Technique Tuesdays: Bobbles!

Bobbles, to this yarner, are like platypuses: I have no idea how I personally would go about creating them, but I can appreciate them when I see them.

WHAT ARE YOU?!

Today’s Technique Tuesday is all about bobbles – because unlike creating a platypus, it’s actually pretty simple to learn how to make bobbles, thanks to this Craftsy tutorial.

Bobble comparison

Here’s a quick summary, but head over to the tutorial to get more details, plus great pictures and info about how to make smaller bobbles.

Making a large bobble:

When you get to the point where you want to add the bobble, follow these steps:

  1. Increase one stitch to five. To do this, knit into the front and back of the stitch TWICE without pulling it off the left, then into the front once more and drop the stitch from your left needle.
  2. Turn your work, purl across the five stitches, then turn again, knit across five, turn, purl across five, turn once more, and knit across the five one last time.
  3. Now we have to decrease back down to one stitch. To do this, slip the second stitch on the right needle over the first stitch four times. Your completed bobble should look like the photo above!

That’s it! Essentially, the bobble is an increase into one stitch, then about four tiny rows, and a decrease back down to one. The tiny rows fold onto themselves to make the bobble.

All credit for the great tutorial goes to Lisa Gutierrez at Craftsy.

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Technique Tuesdays: A Journey into the Past…

From 1999 to 2012,  September to June, this yarner spent 8 hours a day (or more) in plaid.

My highly flammable schoolwear was scratchy, it felt like cardboard, and the overlapping blue, green, red, and yellow stripes marked me with a flashing “CATHOLIC SCHOOL KID” sign wherever I went.  Since starting college, however, I have learned that there is life outside the polyester plaid I knew for so long.  Now, I can appreciate a good wooly plaid (not to mention brown penny loafers) for its autumnal, preppy outfit possibilities.

Which is why today’s Technique Tuesday is about plaid.  Specifically, how to crochet something plaid.

This tutorial comes from Crochet Kitten.  It requires a rather clever weaving of individual chains through a crocheted canvas.

Check out that striping.

There are quite a few steps, with great, very detailed photos to guide you, so we won’t post them here, but by all means, take advantage of this great how-to.  Have fun!

Club Updates!

Hey Gosh Yarn It!  This is going to be an exciting week, so make sure to come to the meeting to get involved!

First, our winter sale is starting soon, so if you have made anything for the sale, please bring it to the meeting this Sunday or arrange to drop it off with an officer.

If you haven’t made anything for the sale, you can still buy some yarny goodies for your friends and families (or yourself).

Also, don’t deprive others of the joy of giving; share the news about the sale!  We’ll be posting more news, so keep an eye on the Facebook page for updates.

Finally, look out for the results of covert yarnbombing activities during the coming week.  They may or may not be affiliated with our covert sector, and we can neither confirm nor deny that, but we hope you enjoy it!

BAM. Technique Thursday.

Today’s knitting technique is the bamboo stitch.  BAMboo.  See what I did there?  Yeah.  I know.

That’s what the right side of this nifty stitch looks like, almost like a woven mat.  It’s a two-row pattern:

Row 1: Yarn over, knit two. Pass the yarn over over both knit stitches. Repeat from * across.

Row 2: Purl.

Repeat.

I’m one of those people who needs to see it done.  If you’re like me, you may find this video from DROPS design particularly enlightening!

Happy stitching!