The bobble stitch is a fun way to add some depth and texture to your patterns. It can be used in a variety of ways and is a great way to add a modern touch to your projects. Let’s begin:
For this tutorial, you will need the following materials:
– Worsted weight yarn
– An appropriate sized hook to compliment your yarn choice
You will need to be familiar with:
– Single crochet
– Double crochet
– It is important to read the pattern fully. Some methods to creating and completing the bobble stitch can differ. I am sharing a popular method and one that I use within my own patterns.
– Do not close or “lock” the bobble stitch with a chain 1 at the end. Simply continue on with the pattern into the next stitch.
How To Make A Bobble Stitch:
Yarn over and insert hook into stitch. Yarn over and pull up a loop.
Yarn over and pull through first 2 loops on hook (2 loops now on hook). Yarn over and insert hook into same stitch. Yarn over and pull up a loop.
Yarn over and pull through 2 loops on hook (3 loops now on hook).
Yarn over and insert hook into same stitch. Yarn over and pull up a loop. Yarn over and pull through 2 loops on hook (4 loops now on hook).
Yarn over and insert hook into same stitch. Yarn over and pull up a loop. Yarn over and pull through 2 loops on hook (5 loops now on hook).
Yarn over and pull through all 5 loops on hook.
Do not chain to close the cluster, instead place 1 sc (or whatever stitch is required as per the pattern you are using) into the next stitch. Not chaining really allows the bobble to push outward and pop in appearance.
When working with your bobble stitches, it’s important to note that the bobbles need to face outward in order to be seen so you’ll be working in the back or “wrong side” of your project. It sounds confusing but once you start working on them and see how they look, it begins to make sense.
It can also be a little tricky to see where to place your stitches in the following row or round. Let’s take a peak (SC= Single crochet, BO= Bobble):
The larger “V” on the tops of your stitches is your bobble. Be extra careful when working into them that you only go under those two strands and not the strands of the puffed out bobble. The small “V” stitches along the top are single crochet.
I prepared a small swatch for teaching purposes but you may choose to have your own base to begin (such as a row of single crochet). If you would like to use the one below, please feel free. It is simply to give a small example of how the bobble stitch works up and to provide some practice.
Place one single crochet into the second chain from your hook.
Place one single crochet into each stitch across. Chain 1 and turn (14)
Into the first two stitches, place 1 single crochet.
Create 1 bobble into the next stitch.
Into the next two stitches, place 1 single crochet.
Into the next stitch, make 1 bobble.
Repeat this pattern of 2 single crochet, 1 bobble until you reach the end (finishing with the last 2 single crochet stitches). Chain 1 and turn (14)
Place 1 single crochet into each stitch across. Chain 1 and turn (14)
Repeat row 2
Repeat row 3
Continue alternating row 2 and 3 for as long as you like or until you are comfortable with the stitch.
How are you doing? It can be tricky at first, especially with all the loops on your hook. You’ve got this! Once you’re comfortable and ready to tackle some simple projects using this stitch, I have some ideas for you. Below are some free patterns from my blog that I hope you’ll enjoy!
– The Bobble Row Cowl (A lovely cowl that is customizable in length and works up beautifully using Red Heart Super Saver Ombre)
– The Sweetheart Bobble Bag (An adorable little bag perfect for holding little goodies and treats. Made with Red Heart Super Saver)
– Granny Bobble Wall Hanging (A lovely mini wall hanging that’s perfect for small spaces. Project uses Berroco Comfort)
I hope this tutorial was helpful and that you enjoyed learning a new stitch. If you’d like to connect, please do! Head over to the Contact page or come find me on Instagram @sweet_bee_crochet to say hello.