My mom actually designed this throw pillow, along with the Basketweave Throw Pillow- Free Pattern. I love how each of these patterns utilize texture to create interest, and in the case of the Popcorn Stitch Throw Pillow, the texture comes from- you guessed it- the popcorn stitch!
Consider the popcorn stitch the close cousin of the bobble. They look almost identical, but under further inspection they have some differences. It differs from the bobble in that it is made from a group of complete stitches that are joined together at the end. The popcorn stitch works better than the bobble stitch when you desire to create a piece using that one stitch entirely. While rows upon rows of bobble stitches can look crowded, the popcorn stitch pattern below creates a fabric of popcorn that fit neatly on top of one another from row to row. Even if you do not desire a throw pillow, you could easily learn the popcorn stitch in the pattern below and translate it into whatever project you desire.
We (ahem- my mom) used Yarn Bee's Breathe Deep in Soft Pink for this pillow. Yarn Bee is a line of yarn carried exclusively in Hobby Lobby, which I know everyone does not have access to. Lion Brand's Feels Like Butta yarn is identical, and you could easily use that yarn to create the same look, however pretty much any worsted weight yarn will do. Feels Like Butta and Breathe Deep have a very unique almost suede/ chenille like texture, which may or may not be what you are going for.
This pattern includes the crocheted front of the pillow ONLY. The pillow can be completed by fitting a fabric backing onto the crochet front and stuffing before fastening the last opening.
1 Skein of Yarn Bee’s Breathe Deep in Soft
Size G crochet hook
Yarn needle (for weaving in loose ends)
In the space where the popcorn is desired, work a set of 5 double crochets.
Remove the hook from the working stitch. Insert the hook into the 1st double crochet in the set of 5.
Moving the hook behind your work, place the working stitch back on the hook (2 loops on hook). Draw through a loop.
Yarn over, pull through final loop.
Row 1: In 3rd chain on hook, work 1 double crochet. Double crochet in each chain until end of row. Chain 2, Turn.
Row 2: Work 1 double crochet into each stitch in row below. Chain 2, turn.
Row 3: Double crochet into first 2 stitches in row below. *Skip next 2 stitches. Work 1 popcorn stitch into row below. Repeat * to remaining 2 stitches. Double crochet into last 2 stitches. Chain 2, turn.
Rows 4- 28: Repeat row 3.
Rows 29-30: Repeat row 2. On Row 30, do not chain 2. Do not turn. Fasten off.