted from side-to-side.