Bobble Stitch

I think it was about seven years ago that I learned how to make the Bobble Stitch. I had just started reading patterns and using them to make projects. I had chosen patterns where I already knew how to do the stitches. Then I wanted to make my grandmother a blanket and I really liked a blanket with bobble, I loved the look. Bobbles were just so different from the other stitches that I knew how to make, namely because they are round. All the other stitches that I knew how to make created lines, but round stitches, that would up my crochet game. I had been able to read, look at rudimentary drawings and talk with friends, when I learned how to create every stitch, until the Bobble Stitch. The directions said to yarn-over and pull-up and I had no idea what that meant, and my traditional resources could not make it make sense to me. This was the first time I turned to the internet for answers to a crochet problem. I spent a few days looking for a satisfactory answer, and then one day, before a class, remember I love to bring my crochet with me everywhere, I finally found an answer that made the stitch make sense to me. Years later I make this stitch all the time, here is how I make a bobble stitch.   I usually make a Bobble Stitch in conjunction with Half-Double (HDC) or Double Crochet (DC) Stitches. The beanie pictured herein is made with HDC, but I my instructional pictures use DC. Chain an even number of stitches. R1: Count first 2 CH as DC. DC in 3rd CH from hook and DC across. Turn. Now to learn how to make a Bobble Stitch. (R2) You are going to Yarn-Over (YO), this is the same way that you would start a HDC or DC. Insert your hook into the second DC of R1, again just like you would to create a HDC or DC. You are going to YO, again just like you would to create a HDC or DC, but this next step is where things change. When you pull-up your yarn, you need to pull-up until the loops on the hook are the height of your chains. Yarn-over (YO). Now, you are going to insert your hook into the same stitch. YO, and pull-up. Again, pull-up until the loops on your hook are the same height as the chains. You should now have 5 loops on your hook. YO, insert hook into same stitch, YO, pull-up. You should now have 7 loops on your hook. You can see that as I add more loops onto my hook it becomes harder to pull the loops to be level with the chains. If you do not pull-up the loops far enough, you will not be able to complete the stitch. You can stop here and make a smaller bobble, but I like bobbles with more definition. So once more, YO, insert hook into same stitch, YO, and pull-up. Now you will have 9 loops on your hook. You can repeat this process to create an even bigger bobble, you will have 11 loops on your hook, but any more than 11 loops is very difficult to work with. To finish the bobble, YO and pull through all the loops on your hook. Here is what the bobbles look like with chain spaces between. With the spaces it is clear, the bobbles are made in only one stitch and the bobbles are cute little round stitches. Here is what the bobbles look like with stitches between them. Happy Bobble Stitch making folks! Are you a fan of the Bobble Stitch? Have some other advice about how to make Bobble Stitches? Let’s talk!

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