I purchased a copy of this book last year. The opinions expressed here are my own and are based on my own experiences. If you are interested in purchasing this book, you can also help support Oombawka Design by purchasing through the affiliate links included in this post. You can read my full Disclosure Statement here.
I love texture in crochet projects!
If you are searching for some stitches to help you add texture to your next crochet design, this book provides 50 examples to inspire you!
Title: 50 Fabulous Crochet Bobbles, Popcorns and Puffs
Author: Jean Leinhauser
Publisher: Leisure Arts, Inc.
ISBN: eBook: 9781464711305
ISBN: Print Version: 9781609003913
Each stitch provided in this book includes the ‘chain multiple’ instructions at the very beginning to allow you to customize the stitch to any size project using any type of yarn.
Following the ‘chain multiple’ instructions is the ‘Stitch Guide’ which provides you with any special stitches used in the current design. You do not need to go flipping through the pages to find how to do the ‘special’ stitches – everything you need is on the same page. This is very handy – especially if you are using an eBook version of this book!
The instructions are written clearly and are easy to follow.
My favourite stitches in this book are:
Popcorn Pizzazz (14)
Popcorns Aplenty (15)
Sweet Puffs (16)
Puff Drops (25)
Floral Circles (41)
Romantic Fans (45)
I chose to use the following stitch to create this free crochet pattern for you to try 🙂
Stitch: Mini Bobbles
Yarn: Bernat Handicrafter Cotton (Worsted Weight Cotton Yarn)
Hook: 5.00 mm(H)
Gauge: 9-pattern stitches is approximately 5″
Abbreviations: ch – chain, sl st – slip stitch, hdc – half double crochet, R – row
Note: Crochet all slip stitches loosely.
R2: sl st in the 3rd chain from the hook (the 2 skipped chains count as the 1st hdc of the row), *hdc in the next ch, sl st in the next ch* repeat from * to * across, ch-2, turn
Note: the ch-2 at the end of each row counts as the 1st hdc of the next row
R3: skip the 1st sl st, *sl st in the next hdc, hdc in the next sl st* repeat from * to * across; finishing with a sl st in the skipped 2-chains (i.e. the first hdc) from the previous row, ch-2, turn
R4: skip the 1st sl st, *sl st in the next hdc, hdc in the next sl st* repeat from * to * across; finishing with a sl st in the final ch-2 (i.e. the first hdc – see the Note above in blue) , ch-2, turn
R5-R38: repeat R3 (finished length is approximately 9″)
R1: ch-1, turn, sl st in each st across, finish off and weave in ends