Bobble, cluster, popcorn and puff crochet stitches – are they the same or are they different crochet stitches?
There seems to be a bit of confusion around this selection of four very popular crochet stitches.
In short, the answer is:
No, they are not the same. Bobble, cluster, popcorn and puff crochet stitches are four different stitches.
Here’s a short video where I highlight the differences between bobble, cluster, popcorn and puff crochet stitches, showing you how each of them is worked and how they are marked in crochet charts and patterns.
I really hope this video will clear up some questions you may have about these four textured stitches.
I think it is important to be able to identify which stitch is which just by looking at it, because in charts and patterns I notice inaccuracies, where a stitch can be called are popcorn stitch, while in fact, the picture of a finished item is clearly crocheted using a bobble stitch.
If you need more practice, below I have uploaded four videos where I show you how to crochet each stitch separately.
Puff Stitch (2 Variations)
I hope you found these videos useful.
As with any crochet stitch, you might come across variations on these basic stitches, but I think if you know the basics, it will be so much easier to understand those variations and achieve desirable results.
I thought I’ll show you some ways I am going to style it, so as to give you an idea of how it could be worn.
Did you know that removable collars like this are back in fashion in 2021? Although I don’t think they ever went out of fashion in the crochet world 🙂 🙂 🙂
How to wear your Dreamy Collar.
Play with contrasting colours. If your collar is light, then wear it with a dark blouse or shirt.
You can tie the collar up on the side, like in the picture above, or centered in the front, like in the picture below.
2. Wear your Dreamy Collar on a matching colour background. If your collar is light, like mine, wear it with a cream shirt. The collar will give the whole outfit a very subtle finish and dress up even a very casual top.
3. The fashion now seems to turn around the idea of matching items that at first sight don’t match. I matched my Dreamy Collar with a leather jacket and keep thinking I should buy a leather shirt and wear it with that.
4. Wear it with other accessories such as a faux fur collar or a long necklace.
You can get a very detailed pattern CAL for this Dreamy Collar
Crochet Spiky snowflakes and decorate your Christmas tree, home or office this Holiday Season!
These spiky snowflakes also make a beautiful unique gift for anyone who appreciates handmade items.
To get your FREE Spiky Snowflake pattern:
I created this spiky snowflakes pattern after looking at lots of real snowflake photography online. So this pattern resembles a spiky snowflake variety in real life.
But to be honest, I found so many real snowflake variations that I realized, you can crochet almost any kind of imaginary snowflake and it will resemble a real-life one.
One common snowflake feature though, is that each snowflake always has 6 ‘branches’. That’s apparently, a scientific fact. But don’t quote me one that! I am only a crocheter and not a snowflake scientist J
But you can also use homemade stiffeners such as water and glue mixture. Make sure the stiffener is strong enough to hold delicate branches and elements of this Spiky Snowflake.
For laying out and drying my snowflake, I use a soft board (a flat cushion will also work), put a piece of cardboard on top of it with a plastic bag covering.
For ease of access, I also use a small painting brush to apply the fabric stiffener. You can also apply your fabric stiffener with your fingers.
In many cases crocheters first apply the fabric stiffener and then lay out their snowflake to dry. In this case, I reverse the process because the snowflake has lots of small details, and it takes time to lay them out and pin them down precisely, the way I want them to look.
So I first lay out my snowflake and pin each detail in the way I want it to look in the final version. I prefer to lay it out with the wrong side facing up. This particular snowflake design has lots of small spikes, so I need quite a few pins to keep each spike in shape.
I then take my paint brush and apply the fabric stiffener quite generously, especially around the base of each branch. Make sure that each corner, each little spike and each branch vein have enough stiffener on them, so as the snowflake would hold its shape perfectly when dried.
Leave it to dry out.
24 hours later (or maybe even less)…
Voila! Your snowflake is ready for beautiful winter décor!
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