Week 17 – Popcorn Mania

Settling down to a movie and some popcorn – I love the weekends!  And the popcorn stitches in this square remind me of the yummy-ness in my bowl.  This week’s square is based on Melinda Miller’s Sweet Sixteen.  Here is a photo of my completed square:

Week 17 Completed Square

Week 17 Completed Square

The Pattern, With Tutorial Photos     

I used a size I hook to complete this square.  It measures 6 inches by 6 inches, as all squares will need to measure.  Please select the appropriate size hook for your squares to measure 6 inches as well.

I used 2 colors (color A and B), so the pattern is written for 2 colors.  If you use less/more colors, make the appropriate adjustments.

Abbreviations (for a tutorial of each stitch, see the links page in the menu):
ch – chain
sl st – slip stitch
hdc – half double crochet
dc – double crochet
beg pc – beginning popcorn (see below for description)
pc – popcorn (see below for description)

To work the beg pc: ch 3, 4 dc in same st as joining.  Drop loop from hook, insert hook from front to back through top of beginning ch-3, then in dropped loop.  Yarn over and draw through loop and ch on hook.

To work the pc: 5 dc in next st.  Drop loop from hook, insert hook from front to back in first dc of the pc, then in dropped loop.  Yarn over and draw through loop and st.

To begin, ch 4 with color A.  Join to first ch with a sl st.

Round 1: Continuing with color A, ch 3, work 15 dc into loop.  Join with sl st to top of beginning ch-3.  Cut yarn and finish off.

Round 1

Round 1

Round 2: With color B, join with a sl st to any st.  Beg pc, 2 dc in next st, *pc in next st, 2 dc in next st.*  Repeat from * around.  Join with sl st in top of beg pc.  Cut yarn and finish off.

Round 2 Join

Round 2 Join

Drop Loop

Drop Loop

Insert hook from front to back through top of beginning ch-3, then in dropped loop

Insert hook from front to back through top of beginning ch-3, then in dropped loop

Second pc

Second pc

After 2nd pc completed

After 2nd pc completed

Round 2

Round 2

Round 3: With color A, join with a sl st to any st, ch 4 (counts as first dc and ch 1) .  Dc in next st, ch 1, *dc in next st, ch 1.*  Repeat from * around.  Join with sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch-4.  Cut yarn and finish off.

Round 3

Round 3

Round 4: With color B, join with a sl st to any ch-1 sp, ch 2, hdc in same st as joining.  2 hdc in each ch-1 sp around.  Join with sl st to beginning ch-2.

Round 4

Round 4

Round 5: Continuing with color B, (beg pc, ch 4, pc) in same st as joining.  *^Ch 2, skip 1 st, 2 hdc, 5 sc, 2 hdc, ch 2, skip 1 st.^  (pc, ch 4, pc) in next st (corner made).*  Repeat from * to * 2 times, then once more from ^ to ^.  Join with sl st to top of first pc.  Cut yarn and finish off.

Round 5

Round 5

Roud 6: With color A,  join with a sl st to any ch-4 sp, ch 3, (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in same sp as joining.  *^2 dc in next ch-2 sp, 9 dc, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp.^  (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch-4 sp.*  Repeat from * to * 2 times, then once more from ^ to ^.  Join with sl st to top of beginning ch-3.  Cut yarn and finish off.

Round 6

Round 6

Finishing: Weave in all ends, making sure that they are very secure.  You do not want the ends to come unraveled when you wash the blanket.  If you need help with weaving in the ends, check out the tutorial posted in the links page above.

Feel free to send a photo of your finished square to littlebirdknits0@gmail.com to have it added to the photos page.