How to Crochet the Bobble Stitchcomments (7) June 25th, 2008
I'm often asked how to make the crocheted bobbles that appear in my hats, and the truth is, they are very simple to add to any pattern. The bobble is a combination of 4 double crochet stitches that you make in the same stitch, except you leave each dc stitch half-complete and then link them all together at the end. It's easiest if I show you!
Start off with a row of single crochet or any other simple stitch. You will always work your bobble rows on the wrong side rows of your work (usually the even-numbered rows). This is because the bobble puffs to the back, so you want the "back" to be the front of your work. It's a good idea to put at least 1 sc or other simple stitch between bobbles, so make 1 sc in your second row, then make the first part of a double crochet in the next stitch. That is: Yarn over, insert your hook in the stitch, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over once more and draw it through the first 2 loops on your hook. There should be 2 loops reamaining on the hook, as shown above.
Make 4 half-complete double crochets into the same stitch, leaving the last loop of each stitch on the hook. Yarn over and draw a loop through all 5 loops on the hook.
Repeat that process (yarn over, insert your hook in the stitch, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over once more and draw it through the first 2 loops on your hook) 3 more times in the same stitch. There are now 5 loops on your hook. Yarn over and draw the loop through all 5 stitches. You've made one bobble stitch. Notice that the bobble puffs to the back side of the swatch you're working, which willl be the right side of the work. Work the rest of the row making a sc in the next stitch, bobble in next stitch, sc, bobble, and so on.
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