3 Fun To Make Pattern Stitches To Create Texture

Today I’m providing you with 3 pattern stitch instructions that create a raised texture on the surface of the knit fabric. So grab your knitting needles and give these a try.

Popcorns and bobbles are often confused with each other, because they both form knots on the right side made from a single stitch. The difference lies in how each are made. Popcorns are made by increasing in one stitch on a wrong side row, and decreasing the extra stitches on the following right side row. Bobbles are “turned”, meaning the work is turned at least 4 times over the stitches required for each bobble. Bobbles can be made very large, and are completed all at once on the same right side row. Both can have many possible arrangements within a knit fabric, including spot patterns as my samples, clumps, or arranged within other pattern stitches such as cable designs. The background can be anything at all.

The fur or loop stitch creates rows of loop fringe across the fabric and its decorative possibilities are endless. Looped cotton bathmats are popular, and I have made stuffed fur animals with great success.

My swatches and written instructions demonstrate the basic technique for these pattern stitches, but there are other variations on how to make them. Also refer to my “Little e-book of Abbreviations and Knitting Terms” to help with the instructions.


Popcorn Stitch Pattern
Popcorn Stitch Pattern

Odd rows are the wrong side rows.

Row 1-4: knit.

Row 5 (WS): k5, *(k1,p1,k1,p1) loosely in next st, k5; rep from *.

Row 6: k5 *sl3, k1, pass 3rd, 2nd, and 1st of the slipped sts separately over the last knit st (completing the popcorn), k5; rep from *.

Row 7-10: knit.

Row 11: k2, *(k1,p1,k1,p1) loosely in next st, k5; rep from *, end k2.

Row 12: k2, *sl3, k1, pass slipped sts over to complete popcorn as row 6, k5; rep from *, end k2.

Note: On WS row when completing popcorn, push popcorn to make sure it is sitting on RS.

Repeat rows 1-12 for pattern stitch.


Bobble Stitch Pattern
Bobble Stitch Pattern

There are different ways to make a bobble, but the principle is the same, completing the bobble on one row.

Odd rows are wrong side rows.

Row 1-5: knit.

Row 6: k5, *k in front and back of next st 3 times (forming 6 sts); turn work and sl1 st pwise, p5 across the remaining stitches for bobble; turn and sl1 kwise, k5; turn and (p2tog)3 times; turn and sl1, k2tog, psso to complete bobble; k5 rep from *.

Row 7: k5, *p1tbl, k5; rep from *.

Row 8-11: knit.

Row 12: k2, *Make bobble in next st as row 6, k5; rep from *, end k2.

Note: On the knit row following the bobble row p1 through back loop of every bobble.

Repeat rows 1-12 for pattern stitch. Also make sure to move bobble to the right side when completed as you knit the next stitch.

Fur or Loop Stitch

Fur or Loop Stitch Pattern
Fur or Loop Stitch Pattern

You will find variations on how to make the loops.

Any number of stitches.

Row 1-4: knit.

Row 5(WS): * Holding the third finger of left hand over yarn behind work, k1 so the yarn forms a loop around the third finger, but don’t slip the stitch off needle; then transfer st just worked back to left needle and k2togtbl (st just knit and original st); remove finger from loop; rep from * in every stitch across row.

Row 6: ktbl across row. Note: You may have to pull on loops to even out and knit the stitches tighter across this row.

Repeat rows 1-6 for pattern stitch.

Although these stitch patterns require a little practice, particularly the bobbles and fur, they are well worth the effort.