How to knit pretty Bubbles or a bunch of bubbles
Knitting stitch patterns

How to knit Bobbles… or a bunch of them!

In today’s tutorial, you’ll learn how to knit Bobbles, step-by-step.

It’s a lovely stitch pattern, full of volume and texture, ideal for a lot of projects, such as baby stuff, but also great for the sleeves or the yoke of a sweater/cardigan.

Moreover, it could be used for a blanket, or even accessories, such as hats, scarves, cowls, mittens, etc.

Although it looks complicated, the truth is that the only techniques required are knitting and purling, so every knitter can do it!

However, there are two aspects I’d like to mention:

Firstly, because the bobbles are made over a Stockinette stitch background, they tend to curl.

So, if you’re knitting a garment that should stay flat, think of adding a nice edge on each side (I added 4 stitches on each side to create a Seed stitch on my swatch).

For example, you could do the same at the bottom and the top of the project, by starting and finishing with some rows in Seed stitch too.

Secondly, I’d suggest to use pointy needles (it will be easier for closing the bobbles) #ad

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Ok, I think we can start now, so grab your needles, and some yarn, and let’s get busy!


CO: Cast on

st: Stitch

RS: Right side of the work

K: Knit

P: Purl

k4tog: Knit four stitches together

MB: Make a bobble. K1, P1, K1, P1 into the next stitch. Turn the work, P4, Turn the work, K4, Turn the work, P4. Turn the work, k4tog.

BO: Bind off

WS: Wrong side of the work

How to knit Bubbles step by step (easy and fun to knit). So Woolly.


The odd rows form the right side of the work.

There are no edge (selvage) stitches included, if you like to have them, add two stitches to your calculations.

How to knit pretty Bobbles step-by-step

Rows 1 and 5: *K6, MB, K3*. Repeat from * to *, to end

Row 2 and every even row: P across

Row 3: *K4, MB, K3, MB, K1*. Repeat from * to *, to end

Row 7: K across

Row 9: *K3, MB, K6*. Repeat from * to *, to end

Row 11: *K1, MB, K3, MB, K4*. Repeat from * to *, to end

Row 13: *K3, MB, K6*. Repeat from * to *, to end

Row 15: K across

Row 16: P across.

These sixteen rows create the pattern. Repeat them until the desired length is reached.

When finished, BO purlwise after row 15 (WS).

This is the other side of the work:

How to knit pretty Bubbles (wrong side). Written instructions and video tutorial. So Woolly.

Enjoy the video tutorial:

How to knit Bobbles (or a bunch of bobbles!)

Thank you for watching 🙂

Hugs, and happy knitting,

Carolina – So Woolly

PS: If you like this kind of stitch pattern, take a look at the following posts…

How to knit the Popcorn stitch

How to knit the Puffy stitch

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