Let's crochet bobble stitch - it's my latest "thing!" Here you can find out how to make bobbles, as well as discovering a few tips that will come in handy.
Let's start with a three stitch bobble:
Step 1: Chain 15
Yarn round hook, hook into 8th chain from hook, pull through yarn.
When I work into the chain stitch, I insert my hook under the top two loops of the chain in this pattern.
Three loops on hook.
Step 2: Yarn round hook, pull through the first two loops on hook.
Two loops now on hook.
Step 3: Yarn round hook, insert hook into same chain stitch, pull yarn through.
Four loops on hook.
Step 4: Yarn round hook, pull through first two loops on hook.
Three loops now on hook.
Step 5: Yarn round hook, insert into same chain stitch, pull through yarn.
Five loops on hook.
Step 6: Yarn round hook, pull through first two loops on hook.
Four loops on hook: your initial loop, and three stitches for this bobble.
Step 7: Now hold your four loops nice and straight!
Yarn round hook again, and draw the yarn all the way through the four loops.
There! A three stitch bobble!
In some patterns, you might be done. In others, you'll need to make a chain, so....
This secures the bobble nicely.
This is a five stitch bobble, with a chain at the top.
You simply continue after Step 6: yarn round hook, insert hook into stitch, pull yarn through, yarn round hook, pull yarn through first two loops on hook.
Repeat once more.
Then yarn round hook, pull through all loops on hook.
In the picture on the right (or below for some mobile viewers) we have a seven stitch bobble!
This also has one chain worked after I finished the bobble.
Sometimes I crochet into the back of the chain that may be worked to secure the bobble.
My stitch marker shows you where this is. It actually runs along the top loops of your bobble, holding it together.
Here I have made three chain after finishing my bobble.
Then I worked seven dc (UK tr) into the back of the chain.
The back of the chain looks small at first, but work some stitches into it and it soon grows!
My heart garland pattern uses this technique.
This is the front. An even look:
This is the back, with an attractive ridged effect:
OK - I hope you have fun practising bobbles! Now you're an expert, why not try making some of my...
There are six to choose from - you can start with the simple bobble braid which is a chain, then a bobble, then a chain, and so on :)