I like texture a lot, and that 3D effect in crochet can be achieved using these 3 stitches: Puff, Popcorn and Bobble.
While I knew how to do these stitches I needed to learn the proper names 🙂 and how to distinguish each one.
Puff stitch: I like using this stitch, a lot, but be warned: it loves to eat yarn, it uses a lot of yarn. I have used it on Big Lil Pet and on my bathroom mandala and many other projects.
It is easy to make you keep pulling up yarn on your hook until you have the necessary puffiness (I like 5 times for a nice puff) you pull through ALL the yarn that is on the hook and close with a slip stitch.
Bobble stitch looks almost the same but you go about it a little different. This stitch I call the cluster stitch, it seems like several stitches have two names but let us forget about the names for now.
Bobble or Cluster stitch gives a nice texture and I have used it on my CAL tablecloth, you decide how many double crochet you want to use to give it the look you want. Popcorn stitch: this stitch while nice and plump, I do not use it often because it takes more time 🙂
So, feel free to learn the differences and use all three often. You Tube has nice visual tutorials too.
Learn a new stitch today and Remember: Stay Creative 🙂
thanks to google for some of the images..