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How to Crochet the Bobble Stitch a Tutorial

Learn to crochet the bobble stitch in this step by step tutorial. This large puffy stitch can create drama in your designs and is a favorite of many crocheters.

In this tutorial I show you how to crochet a single bobble stitch. Plus, if you want to start your own project of bobbles, I demonstrate how to crochet a swatch of bobbles.

The bobble stitch usually needs to be paired with another stitch to really get the most out of it. I alternate the bobbles with half double crochets in this tutorial.

In this picture there are rows of half double crochets in between the bobble rows. The bobble rows also have half doubles in between the stitches.

Grey swatch of crochet bobbles.

The bobble is one of several stitches that create a similar texture. There are also puff stitches, like the one I use in the Piemonte Puff Stitch Blanket.

This pineapple cluster stitch is also a similar type stitch. You can see how I use this stitch in the Ana Pocket Shawl pattern.

More Crochet Bobble Stitch Patterns

In the Briones Sweater bobbles are front and center. This easy chunky weight sweater works up quick.

The Pocket Prayer Cloth uses the bobble stitch to create a cross shape on this square pattern.

Bobble Cocoon Shrug in children sizes includes filet crochet and bobbles.

I love this Bobble Stitch Cowl from NeaCreates too!

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Yarn

This shiny worsted weight yarn is Wander from Furls. I love the stitch definition.

The Bobble Stitch is going to pop anyway, but it is gorgeous in Wander.

This is a new acrylic yarn from Furls. If you want to read more about my initial impressions hop on over to my review.

This gorgeous grey is mist. I include more colors for you to check out in my blog post.

Visit Furls to order this new affordable acrylic Wander yarn*.

Furls Wander acrylic yarn in blue, grey, teal, grey and white.

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Materials

  • You can use any weight yarn and compatible hook for the bobble stitch.
  • I’m using Wander*, a #4 medium worsted weight yarn, with my red 6mm US J Odyssey* crochet hook from Furls.

Notes

  1. For this tutorial I do not finish the bobble stitch with a chain 1. The next stitch will secure the bobble.
  2. The tutorial starts with how to crochet a single bobble stitch and then there are instructions for crocheting a swatch.
  3. The swatch includes half double crochet stitches, but you can use single crochet or double crochet in between your bobbles also.
  4. The stitch multiple is 2 + 1, plus 1 if you’re not using the Foundation Hdc. In short, you’ll need Row 1 to have an odd number of stitches.

Stitches/Abbreviations (US Terms)

bo-bobble

ch(s)-chain(s)

Fhdc-foundation half double crochet

hdc-half double crochet

rep-repeat

sk-skip the indicated stitch

st(s)-stitch(es)

Level

Intermediate

Written Instructions

Scroll down for the step by step photo tutorial.

To work one bobble stitch

  1. Yo, insert hook into stitch to be worked, yo & pull up a loop, (3 loops on hook),
  2. Yo & pull through two loops (2 loops on hook); 
  3. Yo, insert your hook back into the same st, yo & pull up a loop, yo & pull through two loops (3 loops on hook)
  4. Yo, insert your hook back into the same st, yo & pull up a loop, yo & pull through two loops (4 loops on hook)
  5. Yo, insert your hook back into the same st, yo & pull up a loop, yo & pull through two loops (5 loops on hook)
  6. Yo, insert your hook back into the same st, yo & pull up a loop, yo & pull through two loops (6 loops on hook)
  7. When you have 6 loops on your hook, yo & pull through all of them (do not ch 1).
  8. Hdc in the next stitch to secure the bobble.

To work a swatch of bobbles

  1. Fhc 21 or Ch 22 and hdc in the 2nd ch from your hook and in each ch across, turn.
  2. (WS) Ch 1, hdc in same st, *{bo in next st, hdc in next st} rep from * across the row, turn.
  3. (RS) Ch 1, hdc in same st and in each st across, turn.
  4. Rep Rows 2-3 for the length of the swatch.

Photo Tutorial

Grey swatch of crochet bobbles.

Crochet Bobble Stitch Tutorial

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Difficulty: Intermediate
Estimated Cost: $1

Learn how to crochet the bobble stitch.

Materials

  • Any weight yarn is suitable for the bobble stitch. For this tutorial I'm using a #4 medium worsted weight yarn.

Tools

  • A crochet hook that matches your yarn weight. I'm using a 5mm US H hook.

Instructions

To work one bobble stitch

    1. Yo, insert hook into stitch to be worked, yo & pull up a loop, (3 loops on hook)
    2. Yo & pull through two loops (2 loops on hook); 3 loops on hook for bobble tutorial.
    3. Yo, insert your hook back into the same st, yo & pull up a loop, yo & pull through two loops (3 loops on hook); 3 loops on hook for partial bobble stitch.
    4. Yo, insert your hook back into the same st, yo & pull up a loop, yo & pull through two loops (4 loops on hook);
    5. Yo, insert your hook back into the same st, yo & pull up a loop, yo & pull through two loops (5 loops on hook);
    6. Yo, insert your hook back into the same st, yo & pull up a loop, yo & pull through two loops (6 loops on hook) All 6 loops are on the hook for the bobble stitch.
    7. When you have 6 loops on your hook, yo & pull through all of them (do not ch 1). Crochet bobble stitch complete-wrong side view.
    8. Hdc in the next stitch to secure the bobble.
    9. Here's how it looks on the front, or right side (RS). Crochet bobble from right side.

To work a swatch of bobbles

  1. Fhc 21 or Ch 22 and hdc in the 2nd ch from your hook and in each ch across, turn. Red hook with grey single crochet stitches.
  2. (WS) Ch 1, hdc in same st, *{bo in next st, hdc in next st} rep from * across the row, turn. Red crochet hook and grey stitches.
  3. (RS) Ch 1, hdc in same st and in each st across, turn.
  4. Rep Rows 2-3 for the length of the swatch.

Notes

Remember you will work the bobbles on the wrong side of your swatch, since it pops out on the side facing away from you.

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