I like texture a lot, and that 3D effect in crochet can be achieved using these 3 stitches: Puff, Popcorn and Bobble.

While I knew how to do these stitches I needed to learn the proper names 🙂 and how to distinguish each one.

Puff stitch:  I like using this stitch, a lot, but be warned:  it loves to eat yarn, it uses a lot of yarn. I have used it on Big Lil Pet and on my bathroom mandala and many other projects.

It is the stitch that looks like little puffs 🙂 Here is the close up

It is easy to make  you keep pulling up yarn on your hook until you have the necessary puffiness (I like 5 times for a nice puff) you pull through ALL the yarn that is on the hook and close with a slip stitch. Image result for puff or bobble stitch crochet tutorial

Bobble stitch looks almost the same but you go about it a little different. This stitch I call the cluster stitch, it seems like several stitches have two names but let us forget about the names for now.

Bobble or Cluster stitch gives a nice texture and I have used it on my CAL tablecloth, you decide how many double crochet you want to use to give it the look you want. Popcorn stitch: this stitch while nice and plump, I do not use it often because it takes more time 🙂 

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So, feel free to learn the differences and use all three often. You Tube has nice visual tutorials too.

Inspiration: Image result for puff or bobble stitch crochet tutorial Image result for puff or bobble stitch crochet tutorial Image result for puff or bobble stitch crochet tutorial

Learn a new stitch today and Remember: Stay Creative 🙂

thanks to google for some of the images..


Well how is it going? are you caught up yet? I hope so.

Today, we will continue our trip, adding more rows to our doily.
Row 9: slip stitch to go into the middle of our cone from the previous row then chain 3 and DC 4 for our first 5DC and repeat in each cone, remember there are no chains separating these groups of 5.

Row 10: in this row we are using the cluster stitch and the back post double crochet BPDC it is easy, you can google it for the visual.

Start by slip stitching until you reach the first DC from the previous row, then do a cluster in each back post of your DC from the previous row in other words you will have 5 open DC on your hook then loop over and draw through all 5 DC this is known as a DCC5tog  then chain 5 and repeat, close the row with a slip stitch at the top of the cluster.

Row 11: chain 3 then 1 DC cluster for our first pair of  DCC2tog then you chain 4 and anchor with a slip stitch in the space between each  DCC5tog from the previous row, chain 4 and repeat your  DCC2tog at the top of your  DCC5tog from the previous row. Close the row with a slip stitch.

Row 12: is super easy, chain 4 and anchor with a slip stitch in each space from the previous row, chain 4 and repeat. We won’t close this row.

Row 13: in this row we will learn to do the HDCC2tog which stands for 2 half double crochet cluster. Please use the last 4 chains (from the previous row) and go into the chain just before and just after the anchor from the previous row, when you have all the loops on your hook you yarn over and pull through all of them this will make your first pair of HDCC2tog then chain 4 and repeat, we will continue tomorrow . For all the visuals please check photographs or go to you tube.

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ROW 58

Row 58 is seeing a decrease in the massive pineapple and the introduction again of the double crochet cluster stitch (DCC) which is made up of 3 double crochet cluster = 1 DCC. This stitch adds a nice texture to our work. Apart from these two changes everything remains basically the same.

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Nutshell: 17 dc – 8 ch – small fan – 4 ch – 2 dc – 4 ch – small fan – 3 ch – 6 DCC – 3 ch – small fan – 4 ch – 2 dc – 4 ch – small fan – 8 ch, repeat.


I get bored relatively fast. Take for instance my granny square, after making 2 squares of the same traditional pattern I decided to do “my own thing” and ended up with this: on which I practiced my cluster stitch and made it look a little more lacy. My Blanquet will have a lot of different patterns like a kaleidoscope. 

The advantages of creating your own stuff are 1- you work faster since you don’t need to decipher a pattern. 2-you exercise your brain, therefore your brain get more creative.

The disadvantages are 1- sometimes you cannot remember how to duplicate the pattern, so you waste time trying to decipher how you did it . 2-you need to stop and write the pattern down, thus losing more time, isn’t this like the hare and the turtle?

My questions to you are: 1-  Do you agree with me? 2- Which of these two squares you like best?

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