How to Crochet Bobble Stitch

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 what I call a "three stitch bobble" because you work into the chain (or another stitch) three times.

Here's a length of bobbles, one worked after another - it looks like there are four stitches, maybe, because the 5 ch we work between the bobbles ends up at the bottom of the bobble as we're looking at it:

6 pink bobbles worked one after the other

This is simple to work: ch 5, bobble into 5th ch from hook. Then repeat for as long as you want!

But how do you crochet a bobble?

Bobble Stitch Step-by-Step

Step 1: ch 5; yarn round hook, hook into 5th chain from hook, pull through yarn.

I insert my hook under the top two loops of the chain in this pattern.

Now you have 3 loops on your hook:

5 chain and hookChain 5.
3 loops on hookWorking into 5th chain from hook.


Step 2: Yarn round hook, pull through the first two loops on hook. Two loops now on hook:

2 loops on hookThen there were two...


Step 3: Yarn round hook, insert hook into same chain stitch, pull yarn through. Four loops on hook:

4 loops on hook


Step 4: Yarn round hook, pull through first two loops on hook. Three loops now on hook:

3 loops on hook


Step 5: Yarn round hook, insert into same chain stitch, pull through yarn. Five loops on hook:

5 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:

4 loops on hook


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:

Yarn drawn through all 4 loops.First bobble worked.

There - a three stitch bobble! Now, some patterns will ask you to ch 1 to secure the bobble, others won't, depends on the pattern.

Next, we are going to make another bobble, and follow some written instructions!


Step 8: ch 5:

1st bobble and 5 ch workedCh 5.
In the next step, we'll work into the 5th ch from hook which is right next to your first bobble :)

Step 9: Work another bobble in exactly the same way!

Here it is written out for you:

*Yarn round hook, insert hook into 5th ch from hook, yarn round hook again, pull through yarn.

Yarn round hook, pull yarn through top two loops on hook*

Working into the same chain, repeat from * to * twice to make your second bobble:

2nd bobble completedSecond bobble worked.

Continue making bobbles by chaining 5 and working a bobble into the 5th chain from your hook.


Crochet a bigger bobble!

Bigger bobbles are great fun - the trick is not to work too tight.

Keep your tension relaxed, or it becomes a fight between you and the yarn, and we don't want that!

Here's a five stitch bobble worked into a chain to begin a different pattern:

5 stitch bobbleFive stitch bobble secured with 1 ch.

You simply work into the chain (or stitch) five times instead of three.

So: *Yarn round hook, insert hook into the chain or stitch, yarn round hook again, pull through.

Yarn round hook, pull yarn through top two loops on hook*

Repeat from * to * four times.

This is an example of a seven stitch bobble:

7 stitch bobbleSeven stitch bobble secured with a ch.

Working into the back of the chain that secures 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:

stitch marker showing loop at back of chain

Here I have made three chain after finishing my bobble:

3 ch worked after stitch

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.

seven dc worked into loop

The two sides of a bobble:

This is the front. An even look:

pretty pink and even bobble

This is the back, with an attractive ridged effect:

more rugged but also very pretty bobble at back

OK - I hope you have fun practising bobbles! Now you're an expert, why not try making some of my...

crochet bobble braids!

bobble braids

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, almost identical to the row of bobbles above :)