How to Crochet the Bobble Stitchcomments (2) 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.
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.
When you get to the third row, single crochet across the entire row. You won't be making any bobbles on this row because they would only show up on the back side of the work. Remember to stitch in the securing loop of each bobble (the one the hook is inserted through in the photo above). The loops look longer than the single crochet loops, but you should still count them as stitches.
Here's what the completed swatch looks like from the right side. I worked through 5 rows of this pattern.
Chain an odd number of stitches.
Row 1 (RS): Ch 1, sc in each stitch across. Turn.
Row 2: Ch 1, *sc in first stitch, bobble in next stitch; repeat from * across, sc.
Repeat rows 1 and 2.
Here's what the wrong/back side of the swatch looks like. Even though you worked the bobbles on this side, they show up on the front. Always remember to work the bobbles on oddly numbered rows, or if you are working in the round, turn your work before making a round of bobbles, then turn it back to the right side once the bobble row is complete.
Here's to puffy stitches!