Learn to Crochet the Bobble Stitch

This blog post provides a step-by-step tutorial to crochet the bobble stitch, complete with photo tutorials and a full video tutorial.


Bobble Stitch Crochet Tutorial

An Easy Crochet Stitch

Hello, fellow crocheters! Today, I’m excited to teach you one of my favorite crochet stitches that adds a fun and textured element to any crochet project—the Bobble Stitch. This versatile stitch creates a lovely 3D effect that makes your work pop, literally! Let’s break down the Bobble Stitch and explore how to incorporate it into your crochet projects.

I’ve incorporated the bobble stitch into many of my projects, and it’s been a hit with my crochet community! Grace’s Bobble Blanket has been a fan favorite ever since I released it. This simple blanket, adorned with colorful stripes made from bobbles, gives an extra ‘pop’ (no pun intended). I’ve also used bobbles to create a 3D Cactus Wall Hanging, which adds a fun and unique touch to home decor. The bobble stitch has found its way into my Boho Wine Tote, making it a fun and modern base that stands out. Additionally, I’ve made a Luxe Bobble Scarf, where the bobble stitch adds both texture and warmth, making it a cozy and stylish accessory.

Scroll down for the instructions for this easy crochet stitch.

Bobble Stitch Crochet Tutorial

What is the Bobble Stitch?

The Bobble Stitch is a unique and eye-catching stitch that creates a raised, “bobbled” texture on your work. It’s made using a series of partial double crochets, which gives it that distinctive pop-out effect. Here’s a step-by-step guide to mastering this delightful stitch.

Bobble Stitch Crochet Tutorial

Why You’ll Love the Bobble Stitch

Texture and Dimension: The bobble stitch adds a unique 3D texture to crochet projects, making them visually interesting and tactilely pleasing. This extra dimension can transform a simple piece into something special.

Versatility: The bobble stitch can be used in a wide range of projects, from blankets and scarves to hats, bags, and home decor items. Its ability to fit into various patterns makes it a valuable technique for crocheters.

Visual Appeal: The raised bobbles create a fun and playful look that can be tailored to suit different styles, from whimsical and cute to elegant and sophisticated. This visual appeal makes projects stand out.

Easy to Learn: Despite its impressive appearance, the bobble stitch is relatively easy to learn and master. With a bit of practice, even beginners can incorporate this stitch into their work.

Fun to Make: The process of creating bobbles—watching them pop out as you crochet—can be satisfying and enjoyable. It’s a delightful technique that adds a bit of fun to the crafting process.

Statement Piece: Incorporating the bobble stitch into a project can turn it into a statement piece. Whether it’s a simple border on a blanket or an entire garment covered in bobbles, the stitch draws attention and admiration.

Bobble Stitch Video Tutorial

Crochet Bobble Stitch Tutorial

Choosing the Right Stitch Between Bobbles

The choice of stitch you use between bobbles can affect the overall look and feel of your project. Here are some options:

  • Single Crochet (SC): This stitch offers minimal height and can sometimes be too short depending on the yarn you’re using. It’s best for tightly packed bobbles.
  • Half Double Crochet (HDC): My personal favorite! The half double crochet provides the perfect amount of space and height between bobbles. It balances well, making your bobbles stand out without overcrowding.
  • Double Crochet (DC): If you want more visual space between your bobbles, a double crochet is a great choice. It creates a more open and airy look, perfect for projects where you want the bobbles to be more distinct.

Bobble Stitch Crochet Tutorial

Adding the Bobble Stitch to Your Projects

Now that you know how to create the bobble stitch and understand the importance of spacing, let’s talk about where you can use this fun technique. The bobble stitch is incredibly versatile and can be added to a variety of projects, including:

  • Blankets and Afghans: Add a row of bobbles for a textured stripe or use bobbles to create patterns and shapes within your blanket.
  • Scarves and Cowls: A bobble stitch edge or a scattering of bobbles throughout can add a playful touch to your winter wear.
  • Hats and Beanies: Use bobbles to create a fun, pom-pom-like texture on your hats.
  • Home Decor: Incorporate bobbles into cushions, pillows, or even dishcloths for a fun and tactile element.

Materials

  • your favorite yarn and hook combination

Skill level

  • Beginner – the maker should know basic stitches first

Tutorial notes

  • this stitch is a two-row repeat
  • start with any odd number of chains
  • chain 1 never counts as a stitch

Stitches used and abbreviations

  • ch/chs = chain/chains
  • yo = yarn over
  • st/sts = stitch/stitches
  • hdc = half double crochet
  • bbl = bobble

Bobble Stitch Instructions

This tutorial is just for a practice swatch. However, if you’re a confident crocheter and want to just jump into making a project (dishcloth, scarf, etc.) then go for it!

Step 1: Ch any odd number. I chained 15 for this tutorial.

Step 2: In the third ch from the hook, work 1 hdc.

Step 3: Work one hdc in each ch all the way across.

Step 4: Ch 1, turn.

Step 5: Work one hdc in the first st (ch 1 does not count as a st).

Step 6: [Yo, insert your hook into the next st and pull up a loop. Yo, pull through two loops]. Repeat from [ to ] a total of five times. You will end with 6 loops on your hook.

Step 7: Yo and pull through all six loops. First bbl is made.

Step 8: Work a hdc in the next st.

If you turn your work around, you’ll see the bobble stitch popping out.

Step 9: Continuing to work across the row, alternate one bbl and one hdc, ending with a hdc in the very last st. Ch 1, turn.

Your first row of bbl sts is now complete.

Step 10: Work one hdc in each st all the way across. Ch 1, turn.

Step 11: Work one hdc in each of the first two sts.

Step 12: Continuing to work across the row, alternate one bbl and one hdc, ending with a hdc in each of the last two sts. Ch 1, turn.

Step 13: Repeat steps 3 – 12 until your practice swatch is your desired size.

Notice how nicely the bobble stitches fit together when we stagger them.

How to crochet the bobble stitch

Get Inspired

The Bobble Stitch is incredibly adaptable, and the possibilities are endless. Here are a few project ideas to get you started:

  • Create a set of matching coasters and dishcloths for your kitchen.
  • Crochet a cozy, textured blanket for snuggling up on chilly evenings.
  • Make a stylish scarf that’s perfect for gifting.

Conclusion

The bobble stitch is a fantastic way to add texture and dimension to your crochet projects. With its easy-to-learn technique and versatile application, it’s a must-have in any crocheter’s skill set. I hope this guide helps you master the bobble stitch and inspires you to experiment with this delightful texture in your next project.

Happy crocheting, and don’t forget to share your crochet bobble stitch creations with me! I’d love to see what you make.

Bobble Stitch Crochet Tutorial

What did you think of the moss stitch? I’d love to hear your thoughts – was it an easy stitch for you? What kind of projects do you envision creating with this easy pattern?

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Bobble Stitch Crochet Tutorial

 

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