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.


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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