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.
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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
RS: Right side of the work
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
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:
Enjoy the video tutorial:
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…