Bobbles are admittedly yarn eaters, but they add a touch of whimsy to almost any project, and with the right yarn, are so deliciously squishy that they really highlight all that yarn they eat up!
A crochet bobble consists of 4 incomplete double crochet stitches, all held on your crochet hook. A final yarn over is pulled through all those double crochet stitches on the hook so literally squish the stitches together. Since now there are 4 double crochet stitches all squeezed into the space of a single stitch, the stitches puff out to create the bobble.
Normally, a bobble stitch puffs out towards the back of your work, so you see the back of all your other stitches. But you can also push those stitches to puff out the other way, to the front side of your work. For the Winterberry Cowl, the bobbles can be pushed to either side based on which side of the cowl you prefer, but it’s all done after the bobbles are completed.
When you work in rows, there is usually a row of single crochet stitches between the rows of bobble stitches. This ensures that as you work back and forth, the bobbles are all facing the same side. When you work in rounds, there’s also a round of single crochet stitches in between the rounds of bobbles. Since you’re already working on the same side, this round is to help space the bobbles out and keep the rounds flat. See how it’s done in the video below!
In this video tutorial, you will:
- learn how to crochet bobbles in the round, starting with a magic circle,
- see how to switch which side the bobbles will be facing, as you create them,
- understand the math behind designing bobbles in the round, so you can expand your rounds as large as your imagination, for pillow cases, blankets, and rugs,
- and experiment with the bobble + single crochet pairs to either line up your bobbles in each round, or have them staggers and nestled against each other as the rounds grow.
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