Thursday, 3 March 2011

Bobble Stitch Tutorial

Firstly, thank you for all the warm wishes on my last post, I'll be dropping by to say hi now that I have managed to finish this tutorial.  Now please be kind, it's the first time I've tried to explain any crochet stuff in this way, I fear it's not one of my natural talents.  But I've had a go and I'm putting out there in the hopes it does make sense to others not just to me.  

I did this whilst feeding my new born Mini Cuckoo and it took me many feeds to complete, I hope it makes sense. The photo's are worse than usual, very poor!  I've bunged it in my sidebar anyway.  Ever the optimist.

This tutorial requires knowledge of the crochet basics, specifically chain, double crochet and treble crochet (uk terms) There are great tutorials to be found all over the web, have a look here for a pictorial (edit: or, if I were you, I'd go here for a simple explaination and huge inspiration, so happy Lucy said I could to link away to her work).  However I am going to make the assumption that if someone is going to do a bobble they must already be hooked on crochet.

The spacing and pattern of the bobbles will effect how long your chain will be and where your first bobble is placed.  I'll go into more detail at the end as it'll make more sense then.


1. To start, make an appropriate length foundation chain.  

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2.  Row 1 Double crochet into the second chain from the hook and continue along the foundation chain.
3.  Row 2 and 3 Chain 1 and double crochet to end.

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4. 4th row double crochet along to the point where you want a bobble.

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5. The bobble! Do a treble crochet stitch but don't pull the yarn through the last two loops on the hook.  Leave the stitch incomplete. 

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6. Do this 3 more times in the same stitch till you have 5 loops on the hook.


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7.  When you have 5 loops on your hook, yarn over and pull through all of the loops.

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8. You now have a 4 treble cluster, to make this a bobble, simply double crochet into the next stitch along.
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9. This is how the bobble will look from the side that faces you.  The Bobble is always created on the reverse of the piece.

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10. Double crochet along to the place you want your next bobble, make a bobble and continue in this manner to the end of the row.

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And there you are! 



Bobbletastic!



You will have to do a bit of maths to work out how long a foundation chain you'll need and how many double crochets to do before you place your bobble.  It all depends on the design. You can vary how many rows of double crochet you do between bobble rows too.  So many variations!

My blanket had 7 stitches between bobbles and 3 rows of double crochet between the bobble rows.  Every other bobble row started with a bobble 4 stitches in so that the bobbles were off set.  The frill was made by doing two treble crochet stitches into every stitch all the way around for the first row, the second row alternated between two trebles and one treble as I didn't want it too frilly.

The patterns you can do with the bobble are endless...... I can't wait to experiment with fatter bobbles too, I figure if I did a larger treble cluster I'll get a fatter bobble?  If anyone gets to test this theory out before I do then please let me know.  Also, since I have done this tutorial over a few days and nights in a sleep deprived condition, I'm not sure if it is easy to follow, if I have explained every step clearly.  If you're having problems please leave a comment saying what you got stuck on so I can explain it better to you and edit the tute.

Happy bobbling folks!
xxx

Edited:

I have now done a tutorial for bobbles in a different colour yarn. Find it here. Imagine the bobbles in diferent colours, cool for a baby blanket.






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25 comments:

  1. fabulous~that would look darling on a baby hat.

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  2. Great tutorial ~ finally I understand how to bobble! Thanks :O)

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  3. this is brilliant! you did such a fabby job of it and i am in awe you have done this tutorial with babe in arms :)
    i think my bobbles are now all inside out!! why does that not surprise me in the least.
    have a peachy weekend my dear
    Tif x

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  4. Congratulations on the birth of your beautiful little boy!
    I am amazed at your wonderful tutorial with a new tiny baby. Well done. :)

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  5. Thank you so much for doing this - it's your spacing that I like so much, I'm glad you tell us what yours is! Am really loving this blanket. Can't believe you did this with such a teeny tiny baby. Congratulations on the birth of your adorably sweet little boy! Goodness, you must be so together. Really really appreciate it. Thank you!

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  6. I thought I had left a comment, guess I didn't, my mind is going on me. This bobble stitch looks good, will have to have a go. Thank you for your comment, I'm still here and ok apart from the aches that go with a cold, makes you feel a bit droopy for a couple of days. Will sit in the sun again tomorrow for a little while.
    Happy days x Sandi

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  7. Great minds, eh? I have just found your blog (congrats on the beautiful baby) and I just started learning how to crochet bobbles last week, after finding a tutorial in a crochet book I got for Xmas. My bobbles were quite small and non descript at first as I crochet quite tightly so I have been wrapping the yarn round twice instead of once for each treble. I am now happy with them and making a grey bobble cushion cover. Your blanket is gorgeous. Enjoy cuddling that baby. I am very envious! x

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  8. Hello, I just found your blog thanks to the lovely Dottie.
    This is a great tutorial, I'm really looking forward to giving a whirl. Thank you for sharing.
    Many congratulations on the arrival of your little one.
    x

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  9. Hello, I too found you via dottie angel, congratulations on your little babe and thankyou so much for this tutorial, I can't wait to have a go :)
    Jane x x x x x

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  10. Wow, a baby and a tutorial how did you manage that .Thanks for sharing

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  11. thanks for such a great tutorial, and congratulations on your little beautiful! I did a bobble stitch border on a washcloth recently, but It didn't look as good as yours... I'll give yours a go next time!

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  12. Really pretty, thank you!

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  13. I found this tutorial through Maybe Matilda's blog. The blanket she made from your tut was amazing. I don't think I have the skills to make this quite yet, but thanks for sharing! Someday... :0)

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  14. Thank you! I finally understand!
    This is very cute!
    I now MUST attempt this.

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  15. Finally I know how to do it now :) Thank you for a great tutorial! very clear to understand x

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  16. Well done tutorial. I hope that I can get to some crocheting this fall/winter, and I would love to do this baby blanket! I followed you over from Maybe Matilda. Thanks for sharing!

    Kaleigh Lotte Lu and Brother Too

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  17. What a beautiful blanket! Question: I'm assuming these directions are written in UK terms, not American? (American double is UK treble) Love to give this a try!

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  18. THANKS!! great tutorial

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  19. Very easy to understand (the photos are great)

    Thank You

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  20. Love this blanket, how long was your beginning chain? Also, how much yarn should I use? I'm attempting this for my coworker

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  21. I love this blanket! I am making it white with purple bobbles and ruffle for my neice that is due in Dec. I can't count my stitches very well so my bobbles aren't perfect, but they are bobbles!

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  22. Thanks for the great tutorial. I'm going to try this with a headband.

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  23. This will be my very first time crocheting anything more than a single stich. But I am determineFirst baby) to make this for my baby. I dont know the gender yet so I got a neutral Color. But if I can finish this itll prove to myself I can do anything I can put my mind to.

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  24. Please keep this pattern up on your blog! I made a green one for my sister's daughter 2 years ago and she loves it! It's truly a beautiful blanket and I'm excited to make another for a dear friend's baby that is soon on her way! This time it will be in yellow. Wish me luck...North Carolina, USA

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  25. I know this post is a few years old but thank you for this. I've crocheted for years and sometimes get stuck on the same old patterns so this is a lovely change. Just started the blanket and anxious to get to the ruffles because that's what I love most about it! I find it funny that the UK terms are partially different than the US. Thanks for sharing your talent!

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