How to Knit Bobbles

Knit bobbles are a great way to add texture, dimension and visual interest to your next knitting project and are formed through a combination of increasing and decreasing stitches. For each increase there is a corresponding decrease so the stitch count for each row remains consistent. The shift between adding and taking away stitches alters

Knit bobbles are a great way to add texture, dimension and visual interest to your next knitting project and are formed through a combination of increasing and decreasing stitches. For each increase there is a corresponding decrease so the stitch count for each row remains consistent. The shift between adding and taking away stitches alters the knit fabric to create the upraised texture of the bobble. Bobbles are generally worked on the wrong side of the fabric, so their impact is only visible after finishing the row and turning your project.

For this pattern, the increase, or bob is formed when you (k1, p1, k1) in the same stitch.

  1. Insert your needle as to knit.
    Bobble Tutorial 1 insert for knit
  2. Yarn over counter clockwise.
    Bobble Tutorial 2 wrap for knit
  3. Draw the yarn through to the front, but do not push the loop off the left needle.
    Bobble Tutorial 3 knit pull thru
  4. Bring the yarn to the front.
    Bobble Tutorial 4 bring yarn to front
  5. Insert your needle as to purl.
    Bobble Tutorial 5 insert to purl
  6. Yarn over counter clockwise.
    Bobble Tutorial 6 wrap to purl
  7. Draw the yarn through to the back, but do not push the loop off of the left needle.
    Bobble Tutorial 7 pull thru to purl
  8. Bring the yarn to the back again.
    Bobble Tutorial 8 move yarn to back
  9. Insert your needle as to knit.
    Bobble Tutorial 9 insert to knit again
  10. Yarn over counter clockwise.
    Bobble Tutorial 10 wrap to knit again
  11. Draw the yarn through to the front, and push the loop off of the left needle. Increase made.
    Bobble Tutorial 11 pull thru final

The p3tog decrease is paired with the bob increase to form the shape of the final bobble.

  1. With yarn in front, insert needle under the next 3 stitches as to purl.
    p3tog Tutorial (1 of 5)
  2. Yarn over counterclockwise.
    p3tog Tutorial (2 of 5)
  3. Draw the yarn through all 3 loops to the back.
    p3tog Tutorial (3 of 5)
  4. Push the loop off the left needle. Decrease made, and bobble is complete.
    p3tog Tutorial (4 of 5)
  5. For the Caribbean Sea Clutch, the position of the bobbles alternates on each wrong side row, creating a diagonal pattern.
    Caribbean Sea Clutch 1

You could keep the position of the bobbles the same on each wrong side row to create the appearance of columns instead, and increasing or decreasing with more stitches will create a larger bobble. Experiment with different bobble variations until you find the style you prefer.

If you think you’ve mastered the bobble technique, go ahead and give the Caribbean Sea Clutch on the next page a try. yarn ball

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